Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Just so you know …

… How Flannery O’Connor Fought Racism | Jessica Hooten Wilson | First Things. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Elie notes that in private correspondence, O’Connor used inexcusable racial slurs, and confessed to friends that she struggled between the Christian in her, who believed that all are God’s children, and the Southern white lady in her, who was trained to see black people as inferior. Elie declares O’Connor a racist because of these letters, and suggests that O’Connor scholars are unwilling to see or speak of them. Never mind that scholars have wrestled for years with the letters Elie quotes.

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