|CULTURE IS NOT ALL ABOUT WHAT WHITE PEOPLE SAY OR DO|
Now consider what actually happened... There was a lot of fuss; obituaries... AND THEN... sort of not all that much.
Certainly not the wailing lamentation when Bowie died... or even Ted Hughes...
I am not saying the media and Western cultural machines are organisationally racist, but there is something wrong with the omelettes in Denmark, when arguably the greatest poet of color of the 20th century dies followed by ONLY THE GOLDARN INVENTOR OF ROCK AND ROLL - and there is no world-shaking sorrow and recognition that SOME OF THE GREATEST ART AND CULTURE is made by non-white folks.
Because Walcott and Berry, for all their human weaknesses, were universal geniuses in their fields. Their deaths were not just sad or notable - they were SEISMIC.
Now imagine they were white... we'd have TIME magazine covers for weeks. Or am I missing something?