Monthly Archives: September 2013

Black pride was born from oppression, persecution, genocide, slaughter, and persistent pain. It was not born out of narcissism, nor for the purpose of declaring superiority. Black Pride is a celebration of life, as though to say “We’re here. We’re alive. We’re resisting.” It is a way of honoring the past and challenging the future.

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You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. Besides, it took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen.

–Thomas Sankara, “Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution 1983-1987” (page 232)

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Rage in the Black imagination is much more than a one-dimensional emotion. It isn’t anger. That’s far too simple. It isn’t a pathological disorder of uncontrollable self- and other-directed hatred, as some have argued. Rather, it is a dynamic state of being and mode of understanding. It’s how we make sense of our position in and relationship to a world that rejects us. It’s contradictory, both rousing and soothing, fleeting and constant. It is both prelude to and product of the intersections of courage and fear, hope and despair. It materializes in diverse ways. It was Ellison’s Invisible Man and Wright’s Bigger Thomas. It was Morrison’s Bluest Eye, Evertt’s Thelonius ‘Monk’ Ellison, Sapphire’s Push, and James Baldwin’s…well, just James Baldwin.

–Brian Foster

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All too often the privileged try to convince the oppressed that there IS actually no oppression— we are all equal. This façade of equality is merely one of several tools in the patriarchal white supremacist tool kit. If you REALLY wanted to assess whether or not racism was still alive, you would just ask those who are most impacted by it, instead of trying to convince them that what they feel every day is a figment of their dangerous crazy imagination. Be suspicious of grand narratives written by the most privileged.

–Aph Ko, “The Problem With ‘White Pride’ and a ‘Post-Racial’ Society”

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