Quotations About / On:
Better have a black face than be worried about black deeds.
(Robert N. Lee, and Rowland V. Lee. Tom Clink (Ernest Cossart), Tower of London, to his young apprentice, who wants to watch an execution (1939).)
Black is my colour and black I'll always be! So don't try to rearrange me to suit your specific specification.
(Written with humanity in mind.)
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).)
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).)
The myth of black women profiting at the expense of black men is the oldest rap around.
(Johnnetta Betsch Cole (b. 1936), African American educator. As quoted in I Dream a World, by Brian Lanker (1989).
At this time, Cole was the President of Spelman College, a historically African American women's institution.)
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).)
The world is not black and white. More like black and grey.
(Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. quoted in Observer (London, Jan. 2, 1983).)
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).)
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.)
The black artist is dangerous. Black art controls the "Negro's" reality, negates negative influences, and creates positive images.
(Sonia Sanchez (b. 1934), African American poet. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 10, by Claudia Tate (1985).)