With the 1992 Los Angeles riots as mark, this opening discourse interlaces a thinking of the question of relation in the phrase “between me and the other world” from the opening paragraph of W. E. B. Du Bois’ s Souls of Black Folk of 1903, with a reception of Jacques Derrida’ s early 1970s elaborations on the problem mimesis, or the double, and a resounding of Cecil Taylor’ s encoding of the problem of historicity in Silent Tongues of 1974. It formulates the difficulty for any engagement of the problem of the Negro as a problem for thought as if theoretical practice could be purely theoretical. Yet, it likewise stages in its own locution a poetics of theoretical work that is practical theoretical.
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