I had a gallery owner tell me to stick to "my heritage" in my paintings. My "heritage" is American. There are definite expectations as to the work a black artist is to do to be accepted. Needless to say, I hate the bastards.
POST SCRIPTS: A Facebook
friend shared this post, and someone remarked that to say one's
heritage is "American" is "too bland and pussy". To which I said: " My
interests and loves are international. As America is. I feel no closer
to "Black" culture than any other. I grew up with blacks unwilling to
look outside their own neighborhoods. And hostile to those who did. That
is a way of staying "safe". I call that "pussy"."
"Many black people think that because a popular entertainment
has a black "face" that it is black "culture". News: They're all by the
same producers. SHAFT is no more a "black" film than MAJOR DAD."
be more interested in doing a graphic novel about Van Gogh than about
Frederick Douglass. But there are folks (black and white) who'd have a hard time with that aspiration."