George Schuyler, Black No More

1591 WordsApr 16, 20177 Pages
George Schuyler, Iconoclast in Black No More George S. Schuyler, according to Mark Gauvreau Judge, was born in Rhode Island in 1985 and died in 1977. Schuyler’s mother eventually remarried after the death of her first husband, and the family moved to Syracuse NY, where Schuyler was taught by her and his stepfather the protestant ethic of working for whatever he wanted to achieve (Rac(e)ing to the Right xv). Those teachings, along with learning from his mother to read at an early age, in all likelihood, were the catalyst to his becoming one of the most well-known “Aframerican” journalists in the United States and one of America’s first black conservatives, wrote Judge continued. Reconstruction never accomplished its objectives; African…show more content…
Subsequently, as Schuyler’s views took a turn to the far right; he was named as one of the few black conservatives of his era (). He opposed the New Deal signed into law by FDR, supported Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist position and was against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (). Additionally, Schuyler was mentored in the skill of satire and debate by H.L. Mencken, who became, not only Schuyler’s teacher but his friend (Judge). The Pittsburg Courier is where Schuyler spent forty years, losing his position after a scathing protest regarding Dr. Martin Luther King’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize (Kickler). No one was exempt from Schuyler’s scrutiny and criticism,” including the bigoted Ku Klux Klan, the charlatan, Marcus Garvey, the verbose W.E.B. Dubois or the over-praised authors associated with the Harlem Renaissance (Kicker). Jeffrey Ferguson wrote in The Sage of Sugar Hill that Schuyler looked at himself as a “useful irritant.” Schuyler, the iconoclast, functioned as a server of the truth (in his mind) to his readers whom he thought could not ferret it out for themselves. Using that same point of view Schuyler wrote Black No More, one the first works of African American science fiction that explored what would happen if all the black people in the U. S. could become white (7). Science fiction or speculative fiction is defined by The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms as “a popular modern branch of prose fiction that explores the probable
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