Quotations About / On:
Assumptions that racism is more oppressive to black men than black women, then and now ... based on acceptance of patriarchal notions of masculinity.
(bell hooks (b. c. 1955), African American feminist author and educator. Yearning, ch. 8 (1990).)
When they kept you out it was because you were black; when they let you in, it is because you are black. That's progress?
(Marilyn French (b. 1929), U.S. author, critic. Valerie, in The Women's Room, ch. 4, sect. 19 (1977).)
What had begun as a movement to free all black people from racist oppression became a movement with its primary goal the establishment of black male patriarchy.
(bell hooks (b. c. 1955), African American author, feminist, and civil rights advocate. Ain't I a Woman? Introduction (1981).)
The black cat does not die. Those same books, if I am not mistaken, teach that the black cat is deathless. Deathless as evil. It is the origin of the common superstition of the cat with nine lives.
(Peter Ruric, and Edgar G. Ulmer. Edgar G. Ulmer. Hjalmar Poelzig (Boris Karloff), The Black Cat, discussing the shooting of a black cat (1934).
Suggested by the Edgar Allan Poe story.)
To avoid the consequences of posterity the mulattos give the blacks a first class letting alone. There is a frantic stampede white-ward to escape from Jamaica's black mass.
(Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Tell My Horse, ch. 1, J.P. Lippincott (1938).)
It has been observed that while anti-black racism charges its object with inferiority, anti-Semitism charges its object with iniquity. The racist believes that blacks are incapable of running anything by themselves. The anti-Semite believes (in one popular bit of folklore) that thirteen rabbis rule the world.
(Henry Louis, Jr. Gates (b. 1950), U.S. author, educator. "Backlash?" New Yorker (May 17, 1993).)
If you're born in America with a black skin, you're born in prison, and the masses of black people in America today are beginning to regard our plight or predicament in this society as one of a prison inmate.
(Malcolm X (1925-1965), U.S. African-American leader. Interview June 1963. Malcolm X: The Man and His Times, pt. 3, "Malcolm X Talks with Kenneth B. Clark," ed. John Henrik Clarke (1969).)
I can't think of a single supposedly Black issue that hasn't wasted the original Black target group and then spread like the measles to outlying white experience.
(June Jordan (b. 1936), African American poet, essayist, and social critic. On Call, ch. 4 (1985).
Written in 1982, with reference to such problems as drug abuse and unwed teenage pregnancy.)
As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
(Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author, poet. Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas, vol. 3, ch. 1 (1976).)
A white face goes with a white mind. Occasionally a black face goes with a white mind. Very seldom a white face will have a black mind.
(Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943), U.S. poet. from a conversation with James Baldwin, in London, Nov. 4, 1971. A Dialogue (1973).)