I think I'm one of a kind. I'm black, but I listen to rock as hard as any other white guy I know. I've been raised in my culture to listen to Led Zeppelin, the Foo Fighters, and Metallica, and I've been fine growing up with my white friends. Some consider me a black emo, although I don't even know what that means and I think the term is stupid to begin with. What polarizes me from Bukowski's work is his use of the word monkey on page 116 of Post Office. I loved this book up until the point in which he started saying this shit that pissed me off and made me skip pages till the end. (But don't get me wrong, I have read this entire novel). He says, "Cunt! You set this up, didn't you? You'd let this monkey kill me for the lousy 4 or 5 hundred bucks in my wallet!" If y0u are a Buk fan, I don't know how you will defend this. Sure I know Buk might have been speaking for white men at his time, but this is way too racist. He should have known better. The man manages to degrade not only black people, but women as well. If there are any arguments to him being a sympathetic character it ends here. I hate Buk for these lines, and I'm just wondering what you all think. In my book, a character has to at least have our sympathy in order to carry a book forward. His nature in Post Office and Women just make me doubt that. I only like Ham On Rye, but all else is shit. Controversial or not, this shit just angered me.