Purposeful thoughts

Samuel Delany going in on Mark Dery, “You’ll forgive me if, as a black reader, I didn’t leap up to proclaim this passing presentation of a powerless and wholly nonoppositional set of black dropouts, by a Virginia-born white writer, as the coming of the black millennium in science fiction; but maybe that’s just a black thang ….”

—Delany quoted in “Black to the future,” page 195. 

Frankly. if you’re going to go to white writers for your science fiction template for thinking about the problems blacks have in America, I’d rather see a serious discussion of Robert Heinlein’s appallingly fascist novel. Farnham’s Freehold, in which the black house servant, Joseph. after a successful nuclear attack, abandons his white family (in which, after the attack he was made second in command by the reigning white patriarch) and becomes head of a movement of black who have solved the post-holocause food problem by killing whites and eating them.

Samuel delany, quoted in “Black to the future” by Mark Dery, page 196

“That’s what I think Michael did. That’s really what his vision was. To be unreal as a persona. A lot of people overlook that. That’s why a lot of people never get Michael Jackson. They only see the movement but not the concept behind it. Because the moonwalk like a ghostwalking, its really a phantom he is portraying. People think its like walking on the moon but that’s a space walk. A moonwalk is the energy from the moon being attended to. its more eerie.” – Storyboard P, quoted by Greg Tate 2012.

I’m asked, what good is science fiction to Black people?
What good is any form of literature to Black people? What good is science fiction’s thinking about the present, the future, and the past? What good is its tendency to warn or to consider alternative ways of thinking and doing? What good is its examination of the possible effects of science and technology or social organization and political direction? At its best, science fiction stimulates imagination and creativity. It gets reader and writer off the beaten track, off the narrow, footpath of what “everyone” is saying, doing, thinking-whoever “everyone” happens to be this year. And what good is all this to Black people?

—Octavia Butler, “Positive Obsession,” Blood Child and Other Stories, pg 134-135.

“Somewhere along the journey from slave to soul sister to single lady, we did learn how to shape-shift. We learned how to make our own magic, and it all started with an ancient face—lips pursed, cheeks flattened, eyes straight ahead. Who wouldn’t want to be at once strong and Black? But the mask can be both a necessary tool in our arsenal and a gun to our “inner heads.”

— Helena Andrews, Black Cool

I won’t be here 300 years from now, but I hope this earth and others will be, and maybe some- thing I’ve said will contribute to making that more possible.

—Audre Lorde, Above the Wind, pg 52  (via blackfeminismlives)

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Always remember that the people are not fighting for ideas, nor for what is in men’s minds. The people fight and accept the sacrifices demanded by the struggle in order to gain material advantages, to live better and in peace, to benefit from progress, and for the better future of their children. National liberation, the struggle against colonialism, the construction of peace, progress and independence are hollow words devoid of any significance unless they can be translated into a real improvement of living conditions.

Amílcar Cabral

Taken from Amílcar Cabral: Revolutionary Leadership and People’s War (page 66)

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“‘Q.U.E.E.N.’ definitely is an acronym,” Monae explains during an interview at Fuse HQ. “It’s for those who are marginalized.” She says the “Q” represents the queer community, the “U” for the untouchables, the “E” for emigrants, the second “E” for the excommunicated and the “N” for those labeled as negroid.

"It’s for everyone who’s felt ostracized," she adds. "I wanted to create something for people who feel like they want to give up because they’re not accepted by society."

First they’ll criticize our slang. Make us seem uneducated for using it, when the reality is they’re mad we can code switch. Then they’ll use our slang mockingly. Like they really don’t want to use it, but it’s so absurd they can’t help themselves. Then they’ll make money off our slang, t-shirts, cups, bracelets, etc. Then they’ll convince us it was never really ours. It’s been public domain forever.

Feel free to replace the word “Slang” with neighborhoods, and music too.

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Black children don’t have a problem with self-esteem, they have a problem with cultural esteem. They don’t like being AFRICAN.

 Dr. Molefi Kete Asante  (via shaelii)

First time seeing my prof on tumblr…

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