Credit Nina Subin/Penguin Group

Credit Nina Subin/Penguin Group

Dominican-American writer Junot Diaz isn’t just a MacArthur ‘genius grant’ and Pulitzer prize winner, he’s a wickedly smart public thinker who just gets it. From his public commentary about “decolonial love” to  his appreciation for women of color writers, especially Black ones, Diaz’s embrace of race conscious feminist thought  is refreshing and necessary. Every time the “This Is How You Lose Her” author gets in front of a crowd or interviewer, he offers nuggets of insight that elucidate American racism and give weight to the value women’s lived experiences. Whether he’s using Frantz Fanon to expound upon the brilliance of female writers or explaining how white supremacy functions, his legendary literary skills and bold critiques of race and the patriarchy will make you appreciate his beautiful, beautiful mind.

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  • Larann

    Particularly impressive because he is Dominican – a culture that is fundamentally anti-black. One of the most racist experiences I have had was in the Dominican Republic. They revel in anti-blackness. Thank goodness for Junot.

  • I’m glad he is able to acknowledge and embrace his black identity as a Dominican. He was also vocal on his opposition of the Dominican Republic denying Haitian citizenship. I hope he opens more awareness in his country that continues to be shameful of their African heritage and history.
    Henry Lois Gates Jr. did an awesome documentary explaining this issue in the Dominican Republic