The Eulogization Of Brown

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Similarly Brown opposes the predominant generalizations of "brown." The prelude starts: "Brown as impurity. I write of a color that is not a singular color.... I write of brown as complete freedom of substance and narrative. I extol impurity. I eulogize a literature that is suffused with brown (quote #6)." Beginning here and proceeding all through the book, Rodriguez challenges the negative undertones the color has tackled. In doing so he recovers "brown" as African-Americans have recovered "nigger," as Mexican-Americans have recovered "Chicano," as the gay group has recovered "strange." He perceives the essences of brown in the United States: "Apart from stool sample, there is no browner smear in the American imagination than the Rio Grande.

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