He also talks about how he has been stopped in restaurants and bookstores by people who question his right to be there because he is a black man.
I was in Beverly Hills two days ago and I had three experiences. I went to a jewelers with my mother because my mother needed to do something with a ring. I walked in and they looked at me and I said, `Who do I talk to?' And they said, `What do you want?' It's a jewelry store. What else would I want? You know, but I--I got over that and we did this thing. And then I went into a bookstore, and a woman came up to me and says, `What do you want?' So I said, `It's a bookstore.While he talks about race, he believes that race is not the biggest challenge that we will face in this millennium.
What do I want?' And she followed me until I asked her could I sign my book? And then she stopped following me and she let me sign my book. And finally, I went to a restaurant at night, and I was stopped going into the restaurant. And they said, `What are you doing here?' I--I'm coming to meet somebody. You know? And, I mean, you know, it happened to be somebody that they knew. And so then they were nice to me.
My experience in America is that I'm a black man in America and that I get stopped, you know? It's not as bad as it used to be. But it's
still--you know, people--at first, they wonder--they say, `Well, we don't recognize you here,' you know? And so there--therefore, I'm a black man in America, but they define me, not me. You know, my definition is I'm Walter Mosley.
He used to be a computer programmer, and he didn't start writing fiction until he was 33 years old. He advocates people going 90 days without TV, radio, and electronic media, including the Internet. While he believes something is terribly wrong with capitalism, he is not a Marxist. He hopes we can come together and figure out something better for the common good. A perceptive and introspective man who says fiction is true while non fiction pretends to be true.
The interview was conducted in 2000. Watch here.