chapter  9
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Black Intellectuals in Britain

The very title to which one has to write turns out to be prob­ lematical, as everything concerned with race. Is Vidia Naipaul a black intellectual? Twenty years ago the answer to that would have been simple. Not so today. There is a systematic persistent tendency to call all members of the Third World’ black. To continue with another aspect of the problem: I doubt if there are many black men who have made the impact on England that Paul Robeson has made. He lived in England for many years and was one of the best-known and best-loved black men who ever was looked upon by British people as one of the blacks who had made it. Yet Paul went back home to the United States and in the last years of his life could not have been thought of as anything else but an American citizen.