“ The black artist is dangerous. Black art controls the “Negro’s” reality, negates negative influences, and creates positive images.
— Dr. Sonia Sanchez (via mumbstheword)
“ Black literature is taught as sociology, as tolerance, not as a serious, rigorous art form.
— Toni Morrison (via missturman)
“ Critics generally don’t associate Black people with ideas. They see marginal people; they see just another story about Black folks. They regard the whole thing as sociologically interesting perhaps, but very parochial. There’s a notion out in the land that there are human beings one writes about, and then there are Black people or Indians or some other marginal group. If you write about the world from that point of view, somehow it is considered lesser. We are people, not aliens. We live, we love, and we die.
— Toni Morrison (via blackcontemporaryart)
“ I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’