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Is it time yet to talk honestly about Maya Angelou?
American Thinker ^ | 05/30/2014 | Thomas Lifson

Posted on 05/30/2014 6:55:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

When excited bulletins on cable news let the public know that Maya Angelou had passed away, I bit my tongue and stayed my keyboard.  I generally follow the rule of letting the dead rest in peace for a day or two before writing critically of them. But this fine piece by Daniel J. Flynn in the American Spectator covers many of the points I would have brought up about the late poet/madam/actress/communist/all around phony.

Flynn calls her “an author more revered than read,” and that gets to the heart of the Angelou phenomenon. I will give her credit, as Flynn does, for playing a role very well. That role was as a victim who rose beyond her victimhood to become an icon. But an icon of victimhood as badge of honor, cultivating a voice, a manner, a persona that embodied dignity, thereby triggering waves of adulation from those who, out of guilt or hope, devoutly wished her to be a giant, so that all who have been a dealt a bad hand at birth could similarly rise and find dignity. She gave the suckers what they wanted.  Flynn has got her number:

“I’m not modest,” Angelou explained last year to the AP. “I have no modesty.” She got to know herself, apparently, after getting to know poetry and politics and songs and stage. She usurped her parents’ privilege by renaming herself after finding “Marguerite Johnson” not quite arresting enough. In this spirit, she insisted that others call her “Dr. Angelou” though she never obtained a college degree.

The fact that she turned left – hard left, embracing Fidel Castro, a murderous tyrant who has impoverished and enslaved his people – was a good career move.


(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


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1 posted on 05/30/2014 6:55:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
It's never time to talk honestly about any "person of color."

Ever.

2 posted on 05/30/2014 6:57:06 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: SeekAndFind

Neocommunists are as repugnant as neonazis.

The presstitutes cover up for Commies. Always have.


3 posted on 05/30/2014 6:57:21 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: SeekAndFind

If she had been white, we never would have heard of her.


4 posted on 05/30/2014 6:59:36 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Perhaps the worms have finished off Langston Hughes and are ready for another meal.


5 posted on 05/30/2014 7:00:07 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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6 posted on 05/30/2014 7:01:48 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is it time yet to talk honestly about Maya Angelou?

____________________________________________

She’s dead, Jim.

There was no need to talk about her when she was alive and useless, why start now?


7 posted on 05/30/2014 7:02:25 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Now she’s met the Highest Being and I imagine that ‘Dr. Angelou’ is going to come up way short.


8 posted on 05/30/2014 7:02:49 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: SeekAndFind
Politics makes strange bedfellows indeed. When one’s view swerves so far left that you hate even the moderate libs, who ya gonna turn to? Stalin, Lenin, Fidel, Chavez.. all become one’s heroes.
Perhaps the same can be said for the other side of the spectrum. I can hardly stand to listen to the moderates or RINOs that might as well be dems.
9 posted on 05/30/2014 7:03:50 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: SeekAndFind

LOL! My wife and daughter mentioned it to me the other day that she was gone. My comment of “No loss” garnered me an odd look. They don’t quite get that she was pretty much useless as a poet and even more so as a victim. Bye bye margaret.


10 posted on 05/30/2014 7:04:26 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: SeekAndFind

MFLR.


11 posted on 05/30/2014 7:05:06 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: SeekAndFind

There never was a good time to talk about her. She was a socialist/fascist and a pimple on the ass of time.


12 posted on 05/30/2014 7:05:43 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who?


13 posted on 05/30/2014 7:05:56 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Unarmed people cannot defend themselves.)
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To: Free Vulcan

As we all shall.


14 posted on 05/30/2014 7:06:50 AM PDT by resistance (abandon all hope and rational thought, become a democrat)
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To: SeekAndFind

Truly lousy poet, who loved to hear herself TALK forever holding on vowels with agony for the listener. With a faked up name, a Castro apologist (of course—following the Castro edict in the Cuban revolt—”Black man get your blanco women”- Ok’ing class warfare rape of the few unfortunates who could not get out of the country). Who elevated her victimhood to a prize winning level (Oprah anyone LOL). There are so many more humble true stories, black or white of women surviving and conquering abuse without making a career of it.

Lo and behold we find out she kept and used guns in her house for protection. Of course communists/lefties have always had guns and tried to restrict others from having them— (Carl Rowan, Jay Rockefeller with his illegal full auto M-16 in his DC home, etc.)


15 posted on 05/30/2014 7:08:48 AM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: SeekAndFind

I never gave her a thought one way or the other. I did think her poetry was boring but then what do I know about poetry?


16 posted on 05/30/2014 7:09:59 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: SeekAndFind

She was an actress and not a very good one but she played her part to the final curtain call — and a whole lot of people applauded knowing that the whole thing was an act and her poetry was pathetic.


17 posted on 05/30/2014 7:13:04 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: SeekAndFind

Affirmative Action. Enough said.


18 posted on 05/30/2014 7:14:37 AM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: John S Mosby

Your post just now is much better poetry than anything I ever read that she wrote.


19 posted on 05/30/2014 7:15:07 AM PDT by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: wolfpat

Why, thank you! Yep, and I may upset some FReepers— I thought of her as a commie Rod Mckuen (doh!)


20 posted on 05/30/2014 7:20:30 AM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: SeekAndFind
Mainstream media
Embraced by political correctness
Reflecting intolerant righteousness
Like sunlight dancing on a sewage lagoon.

Pools of liberal slime
With Communist hearts
And Fascist hands
Craft helpful harm to everyone
But themselves.

See anyone can be a "Maya Angelou".....

21 posted on 05/30/2014 7:20:41 AM PDT by cincinnati65
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To: ilovesarah2012
"If she had been white, we never would have heard of her."

Unless she had a black son of questionable fatherhood.

22 posted on 05/30/2014 7:25:52 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: SeekAndFind
Flynn calls her “an author more revered than read"

Something similar could be said in regard to a certain trumpet player.

23 posted on 05/30/2014 7:27:29 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Uncle Chip
She was an actress and not a very good one but she played her part to the final curtain call — and a whole lot of people applauded knowing that the whole thing was an act and her poetry was pathetic.

We agree.

(Wait a second; the room is spinning...)
24 posted on 05/30/2014 7:35:00 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: SeekAndFind

She is a sham. A transparent fraud who impersonates an intellectual... though she barely speaks or writes properly (you can do than when you hide behind the wounded, oppressed and exploited ‘salt-of-the-earth’ shtick.

She made a career out of elevating BS personal opinions to the equivalent of logical conclusions.

Uh Huh... had enough of this CRAP


25 posted on 05/30/2014 7:36:57 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: SeekAndFind
she insisted that others call her “Dr. Angelou” though she never obtained a college degree.

And the leftist's demanded that we all revere her even though she had no talent.

26 posted on 05/30/2014 7:41:19 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: fwdude

What is The Left going to do now that Pete Seeger, Maya Angelou nee Marguerite Johnson, and Hugo Chavez are dead? Where have all the heroes gone?.........................


27 posted on 05/30/2014 7:41:28 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: SeekAndFind

Finally somebody speaks up about the fraud that was “Maya Angelou”.


28 posted on 05/30/2014 7:43:10 AM PDT by clintonh8r (I wish no harm on Gen. Shinseki, but perhaps he should consider seppuku.....)
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To: fwdude
Was "jazz poetry" the progenitor of rap?
29 posted on 05/30/2014 8:14:42 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: SeekAndFind

She wasn’t a poet...Now Nipsey Russell, THAT was a poet.


30 posted on 05/30/2014 8:16:15 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: cincinnati65

Really quite nicely done!

Let me try my hand :)

The Main Stream stagnates, corrects its course
Politically. Brilliant, intolerant righteousness
Reflects - like a dazzling Deity dancing
On fetid sewage, remnants of the national psyche.

The DC swampland pools the slime of bogus
Poets. Communist hearts, Fascist hands
Unite, crafting helpful harm for all -
But themselves.


31 posted on 05/30/2014 8:18:24 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

From a local radio station:

EMS Worker Suspended For Comments During Angelou 911 Call
A Forsyth County emergency dispatcher has been suspended with pay after comments he made were recorded during a 911 call connected to Maya Angelou’s death. John Ruckh has worked for Forsyth EMS for 24-years and he was not the telecommunicator who took the call. However he can be heard in the background talking about an interview that Oprah Winfrey had done with the BBC last fall. Ruckh said he was simply talking about the interview where Oprah said racism persists because generations of older white people were raised hating blacks, and that some people disrespect the office of the President, simply because President Obama is black. Ruckh says his comments were in no way meant to be racist, and he was simply discussing the interview.

WSJS News
Copyright: Curtis Media Group
Fri May 30, 8:17:12 AM EST


32 posted on 05/30/2014 8:24:43 AM PDT by punknpuss
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To: SeekAndFind

The famous poets of our post 60s era, NAMBLA’s gay leftist Allen Ginsberg, and this affirmative action leftist gal, Angelou.


33 posted on 05/30/2014 8:29:18 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Former Liberal friends liked to e-mail with the tagline:

I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
~ Maya Angelou

They made themselves former friends when they demanded no further contact or friendship following the revelation their friend was supportive of the Second Amendment and the responsible use of firearms by juveniles as in my own childhood. They did not appreciate the 1st Amendment right to oppose their own viewpoints with free speech in response to their own speech. Somehow they failed to understand and heed the part of their quotation which said, “but people will never forget how you made them feel.”


34 posted on 05/30/2014 8:34:39 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
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To: SeekAndFind

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,—
When he beats his bars and he would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings—
I know why the caged bird sings!
-Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1872-1906, Sympathy

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom
-Maya Angelou

Compare and contrast the work of these two black American poets.


35 posted on 05/30/2014 8:40:21 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: ansel12

Ginsberg, at least, was an enormously great poet.

I believe it was Alexander King who said something to the effect of, “Talent is a strange bird. It’s known to perch in the most unlikely trees.” Ginsberg was one such. Great, great talent. Angelou - mediocre, at best.


36 posted on 05/30/2014 8:41:44 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

You’re probably right. But I’d like some honest discussion about that double-talking phony “intellectual” Cornell West. He’s turned jive talk into postmodern academic bafflegab and that seems to be the extent of his
accomplishments.


37 posted on 05/30/2014 8:54:17 AM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Maya Angelou “an author more revered than read” and a phoney baloney hard left communist.

It takes courage but yeah, it's time to talk the hard truth...

38 posted on 05/30/2014 9:02:43 AM PDT by GOPJ (Maya Angelou “an author more revered than read” and a phoney baloney hard-left communist.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d never heard of her until she died. I bet her so-called poems didn’t even rhyme.


39 posted on 05/30/2014 9:20:20 AM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: dagogo redux

I never saw it although Ginsberg was always pushed on us, but I’m one of those who can’t judge poetry anyway, like a man with no taste buds trying to know what you are talking about with preferred foods and flavors, aside from Tennyson, I have never understood why they don’t just write it out.


40 posted on 05/30/2014 9:28:49 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Ted Cruz and Mike Lee-both of whom sit on the Senate Judiciary Comm as Ginsberg's importance fades)
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To: John S Mosby

Rod McKuen is who I thought of too. Young girls swooned at his hackneyed drivel, and this lady seems to have a similar effect for a similar reason.


41 posted on 05/30/2014 9:53:10 AM PDT by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: WhiskeyX

I’ve heard that quote often. I doubt very seriosuly it originated with Angelou.


42 posted on 05/30/2014 10:00:25 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Ditter
I did think her poetry was boring but then what do I know about poetry?

Probably more than she did.

43 posted on 05/30/2014 10:39:20 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: dfwgator
She wasn’t a poet...Now Nipsey Russell, THAT was a poet.

I preferred Chuck Berry.

44 posted on 05/30/2014 10:41:54 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: dagogo redux; cincinnati65

Very fine! Let me try:

You see her name on the Interwebs
She’s dead, they say, and type their sorrow
Lauding her self-enumerated talents and her fake degree.
You hear her mourned on the TV
By sycophants of Democrat persuasion
For them, any occasion of a death of someone black
Is reason to attack their own blond ancestry again.

When will it stop, this o’er-the-top fan clubbery
Of cocktail party-worthiness and fake distinction?
When piglets fly. Hold not your inspiration
Lest you suffocate. You hate.


45 posted on 05/30/2014 10:51:45 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: WhiskeyX
I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. ~ Maya Angelou

After a lifetime of reading poetry (between the ages of 11 and 17, I read all of Chaucer in both contemporary and middle English, and all of Shakespeare; and between 17 and 30, plenty of other poets, ancient and modern), I tried -- twice -- to read her masterpiece, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and failed. Both times. Her writing made me feel bored.

Then I started seeing her on television. And her opinions and presentation made me feel disgusted.

46 posted on 05/30/2014 11:00:38 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: heartwood

Brilliant contrast. Her writing was not just amateurish, but derivative.


47 posted on 05/30/2014 11:04:14 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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To: ansel12

Good taste: Tennyson’s “Ulysses” has been the most influential poem in my life. Another beautiful work drawn from the same story is Wallace Steven’s “World as Meditation,” BTW.

I think the reason most people don’t get poetry is because they don’t read it aloud with an ear to the music it contains. Poetry is music - augmented by the meaning of the words, yes, but the meaning alone falls flat. To hear recordings of someone else reading poetry, or hear such things at a poetry reading also falls flat for me: I have to read it aloud to bring it to life.

Get a copy of Robert Fagal’s translation of the Iliad, and read it aloud, and listen to the music as you do so. Or, to come back to Ginsberg, read Howl allowed and get into the rhythm and melody of the sounds. It comes alive. That’s why he’s great, IMO - he understood the music in the poetry.


48 posted on 05/30/2014 11:48:59 AM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Every poem by her that I've ever read has been completely indistinguishable from greeting card inscription or a wall-hanging poster in a yogurt shop.

Her "art" was completely tied into her persona and had no hope of standing on its own. If you found a hidden stash of her poems and told Maya Angelou fans that they were written by a white guy - they would point at the poems and laugh at how trite and mundane they are.

49 posted on 05/30/2014 11:54:53 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Although, this one is pretty good:

Trayvon
by Maya Angelou

I sing of thee Trayvon
Lamented burnt umber crayon
Shoud of stayed at home
and got your lay-on
But you heard the siren song of wet grass
and headed for Seven Elevon.

Zimmerman the triggerman
Big game hunter lay in wait
White hispanic in a panic
Rubberheaded, held your fate.

By punching him, you tried to reason
You cant of known - was black-boy season
Stand your ground, ground and pound,
Frito Bandito shot you down.


50 posted on 05/30/2014 11:56:39 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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