Quotes About Black People

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Slavoj Žižek
“For the multiculturalist, white Anglo-Saxon Protestants are prohibited, Italians and Irish get a little respect, blacks are good, native Americans are even better. The further away we go, the more they deserve respect. This is a kind of inverted, patronising respect that puts everyone at a distance.”
Slavoj Žižek

Carter G. Woodson
“At this moment, then, the Negroes must begin to do the very thing which they have been taught that they cannot do.”
Carter G. Woodson

Charles Darwin
“At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated. The break will then be rendered wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state as we may hope, than the Caucasian and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the negro or Australian and the gorilla.”
Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

Brandi L. Bates
“On Slavery: The saddest slap in the face is we have NO monument, no real statues or memorials, no special day of Atonement or Remembrance (NOT ONE), no thanks for 400+ years of free labor, forced servitude across the Trans-Atlantic, ass beatings, buying ourselves and families out of slavery, rape and plunder...but everyone else has monuments, special museums, and even movies. This is what America thinks of black people, so-called black president and all, who has been largely silent on this subject...we'll even celebrate Leprechauns, Easter Bunnies, and Secretary's Day before we acknowledge our history.”
Brandi L. Bates

N.K. Jemisin
“In the future, as in the present, as in the past, black people will build many new worlds.

This is true. I will make it so. And you will help me.”
N.K. Jemisin

Zadie Smith
“Some of us are happy with our African hair, thank you very much. I don't want some poor Indian girl's hair. And I wish to God I could buy black hair products from black people for once. How we going to make it in this country if we don't make our own business?”
Zadie Smith, White Teeth

Darnell Lamont Walker
“White supremacy is a black person telling the people of Baltimore to chill out and try peace, thinking they came up with that thought all on their own.”
Darnell Lamont Walker

Chris Crutcher
“Does anyone in this room have it?"
"No, Chris, no one here has it."
"How do you know?"
"Because the mark was dark skin. Negroes are the descendants of Cain."
I didn't have my civil-rights sensibilities yet, but I was starting to get a bad feeling about God....”
Chris Crutcher, King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography

Raynetta Manees
“This book is dedicated to every woman who has ever felt self-conscious about her size. Outer beauty comes in all sizes, shapes, heights, ages, and colors. And inner beauty will always shine through, no matter what the packaging.”
Raynetta Manees, Fantasy

Michael Chabon
“Black people live their whole lives in a fantasy world, it's just not their fantasy.”
Michael Chabon, Telegraph Avenue

Darnell Lamont Walker
“I remember reading article about the woman in that Oakland neighborhood who lost all her children to violence. I wondered why'd she keep living there after the first one was killed. Didn't she care about the others?

Today, I zoomed out and wondered why I'm still in America.”
Darnell Lamont Walker

Habeeb Akande
“Thank God for good genes and cocoa butter!”
Habeeb Akande

Allan Dare Pearce
“I am an educated black woman in a time when educated black people will be called upon to risk everything for the rights of black people everywhere.”
Allan Dare Pearce, Paris in April

Darnell Lamont Walker
“I've always looked at America like a foster mother doing it only for the check. At any minute, I just knew she'd be ready to give up on me.”
Darnell Lamont Walker

Jarod Kintz
“Through the fog Orafoura said, “Those people are black.” “I know,” I said, “they’ll match the lemonade.” I make love like an Arnold Palmer, but not like Arnold Palmer.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE

Barack Obama
“I had begun to see a new map of the world, one that was frightening in its simplicity, suffocating in its implications. We were always playing on the white man's court, Ray had told me, by the white man's rules. If the principal, or the coach, or a teacher, or Kurt, wanted to spit in your face, he could, because he had power and you didn't. If he decided not to, if he treated you like a man or came to your defense, it was because he knew that the words you spoke, the clothes you wore, the books you read, your ambitions and desires, were already his. Whatever he decided to do, it was his decision to make, not yours, and because of that fundamental power he held over you, because it preceded and would outlast his individual motives and inclinations, any distinction between good and bad whites held negligible meaning.”
Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

“I consider myself an American African because we did not come by choice.”
Alafia Stewart

Barack Obama
“In fact, you couldn't even be sure that everything you had assumed to be an expression of your black, unfettered self-- the humor, the song, the behind-the-back pass-- had been freely chosen by you. At best, these things were a refuge; at worst, a trap. Following this maddening logic, the only thing you could choose as your own was withdrawal into a smaller and smaller coil of rage, until being black meant only the knowledge of your own powerlessness, of your own defeat. And the final irony: Should you refuse this defeat and lash out at your captors, they would have a name for that, too, a name that could cage you just as good. Paranoid. Militant. Violent. Nigger.”
Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

“I wish BET did more to represent the full spectrum of black experiences in a balanced manner. If you watch BET, you get the sense that the only way black people succeed is through professional sports, music, or marrying/fucking/being a baby mama of someone who is involved with professional sports or music.”
Roxanne Gay

Allan Dare Pearce
“This is the time for black people to stand and be counted.”
Allan Dare Pearce, Paris in April

Darnell Lamont Walker
“The problem is, there is no geographical cure. No matter where we (Black American Folk) go, we are still too plugged into this place. Our cousins, grandmothers, aunts, nieces will be in this place. And the second we start looking at it as a "them" problem, we become another problem.”
Darnell Lamont Walker

John Cage
“The reason we life black people isn't because they're black. We like them because they're not as grey as we are.”
John Cage, M: Writings '67-'72

“It’s important that young people know about the struggles we faced to get to the point we are today. Only then will they appreciate the hard-won freedom of blacks in this country.”
Amelia Boynton Robinson

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