Some Collected Quotations, Some Commentary, Some Resources

In the Service of our Ancestors and African Love,
Listen Seeker, I come in peace,

“The problem with Europeans and Asians is Europeans and Asians; the solution for Africans is Africans!” — Onitaset Kumat

Above is a masterful quotation, but there are plenty more from plenty different authors.  Read these, provide your own quotations, commentary and resources.  I’ll use the highlighting tradition, this time making my quotations Green, African quotations Black, and European or Asian quotations Red.  With the last, look up the posts on Occidentals. Additional quotations can be seen in Kmt Self-knowledge and Cosmic wisdom [quotations] Ancient Wisdom; “Famous Quotes” by AFieldNegroFamous Quotations and “Notable Quotes” by Men of RespectNotable Quotations.  Write the ABS to help put an African Blood Siblings Community Center in your area.  Subscribe, share, love.

Some Collected Quotations, Some Commentary, Some Resources
By Onitaset Kumat

“You will never see me with a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, pale-skin, stringy-haired, buttermilk complexion, straight up but straight down ironing board backside, miss six o’clock, no frills, no thrills, subject to have the itch, White Caaaaaavvvveeee Bitch!  Never will you see me do that! [ . . .] Let the church say Amen.  Let the church say Amen again.  Let the church say Amen one more time!”

– Dr. Khalid Sheikh Muhammad

I heard this from a tape recording.  Following his “Amen” the assembly shouted “Amen.”  It sounded so beautiful.  A collective of proud, wonderful Africans.

“Look at the Black boys with White girls.  Looking like sanitation workers: taking out trash.”

– Onitaset Kumat

“When you don’t know when you have been spit on, it does not matter too much what else you think you know.”

– Ruth Shays

This is the first of quotations transcribed from a book of African quotations.

“In our particular society, it is the narrowed and narrowing view of life that often wins.”

– Alice Walker

“Divestment is the one strategy that could bring about change with a minimum of violence . . . The Sullivan Principles have made our chains more comfortable.  What we want are the chains removed.”

– Bishop Desmond Tutu

“I cannot accept the definition of collective good as articulated by a privileged minority in society, especially when that minority is in power.”

– Wole Soyinka

“We wear the mask that grins and lies.”

– Paul Laurence Dunbar

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”

– Alice Walker

“The Negro pays for what he wants and begs for what he needs.”

– Kelly Miller

See: Poetry: Pay For What You NeedSupport African

“Men may not get all they pay for in this world, but they must certainly pay for all they get.”

– Frederick Douglass

See: Frederick Douglass’ “West India Emancipation” SpeechGreat Oration

And: Poetry: Pay For What You NeedSupport African

“If you want to keep something secret from black folks, put it between the covers of a book.”

– African-American Folk Saying

“The free in freedom
was put there
to blow your mind
to blow your game.”

– Mari Evans

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

– Frederick Douglass

See: Frederick Douglass’ “West India Emancipation” SpeechGreat Oration

“Do not hurl a lance if you cannot aim correctly.”

– The Husia

“Strategy is better than strength.”

– Hausa Legend

“The doctrine that submission to violence is the best cure for violence did not hold good as between slaves and overseers.  He was whipped oftener who was whipped easiest.”

– Frederick Douglass

“Men who are in earnest are not afraid of consequences.”

– Marcus Garvey

“I started with this idea in my head, ‘There’s two things I’ve got a right to, death or liberty!’”

– Harriet Tubman

“When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers.”

– Kikuyu proverb

“You had better all die–die immediately, than live slaves, and entail your wretchedness upon your posterity.”

– Henry Highland Garnet

See: http://www.blackpast.org/?q=1843-henry-highland-garnet-address-slaves-united-states

” . . . What you seen wasn’t no dust of changes rising.  It was the dust of sameness settling.”

– Sterling Plumpp

“Habit is heaven’s own redress: it takes the place of happiness.”

– Alexander Pushkin

“I, young in life, by seeming cruel fate
Was snatch’d from Afric’s fancy’d happy seat.”

– Phyllis Wheatley

I admire Phyllis Wheatley deeply.

“Every time I had the good fortune to research into someone’s religion I found “God” to be the image of the people to whom the religion belongs, that is providing its philosophical concepts are indigenous, not colonial.”

– Yosef Ben-Jochannon

“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.”

– Ralph Ellison

“They saw themselves as others seen them.  They had been formed by the images made of them by those who had, had the deepest necessity to despise them.”

– James Baldwin

“Dependence had become part of their second nature, and independence brought with it the cares and vexations of poverty.”

– Elizabeth Keckley

See: http://books.google.com/books?id=0UsIAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA140&lpg=PA140&dq=Elizabeth+Keckley+vexations+of+poverty&source=bl&ots=67W7cVX2o0&sig=VPeQCTMtRxrVbzjBHchei8WRN4w&hl=en&sa=X&ei=yt2RT_XCLYTG6QHp3LyJBA&ved=0CB8Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

“History is a clock that people use to tell their time of day.  It is a compass they use to find themselves on the map of human geography.  It tells them where they are, and what they are.”

– John Henrik Clarke

“I have
never been contained
except I
made
the prison”

– Mari Evans

“I would never be of any service to anyone as a slave.”

– Unsure (Nat Turner?)

It’s from “Nat Turner’s Confession” but recent research suggests Nat Turner never confessed.

See: http://www.theroot.com/views/truth-about-nat-turner?page=0,1&wpisrc=root_lightbox

“For colored people to acquire learning in this country makes tyrants quake and tremble on their sandy foundation.”

– David Walker

See: Poetry: Pay For What You NeedSupport African

“It is the fool whose own tomatoes are sold to him.”

– Akan Proverb

Think of this one when you reflect on how our resources make this technology possible; though we are not the producers.

“Treat your guest as a guest for two days; on the third, give him a hoe!”

– Swahili Folk Saying

“Actually we are slaves to the cost of living.”

– Carolina Maria de Jesus

See: https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/maroon-and-build-for-self/

Very deep.  Purchase the pamphlet to see more regarding this.  Though recognize it simply this way.  If I offered you $ 100 an hour, for a forty-hour week, it may sound good, yes?  But what if a loaf of bread costs $ 4,000?  The ABS is here to make the cost of living; the four necessities of life (see below, most people only heard of three), independent of European or Asian sabotage, i.e. quality, affordable and stable.  Join the ABS.

“Art for art’s sake is just another piece of deodorized dog-shit.”

– Chinua Achebe

“Wisdom is not like money to be tied up and hidden.”

– Akan Proverbs

“The friend of a fool is a fool.  The friend of a wise person is another wise person.”

– The Husia

“Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.”

– Aesop

See: Two of Aesop’s Fables and a lessonSmart Fables

“Let a new earth rise.  Let another world be born.  Let a bloody peace be written in the sky.  Let a second generation full of courage issue forth; let a people loving freedom come to growth.”

–Margaret Walker

See: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poem/11053

And: Poetry: Pay For What You NeedSupport African

It’s incredibly beautiful writing.  This is the last of the quotations from that book.

“To name a thing is to empower it.”

– Memphis Philosophers

“Solon, Solon, you Greeks are perennial infants.  Not a single Greek is an Elder.”

– Egyptian Philosopher-Priest

“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

“Those who make or accumulate their wealth by robbing, exploiting, and plundering the innocent, ignorant, and helpless of humanity, are worse than murderers and hardened criminals; they are fiends, and should be outlawed and ostracized from society, caring not how munificent their after gifts and philanthropy to care for those they have already morally destroyed or harmed.”

– Marcus Garvey

“At the core of all well-founded belief, lies belief that is unfounded.”

– Ludwig Wittgenstein

I first read this when two Occidental intellects were debating.  One won this by utilizing this quotation.  It was fascinating to me.  It was an eye-opener to see that Europeans knew they relied solely on myth.

See: https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/abs/lore/races/occidentals/

“There are indignities in civilities toward the enemies.”

– Onitaset Kumat

“When you’re too picky, your nose bleeds.”

– Onitaset Kumat

“Africanize our African eyes.”

– Onitaset Kumat

“All billed ought build.”

– Onitaset Kumat

See: https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/maroon-and-build-for-self/

“When time shall cease, in moving hour,
And Nature’s law revert to plan,
The beast and insects, with the flower,
Shall pass in order with vile man.”

– Marcus Garvey, in “Life’s Procession”

As seen in “The Poetical works of Marcus Gavey,” edited by Tony Martin.

“So there may be peace without war, but there cannot be war without some kind of peace.”

– St. Augustine, The City of God

See: https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/directory/abs/lore/races/occidentals/

And: https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/maroon-and-build-for-self/

It’s said Augustine was born in Africa.  But this is clear Occidentalism.

” . . . the average skin color of the human race will get darker and, furthermore, economic and military power in Africa nad Asia will wrest the leadership from Europe . . .”

– Sir Charles Darwin, “The Next Million Years.”

This is Darwin’s Grandson, a Scientist in his own right.

“It means, incidentally, that the racial discrimination which has been the least credible feature of the period of white hegemony is not wicked; it is worse than wicked, it is criminally foolish.”

– C.P. Snow, John O’London’s Weekly

This was the response to Darwin’s passage.  Both are very Occidental.

See: https://africanbloodsiblings.wordpress.com/abs/lore/races/occidentals/

“What greater breastplate than a heart untainted.  Thrice is he armed who hath his quarrel just and he but naked–though locked up in steel whose conscience with injustice is corrupted.”

– Marcus Garvey

“You must not mistake lip-service and noise for bravery and service.”

– Marcus Garvey

“Spiritual Capital is the means towards and ends of racial asili.”

– Onitaset Kumat

“Holding your tongue only gets your hand messy.”

– Onitaset Kumat

“Men go to socials
Looking for their mothers
Finding their wives
And marrying their sisters.”

– Onitaset Kumat

“Until they tie us up, White men are always trying to bring us down.”

- Onitaset Kumat

“The problem with Europeans and Asians is Europeans and Asians; the solution for Africans is Africans!”

– Onitaset Kumat

No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.

– Booker T. Washington

See more: http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/39/

I met some very interesting characters during my travels. As illustrating the peculiar mental processes of the country people, I remember that I asked one coloured man, who was about sixty years old, to tell me something of his history. He said that he had been born in Virginia, and sold into Alabama in 1845. I asked him how many were sold at the same time. He said, “There were five of us; myself and brother and three mules.”

– Booker T. Washington

See more: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/2376/2376-h/2376-h.htm

When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his “proper place” and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.

– Carter G. Woodson

“Not unlike the mirror, we reflect all that we sense.”

– Onitaset Kumat

I am the kind of person who doesn’t have a lot of education, but both my mother and my father had good common sense.  Now, I think that’s all you need.  I might not know how to use thirty-four words where three would do, but that does not mean that I don’t know what I’m talking about . . . I know what I’m talking about because I’m talking about myself.  I’m talking about what I have lived.”

– Ruth Shays

“The white man’s dollar is his god, and to stop this will be to stop outrages in many localities.”

– Ida B. Wells-Barnett

The appeal to the white man’s pocket has ever been more effectual than all the appeals ever made to his conscience.

– Ida B. Wells-Barnett

See more: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/14975/14975-h/14975-h.htm

“The family in Africa is always extended. You would never refer to your cousin as “cousin,” because that would be an insult. So your cousins are your sisters and brothers. Your nieces are your children. Your uncles are your fathers. Your aunts are your mothers. Your sister’s husband is your husband, your brother’s wife is your wife.

Children are also encouraged to call other people outside the family mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers.”

— Sobonfu Some

“Because the Dagara believe that every individual comes into this life with a special destiny, some names are programmatic.  Thy describe the task of their bearers and constitute a continual reminder to the child of the responsibilities that are waiting ahead.  A person’s life project is therefore inscribed in the name she/he carries.”

– Malidoma Patrice Some

There is no collective memory where there is no collective effort.

– Onitaset Kumat

An apparent trick of Whites’ was to convince against a Parent’s activity in community education.  Our struggle is to create a foundation to reverse the trick.

– Onitaset Kumat

“How do you know when a White man is lying? (Pause) If his mouth is moving.”

– Onitaset Kumat

‘I wake up each morning and say, thank God I am a man, whereas Delany wakes up and says thank God I am a black man.’

– Frederick Douglass speaking of Martin Delany

Whatever liberty is worth to the whites, it is worth to the blacks; therefore, whatever it cost the whites to obtain it, the blacks would be willing and ready to pay, if they desire it.

– Martin Delany

Never get comfortable where you shouldn’t be.  Or else you’ll next fight yourself.

– Onitaset Kumat

Never forget that intelligence rules the world, and ignorance carries the burden.

– Marcus Garvey

“Politics is a dialogue between the organized and those whom they empower.”

– Onitaset Kumat

But that doesn’t mean your work is done. The role of citizens in our Democracy does not end with your vote. America’s never been about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us together through the hard and frustrating, but necessary work of self-government. That’s the principle we were founded on.

– Barack Obama

“It is vain that we talk of being men, if we do not the work of men. We must become valuable to society in other departments of industry than those servile ones from which we are rapidly being excluded. We must show that we can do as well as they. When we can build as well as live in houses; when we can make as well as wear shoes; when we can produce as well as consume wheat, corn and rye—then we shall become valuable to society.

“Society is a hard-hearted affair. With it the helpless may expect no higher dignity than that of paupers. The individual must lay society under obligation to him or society will honor him only as a stranger and sojourner.”

– Frederick Douglass

The Negroes, however, will not advance far if they continue to waste their energy abusing those who misdirect and exploit them. The exploiters of the race are not so much at fault as the race itself. If Negroes persist in permitting themselves to be handled in this fashion they will always find some one at hand to impose upon them. The matter is one which rests largely with the Negroes themselves. The race will free itself from exploiters just as soon as it decides to do so. No one else can accomplish this task for the race. It must plan and do for itself.

– Carter G. Woodson

If the Negro could abandon the idea of leadership and instead stimulate a larger number of the race to take up definite tasks and sacrifice their time and energy in doing these things efficiently the race might accomplish something. The race needs workers, not leaders. Such workers will solve the problems which race leaders talk about and raise money to enable them to talk more and more about. When you hear a man talking, then, always inquire as to what he is doing or what he has done for humanity. Oratory and resolutions do not avail much. If they did, the Negro race would be in a paradise on earth. It may be well to repeat here the saying that old men talk of what they have done, young men of what they are doing, and fools of what they expect to do. The Negro race has a rather large share of the last mentioned class.

– Carter G. Woodson

“People who have been restricted and held down naturally condescend to the lower levels of delinquency. When education has been entirely neglected or improperly managed we see the worst passions ruling with uncontrolled and incessant sway. Good sense degenerates into craft, anger wrangles into malignity, restraint which is thought most solitary comes too late, and the most judicial admonitions are urged in vain.”

Philosophers have long conceded, however, that every man has two educations: “that which is given to him, and the other that which he gives himself. Of the two kinds the latter is by far the more desirable. Indeed all that is most worthy in man he must work out and conquer for himself. It is that which constitutes our real and best nourishment. What we are merely taught seldom nourishes the mind like that which we teach ourselves.”

– From “The Mis-Education of the Negro” by Carter G. Woodson

The method I follow in their education is founded on the saying of an ancient, ‘That students of philosophy ought first to learn logics, then ethics, next physics, last of all the nature of the gods.’

– David Hume, referencing Chrysippus

SOCRATES: But surely we acknowledged that there were no teachers of virtue?

– Plato in Meno

A Black person who is not a member of a Black-led and Black-financed organization is part of the problem and not part of the solution.

– Alton H. Maddox Jr. in “The Duties of Black Selected Officials”

“Always bear in mind that the people are not fighting for ideas, for the things in anyone’s head. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of their children. . .”

– Amilcar Cabral

“Lagging behind in the van of civilization will not prove our higher abilities. Being subservient to the will and caprice of progressive races will not prove anything superior in us. Being satisfied to drink of the dregs from the cup of human progress will not demonstrate our fitness as a people to exist alongside of others, but when of our own initiative we strike out to build industries, governments, and ultimately empires, then and only then will we as a race prove to our Creator and to man in general that we are fit to survive and capable of shaping our own destiny.”

– Marcus Garvey

“The Negro in his present plight, however, does not see possibilities until it is too late He exercises much “hindsight,” and for that reason he loses ground in the hotly contested battles of life. The Negro as a rule waits until a thing happens before he tries to avert it. He is too much like a man whom the author once saw knocked down in a physical combat. Instead of dodging the blow when it was being dealt he arose from his prostration dodging it.”

– Carter G. Woodson

“So the white man, knowing that here in America all the Negro has done — I hate to say it, but it’s the truth — all you and I have done is build churches and let the white man build factories. You and I build churches and let the white man build schools. You and I build churches and let the white man build up everything for himself. Then after you build the church you have to go and beg the white man for a job, and beg the white man for some education. Am I right or wrong? Do you see what I mean? It’s too bad but it’s true.”

– Malcolm X

In the first place, we must bear in mind that the Negro has never been educated. He has merely been informed about other things which he has not been permitted to do. The Negroes have been shoved out of the regular schools through the rear door into the obscurity of the backyard and told to imitate others whom they see from afar, or they have been permitted in some places to come into the public schools to see how others educate themselves.

– Carter G. Woodson

Can the Negro youth, mis-educated by persons who depreciate their efforts, learn to make, opportunities for themselves? This is the real problem which the Negroes must solve; and he who is not interested in it and makes no effort to solve it is worthless in the present struggle.

– Carter G. Woodson

Any people who will vote the same way for three generations without thereby obtaining results ought to be ignored and disfranchised.

– Carter G. Woodson

History shows that it does not matter who is in power or what revolutionary forces take over the government, those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning.

– Carter G. Woodson

To say that the Negro cannot develop sufficiently in the business world to measure arms with present-day capitalists is to deny actual facts, refute history, and discredit the Negro as a capable competitor in the economic battle of life. No man knows what he can do until he tries. The Negro race has never tried to do very much for itself. The race has great possibilities. Properly awakened, the Negro can do the so-called impossible in the business world and thus help to govern rather than merely be governed.

In the failure to see this and the advocacy of the destruction of the whole economic order to right social wrong we see again the tendency of the Negro to look to some force from without to do for him what he must learn to do for himself. The Negro needs to become radical, and the race will never amount to anything until it does become so, but this radicalism should come from within. The Negro will be very foolish to resort to extreme measures in behalf of foreign movements before he learns to suffer and die to right his own wrongs. There is no movement in the world-working especially for the Negro. He must learn to do this for himself or be exterminated just as the American Indian has faced his doom in the setting sun.

Why should the Negro wait for some one from without to urge him to self-assertion when he sees himself robbed by his employer, defrauded by his merchant, and hushed up by government agents of injustice? Why wait for a spur to action when he finds his manhood insulted, his women outraged, and his fellowmen lynched for amusement? The Negroes have always had sufficient reason for being radical, and it looks silly to see them taking up the cause of others who pretend that they are interested in the Negro when they merely mean to use the race as a means to an end. When the desired purpose of these so-called friendly groups will have been served, they will have no further use for the Negro and will drop him just as the Republican machine has done

– Carter G. Woodson

We have been Mis-Educated into another’s way.  But fortunate for us Love, Knowledge and Wisdom are weapons against Hate, Ignorance and Error.  So that Hate, Ignorance and Error are organized toward our demise, we can die on our lonesome or live against organized wrong with organized right.  Each of us must make this choice.  Membership in the African Blood Siblings is organized right.

– Onitaset Kumat

“The Song of the Smoke”

I am the Smoke King,
I am black!
I am darkening with song,
I am hearkening to wrong!
I will be black as blackness can—
The blacker the mantle, the mightier the man!
For blackness was ancient ere whiteness began.
I am daubing God in night,
I am swabbing Hell in white:
I am the Smoke King
I am black.

– W. E. B. Du Bois in The Horizon 1 (February 1907)

“The Song of America”

I doom, I live, I will,
I take, I lie, I kill!
I rend and rear
In deserts drear–
I build and burrow well.
With wrack and rue
I hound and hew
On founding stones in Hell:
My Temples rise
And split the Skies,
My winged wheels do tell
The woven wonders of my hand,
The witch-work of my skill!
I writhe, I rave,
I chain the Slave
I do the deed, I kill!
Now what care I
For God or Lie?
I am the great
I WILL.

– W. E. B. Du Bois in The Horizon 2 (February 1908)

“The Prayer of the Bantu”

Spirit of Wonder,
Daughter of Thunder,
Fire that lurks in the cavernous Sea!
Mist of the mountain,
Song of the fountain,
Mingle thy might to the guarding of me!
God of the Day,
Lord of the Way,
Fire that flames for the Child of the Sun–
Conquer the Terrible,
Vanquish the Horrible,
Rescue thy children, Adorable One!

– W. E. B. Du Bois in The Horizon 2 (April 1908)

[Paul Laurence Dunbar: in Memoriam]

June 27, 1872.

Because I had loved so deeply
Because I had so long
God in His great compassion
Gave me the gift of song.

Because I had loved so vainly
And sung with such faltering breath
The Master in infinite mercy
Offers the boon of death.

February 9, 1906.

– W. E. B. Du Bois in The Moon (March 2, 1906)

Remember
The days of bondage—
And remembering—
Do not stand still.
Go to the highest hill
look down upon the town
Where you are yet a slave.
Look down upon any town in Carolina
Or any town in Maine, for that matter,
Or Africa, your homeland—
And you will see what I mean for you to see—
The white hand:
The thieving hand.
The white face:
The lying face.
The white power:
The unscrupulous power
That makes of you
The hungry wretched thing you are today.

–Langston Hughes

. . . “Freedom should ever be potent to repeal and annul the decees of oppression, and repel the oppressor. The instant a person is claimed as a slave, that moment he should strike down the claimant. The natural rights of man are the faculties of option, heaven bequeathed, and endowed by God, our common Father, as essential to our being, which alone distinguishes us from the brute. The authority of the slaveholder ceases the moment that the impulse of the slave demands his freedom, and by virtue of this divine attribute, every black is as free as the whites in Cuba, and I will resist this night, and henceforth every attempt at infringement on my inherent privileges.”

– Martin Delany in “Blake or the Huts of America”

The consummation of conjugal union is the best security for political relations, and he who is incapable of negotiating to promote his own personal requirements might not be trustworthy as the agent of another’s interest; and the fitness for individuals for positions of public import, may not be misjudged by their doings in the private affairs of life.

– Martin Delany in “Blake or the Huts of America”

“Make bare thine all conquering; uncover thy impenetrable shield; sway thy matchless scepter; put our enemies to flight before Thee that not one have courage to stand, and at every stroke of the weapon may they fall as dead men before us! Look down we beseech Thee upon us, the least protected, by reason of our weakness, of Thy humble children. We have been captured, torn from friends and home, sold and scattered among strangers in a strange land; yea, to and fro the earth. Sorely oppressed, mocked and ridiculed, refused and denied a common humanity, and not even permitted to serve the same God at the same time and place, in the same way and manner as themselves. Change, O change, we beseech Thee, this state of things! Give us success in this, our most important undertaking and hour of trial, and enable us we beseech Thee to go forth and conquer even unto a mighty conquest!”

– Martin Delany in “Blake or the Huts of America”

“The man who accepts Western values absolutely, finds his creative faculties becoming so warped and stunted that he is almost completely dependent on external satisfactions, and the moment he becomes frustrated in his search for these, he begins to develop neurotic symptoms, to feel that life is not worth living, and, in chronic cases, to take his own life.”

– Paul Robeson

“To make steam effective you must bind it up in an engine; to make water serviceable, you must harness it in a mill; to make electricity manageable, you must mask it in a battery; and to make men useful in reformatory or remedial work, you must recruit them into an organization.”

– Charles W. Anderson in The Limitless Possibilities of the Negro

“Ignorance of Self is the root of Oppression.”

– Onitaset Kumat

“The not so simple Truth is that we must be psychologically free in order to resist and we must resist in order to be free, and all of this requires an understanding of what bondage has been, of what it continues to be and of its ramifications for the future.”

– Mari Evans

“To labor for Africans because they are Africans is an African’s noblest work.”

– Onitaset Kumat (rephrasing John Edward Bruce’s quotation.)

“Our environment makes us think white, and some of us think white so persistently that we haven’t time to think black.”

– John Edward Bruce

“Gentleman, behold the true philosophy of society. Gentleman in this palace, serfs in the field, and an impassable barrier between.”

– Count Metternich

“The Count Metternichs of America today have the same thought.”

– John Edward Bruce

The American Negro has taken over an abundance of information which others have made accessible to the oppressed, but he has not yet learned to think and plan for himself as others do for themselves. Well might this race be referred to as the most docile and tractable people on earth. This merely means that when the oppressors once start the large majority of the race in the direction of serving the purposes of their traducers, the task becomes so easy in the years following that they have little trouble with the masses thus controlled. It is a most satisfactory system, and it has become so popular that European nations of foresight are sending some of their brightest minds to the United States to observe the Negro in “inaction” in order to learn how to deal likewise with Negroes in their colonies. What the Negro in America has become satisfied with will be accepted as the measure of what should be allotted him elsewhere. Certain Europeans consider the “solution of the race problem in the United States” one of our great achievements.

– Carter G. Woodson

“I am black and comely. I am black and beautiful. I am beautifully black.”

– Attributed to “members of certain tribes of Africa”

“Dead niggers tell no tales; you go on or die!”

– Harriet Tubman

There has never been a white historian who ever wrote with any true love or feeling for the Negro.

– Marcus Garvey

Money follows value–we pay for what we value.

– Amos Wilson

Unity presupposes organization.

– Kwame Nkrumah

If you’re not in an organization, you’re not united with your brothers and sisters.

– Kwame Ture

“Dipped in chocolate, bronzed with elegance, enameled with grace, toasted with beauty. My Lord, she is a Black Woman!”

– Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan (Dr. Ben)

“It took me a long time to understand his feeling. Now I realize why he was crying. Because the gun had been the thing that had always kept them on top, and the police power. And he could see that slipping away, and his way of life was going. And this is why he was crying. And this is why I named my book “Negro’s with Guns.”

Robert F. Williams

“Mr. Max, you know what some white men say we black men do?  They say we rape white women when we got the clap and they say we do that because we believe that if we rape white women then we’ll get rid of the clap.  That’s what some white men say.  They believe that.  Jesus, Mr. Max, when folks says things like that about you, you whipped before you born.  What’s the use?”

– Richard Wright (as Bigger Thomas)

“The colonists usually say that it was they who brought us into history: today we show that this is not so. They made us leave history, our history, to follow them, right at the back, to follow the progress of their history.”

– Amilcar Cabral

“Hide nothing from the masses of our people. Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories.”

– Amilcar Cabral

We only need oblige people as best they allow us.  Not everyone is on the roof.  But wherever we are we stretch a hand down to those who stretch a hand up.

– Onitaset Kumat

A person does not begin to forge a gun
when the war has already arrived in the village.

– African Proverb

The only protection against INJUSTICE in man is POWER—Physical, financial and scientific.

– Marcus Garvey

It is unfortunate that we should find ourselves at this time the only disorganized group. Others have had the advantage of organization for centuries, so what seems to them unnecessary from a racial point of view becomes necessary to us, who have had to labor all along under the disadvantage of being scattered without a racial aim or purpose.

No race or people can well survive without an aim or purpose.

– Marcus Garvey

When you were born she (your mother) made herself really your slave; the most menial tasks did not dishearten her to the point of making her say: why do I need to do this?  When you went to school for your lessons, she sat near your master, bringing every day the bread and the beer of the household.  And now that you are grown up, that you are marrying and founding, in turn, a family, always remember the care your mother devoted to you, so that she has nothing for which she can reproach you and does not raise her arms to God in malediction, for God would answer her prayers.

– African Literature (KMT)

When you teach a boy, you teach a person; but when you teach a girl, you educate a nation.

– African Proverb

Whoever controls the images, controls your self-esteem, self-respect and self-development. Whoever controls the history, controls the vision.

–  Leonard Jeffries

Warfare starts with a recruitment of people and ends with an exposure to the enemy. Somehow we don’t recruit, arm, organize, train, lodge, etc; but we’re shocked that our exposure is to our demise.

– Onitaset Kumat

By the time the fool has learned the game, the players have dispersed

– African Proverb

The hunter in pursuit of an elephant does not stop to throw stones at birds

– African Proverb

The family is like the forest, if you are outside it is dense, if you are inside you see that each tree has its own position

– African Proverb

 If crocodiles eat their own eggs what would they do to the flesh of a frog

– African Proverb

On one veranda occasion when the exuberant vice chancellor raved on about his Congolese nemesis, Moise Tshombe, leader of the breakaway province of Katanga, a student volunteered that Tshombe was another Booker T. Washington.  O’Brien never forgot Du Bois’s response, recapturing the moment vividly: “The old man stirred like a tortoise putting its head out of its shell.  ‘Don’t say that.  I used to talk like that,’” Du Bois insisted and recalled the chastening words of an aunt to such sentiments.  “‘Don’t you forget that that man, unlike you, bears the mark of the lash on his back.  He has come out of slavery. . . . You are fighting for the rights here in the North.  It’s tough, but it’s not like as tough as what he had to face in his time and in his place.’”

– David Levering Lewis

“Determination and perseverance move the world; thinking that others will do it for you is a sure way to fail”

– Marva Collins

In her girlhood all the delicate tenderness of her sex has been rudely outraged. In the field, in the rude cabin, in the press-room, in the factory, she was thrown into the companionship of coarse and ignorant men. No chance was given her for delicate reserve or tender modesty. From her childhood she was the doomed victim of the grossest passion. All the virtues of her sex were utterly ignored. If the instinct of chastity asserted itself, then she had to fight like a tiger for the ownership and possession of her own person, and ofttimes had to suffer pain and lacerations for her virtuous self-assertion. When she reacht maturity all the tender instincts of her womanhood were ruthlessly violated. At the age of marriage–always prematurely anticipated under slavery–she was mated as the stock of the plantation were mated, not to be the companion of a loved and chosen husband, but to be the breeder of human cattle for the field or the auction block.

– Alexander Crummel

“The question for black people is not, when is the white man going to give us good education for our children, or when he is going to give us jobs-if the white man gives you anything-just remember when he gets ready he will take it right back. We have to take for ourselves.”

– Fannie Lou Hamer

“If the enemy is not doing anything against you, you are not doing anything”

-Ahmed Sékou Touré

“Speak truth, do justice, be kind and do not do evil.”

-Orunmila

“Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it political? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor political, nor popular – but one must take it simply because it is right.”

–Dr. Martin L. King

A reading man and woman is a ready man and woman, but a writing man and woman is exact.

– Marcus Garvey

Whoever does not inform his children of his grandparents has destroyed his child, marred his descendants, and injured his offspring the day he dies. Whoever does not make use of his ancestry has muddled his reason. Whoever is unconcerned with his lineage has lost his mind. Whoever neglects his origin, his stupidity has become critical. Whoever is unaware of his ancestry his incompetence has become immense. Whoever is ignorant of his roots his intellect has vanished. Whoever does not know his place of origin, his honor has collapsed.

– 15th Century African Poet (Timbuktu)

“Anytime you see someone more successful than you are, they are doing something you aren’t.”

– Malcolm X

“The older dictators fell because they could never supply their subjects with enough bread, enough circuses, enough miracles, and mysteries. Under a scientific dictatorship, education will really work’ with the result that most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution. There seems to be no good reason why a thoroughly scientific dictatorship should ever be overthrown.”

– Aldous Huxley

“Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment.”

– Huey P. Newton

“The greatest weapon the colonial powers have used in the past against our people has always been his ability to divide and conquer.  If I take my hand and slap you, it might sting you because these digits are separated.  But all I have to do to put you back in your place is bring those digits together.”

– Malcolm X

 We are not foolish enough to demand social equality or amalgamation, knowing full well that inexorable laws of nature regulate and control such movements. What we demand is to be recognized as men, and to be given those civil rights which pertain to our manhood.  I might name many ways in which your policy toward us could be broadened to our mutual advantage in the end, but such is not my purpose; it is not against particular acts that I inveigh, but against the spirit that prompts them: it is not that I care so much about riding in a smoking car, as the fact that behind the public opinion that compels me to ride there, is a denial of my manhood… If you correct this evil you will find that in the future, as in the past, you will have in us staunch friends in sunshine and storm; if you do not the breach can only widen, until a vast throng of fellow-citizens will come to regard each other as natural foes.

– W. E. B. Du Bois (1887)

The actual sight of a first-class house that a Negro has built is ten times more potent than pages of discussion about a house that he ought to build, or perhaps could build.

– Booker T. Washington

But gradually, with patience and hard work, we brought order out of chaos, just as will be true of any problem if we stick to it with patience and wisdom and earnest effort.

– Booker T. Washington

It means a great deal, I think, to start off on a foundation which one has made for one’s self.

When our old students return to Tuskegee now, as they often do, and go into our large, beautiful, well ventilated, and well-lighted dining room, and see tempting, well-cooked food—largely grown by the students themselves—and see tables, neat tablecloths and napkins, and vases of flowers upon the tables, and hear singing birds, and note that each meal is served exactly upon the minute, with no disorder, and with almost no complaint coming from the hundreds that now fill our dining room, they,too, often say to me that they are glad that we started as we did, and built ourselves up year by year, by a slow and natural process of growth.

– Booker T. Washington

“Education, boy, is a mighty force.  It is the weapon of human control.  If you can educate a people in the idea that you have, they will re-act to your satisfaction whether the education as a propaganda is right or wrong.”

– Marcus Garvey

“Money is my most important ammunition in this war.”

– MG David Petraeus, 101st Airborne Division Air Assault

“The only justice for Africa is for Africa to be just us.”

– Onitaset Kumat

“There will never be another Black Messiah unless we create him”

–J. Edgar Hoover

“[M]any economic forces of the South depend largely on the courts for a supply of labor.”

– W. E. B. Du Bois

“There must be Religion. Otherwise the poor would murder the rich.”

– Napoleon Bonaparte

“The Greatest Weapon Used Against the Negro is Disorganization.”

– Marcus Garvey

“It’s not whether you are Organized or Disorganized; but whether you are Re-Organized or Mis-Organized.”

– Onitaset Kumat

What better way to knock you out than to drop your guard?

– Onitaset Kumat

He who travels alone travels fastest
He who travels with others travels farthest

– African Proverb

“Because i was still a college student, i was often called on by the BPP to do student work. I didn’t mind working with students to coordinate this or that, but i was deathly afraid of speaking in public. But they insisted i had to learn in order to be effective on campus. I had an old rickety tape recorder that was on its last legs. I decided to use it to practice public speaking. On and on i went, bla, bla, bla, into the microphone. The telephone rang. I put the mike down, turned off the recorder, and rushed to the phone. “Hello, JoAnne? Stop making tapes,” the voice said. The phone clicked. I stood there with the receiver in my hand. I had to get out of there. I ran to get my coat. I needed some privacy to think.”

– Assata Shakur

“They laughed at your clothes; and made you change your clothes.  They laughed at your names; and made you change your names.  But most importantly they laughed at your God; and made you change your God.”

– Dr. John Henrik Clarke

We must organize to secure uniformity of utterance and action among the darker races and to meet organized wrong with intelligently organized resistance.

– John Edward Bruce

 “The ruin of a nation begins in the homes of its people”

– African Proverb

What the child says, he has heard at home.

– African Proverb

“When the pupil is ready, the teacher will appear.”

– African Proverb

 “Don’t condemn if you see a person has a dirty glass of water, just show them the clean glass of water that you have. When they inspect it, you won’t have to say that yours is better.”

– Malcolm X

“He was angry with me, he attacked me, he defeated me, he robbed me” — those who dwell on such thoughts will never be free from hatred.

He was angry with me, he attacked me, he defeated me, he robbed me” — those who do not dwell on such thoughts will surely become free from hatred.

– Buddha

 “If you offend, ask for a pardon; if offended forgive.”

– African Proverb

 “I know that the blacks, take them half enlightened and ignorant, are more humane and merciful than the most enlightened and refined European that can be found in all the earth.”

– David Walker

 “It should not to be taken for granted that people automatically grow and develop into responsible, community-oriented adults.”

– Prof. Manu Ampim

 “I, for one, believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what it is that confronts them, and the basic causes that produce it, they’ll create their own program; and when the people create a program, you get action.”

– Malcolm X

We’ve got too many of our own people who stand in the way. They’re too squeamish. They want to be looked upon as respectable Uncle Toms. They want to be looked upon by the white man as responsible. They don’t want to be classified by him as extremist, or violent, or, you know, irresponsible. They want that good image. And nobody who’s looking for a good image will ever be free. No, that kind of image doesn’t get you free. You’ve got to take something in your hand and say, “Look, it’s you or me.” And I guarantee you he’ll give you freedom then. He’ll say, “This man is ready for it.” I said something in your hand, I won’t define what I mean by “something in your hand.” I don’t mean bananas.”

– Malcolm X

“The function of Propaganda is to identify the target’s forces and enemies.”

– Onitaset Kumat

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.

 – Marcus Garvey

 “When the Nation of Islam began buying up 79th street in Chicago in the 1960s I thought we finally had gotten it. But this effort was lost in the usual ego struggles of African-American men. Ego struggles have spoiled more freedom efforts in my lifetime than I would care to stand up here and talk to you about. In fact, I have been involved in so many that now I just refuse to join another movement. We must learn to work together as a group.”

– Barbara Sizemore

The European is under no obligation to report facts to Africans.  If nothing else school should have taught you this.

– Onitaset Kumat

“Without patriotic political education, a soldier is only a potential criminal.”

– Thomas Sankara

The Neophyte must (I) control his thoughts (II) control his actions (III) have devotion of purpose (IV) have faith in the ability of his master to teach him the truth (V) have faith in himself to assimilate the truth (VI) have faith in himself to wield the truth (VII) be free from resentment under the experience of persecution (VIII) be free from resentment under experience of wrong, (IX) cultivate the ability to distinguish between right and wrong and (X) cultivate the ability to distinguish between the real and the unreal (he must have a sense of values).

– George G. M. James, describing the Ten Principles of Virtue in Ancient KMT ( http://www.sacred-texts.com/afr/stle/stle10.htm )

“According to the Dogon people of Mali, in West Africa, Amma, the Creator, ordained that all created beings should be living manifestations of the fundamental universal principle of complementarity or ‘twinness.’ This principle manifests itself as the wholeness which is created when female and male pairs join in all things. Such pairing establishes equilibrium, cooperation, balance, and harmony. Amma therefore equipped each being with twin souls — both female and male — at birth. But one of these primordial placentas the male soul did not wait for the full gestation period to be born. This male being was known as Yurugu (Ogo), who arrogantly wished to compete with Amma and to create a world better than that which Amma had created. With his fragmented placenta he created Earth; but it could only be imperfect, since he was incomplete, that is, born prematurely, without his female twin-soul. Realizing that he was flawed and therefore deficient, Yurugu returned to Amma seeking his complementary female self. But Amma had given his female soul away. Yurugu forever incomplete, was doomed to perpetually search for the completeness that could never be his. The Earth, he had defiled in the act of self-creation, was now inhabited by single-souled, impure and incomplete beings like himself. Yurugu’s descendants, all eternally deficient, originated in an incestuous act, since he had procreated with his own placenta, the representation of his mother.

– Marimba Ani (see: http://rwswj.wordpress.com/yurugu/ )

“WE, all of us here, AFRICANS ALL, have been forced to live and perform at the bottom of the socio-political stratum of European, British, European American and Asian societies for the last ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED AND FORTY-SIX [1,346] YEARS“

– Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan (Dr. Ben)

“The Black consumer has run the longest, most successful boycott in history–the boycott against their own Black businesses.”

– Unknown (quoted in “Blueprint for Black Power” by Dr. Amos Wilson)

“The wisest of my race understand that the agitation of questions of social equality is the extremest folly and that progress in the enjoyment of all the privileges that will come to us must be the result of severe and constant struggle rather than artificial forcing. The opportunity to earn a dollar in a factory just now is worth infinitely more than to spend a dollar in an opera house.”

– Booker T. Washington

 “If you can not dictate the terms of peace you have not won the war.”

– Amos Wilson

“The source of illness is the food you ingest.”

– African Proverb

“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.”

– Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”

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