The popular denunciation of Poitier throughout the late 60s and 70s knew no limits. Black nationalist H Rap Brown deplored his 'Uncle Tom' characterisations. Poitier was more famously immortalised in Amiri Baraka's 1978 play, Sidney Poetical Heroical -a cruel satire that ridiculed the actor as a cheap white liberal gambit on race relations. And three years later, The New York Times published an article, entitled 'Why do white folks love Sidney Poitier so?'


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