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My People, Black & White


How I came to see my country through African-American eyes


By ROD DREHERAugust 24, 2015

Gore Vidal famously said that he never missed a chance to have sex or appear on television. Me, I never miss a chance to eat in New Orleans. So when my literary agent proposed lunch there with the actor Wendell Pierce—best known for portraying Baltimore homicide detective Bunk Moreland in “The Wire” and trombonist Antoine Batiste in “Treme”—there was no way I was going to pass.


I was skeptical, however, of the lunch’s purpose. Wendell, a native New Orleanian,

was planning to write a memoir of his family’s roots in south Louisiana and how the devastation of Hurricane Katrina renewed his love for the city. He also wanted to write about how African-Americans have always responded to hardship by making art. Scissors-32x32.pnghttp://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/my-people-black-white/

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