Q. Where did the idea for the story "Cultural Relativity" come from? If I was a young black woman I might be upset with the ending. Must black women settle for frogs? What happens when readers can't look pass reality to embrace what is simply a story? This story seems to bring back the old question -What is the role of the black writer? Do you have an answer?
"Cultural Relativity" is probably the silliest, most playful, sly, and whimsical story I ever published, and intentionally so. But what is wrong with a story making someone upset? Is the role of the black artist---or any artist---one that dictates he (or she) should never ruffle any feathers? (If that is the case, we will have very few black, editorial or political cartoonists.) Surely we, as a people, aren't that thin-skinned. Are we?