Quotation by Ishmael Reed

I'm beginning to believe that Killer Illiteracy ought to rank near heart disease and cancer as one of the leading causes of death among Americans. What you don't know can indeed hurt you, and so those who can neither read nor write lead miserable lives, like Richard Wright's character, Bigger Thomas, born dead with no past or future.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Writin' Is Fightin,' Atheneum (1988). "Killer Illiteracy," San Francisco Examiner (November 1987).
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