Blackness Quotes

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Idowu Koyenikan
“Most people write me off when they see me.
They do not know my story.
They say I am just an African.
They judge me before they get to know me.
What they do not know is
The pride I have in the blood that runs through my veins;
The pride I have in my rich culture and the history of my people;
The pride I have in my strong family ties and the deep connection to my community;
The pride I have in the African music, African art, and African dance;
The pride I have in my name and the meaning behind it.
Just as my name has meaning, I too will live my life with meaning.
So you think I am nothing?
Don’t worry about what I am now,
For what I will be, I am gradually becoming.
I will raise my head high wherever I go
Because of my African pride,
And nobody will take that away from me.”
idowu koyenikan, Wealth for all Africans: How Every African Can Live the Life of Their Dreams

Sylvia Plath
“All I want is blackness. Blackness and silence.”
Sylvia Plath

Robert Fanney
“A song she heard
Of cold that gathers
Like winter's tongue
Among the shadows
It rose like blackness
In the sky
That on volcano's
Vomit rise
A Stone of ruin
From burn to chill
Like black moonrise
Her voice fell still...”
Robert Fanney

Charles   Lee
“I preach darkness. I don't inspire hope—only shadows. It's up to you to find the light in my words.”
Charles Lee

Tsitsi Dangarembga
“It’s bad enough . . . when a country gets colonized, but when the people do as well! That’s the end, really, that’s the end.”
Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions

Frank B. Wilderson III
“If we are to be honest with ourselves, we must admit that the "Negro" has been inviting whites, as well as civil society's junior partners, to the dance of social death for hundreds of years, but few have wanted to learn the steps. They have been, and remain today - even in the most anti-racist movements, like the prison abolition movement - invested elsewhere. This is not to say that all oppositional political desire today is pro-white, but it is usually anti-Black, meaning it will not dance with death.”
Frank B. Wilderson III

Brittney Morris
“As we duel, as we chat, there's an understanding that "your black is not my black" and "your weird is not my weird" and "your beautiful is not my beautiful," and that's okay. It' brings tears to my eyes if I think about it too long.”
Brittney Morris, Slay

Justin Ordoñez
“Outside, the sun shines. Inside, there’s only darkness. The blackness is hard to describe, as it’s more than symptoms. It’s a nothing that becomes everything there is. And what one sees is only a fraction of the trauma inflicted.”
Justin Ordoñez, Sykosa

Munia Khan
“Let my toes teach the shore
how to feel a tranquil life
through the wetness of sands

Let my heart latch the door
of blackness, as all my pain
now blue sky understands”
Munia Khan

Ibram X. Kendi
“We were unarmed, but we knew that blackness armed us, even though we had no guns.”
Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

“If you remove Al Sharpton’s blackness, he disappears. He’s transparent. There’s nothing there because he bases his whole life on his blackness. Me, I’m a black man; but my blackness has submission to my Christianity.”
Ken Hutcherson

“Racist insults leave you feeling dirty because, even at five years old, we already know
on some level that, in this society at least, we are indeed lesser citizens with all
the baggage of racialised history following us ghost-like about our days. We are
conquered people living in the conquerors’ land, and as such we are people
without honour. At five years old we are already conscious of the offence caused
by our black body turning up in the wrong space, and have begun to internalise
the negative ideas about blackness so present in the culture.”
Akala, Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire

Vladislav Krapivin
“...в самой глубине души у Корнелия жило опасливое понимание, что эта бодрость, этот счастливый настрой могут оказаться недолгими. И опять придёт уныние, неуверенность. Страх...”
Vladislav Krapivin, Выстрел с монитора. Гуси-гуси, га-га-га...

Ta-Nehisi Coates
“And watching this silently, as was my way, I marveled at the bonds between us-the way we shortened our words, or spoke, sometimes, with no words at entire world of our own, hidden away from them, and to be part of that world, I felt even then, was to be in on a secret, a secret that was in you.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Water Dancer

“black women breathe flowers, too.
just because
we are taught to grow them in the lining of our quiet (our grandmothers secret)
does nor mean
we do not swelter with wild tenderness.
we soft swim.
we petal.
we scent limbs.
we just have been too long a garden for sharp and deadly teeth.
so we
Nayyirah Waheed, Salt

“In America, the role of blacks, as for humans everywhere, is to live and flourish and to be fit progenitors for generations to come. To do so, they must oppose racism in an unrelenting way. Psychiatry for such warriors aims to keep them fit for the duty at hand and healthy enough to enjoy the victories that are certain to come.”
William H. Grier

“I believe White Folk persecute Black Folk are publicly, because in their hearts they build alters and sing praises and make sacrifices; they do it all to us. We are admired, and adored, we are coveted for our fleshy part from where our hair ends to where the earth beneath us starts they want everything about this blackness but the burden; that we can keep.”
Jonathan Perry

Elizabeth Acevedo
“The whole of me is black. The whole of me is whole.”
Elizabeth Acevedo, With the Fire on High

“By demonstrating excellence in whatever skin we wear, we challenge ignorance by our very existence.”
Adam Howard

Assata Shakur
“You better shut your big blubber lips.”
We would call each other “jungle bunnies” and “bush boogies.” We would talk about each other’s ugly, big lips and flat noses. We would call each other pickaninnies and nappy-haired so-and-so’s.
“Act your age, not your color,” we would tell each other.
“You gon thank me when I’m through with you, Ima beat you so bad, I’m gon beat the black offa you.”
Black made any insult worse. When you called somebody a “bastard,” that was bad. But when you called somebody a “Black bastard,” now that was terrible. In fact, when i was growing up, being called “Black,” period, was grounds for fighting.
“Who you callin’ Black?” we would say. We had never heard the words “Black is beautiful” and the idea had never occurred to most of us.”
Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography

“african american women are easy. inferior.
africans are dirty. jungle people.
african americans are lazy. indolent.
african people are too black. ugly.
african americans think they are better than us.
africans think they are better us.

–– listen to the sound of us | we are breaking our mothers heart | the ancestors
weep at how much we look like the hate that came to eat us”
Nayyirah Waheed, Salt

Kiese Laymon
“After reading Bambara, I wondered for the first time how great an American sentence, paragraph, or book could be if it wasn't, at least partially, written to and for black Americans in the Deep South.”
Kiese Laymon, Heavy

“Loving a black man feels like chewing glass.
Drinking air. Fighting blood.”
Ezinne Orjiako, Nkem.

Earl Lovelace
“Few have failed to observe that the much vaunted cultural creativity expressed in Trinidad and Tobago has come principally from the ordinary African descended people at the bottom of the economic ladder.”
Earl Lovelace

Munia Khan
“The blackness of black is so timid in front of all colors”
Munia Khan, Attainable

Zora Neale Hurston
“Ah ain't got tuh do but two things--stay black and die," Sister Berry snapped.”
Zora Neale Hurston

Brittney Cooper
“Empowerment looks like cultivating the wisdom to make the best choices we can out of what are customarily a piss-poor set of options. Power looks like the ability to create better options. The powerlessness and capriciousness of being repeatedly jammed up at the personal and political crossroads of one's intersection while a watching world pretends not to see you there, needing help, is how it feels to be a Black woman on an ordinary day.”
Brittney Cooper, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower

Munia Khan
“Those who are lost in the dark should know that life is like a
day of 24 hours; night falls to cast the blackness every day, yet
the sun never fails to come out. So, we must not be disappointed
with the absence of light in our lives”
Munia Khan, Attainable

“have you ever
a black woman weep over her skinmurdered child.
it is the splitting of atoms.
it is billions
voices screaming their children’s names
her death wail.

–– trayvon martin ii”
Nayyirah Waheed, Salt

George Lamming
“If you tell have of them that work in those places that they have somethin' to do with Africa they'd piss straight in your face."

But why you goin' to tell a man that for," said Mr. Foster, "Why tell a man he's somebody brother when he ain't?"

"'Tis true," said Bob's father, "no man like to know he black." (p.102)”
George Lamming, In the Castle of My Skin

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