” … in my village we have a saying about separated sisters. They are like a woman and her reflection, doomed to stay on opposite sides of the pond.”
Slavery By Another Name
“They would just trade one type of shackles for another, trade physical ones that wrapped around wrists and ankles for the invisible ones that wrapped around the mind.”
“We believe the one who has the power, He is the one who gets to write the story. So when you study history, you must always ask yourself, whose story am I missing? Whose voice was suppressed so that this voice could come forth? Once you have figured that out, you must find that story too.”
Only weeks before, the NYPD had shot down a fifteen-year-old black boy, a student, for next to nothing. The shooting had started the riots, pitting young black men and some black women against the police force. The news made it sound like the fault lay with the blacks of Harlem. The violent, the crazy, the monstrous black people who had the gall to demand that their children not be gunned down in the streets.
The Evil Behind the Smile
“But for the rest of her life Esi would see a smile on a white face and remember the one the soldier gave her before taking her to his quarters, how white men smiling just meant more evil was coming with the next wave.”
“The white man, whom they called Abro Ni, wicked one, for all the trouble he had caused, was no longer welcome there.”
“The British had no intention of leaving Africa, even once the slave trade ended. They owned the Castle, and though they had yet to speak it aloud, they intended to own the land as well.”
Only the Strong Survive
“Weakness is treating someone as though they belong to you. Strength is knowing that everyone belongs to themselves.”
Ancestral Guardian Angel
“Old Lady said that only bodies died. Spirits wandered. They found Asamando, or they didn’t. They stayed with their descendants to guide them through life, to comfort them, sometimes to scare them into waking from their fog of unloving, unliving.”
The Social Construct of Race
“White men get a choice. They get to choose they job, choose they house. They get to make black babies, then disappear into thin air, like they wasn’t never there to begin with, like these black women they slept with or raped done laid on top of themselves and got pregnant. White men get to choose for black men too. Used to sell ’em; now they just send ’em to prison like they did my daddy, so that they can’t be with they kids.”
“Here, in this country, it doesn’t matter where you come from first to the white people running things. You’re here now, and here black is black is black.”
Too Long Gone
” … they had a different word for African Americans, Akata. The akata people where different from Ghanaians, too long gone from the mother continent to continue calling it the mother continent.”
Who Taught You?
“Besides, if we go to the white man for school, we will just learn the way the white man wants us to learn. We will come back and build the country the white man wants us to build. One that continues to serve them. We will never be free.”
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