Books: Wait for Ping Pong?

RAISE RACE RAYS RAZE: ESSAYS SINCE 1965 by Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones). 169 pages. Random House. $5.95.

For all his bitter denunciations of white civilization as decadent and evil, LeRoi Jones cannot quite flush it from his system. It is as much a part of this 36-year-old black writer as having been the son of a Newark, N.J., postal worker, a graduate of Howard University, an East Village intellectual with a Tyrolean hat and a white wife, and a gifted poet-playwright who was cheered until white liberals decided that white guilt was a form of masochism.

An ambivalent past can be a...

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