As a committed writer (not a good or talented one; believe me, there is a big difference) and serious reader of his two books, I agree with this assessment. (“Dreams” is one of the greatest post-modern Black memoirs I’ve read in the last 10 years. Second place is filled here.) And as a former (?) journalist, I’m more than 100 percent sure thinking like this puts anger at bay and creates distance between you and those who look like you. Because that’s what it’s designed to do, particularly when you are taught it by those who don’t look like you, and you quickly find out that they pass out virtually all the rewards of this behavior. Although I believe there is a time and place for “objectivity,” I understand its obvious dangers.