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ENG256: American Literature Post Civil War to Present (Geary): Black No More

About Black No More

Cover of Black No More"Black No More: Being an Account of the Strange and Wonderful Workings of Science in the Land of the Free, AD 1933-1940 is a 1931 Harlem Renaissance satire on American race relations by George S. Schuyler (pronounced /ˈskaɪlər/ Sky-ler). He targets both the Ku Klux Klan and NAACP in condemning the ways in which race functions as both an obsession and a commodity in early twentieth-century America. The central premise of the novel is that an African American scientist invents a process that can transform blacks into whites. Those who have internalized white racism, those who are tired of inferior opportunities socially and economically, and those who simply want to expand their sexual horizons, line up to be transformed. As the country "whitens", the economic importance of racial segregation in the South as a means of maintaining elite white economic and social status becomes increasingly apparent."

Excerpt from Wikipedia.

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About George S. Schuyler

George S. Schuyler

"George S. Schuyler, Pittsburgh Courier associate editor, columnist, and reporter, was one of the first black journalists to gain national prominence in the twentieth century. Considering himself an American and a citizen of the world as well as a black man, Schuyler traveled extensively during his career of over fifty years. He was one of the first black reporters to serve as a foreign correspondent for a major metropolitan newspaper and was particularly familiar with social, economic, and political conditions in Africa and Latin America. Because of his unique position in the black press, the strength of his satirical style, and the diversity of his subject matter, numerous newspapers and magazines sought his work until the late 1960s. However, Schuyler's dogmatic conservatism ran in absolute contrast to the philosophies expressed by virtually every major spokesperson of the civil rights movement. As the movement grew, the outlets for Schuyler's work shrank until he was in virtual obscurity at the time of his death in 1977."

Excerpt from American Newspaper Journalists, 1926-1950 (1984), by Nickieann Flenner

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