Quotations About / On:
... a legitimate revolution must be led by, made by those who have been most oppressed: black, brown, yellow, red, and white womenwith men relating to that the best they can.
(Robin Morgan (b. 1941), U.S. author, feminist, and child actor. Goodbye to All That (January 1970).)
We black men seem the sole oasis of simple faith and reverence in a dusty desert of dollars and smartness.
(W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868-1963), U.S. civil rights leader, author. The Souls of Black Folk, ch. 1 (1903).)
Lots of white people think black people are stupid. They are stupid themselves for thinking so, but regulation will not make them smarter.
(Stephen Carter (b. 1954), U.S. lawyer, author. Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby, ch. 8 (1992).)
So the brother in black offers to these United States the source of courage that endures, and laughter.
(Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. High John de Conquer, American Mercury (1943).)
By dying I wanted to maintain my honor, and hide a flame so black from the daylight!
(Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Phaedra, in Phaedra, act 1, sc. 3 (1677).
Phaedra describes her horror at her own incestuous passion.)
Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbowred, yellow, brown, black and whiteand we're all precious in God's sight.
(Jesse Jackson (b. 1941), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. Speech, July 16, 1984, Democratic National Convention, San Francisco. Quoted in The Harper Book of American Quotations, ed. Gorton Carruth and Eugene Ehrlich (1988).
Jackson added, "My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected and the despised.")
Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective.
(William Burroughs (b. 1914), U.S. author. The Western Lands, ch. 3 (1987).)
Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.
(Mae West (1892-1980), U.S. screen actor. Quoted in David Ray Johnson, On Sex, Health and ESP, ch. 2, appendix to "Biographical Study," (1975).)
Humorists are always pessimists. They're reactionaries: because they see that every golden cloud has a black lining.
(Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Emily Wilkes, in I'm Dying Laughing, ch. 1, Holt (1987).
Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.)
The reason people think it's important to be white is that they think it's important not to be black.
(James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. A Dialogue (1973).
from a conversation with Nikki Giovanni, Nov. 4, 1971, in London.)