What We Can Learn From Black Authors
The world is filled with millions of books. These books range from ones that were written hundreds of years ago to ones that were written just yesterday. In all of these books there are a few specific types of tales, and while the themes generally stay the same, it is the variety in the themes that makes them interesting and informative to read. Novels and stories that were written by black authors are generally books that are very interesting to read for people who do not share the same skin color, for a variety of reasons.
The first thing that most people do not realize is that African American literature has a style and cadence of its own, most especially novels that were written by black authors who lived a hundred years ago. This is because the culture has its own identity and the majority of the people who live in it have a different way of speaking and a different dialect. These people are able to use their dialect and to put it into the stories that they’ve written, which, at first, makes for a confusing read but which helps to truly immerse oneself into the story.
One of the biggest lessons that people who are reading African American literature can glean from it is what it is like to live in another person’s skin. We live in a world surrounded by people of different color, but for the most part we only know what it is like to live in our own color of skin, not what it is like to live in skin that is colored something differently than our own skin is colored.
Black authors help us to see what it is like to live in a world wearing someone else’s skin. While many of the themes of these stories are the same as stories written by people in all colors and cultures, the simple fact that these stories are written by people who live in a different world, even if it is only different in a very slight manner, is enough to help us to see a piece of what it is like to live in a different culture.
Reading books by black authors gives us the experience that we would not be able to get otherwise – to live in the skin of someone else, even if its only for a few hundred pages.