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African American Quotations

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RAPE
1730. What happened to me happens to hundreds of thousands of women every day.

Towana Brawley Crime subject

1731. You know, Mrs. Stowe, slave women can't help themselves.

Eliza Buick

1732. Rape was an insurrectionary act. . . . I wanted to send waves of consternation throughout the white race.

Eldridge Cleaver, 1935-1998 Black Panther Party leader

1733. Nobody in this section of the country believes the old threadbare lie that Negro men rape white women. If Southern white men are not careful, they will over-reach themselves and public sentiment will have a reaction; a conclusion will then be reached which will be very damaging to the moral reputation of their women.

Ida B. Wells, 1862-1931 Militant activist


READING
1734. We are the only racial group within the United States ever forbidden by law to read and write.

Alice Childress, 1920-1994 Writer

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