You can’t please everyone . . .
Here’s what I wrote about Hurston in a LRC column (https://www.lewrockwell.com/2009/04/jason-jewell/more-cultural-literacy-a-reading-list-for-beginners/) several years ago:
“84. Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God: follows the fortunes of Janie Crawford in Eatonville, FL, an all-black community (Hurston’s birthplace). At one time the most prominent black woman writer in America, Hurston didn’t hate white people enough — she endorsed Robert Taft, for crying out loud! — to satisfy the critics, who tried to send her work down the memory hole. She has enjoyed a resurgence of interest since the 1970s.”