Cancelling the Beat Generation

Source: Quillette
by David S Wills

It is no longer just university administrators who are pushing back against the Beats; it is the students, too. … These students are the benefactors of decades of forward progress made possible by the efforts of the Beat writers. … The Beats were products of their time, yet their progressive attitudes towards race helped their fellow white Americans become more inclusive, and their push towards sexual liberation and gay rights was monumental in shifting attitudes to the point that the prevailing values of their era now seem startlingly archaic. The Beat authors were no saints and healthy criticism is vital, but the left-wing reactionaries attempting to remove them from the curricula are as ignorant as their right-wing counterparts who attempted to keep them out more than a half-century ago.” (10/08/21)