The lack of acknowledgement reflects the suffocating impact of american slavery, an institution that refused to allow slaves— and often their masters— any news of the world that would suggest that black people had an alternative to bondage. They were certainly not going to be allowed to hear of a story that suggested that blacks could compete with whites on equal footing. American slavery was founded on the principle of benevolent authority— the notion that the white man knows what’s best for the black man. The primary aim of slaveholders was to indoctrinate slaves with a deep sense of fear and inferiority; to make them accept the notion of white supremacy in all things.
Science is classified knowledge obtained from systematic observation, study, and experiments. Therefore, history is a science. For example, we have carbon 14 dating of fossil, DNA testing, and the scientific investigation of other similar artifacts. And yet, THEY DELIBERATELY FALSIFIED AND IGNORED THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE POINTING To THE African Origins Of Civilization.
Afro Denial: A psychological affliction wherein patients exhibit self-delusional behavior, believing they have straight-flowing, European supermodel-type hair- thereby refusing to accept the coarseness thickness and/or nappiness of their actual hair.
I am just finishing up The Autobiography of Malcolm X (I am an incredibly slow reader…). It has been a great and influential book. Malcolm’s life was filled with so much change and many powerful experiences.
I have been excited by Manning Marable’s book on Malcolm for a quite some time and I decided to buy it from the bankrupt Borders today. Very excited to delve into it.
“Jewellery has always flirted with circular shapes, especially for use in making earrings. The most classic models are the slave and creole styles in gold hoops.
“If the name brings to the mind the decorative traditions of the women of colour who were brought to the southern Unites States during the slave trade, the latest interpretation is pure freedom. Colored stones, symbolic pendants and multiple spheres. And the evolution goes on.”
Something tells me that “the latest interpretation” is still coming from a narrative that incited the needed for a “pure freedom” narrative anyway; that is, pure colonialism. Ah! Even the use of the word “pure” in this context is quite telling. It’s horrible how the fashion accessory for these “slave earrings” are not sold based on their aesthetic, but based on a violent and invisible history of slavery.
All in all, what I’d really like to say about this is: “YO, THAS SUM FUCKD UP SHIT.”
what??? no. really?
Vogue Italia… you can have a seat on GTFOH airlines. First class. \_\_\_
where the fuck is the gif of the little boy screaming “That’s racist”
U didnt think because they did a spread with all black models they were less racist did u ?lol
with Titles like: “How to find a man, keep a man, lose a man—- with Jesus”
A good man is hard to find, Jesus knows…
I’m a lonely wife cheating on my man and Jesus knows….
Where can I find a good man with Jesus in the strip club and drug dealers
God Send Me A Man…
LOL. A Raisin in the Sun was about the values systems within the 1950’s Inner City African American community. Alot of what Lorraine Hansberry wrote in the play was pre-revolutionary (Black Power) that wouldnt get wide exposure until the 70’s..But she was a lesbian and an atheist from the blk Middle Class.
Beneatha was kinda like Lorraine writing herself into the play..Like when Her mother slaps her for not believing in God.
Teen pregnancy is not the problem, rather its the value we put on human life that is. Back in the day every ones grandmother was pregnant before 16. What we need to do is propose and enact legislation that says because you had your baby your life is not over you can still have a career, and move up the social ladder.
Toni Morrison said it best
A. The child’s not going to hurt them. Of course, it is absolutely time consuming. But who cares about the schedule? What is this business that you have to finish school at 18? They’re not babies. We have decided that puberty extends to what — 30? When do people stop being kids? The body is ready to have babies, that’s why they are in a passion to do it. Nature wants it done then, when the body can handle it, not after 40, when the income can handle it.
A. They can be teachers. They can be brain surgeons. We have to help them become brain surgeons. That’s my job. I want to take them all in my arms and say, “Your baby is beautiful and so are you and, honey, you can do it. And when you want to be a brain surgeon, call me — I will take care of your baby.” That’s the attitude you have to have about human life. But we don’t want to pay for it.
I don’t think anybody cares about unwed mothers unless they’re black — or poor. The question is not morality, the question is money. That’s what we’re upset about. We don’t care whether they have babies or not.
Q. How do you break the cycle of poverty? You can’t just hand out money.
A. Why not? Everybody gets everything handed to them. The rich get it handed — they inherit it. I don’t mean just inheritance of money. I mean what people take for granted among the middle and upper classes, which is nepotism, the old-boy network. That’s shared bounty of class.
as a filler because i got my basic english credits out of the way in high school. i am going to have to read a lot of african american literature. i am in no way racist. and i think that writing about what defines you as a person and being in touch with your roots are great things. but to be completely honest, i really couldnt care less about reading about someone else’s oppression. i do not feel that just because a book was written about slavery or by a slave or by the grandchild of a slave that that book should be declared a “classic.” let’s be real here, to me and probably all of my middle class white classmates, reading about someone that went through that oppression is something that we cannot relate to or appreciate. stick an oprah booklist stamp on it, shit’s done.
I think she’s missing the point of a cultural lit class.
You know whats really funny? you never read those books in regular English, when you read “classics.” In my regular high school history class I had to sit through “Gone With the Wind” and listen to all the reasons why a fundamentally racist movie was classic. Forced to read Huck Finn and listen to middle-class white kids tell me why the N word isn’t racist. And in my college film classes I’m forced to listen to all the reasons why “Birth of a Nation” is a classic, all the “technical achievements”, while Black film classics only exist in pieces. That’s why you’ve never seen an Oscar Micheaux film, they barely even exist anymore. And plus, why can’t you appreciate what happened in the world? I’ve seen so much shit about the Holocaust, never did I say “I can’t appreciate this.”
Who ever wrote this shit I hope they weren’t talking about Toni Morrison’s Beloved? Cuz I will cut a bitch who says that book is not important or even more so important than Gone With the Wind or Huck Finn. BTW You are very much racist Mr/Mrs. Im-not-racist-but: by the mere admission that you cant take a day or a week to feel what it was like in the United States for people who worked there whole lives free of charge to build this country where you can be free while their descendants still to this day toil signifies that you are not human. If you cant honestly relinquish your privilege to read a book how do you expect to do so in the real world? Another reason why people of color, namely blacks, need to stop fronting and waiting on white people to finally see their evil ways: because you’ll be waiting a LOOOONG muthafucking time.