Thursday, June 29, 2017

"America Gives Its Blackness Back To Me" by Shane McCrae

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June 29, 2017

America Gives Its Blackness Back To Me

Shane McCrae

About This Poem


"'America Gives Its Blackness Back to Me' was written last November in the immediate wake of the election. It was spurred by a sudden reminder that as a black person in America I am neither free to determine who I am nor free even to know the precise terms according to which I am defined by others."
—Shane McCrae


Shane McCrae is the author of In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017). He teaches at Columbia University.

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