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Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story by Timothy B. Tyson
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“If there is to be reconciliation, first there must be truth.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“The Lord works through deeply flawed people, since He made so few of the other kind.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
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“It baffles me that people think that obliterating the past will save them from its consequences, as if throwing away the empty cake plate would help you lose weight.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“In a fallen world marked by human depravity and deep-seated sin, in a world where Hitler and Stalin had recruited millions of followers to commit mass murder, love must harness power and seek justice in order to have moral meaning. Love without power remained impotent, and power without love was bankrupt.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“It appeared clear to me - partly because of the lies that filled my history textbooks - that the intent of formal education was to inculcate obedience to a social order that did not deserve my loyalty. Defiance seemed the only dignified response to the adult world.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“In the years since his murder, we have transformed King into a kind of innocuous black Santa Claus.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“Unjust social orders do no fall merely by appeals to the consciences of the oppressor, though such appeals may be an important element; history teaches us that they fall because a large enough number of people organize a movement powerful enough to push them down. Rarely do such revolutions emerge in a neat and morally pristine process.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“In politics, everyone regards themselves as a moderate, because they know some other sumbitch who's twice as crazy as they are.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“The self-congratulatory popular account insists that Dr. King called on the nation to fully accept its own creed, and the walls came a-tumbling down. This conventional narrative is soothing, moving, and politically acceptable, and has only the disadvantage of bearing no resemblance to what actually happened.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“Every minister worthy of the name has to walk the line between prophetic vision and spiritual sustenance, between telling people the comforting things they want to hear and challenging them with the difficult things they need to hear. In Oxford, Daddy began to feel as though all the members wanted him to do was to marry them and bury them and stay away from their souls.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“Oxford was as drenched in Dixie as we were, just about as Southern a town as you would ever hope to find, which generally was a good thing, because that meant that the weather was nice, except when it was hot enough to fry pork chops on the pavement, and the food was delicious, though it would thicken the walls of your arteries and kill you deader than Stonewall Jackson, and the people were big hearted and friendly, though it was not the hardest place in the world to get murdered for having bad manners. Even our main crop could kill you.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“What the advocates of our dangerous and deepening social amnesia don’t understand is how deeply the past holds the future in its grip—even, and perhaps especially, when it remains unacknowledged.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“Anyone intent on moral clarity might want to find another book and, in fact, might not want to go anywhere near the enduring chasm of race in the United States.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“We want to transcend our history without actually confronting it. We cannot address the place we find ourselves because we will not acknowledge the road that brought us here.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“Tobacco put food on our tables, steeples on our churches, stains on our fingers, spots on our lungs, and contradictions in our hearts.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“Racism was an important moral issue, one that the church needed to confront. Putting a black man in a position of honor and authority was a good thing, and if there was controversy over it, that was not a bad thing thing, either. People needed to work through these things, and not just in the abstract.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“We are runaway slaves from our own past, and only by turning to face the hounds can we find our freedom beyond them.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“When we said we were going to do something "directly," which is pronounced "dreckly," we meant that we were going to get to it sooner or later, one of these days, maybe never, and please don't ask again.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“The federal government was entirely complicit. When President Roosevelt passed the Social Security Act of 1935, Southern conservatives and their Northern Republican allies forced the New Deal legislation to exclude domestic workers and farmworkers from all of its employment provisions. That shielded”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“You read yourself full, you pray yourself hot, and then you turn yourself loose.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“The world had kenneled a vicious lie in my brain…”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“What others might dismiss as the vagaries of fate, my father interpreted as dancing lessons from the Divine.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“We cannot address the place we find ourselves because we will not acknowledge the road that brought us here. Our failure to confront the historical truth about how African Americans finally won their freedom presents a major obstacle to genuine racial reconciliation.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“That we not become prejudiced against those are prejudiced, or whose prejudices. May no be our own.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“A local white bootlegger, idling under the store awning, accosted Major Stem. “Why’d you call that damned nigger woman ‘Mrs. Shaw’?” he demanded. In those days, white Southerners did not use courtesy titles for their black neighbors. While it was permissible to call a favored black man “Uncle” or “Professor”—a mixture of affection and mockery—he must never hear the words “mister” or “sir.” Black women were “girls” until they were old enough to be called “auntie,” but they could never hear a white person, regardless of age, address them as “Mrs.” or “Miss” or “Ma’am.” But Major Stem made his own rules.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“He held his ground like a sweet gum stump trying hard to live in a spirit of love and action, not anger and reaction”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
“South where I grew up. In large measure, this reflected a racial and gender caste system that denied most other opportunities to African American women. That system was designed to ensure a ready supply of cheap black labor, especially for the Southern ruling classes that emerged out of slavery’s old planter class. But the privilege of exploiting black labor extended even to fairly lowly whites; textile mill hands and poor farmers, for example, frequently employed their black”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story