Christian White Men and Belzebub

Christian White Men and Belzebub


ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



Diary Notes from 

The Marcus Bruce Christian Archives

University of New Orleans


Books by Marcus Bruce Christian

Song of the Black Valiants: Marching Tempo / High Ground: A Collection of Poems  / Negro soldiers in the Battle of New Orleans

I am New Orleans: A Poem / Negro Iron Workers of Louisiana: 1718-1900 /  The Liberty Monument

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On White Men, Freight Elevators, and Distinctions of Flesh

December 10, 1943


But here it is, I was thinking, he wants to see me, wants me to come up a stinking freight elevator. How could I go? Turn my head to the wall, and not watch the comments or the wisecracks of the white elevator tender. He suffers segregation, but no more than he must. He never invited it. Hell! Guess he’d better go see him now, he [Christian] wouldn’t like to go after he [Saxon] was dead. White folks always think of Negroes as being child-like in their sorrow. 

Hell! What’s the use? A white man is born to his thoughts, just as a Negro is born to exploitation. Change things around and neither of them would be comfortable for a while. But some people never want that sort of thing.   

He opened the shrimp bag to get some shrimps and the cat Belzebub, caught his attention by his constant meowing that had been going on all the while. He took out the bag and looked down, Belzebub started forward, waving his long bushy tail in delicious, feline anticipation. . . . He opened his hands and took out a shrimp to its continual meowing, and placed it between the forefinger and thumb of his right hand, and reached it towards the cat. It snapped at the morsel instinctively, but with far more delicacy than it had done several months ago when it first came to the house. Then it would have been your hand and the meat–now he had learned nice distinctions of flesh.

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Marcus Bruce Christian

Selected Diary Notes / Selected Poems  / Selected Letters

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Memories of Marcus B. Christian (CainsChristian’s BioBibliographical Record    Introduction to I AM NEW ORLEANS 

A Theory of a Black Aesthetic   Magpies, Goddesses, & Black Male Identity

Activist Works on Next Level of Change   Intro to I Am New Orleans   Letter from Dillard University

A Labor of Genuine Love  Letter of Gift of Photos   Letters from LSU and Skip Gates

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Negro Iron Workers of Louisiana: 1718-1900

By Marcus Bruce Christian


Study of the blacksmith tradition and New Orleans famous lace balconies and fences.

Acclaimed during his life as the unofficial poet laureate of the New Orleans African-American community, Marcus Christian recorded a distinguished career as historian, journalist, and literary scholar. He was a contributor to Pelican’s Gumbo Ya Ya, and also wrote many articles that appeared in numerous newspapers, journals, and general-interest publications.

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Audio: My Story, My Song (Featuring blues guitarist Walter Wolfman Washington)

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Ancient African Nations

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