Quotation by Ishmael Reed

American cultural institutions seem so bent on preserving the values of "Western civilization," the mythical "Whitetown," that we learn about one another's cultures the same way we learn about sex: in the streets.
Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Writin'Is Fightin,'Atheneum (1988). "Hymietown Revisited," California Magazine (October 1984).
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