I quoted the last two line"
"Yet do I marvel at this curious thing:
To make a poet black and bid him sing!"
Mr. Johnson's smile was warm and approving. "Ah, yes, Mr. Douglass, precisely. In America, even if you are writing about a thing as simple as feeling good on a bright, clear morning filled with fresh air - feeling as perhaps millions of others are, they will find it difficult, yes, white Americans will find that difficult to understand because the writer is black and they are white. A few whites will.
"On the other hand, should you write about their direct relationship to you, the only one they know, the correct, objective historical relationship, the one that needs improving on, they will understand. That is all they've been thaught to understand, the inherent, basically unchanged state of hostility."