"Aleksandr Pushkin is considered Russia's greatest poet and the founder of modern Russian literature."
"Russian poet, novelist, dramatist, and short-story writer; he has often been considered his country’s greatest poet and the founder of modern Russian literature."
Black and Russian aren't mutually exclusive. Pushkin was very proud of his own heritage, his ancestor and his ancestor's accomplishments which explains why he was writing a book about him.
You can't be American. Black dialect - not accent! In America there are many dialects: Jewish, Italian, Puerto Rican, WASP(several), etc. regional (state, city, even county), socio-economic, age, etc. And many people mix several dialects.
An American murderer made a phone call and a linguist working with the police was able to identify his race, ethnicity, place of birth, his present region, his socio-economic status as a child and adult, his age, and his education.
You're underestimating racism in America. I assume you never heard of the one drop rule?
"... a Louisiana woman was denied her request to be classified as white on her birth certificate because of a black ancestor four generations back. A Louisiana law, repealed in 1983, assigned residents as “colored” if one thirty-second of their ancestry included African descent.
... social psychologist Arnold Ho suggests that the one-drop rule remains the bedrock of American attitudes toward the children of black-white couples. Ho and two other researchers interviewed 200 U.S.-born black subjects and 200 U.S.-born whites on how they would classify mixed-race children.
“I think the main takeaway from our work is that both blacks and whites show a tendency to categorize and think about black-white multiracials as more black than white,” Ho told the Banner."
Oh my. Your grand-grandfather is directly related to you. But - unless there's some weird incestual history in your family - he is not your father. Pushkin is a father of modern Russian language, he is one of the founding fathers of Russian literature as it is. He is not the father of modern (let alone contemporary) Russian literature no matter what Britannica says. Britannica considers such distinctions to be of minor importance - that's its problems, not Pushkin's.
Again. On many occasions, Pushkin referred to himself as a proud Russian. Never did he refer to himself as African or black. None of his friends or enemies did such a thing as well. Never did he try to hide his ancestry. He didn't look African so using him to prove your point about 'black Javert' (played by an unmistakably black man) is nonsense.
moviechat troll vs. Russian scholars, encyclopedias, biographies, Russians themselves, descendants
You lose troll!
Every source says the same about Pushkin being the father of MODERN Russian literature and being proud of his black heritage.
His pride of his Pushkin ancestors who were listed in the pedigree book of Ivan the Terrible which he wrote about in "My Genealogy" in 1830 as well as his African heritage which he closely identified since he resembled his great-grandfather. Pushkin was darker than other Russians, had frizzy hair, and black features which he inherited unlike his siblings.
He expresses his pride in being black as well as his accomplished and distinguished great-grandfather in many of his writings.
You're delusional if you believe he looked Russian. His own self portraits, photo(not painting) and his own mother repeatedly refer to his strong black features.
Pushkin's favorite gift which adorned his work desk:
"Sometimes he used his African heritage to position himself as a Byronic outsider hero, as when speaking of “my Africa”, in Onegin, as if he’d been there. He called American slaves “my brothers” while owning Russian slaves of his own and insisting – as Nabokov’s translation of his 1830 poem My Genealogy has it – Gannibal was: “The emperor’s bosom friend, not a slave.” At other times, he reproduced stereotypes of the day, as when he pictures Ibrahim with “jealously [beginning] to seethe in his African blood” – a trope that society gossips applied to Pushkin himself after his tragic duel."
Disrespect him in Russia and you'll get your butt kicked since they love and respect him. His descendant said it's sacrilegious.
Black people lived in Paris therefore a black Javert is realistic. Think of him as a French Bass Reeves.
I've read a few biographies about Pushkin and French history. Stupid can be fixed if only you'd get a library card and use it.
Are you black by any chance?
Irrelevant. My point is to learn history before making assumptions. BTW, history isn't limited to blacks since people on this site have made incredibly dumb comments about Muslims, Native-Americans, Hispanics, women, communists, the Vietnam War, Jews, Iraq War, political parties, economic systems, etc. I always say the same thing. Read a history book.