What were Wright’s opinions of traditional African culture?
Michele L. Simms Burton: Upon his visit to the Gold Coast in 1953, Wright was taken aback by traditional African culture, particularly fetish worshiping. Jerry W. Ward: Wright’s opinions were mixed, almost tortured. Ultimately, from his perspective as a man of the West, Wright’s opinions were largely negative. James Miller: In Black Power, he presents himself as a quintessential Westerner who regards African traditions from a position of rational, critical detachment. E. Ethelbert Miller: Could you comment on Wright’s relationship with George Padmore and C.L.R. James? Michele L. Simms Burton: Padmore was like spiritual father to Wright, and I believe that Wright also found a rebel with a cause in Padmore. Wright writes the introduction to Padmore’s book Pan-Africanism or Communism?: The Coming Struggle for Africa (1956). Wright’s relationship with C.L.R. James was close, but not as close as it was with Padmore. But it was James who introduced Wright to Padmore. E. Ethelbert Miller: Is