A Good Man is Hard To Find

Flannery O’Connor, herself, reads her classic –

When will this short story be banned for its use of “the N-Word”?

“In my time,” said the grandmother, folding her thin veined fingers, “children were more respectful of their native states and their parents and everything else. People did right then. Oh look at the cute little pickaninny!” she said and pointed to a Negro child standing in the door of a shack. “Wouldn’t that make a picture, now?” she asked and they all turned and looked at the little Negro out of the back window. He waved.

“He didn’t have any britches on,” June Star said.

“He probably didn’t have any,” the grandmother explained. “Little niggers in the country don’t have things like we do. If I could paint, I’d paint that picture,” she said.

12 Comments on A Good Man is Hard To Find

  1. @Larry the obnoxious liberal
    You should apply yourself more Larry, all those menial jobs you’ve worked throughout your life have left you bitter and given you a warped perspective.
    Put the paper hat away and try to advance yourself, your head may even clear!

  2. One of the most intriguing writers of all time, and heavily influenced by her Catholic faith. God Alone Knows why she hasn’t come under fire yet…in His time. PS, this is a GREAT story–thanks, Big, hope everyone will read it.

  3. I’m going to have to listen to it later since I don’t have enough time to listen to it this morning. I picked A Good Man Is Hard To Find as my choice for our men’s book club a few years ago when it was my turn to host the book club. Russell Kirk in one of his books was the one turned me onto reading Flannery O’Connor, she was an amazing in the way she wrote about grace in the midst of tragedy and grotesque situations. I can overlook her use of the N word because that’s the way they talked at the time, she wasn’t racist it was just the way the times were in the South when she was writing back in 1940’s thru early 60’s.

  4. So we’re supposed to hate the racist past whitey is accused of, but contemporary writing in the vernacular of times is to be banned because it demonstrates that casual racism? And even a few years ago it was still casual to that generation. My wife’s 80-year old great aunt was asked what the birds nesting on the Norris Bridge to Whitestone were called. Distracted by the question, she replied, “They’re just nigger geese,” and went back to her description of dinner. (They were cormorants). It didn’t even register with her what she said.

    Lefties are their own worst enemies, so don;t stand in their way.

  5. First read her work in college. It was a short story titled “The Artificial Nigger”. Since then, she’s become one of my favorite writers.

  6. Oh how I would’ve loved to have broadcast this over the PA system at last weeks congressional hrg on reparations.

    Can you imagine the reaction from a room full of militant “descendants of slaves?”

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