African American Quotations

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1879. A system of oppression draws much of its strength from the acquiescence of its victims who have accepted the dominant image of themselves and are paralyzed by a sense of helplessness.

Pauli Murray, 1910-1985 Lawyer and Minister

1880. Self-hate is a form of mental slavery that results in poverty, ignorance and crime.

Susan Taylor, 1946- Editor and Writer

1881. It is impossible to grow up in America, no matter what color you are, and not have some white supremacy in you.

Cornel West, 1954- Philosopher and Activist

1882. Hated by whites and being an organic part of the culture that hated him, the black man grew in turn to hate in himself that which others hated in him.

Richard Wright, 1908-1960 Novelist

1883. America's greatest crime against the black man was not slavery or lynchings, but that he was taught to wear a mask of self-hate and self-doubt.

Malcolm X, 1925-1965 Nationalist leader

1884. Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair? Who taught you to hate the color of your skin? ... Who taught you to hate your self?

Malcolm X, 1925-1965 Nationalist leader


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