The Black Aesthetic is the result of Afro-American desire for self-determination and nationhood that resurfaced in the form of artistic expression in the 1960s. It is unified in its embrace of all members of the African diaspora, although also characterized by varying rhetoric among poets of the Black Arts project. Nonetheless, the Black Aesthetic serves as a corrective means to help black people out of polluted mainstream Americanism.
To think of the Black Aesthetician's primary objective as identifying the external enemy against which the black masses are distinguished -- the white "establishment" -- would be incorrect.
by Baraka, Imamu Amiri June 01, 2006