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He finds it symptomatic of an investment, by white and black critics alike, in mandating that the black writer remain an exemplar of the race. " To those who moralize over Toomer, says Pinckney, "example is everything and nothing must be allowed to threaten the idea of black history as a heroic drive up Jacob's ladder" ("Phantom" 36). One of the frankest confessions of disgust with exemplarity and the "obligations imposed by race" begins Saunders Redding's On Being Negro in America (1951). Described on the paperback edition as "a book which takes you inside the Negro world as no book ever has before," Redding's memoir turns out to be less a testament to authenticity than to being its prisoner.
Warren, like his friends Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray, shares Jamesian pragmatism's suspicion of Enlightenment rationalism as intolerant of the wayward particular. An analogous intolerance appears in what Cornel West calls the "racial reasoning" that animates the discourse of black authenticity. Racial reasoning conceals "behind a deceptive cloak of racial consensus" the varied political and ethical commitments of individuals in relation to After Identity Politics communities, black and white.
This lineage includes Du Bois, Locke, Zora Neale Hurston (whom Locke knew at Howard University), Ralph Ellison, Albert Murray, and James Baldwin (whose relay to pragmatism was Henry James). But Locke's attunement to the implications of James's refusal of coercive, closed systems of thought has another significance. Locke makes vivid that identitarianism in whatever form-as essentialist philosophy, as cultural pluralism, as Jim Crow segregation, as imperialism-was a disciplinary regime to be avoided, especially by those racially marked.