Quotations About / On: BLACK

  • 31.
    O black and unknown bards of long ago, How came your lips to touch the sacred fire?
    (James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), U.S. author, poet. "O Black and Unknown Bards," st. 1 (written c. 1907), publ. In Fifty Years and Other Poems (1917). Opening lines.)
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  • 32.
    Mosquitoes, black flies, etc., pursued us in mid-channel, and we were glad sometimes to get into violent rapids, for then we escaped them.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Allegash and East Branch" (1864) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 309, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
  • 33.
    In Stamps the segregation was so complete that most Black children didn't really, absolutely know what whites looked like.
    (Maya Angelou (b. 1928), African American poet, autobiographer, and performer. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, ch. 4 (1970). Remembering her childhood in strictly segregated, harshly racist Stamps, Arkansas, during the 1930s.)
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  • 34.
    Ethnic life in the United States has become a sort of contest like baseball in which the blacks are always the Chicago Cubs.
    (Ishmael Reed (b. 1938), U.S. novelist, poet, essayist. repr. In Writin' Is Fightin,' Atheneum (1988). "America's Color Bind: The Modeling of Minorities," San Francisco Examiner (November 1987).)
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  • 35.
    Think of our little eggshell of a canoe tossing across that great lake, a mere black speck to the eagle soaring above it!
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Allegash and East Branch" (1864) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 190, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 36.
    A woman's asking for equality in the church would be comparable to a black person's demanding equality in the Ku Klux Klan.
    (Mary Daly (b. 1928), U.S. educator, writer, theologian. The Church and the Second Sex, new autobiographical preface (1975).)
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  • 37.
    I was only sitting here in my white study
    with the awful black words pushing me around.
    (Anne Sexton (1928-1974), U.S. poet. "Madame Arrives in the Mail.")
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  • 38.
    If a white person visits Africa, the black children run after him or her; trying to touch him or her. On the other hand, if a black person travels back to this white person's country, no white children come out running after him or her. Why is it so? This is something that we have to chew on and learn from; for the wisdom od nature.

    By Edward Kofi Louis.
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  • 39.
    There are no black conservatives. Oh, there are neoconservatives with black skin, but they lack any claim to blackness other than the biological. They have forgotten their roots.
    (Stephen Carter (b. 1954), U.S. lawyer, author. Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby, ch. 8 (1992).)
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  • 40.
    In fact, there is clear evidence of black intellectual superiority: in 1984, 92 percent of blacks voted to retire Ronald Reagan, compared to only 36 percent of whites.
    (Barbara Ehrenreich (b. 1941), U.S. author, columnist. "The Unbearable Being Of Whiteness," The Worst Years of Our Lives (first published 1988, repr. 1991).)
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