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Stanley Crouch

Grouchy Crouch: Black Intellectuals

I was just reading Stanley Crouch’s introduction to a 2005 edition of The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual and it is a very strange document. It professes the importance of Cruses’ work while tearing apart all the ideas presented in it as either wrong or rather silly. For example:The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual seemed to assume that there was a substantial intellectual tradition among American Negroes. That was neither true forty years ago nor is it true now. Very little arrived that would challenge the depth of thought found in the works of men like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Read more