- Ezibota: It’s taken sometime for a lot of white critics to understand black writing. A lot of poets like Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni and even Sonia Sanchez were often critiqued negatively because their work was nothing like Shakespeare or Robert Frost. What do you think of this?
- Nayyirah Waheed: Their opinion means nothing to me. Who are they to me? What is their sound… their mouths to our words, our emotions, expressions, or experiences? We don’t need validation. I actually want their hands off our work. Our work is a different universe, a requiring of a different set of senses. That which they do not fully understand, is meant for them not to understand, as it is not theirs.
How would you fix the X Men?