`` Delusions Of Whiteness `` And `` The Avant Garde `` By Ishmael Reed And Sarah Webster Fabio

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Oakland is a community flourishing in the arts, poetry and literature that has historically ignored in academia by major publishing companies. Most of this work consists of oral/performance poetry and flourishes in communal spaces, spaces that work towards unifying the community and creating a safe environment for underrepresented and marginalized communities.From the beginning of the Black Arts Movement in the 70s with writers such as Ishmael Reed and Sarah Webster Fabio have pushed the boundaries of what it means to be a writer. There is a new emergence of creativity in Oakland that has been inspired by the upsurge of political movements.
Poetry is a dialogue between the poet and the world. Established writers that have spoken out against racism in the literary world have always been shunned. Kathy Hongs essay “Delusions of Whiteness in the Avant Garde” tackles this issue. She argues that the acceptance of poetry in the literary world is based on how poets of color address race: “mainstream poetry is rather pernicious at in awarding quietist minority poets, who assage quasi white liberal guilt rather than challenge it.” A poet that is on the fringes of any mainstream political debate is often dismissed as a fanatic. However in the small knit community of Oakland, this poetry flourishes.
One collective of poets is Syster Cypher which takes place sporadically in Qilombo (Afrika town) a radical space established by young black and brown people: “(open its) doors and…

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