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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Touré on the role of race in a 'post-black' culture

Touré on the role of race in a 'post-black' culture

A man with salt-and-pepper hair stood recently in front of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, glaring at an oversized poster promoting a reading Monday night by the cultural critic Touré from his new book, "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?" "Post-blackness?" muttered the African-American man, spitting out the word as though it had curdled in his mouth. "Ain't no such thing." It wasn't at all clear whether the man on the street would be attending Touré's talk, though the author hopes he does. That indignant response was just one example of the lively conversation that Touré generates wherever he goes, whether he's...