Blackness Quotes

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1. “Most people write me off when they see me.They do not know my story.They say I am just an African.They judge me before they get to know me.What they do not know isThe pride I have in the blood that runs through my veins;The pride I have in my rich culture and the history of my people;The pride I have in my strong family ties and the deep connection to my community;The pride I have in the African music, African art, and African dance;The pride I have in my name and the meaning behind it.Just as my name has meaning, I too will live my life with meaning.So you think I am nothing?Don’t worry about what I am now,For what I will be, I am gradually becoming.I will raise my head high wherever I goBecause of my African pride,And nobody will take that away from me.”

Tags : Africa Herbalist Africa Leaders Africa Quotes African American Authors African Americans African Believes African Culture African Cup Of Nations African Great Lakes African Literature African Proverb African Saying African Socialism African Union Black Girls Rock Black History Black In America Black Intellectuals Black Women China Achebe
Source : Wealth for All Africans: How Every African Can Live the Life of Their Dreams

2. “Or… maybe I’m not going crazy. “Maybe I’m some sort of android-cyborg-clone-thing, and I’m just breaking down.I’m not sure which way is worse.Dad laughs. “You’re not in your right mind, dear,” he says. “No, no, no, you’re not.”And then——Silence.Dad fades away. The reverie chair disappears.There’s just blackness. I remember then that I am in the reverie of something dead. Whatever that thing was, it was dead.And, just as I’m starting to wonder if, perhaps, I have died, too, I see a light, far away in the corner of the dreamscape. The light isn’t soft; it’s not glowing. It crackles like silent lightning, burning with electricity, sparks flying out and fizzling in the dark.I don’t know why—it makes no sense, the way dreams often don’t—but I want to touch the light.So I do.”

Tags : Android Blackness Breaking Down Crazy Dead Dreamscape Light Mind Reverie Silence
Author : Beth Revis
Source : The Body Electric

3. “I preach darkness. I don't inspire hope—only shadows. It's up to you to find the light in my words.”

Tags : Black Blackness Darkness Darkness And Light Empty Glimmer Hopeless Light No Hope Nothingness Shadows Shine Twinkle
Author : Charles Lee

4. “All I want is blackness. Blackness and silence.”

Tags : Blackness Silence
Author : Sylvia Plath

5. “A song she heardOf cold that gathersLike winter's tongueAmong the shadowsIt rose like blacknessIn the skyThat on volcano'sVomit riseA Stone of ruinFrom burn to chillLike black moonriseHer voice fell still...”

Tags : Blackness Elf Elves Fantasy Luthiel Magic Moon Music Shadow Song Summer Volcano Winter
Author : Robert Fanney

6. “It’s bad enough . . . when a country gets colonized, but when the people do as well! That’s the end, really, that’s the end.”

Tags : Blackness Colonization History
Source : Nervous Conditions

7. “If we are to be honest with ourselves, we must admit that the "Negro" has been inviting whites, as well as civil society's junior partners, to the dance of social death for hundreds of years, but few have wanted to learn the steps. They have been, and remain today - even in the most anti-racist movements, like the prison abolition movement - invested elsewhere. This is not to say that all oppositional political desire today is pro-white, but it is usually anti-Black, meaning it will not dance with death.”

Tags : Anti Blackness Blackness Marxism Orlando Patterson Race Racism Social Death White Supremacy

8. “Outside, the sun shines. Inside, there’s only darkness. The blackness is hard to describe, as it’s more than symptoms. It’s a nothing that becomes everything there is. And what one sees is only a fraction of the trauma inflicted.”

Tags : Blackness Everything Nothing Sykosa Trauma
Source : Sykosa

9. “Black people love their children with a kind of obsession. You are all we have, and you come to us endangered.”

Tags : Being Black Blackness Family Family Love Fatherhood Inspirational Living Love Motherhood Parenthood People Of Color Surviving Life
Source : Between the World and Me

10. “White stars don't mix with the dark blackness of the universe. If they did... everything would be grey”

Tags : Blackness Brightness Darkness Grey Mix Star Stars Universe What If White White Stars
Author : Erik Tanghe

11. “If you remove Al Sharpton’s blackness, he disappears. He’s transparent. There’s nothing there because he bases his whole life on his blackness. Me, I’m a black man; but my blackness has submission to my Christianity.”

Tags : Al Sharpton Blackness Christianity Transparency

12. “The worst fear of the race yes, the world suddenly transformed into a senseless nightmare, horrible dissolution of things. Nothing compares, even oblivion is a sweet dream. You understand why, of course. Why this peculiar threat. These brooding psyches, all the busy minds everywhere. I hear them buzzing like flies in the blackness. I see them as glow worms flitting in the blackness. They are struggling, straining every second to keep the sky above them, to keep the sun in the sky, to keep the dead in the earth-to keep all things, so to speak, where they belong. What an undertaking! What a crushing task! Is it any wonder that they are all tempted by a universal vice, that in some dark street of the mind a single voice whispers to one and all, softly hissing, and says: 'Lay down your burden.' Then thoughts begin to drift, a mystical magnetism pulls them this way and that, faces start to change, shadows speak... sooner or later the sky comes down, melting like wax. But as you know, everything has not yet been lost: absolute terror has proved its security against this fate. Is it any wonder that these beings carry on the struggle at whatever cost?”

Tags : Blackness Burden Busyness Dream Fear Illusion Nightmare Reality Security Senselessness Struggle Terror
Source : Grimscribe: His Lives and Works

13. “Do not trap yourself into an owl's hooting soundwhere sad nights linger through the blackness of a hound”

Tags : Black Blackness Darkness Grim Hooting Hound Hounds Linger Night Owl Owls Poem Poetry Poetry Quotes Sad Sadness Sound Trap
Author : Munia Khan

14. “I sold my elegant blackness to all those childhood ghosts and now they pay me for it.”

Tags : Beauty Blackness Race And Racism In America
Author : Toni Morrison
Source : God Help the Child

15. “When I can no longer go forward, even by an inch, I lay my head on the ground and wait to die. I’m too tired to be frightened. Above me is blackness, and all around me is blackness, and the forest sounds are a symphony to sing me out of this world. I am already at my funeral.”

Tags : Blackness Delirium Trilogy Funeral Lena Haloway
Author : Lauren Oliver
Source : Pandemonium

16. “It’s a fact: black people in this country die more easily, at all ages, across genders. Look at how young black men die, and how middle-aged black men drop dead, and how black women are ravaged by HIV/AIDS. The numbers graft to poverty but they also graph to stresses known and invisible. How did we come here, after all? Not with upturned chins and bright eyes but rather in chains, across a chasm. But what did we do? We built a nation, and we built its art.”

Tags : African American Blackness Death Race
Source : The Light of the World

17. “The time has come to realize that the interracial drama acted out on the American continent has not only created a new black man, it has created a new white man, too. No road whatever will lead Americans back to the simplicity of this European village where white men still have the luxury of looking on me as a stranger. I am not, really, a stranger any longer for any American alive. One of the things that distinguishes Americans from other people is that no other people has ever been so deeply involved in the lives of black men, and vice versa. This fact faced, with all its implications, it can be seen that the history of the American Negro problem is not merely shameful, it is also something of an achievement. For even when the worst has been said, it must also be added that the perpetual challenge posed by this problem was always, somehow, perpetually met. It is precisely this black-white experience which may prove of indispensable value to us in the world we face today. This world is white no longer, and it will never be white again.”

Tags : Baldwin Blackness Race Stranger In The Village Whiteness
Author : James Baldwin

18. “Let my toes teach the shore how to feel a tranquil lifethrough the wetness of sands Let my heart latch the doorof blackness, as all my pain now blue sky understands”

Tags : Blackness Blue Darkness Door Heart Latch Ocean Pain Poem Poetry Poetry Quotes Sand Sands Sea Seashore Shore Shores Quotes Sky Teach Teaching Teaching Quotes Understands Understands Quote Verse Wetness
Author : Munia Khan

19. “Magic?" What did magic have to do with breaking into someone's store and stealing their stuff?"Don't you get it?" Peter said. "You're free now. You don't have to live by their rules anymore." Peter pointed into the inky blackness of the basement. "The darkness is calling. A little danger, a little risk. Feel your heart race, listen to it. That's the sound of being alive. It's your time, Nick. Your one chance to have fun before it's all stolen by them, the adults, with their cruelty and endless rules, their can't-do-this, and can't-do-that's, their have-tos, and better-dos, their little boxes and cages all designed to break your spirit, to kill your magic.”

Tags : Adults Alive Basement Break Chance Danger Darkness Free Fun Heartbeat Into Life Live Magic Now Is The Time One Chance Peter Pulse Pounding Race Rules Seize Spirit Steal Store Stuff Time
Author : Brom

20. “I love my blackness. And yours.”

Tags : Blackness

21. “I want to be a guileless rook to discolor the blackness of all crafty human hearts”

Tags : Black Blackness Crafty Crow Crows Dark Darkness And Light Discolored Discolour Guile Guileless Heart Hearts Human Human Being Rook
Author : Munia Khan

22. “We're all astronauts, really, aren't we; interstellar astronauts, travelling so far into the blackness we can never return.”

Tags : Astronaut Blackness Interstellar Life No Return Return Space Travel
Author : S. K Tremayne

23. “To my Black brothers and sisters, choose faith. As difficult as it is, choose faith—the kind of faith that we know without works is dead. The faith that raises awareness, educates the community, advocates, cares for the widows and feeds the orphans. Choose the faith that is compelled to action, but not controlled my anger.”

Tags : Bible And Civil Rights Bigotry Black History Black Lives Matter Blackness Christian Advocacy Christians And Civil Rights Civil Rights Justice Minorities Racism Sin

24. “It's ironic when black non-Muslims say Islam is not a religion that uplifts black people when two of the most celebrated black heroes in recent history were both Muslim; Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali.”

Tags : American History Black America Black Empowerment Black History Black Muslim Blackness Islam Malcolm X Muhammad Ali Muslim Religion
Author : Habeeb Akande

25. “You do not give your precious body to the billy clubs of Birmingham sheriffs, nor to the insidious activity of the streets.”

Tags : Being Black Black Power Blackness Inspirational Inspirational Quotes Life Life Lessons Life Lessons Quotes Living Living Life Living Now People Of Color Strength
Source : Between the World and Me

26. “We will always be black, you and I, even if it means different things in different places. France is built on its own dream, on its collection of bodies, and recall that your very name is drawn from a man who opposed France and its national project of theft by colonization. It is true that our color was not our distinguishing feature there, so much as the Americanness represented in our poor handle on French. And it is true that there is something particular about how the Americans who think they are white regard us—something sexual and obscene. We were not enslaved in France. We are not their particular “problem,” nor their national guilt. We are not their niggers. If there is any comfort in this, it is not the kind that I would encourage you to indulge. Remember your name. Remember that you and I are brothers, are the children of trans-Atlantic rape. Remember the broader consciousness that comes with that. Remember that this consciousness can never ultimately be racial; it must be cosmic. Remember the Roma you saw begging with their children in the street, and the venom with which they were addressed. Remember the Algerian cab driver, speaking openly of his hatred of Paris, then looking at your mother and me and insisting that we were all united under Africa. Remember the rumbling we all felt under the beauty of Paris, as though the city had been built in abeyance of Pompeii. Remember the feeling that the great public gardens, the long lunches, might all be undone by a physics, cousin to our rules and the reckoning of our own country, that we do not fully comprehend.”

Tags : Blackness History

27. “What good's a black face if it means I'm just someone else's property? Why give me these arms and legs just to carry someone else's load, not my own?”

Tags : Annamae Black Identity Blackness Carrying On Freedom Pride Race Relations Runaway Slavery Stacey Lee Under A Painted Sky
Author : Stacey Lee
Source : Under a Painted Sky

28. “Black people are either threats or entertainment.”

Tags : African American Black People Blackness Race Racism

29. “I can sense your love,why leave me in darkness?Beguile me for your amusement,stealing my soul without kisses. You are the sun and I, the moon. Your beauty is reflected in my eyes.When we are apart, I am extinguishedin the blackness of these skies.”

Tags : Affectionate Apart Beautiful Beguile Blackness Boyfriend Dark Extinguish Eyes Fire Girlfriend Inspiration Kamand Love Poem Loving Mate Partner Spouse Steal Sun Unity

30. “Through her voice I saw a free woman, down on her land, a woman who knew how to kill her own chickens, hunt her own possum, cut her own cotton, fix her own roof, make her own whiskey, walk in her own shoes, and speak her mind, tell her own story.A black woman.Ready for the journey.The Journey.”

Tags : Black Women Blackness Life
Author : Bonnie Greer
Source : A Parallel Life

31. “There is a wide yawning black infinity. In every direction the extension is endless, the sensation of depth is overwhelming. And the darkness is immortal. Where light exists, it is pure, blazing, fierce; but light exists almost nowhere, and the blackness itself is also pure and blazing and fierce. But most of all, there is very nearly nothing in the dark; except for little bits here and there, often associated with the light, this infinite receptacle is empty.This picture is strangely frightening. It should be familiar. It is our universe.Even these stars, which seem so numerous, are, as sand, as dust, or less than dust, in the enormity of the space in which there is nothing. Nothing! We are not without empathetic terror when we open Pascal’s Pensées and read, 'I am the great silent spaces between worlds.'[From an undated, handwritten piece of text from the early 1950s which Sagan wrote when he was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago]”

Tags : Astronomy Blackness Blaise Pascal Depth Endless Enormity Frightening Great Immortal Infinity Light Nothing Pascal Science Silent Space Stars Terror Universe
Author : Carl Sagan

32. “[whiteness] has no real meaning divorced from the machinery of criminal power. The new people were something else before they were white—Catholic, Corsican, Welsh, Mennonite, Jewish—and if all our national hopes have any fulfillment, then they will have to be something else again. Perhaps they will truly become American and create a nobler basis for their myth. I cannot call it. As for now, it must be said that the process of washing the disparate tribes white, the elevation of the belief in being white, was not achieved through wine tastings and ice cream socials, but rather through the pillaging of life, liberty, labor and land; through the flaying of backs; the chaining of limbs; the strangling of dissidents; the destruction of families; the rape of mothers; the sale of children; and various other acts meant, first and foremost, to deny you and me the right to secure and govern our own bodies.The new people are not original in this. Perhaps there has been, at some point in history, some great power whose elevation was exempt from the violent exploitation of other human bodies. If there has been, I have yet to discover it. But this banality of violence can never excuse America, because America makes no claim to the banal. America believes itself exceptional, the greatest and noblest nation ever to exist, a lone champion standing between the white city of democracy and terrorists, despots, barbarians, and other enemies of civilization. One cannot, at once, claim to be superhuman and then plead mortal error. I propose to take our countrymen's claims of American exceptionalism seriously, which is to say I propose subjecting our country to an exceptional moral standard. This is difficult because there exists, all around us, an apparatus urging us to accept American innocence at face value and not to inquire too much. And it is so easy to look away, to live with the fruits of our history and to ignore the great evil done in all of our names. But you and I have never truly had that luxury.”

Tags : America American History Black History Blackness Race Racism Racism In America Whiteness
Source : Between the World and Me

33. “I'm here to tell niggas it ain't all swell.There's Heaven then there's Hell niggasOne day your cruisin' in your seven,Next day your sweatin', forgettin' your lies,Alibis ain't matchin' up, bullshit catchin' upHit with the RICO, they repoed your vehicleEverything was all good just a week ago'Bout to start bitchin' ain't you?Ready to start snitchin' ain't you?I forgive you. Weak ass, hustlin' just ain't youAside from the fast carsHoneys that shake they ass in barsYou know you wouldn't be involvedWith the Underworld dealers, carriers of mac-millersEast coast bodiers, West coast cap-peelersLittle monkey niggas turned gorillas.”

Tags : Black History Blackness Crime Crime And Punishment Freakonomics Ghetto Hustling Narcissism Street Culture The American Dream Youth Culture
Author : Jay-Z
Source : Decoded

34. “You listen to me, and listen good!" she shouted, shocking me. "I am not evil because I have a thousand years of demon smut on my soul!" she exclaimed, the tips of her hair trembling and her face flushed. "Every time you disturb reality, nature has to balance it out. The black on your soul isn't evil, it's a promise to make up for what you have done. It's a mark, not a death sentence. And you can get rid of it given time.""Ceri, I'm sorry," I fumbled, but she wasn't listening. "You're an ignorant, foolish, stupid witch," she berated, and I cringed, my grip tightening on the copper spell pot and feeling the anger from her like a whip. "Are you saying because I carry the stink of demon magic, that I'm a bad person?""No..." I wedged in."That God will show no pity?" she said, green eyes flashing. "That because I made one mistake in fear that led to a thousand more that I will burn in hell?""No. Ceri -" I took a step forward."My soul is black," she said, her fear showing in her suddenly pale cheeks. "I'll never be rid of it all before I die, but it won't be because I'm a bad person but because I was a frightened one.”

Tags : Black Magic Blackness Damnation Demon Magic Hell Redemption Soul
Author : Kim Harrison
Source : A Fistful of Charms

35. “Despair was a heavy blackness that let no light in or out. It was a hell beyond expression.”

Tags : Blackness Despair Expression Hell
Author : Yann Martel
Source : Life of Pi

36. “You are walking along a road peacefully. You trip. You fall into blackness. That's the past - or perhaps the future. And you know that there is no past, no future, there is only this blackness, changing faintly, slowly, but always the same.”

Tags : Blackness Future Past
Author : Jean Rhys
Source : Good Morning, Midnight

37. “...I've known damnable beauty - the turgid pull of swirling blackness - but in the end, it's futile - purity alone redeems...”

Tags : Beauty Blackness Love Purity Redemption
Author : John Geddes
Source : A Familiar Rain

38. “Shadows could be anywhere in blackness. (Eric)”

Tags : Blackness Dark And Light Dark Versus Light Darkness Fiction Night Nighttime Paranormal Shadows Supernatural Young Adult
Source : Minutes Before Sunset

39. “When I was a child, to call someone 'black' was an insult, a curse word, something that made you fight.But to me it contains all of the history of oppression and resistance, of being close to the soil and the sky, of plain speaking. Of The Journey.”

Tags : African American Blackness History Oppression
Author : Bonnie Greer
Source : A Parallel Life

40. “Inside my head / or in a distant / Galaxy / Soft I hear it / Calling me." from the song "In the Blackness" in the poetry collection "Terra Affirmative".”

Tags : Blackness Calling Galaxy Poem Song
Author : Jay Woodman
Source : Riding the Escalator and Terra Affirmative

41. “Lights flicker, flash, dim. I fall into the blackness.”

Tags : Blackness Cynthia Sax Lights
Author : Cynthia Sax
Source : He Watches Me

42. “America's put American Black Folks in such a bad position, empty plates and glasses now get us full.”

Tags : African American America Black People Blackness Race Racism Racist Supremacy White Supremacy