Richard Wright’s 1940 provocative novel, “Native Son,” could be the narrative for current events as racial strife continues unabated. Here are the thoughts of the central character, pursued by the law, in Wright’s novel:
“Why should not this cold white world rise up as a beautiful dream in which he could walk and be at home, in which it would be easy to tell what to do and what not to do? If only someone had gone before and lived or suffered or died—made it so that it could be understood!
(Thank you Janet in the UM OLLI class on civil rights where you provided a bibliography that led to the Wright novel. dz)