White people associate Black Power with violence because of their inability to deal with blackness. If we said ‘Negro Power’ nobody would get scared. Everybody would support it. If we said power for colored people, everybody’d be for that, but it is the word ‘black’ that bothers people in this country, and that’s their problem, not mine. That’s the lie that says anything black is bad.
Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness. I am kind to everyone, but when someone is unkind to me, weak is not what you are going to remember about me.
I am Black, not because of a curse, but because my skin has been able to capture all the cosmic effluvia. I am truly a drop of sun under the earth.
kiss your own fingertips
and hug your own curves.
you are made of waves and honey
and spicy peppers when it is necessary.
you are a goddess,
i hope you haven’t forgotten.
We tend to think that strength is [a] static, constant quality. We think that if somebody is strong, they are always strong. This comes up a lot with black women, especially. In books or on TV, we often see the portrait of the Strong Black Mother, an iron-willed figure who never suffers. This is a kind of stereotype, I think, and a limiting one.
Real strength is not the absence of weaknesses or fear. It’s not the absence of doubt or anger. Real strength includes all of these emotions. It’s when you’re afraid and risking something, not when you’re afraid of risking something…
When you see someone as a person with no weakness, you deny her her full humanity. Nobody goes through life never being afraid, and never doubting, and never being angry.