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Poet Amiri Baraka, political
activist, dead at 79

CNN, by Alan Duke

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Posted By:Hazymac, 1/10/2014 10:31:46 PM

Poet Amiri Baraka, who lost his post as New Jersey´s poet laureate because of a controversial poem about the 9/11 terror attacks, died Thursday, his agent said. Baraka was 79. Baraka, considered a founder of the 1960s Black Arts movement, died in New Jersey´s Beth Israel Medical Center after a short illness, according to agent Celeste Bateman. His official website said that Baraka "adopted a confrontational style for his poetry, drama, fiction and essays. With intent to create awareness about the concerns of African-Americans, his writings ... on one hand have been praised as a voice against oppression, on the

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Thus ends the life of a nasty, nasty piece of work. One wonders how this flaming antisemite felt about drawing his last breaths at Beth Israel Medical Center.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: No Representation in CA, 1/10/2014 10:36:18 PM     (No. 9687609)

AMF!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Northcross, 1/10/2014 10:42:30 PM     (No. 9687612)

LeRoi Jones was a perfect example of affirmative action in the arts. Not elevated because of the quality of his writing, but rather for his ultra-leftist politics and his skin color.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 1/10/2014 10:45:07 PM     (No. 9687616)

Worst than Maya Angelou if that´s even possible.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 1/10/2014 11:07:59 PM     (No. 9687626)

well..
someone at cnn thinks he was worthy of a story..


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Reply 5 - Posted by: Patchy groundfog, 1/10/2014 11:14:20 PM     (No. 9687630)

Cradle to grave welfare is oppression?

Let his ideas die with him.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: xcenturion, 1/10/2014 11:31:22 PM     (No. 9687635)

Can´t say I´ve heard of this bro, who was a proud African-American from head to toe. Perhaps God will forgive his racist soul.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Hammock, 1/11/2014 12:34:52 AM     (No. 9687654)

His book "Blues People", published in the early 60´s when he was still Leroi Jones, was very interesting at the time. I learned some things about the African roots of Blues that were kind of a revelation to me. The anti-white racism in the book I just ignored because it was seemingly everywhere at the time, and fashionable. However, he really, really meant it.

I went to a poetry reading of his in the late 60´s. His poetry I found to be pretty awful and his reaming-out of the white people who tried to talk to him afterwards was pretty funny, in a pathetic sort of way.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 1/11/2014 2:13:12 AM     (No. 9687687)

Cry if you were unread unloved
(Unread) of
The unknown
I know not of
You

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/11/2014 3:24:51 AM     (No. 9687700)

I´d rather listen to rap music than a leftist´s poetry because at least it rhymes.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dirtyjersey, 1/11/2014 3:48:03 AM     (No. 9687705)

And broke New Jersey has a poet laureate why?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rather Read, 1/11/2014 4:28:44 AM     (No. 9687711)

He really was a man full of hate.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: masscon, 1/11/2014 6:16:38 AM     (No. 9687750)

I read David Horowitz´s obit of him. He was a truly hateful, hate-filled man. Love the way CNN spinned it.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: pessimist, 1/11/2014 8:51:06 AM     (No. 9687939)

To paraphrase Clarence Darrow -- I don´t wish anyone dead, but I truly enjoy reading some obituaries.

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