Nationwide — Author Malcolm Frazier wants to inspire young minds. His short stories have been featured and displayed on college and university campuses across the country. His latest book, Allegory of the Negro was written to navigate and paint a picture with beautiful words to reach the souls of young Black Americans. The book addresses issues that young Black Americans face now, and in in the past.
“In Plato’s beautiful Allegory, the cave inhabitants looked upon the flickering flames that were fixed upon the cave walls. They have the luxury of deciding what is in fact real. They were starting upon the greatest journey of human kind: “Free Thinking”. They chose the wrong path… why?”
“The Negroes image in other cultures minds is given to them by a second-hand source. Then, due to so many Negroes having no sense of self, they absorb what is given to them by the media instead of making their own perception of themselves. Which leads to the question: “When will the Negro become enlightened?” “When shall the sun rise on the dim horizon of their mentality?” It is almost as if a mental sickness is hindering many of us from our true potential.”
“The Negro needs new leaders to step forward as did Booker T. Washington, Nat Turner or Huey P. Newton, just to name a few. The angle to reach the Negro of today may have to be different from the methods used during their time, but it must be figured out. The state of many Negroes is comparable to that of the prisoner in the Allegory of the Cave. The difference is that the Negro is not only being held back by others, but more so by their own actions.”
Frazier says Allegory of the Negro was inspired by Malcolm X, who once asked: “Who taught you to hate the color of your skin? Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair? Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips? Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet? Who taught you to hate your own kind? Who taught you to hate the race that you belong to so much so that you don’t want to be around each other?”
Allegory of the Negro is available as an e-book on Amazon.com