The pushing sort of person

“There is in New York tonight a black woman molding clay by herself in a little bare room, because there is not a single school of sculpture in New York where she is welcome. Surely there are doors she might burst through, but when God makes a sculptor He does not always make the pushing sort of person who beats his way through doors thrust in his face. This girl is working her hands off to get out of this country so that she can get some sort of training.”

“Criteria of Negro Art” by W.E.B. Du Bois, via Kottke.org.

Who is making films?

Is it the most talented or those with the most to say?

Or is it the pushing sort of person who beats his or her way through doors?

There’s a lot of good to be done by encouraging and helping the non-pushing sorts of people (with something to say) to get going and generate some forward motion.

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