Whether it is Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon or the impact of black preachers, black culture is based on “cut and repetition”. Snead notes that black culture is based in the process of “cutting” or stopping, going back, and continuing with the process; the process could describe music, spoken word, or figures within black culture. Black culture is “circular” whereas European culture “accumulates” (67). Yet both are flawed, black culture is doomed to “always suffer in a society” where it is based in material progress. European culture will continue to realize its limitations because “repetition has been suppressed in favor of fulfillment” (71). Therefore in the context of race relations, having solely either will result in each struggling against each other.
Snead’s point on the shortcoming of each respective race reflects a W.E.B. Du Bois’ perspective on the need for populist movement:
“He would not AfricanizeAmerica, for America has too much to teach the world and Africa. He would not bleach his Negro soul in a flood of white Americanism, for he knows that Negro blood has a message for the world.”
It would be unsurprising if Snead did not read Du Bois. The concept of “cut” and “progression” fall in line with each. By only acknowledging the power and disempowerment of both, can a stronger shift towards a more pluralistic world is possible.