Artists in Action #37


Jean Genet makes a fool out of himself hanging around mildly amused Black Panthers

3 comments:

Revelations said...

Our Lady of the Afro

Rainer said...

I think you've made a fool of yourself. Here's Angela Davis on how the Panther's viewed Genet . . .

http://sisterezili.blogspot.com/2009/01/tactfulness-of-heart-angela-davis-on.html

Tom Sutpen said...

I've little doubt that's how Angela Davis viewed how the Black Panther Party hierarchy viewed Jean Genet (you will note, however, that virtually all of Davis's account is focused on what we might call Genet's . . . utility . . . to their immediate purposes). But the rank and file Panthers were not fools, and they had to have spotted, immediately, that his vision of them was highly romantic at its core> He could rhapsodize about the Panthers in terms of a vast revolutionary struggle, but he had no understanding of them deeper than that.

He was, at bottom, a tourist, practically a bumpkin; however well respected. And they could only take him seriously to a point.