5 memorable quotes from 1977 miniseries Roots

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Roots was a powerful miniseries released in 1977 and aired on ABC, it told the story of author Alex Hayley’s descendents from slavery, through the war, and up to present generation. The first series tells the story of African born Kunta Kinte, a Mandinka warrior. Who was one day captured by slave captures in African, he then was transported to America where he was purchased to work as a field hand. Kunta Kinte, was brave and always dreamed of escaping to freedom and returning to his motherland. Below are five memorable quotes from this must watched mineseries.

1. Kunta Kinti: Chains aint right for niggers, Fiddler!

2. Kintango: We believe not in death, but in life, and there is no object more valuable than a man’s life.

3. Omoro: (holding his newborn son up to a star-filled sky) Kunta Kinte, behold the only thing greater than yourself!

4. Kunta Kinti: What’s snow, Fiddler?
Fiddler: Never you mind, boy, never you mind. Let’s get on back to home. I got enough trouble teaching you the difference between manure and massa. ‘Course there ain’t all that much difference when you gets right down to it.

5. Captain Thomas Davies: I’m a Christian Man and I command a Christian Ship! I will not lead men into sin!

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#Teamlightskin vs. #Teamdarkskin = #Teamhouseslave vs #Teamfieldhand

#Teamlightskin and #Teamdarkskin has become a meme over Facebook and twitter.

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Black people of different shades proudly post pictures of themselves proclaiming their lightness and or darkness without realizing that this is just racist and this issue has been around since slavery time. It is a fact that the usually light-skinned people during slavery were the house slave and the dark-skinned people were the field hands.
They don’t understand that, because duh black people can’t be racist, can they? Well of course they can be. This we call colorism, light-skinned people get stereotype as being beautiful despite facial features, and all dark-skinned people are automatically ugly.This is so not true. This caste system needs to stop…

This YouTube video touches on the subject much better…

The Jezebel stereotype

The Jezebel stereotype

Thu 6 Mar 2008 by abagond

The Jezebel stereotype (1630s- ) is one of the main ways white Americans look at black women. It is why so many whites think black women are loose, immoral and oversexed.

Jezebel, named after an evil queen in the Bible, is a loose woman who wants sex all the time. She’s gotta have it. Yet at the same time she uses sex to draw men in to get what she wants. Sometimes it is money. Sometimes it is to destroy them. Many whites read Anita Hill this way. She presented herself as a good Christian woman, but white people are not fooled by that. Hip hop videos and Halle Berry’s Oscar-winning performance in “Monster’s Ball” push this image of black women. Angela Bassett refused the part in “Monster’s Ball” for just this reason.

This image of black women is not based on the latest government findings or anything like that. Nor is it even a simple misunderstanding of what black women are like. Instead it is a sick and self-serving stereotype pushed by slave-masters that has not yet died out.

Slave-masters forced black slave women to sleep with them. Deep down they knew it was wrong, that it was a crime, even if the law allowed it (it did – black women were their property). But instead of telling the truth about themselves, they chose to tell a lie about black women. Black women had no way to call them on it and even white women believed it. It has lasted down to our time, finding new life in Hollywood, starting in the 1970s with blaxpoitation films, and later with hip hop in the 1990s.

Before the 1960s the stereotype was so strong that not a single white man in the South was ever thrown in prison for raping a black woman. Not one. And even now it is a hard thing to make stick.

Before the 1960s the stereotype was so sick that white people made pictures of little black girls who talked or acted like they wanted sex. It was supposed to make you laugh.

Slave-masters gave the stereotype force and life because it covered their crimes, but it did not start with them.

When white men first came to black Africa they saw half-naked women! That part of Africa did not yet have a Christian idea of modest dress. But the whites of the time drew a different conclusion: that black women were loose and wanted sex even more than men did.

So did they? Was there any truth to it? From what slave accounts we have, the slave women who had sex with their masters did it almost always out of fear, not desire.

So the Jezebel thing was a lie.

But it proved to be a useful lie, one that has since taken on a life of its own and will take a long time to root out.

See also:
stereotype
The Jezebel Stereotype – goes much deeper than this post. It comes from the Jim Crow museum. Riveting stuff.
Stereotypes about black women
The pure white woman stereotype
Race in America
Jim Crow
hip hop
Through the ages: Sarah Baartman
Josephine Baker
So White in Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs
video vixens

Abagond

The Jezebel stereotype (1630s- ) is one of the main ways white Americans look at black women. It is why so many whites think black women are loose, immoral and oversexed.

Jezebel, named after an evil queen in the Bible, is a loose woman who wants sex all the time. She’s gotta have it. Yet at the same time she uses sex to draw men in to get what she wants. Sometimes it is money. Sometimes it is to destroy them. Many whites read Anita Hill this way. She presented herself as a good Christian woman, but white people are not fooled by that. Hip hop videos and Halle Berry’s Oscar-winning performance in “Monster’s Ball” push this image of black women. Angela Bassett refused the part in “Monster’s Ball” for just this reason.

This image of black women is not based on the latest government findings or anything…

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10 Things I Want To Say To A Black Woman by Joshua Bennett

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All women are beautiful…

1. I wish I could put your voice in jar, wait for those lonely
winter nights when I forget what God sounds like, run to the
nearest maximum security prison and open it. Watch the notes
that bounce off the walls like ricocheted bullets, punching
keyholes into the sternums of every brother in the room,
skeletons opening, rose blossom beautiful to remind you that
the way to a black man’s heart is not through his stomach, it is
through the heaven in your ‘hello’; the echo of unborn galaxies
that pounces forth from your vocal cords, that melts ice grills
into oceans, baptizing our lips, and so harsh words fade from
our memories, and we forget why we stopped calling you
divine in the first place.

2. When I was born my mother’s smile was so bright, it knocked
the air from my lungs, and I haven’t been able to breathe right
since. It’s something about the way light dances off your
teeth, the way the moon gets jealous when you mock her
crescent figure with the shape of your mouth. Queen, you
make the sky insecure, self-conscious for being forced to
stare at your face every morning and realize that the blues of
her skin was painted by that symphony doing cartwheels on
your tongue.

3. Who else can make kings out of bastards, turn a fatherless
Christmas into a floor full of gifts and a kitchen that smells like
the Lord is coming tomorrow, and we must eat well tonight. I
used to think my sister was a blacksmith, the way she baked
fire and metal and made kitchen miracles at fourteen, making
enough food to feed a little boy who didn’t have the words to
say how much she meant to him back then, or enough backbone
to say so the day he turned twenty.

4. Your skin reminds me of everything beautiful I have ever
known: the colour of ink on a page, the earth we walk on and
the cross that hung my Saviour.

5. I’ve seen you crucified too, spread out on billboards to be
spiritually impaled by millions of men with eyes like nails, who
made mothers of your daughters; so I’m sorry for the music
deals, for Justin Timberlake at the Superbowl, and that young
man on the corner this morning, who made you undershade your
flesh and become invisible. Never doubt, he only insults you
because, men are confused. Now we are trained to destroy or
conquer everything we see from birth.

6. If I ever see Don Imus in public I will punch him in the face,
one time for every member of the Rutgers and Tennessee
Women Basketball Teams. Then I’ll show him a picture of
Phylicia Rashad, Assata Shakur, Arthur Kit, my mother, my
grandmother and my seven-year-old niece, who’s got eyes like
firebombs, and then dare him to tell me that black women are
only beautiful in one shade of skin.

7. You are like a sunrise in a nation at war; you remind people
that there is always something worth waiting up to.

8. When we are married I will cook, do the dishes and whatever
else it takes to let you know that traditional gender roles have
no place in the home we build; so my last name is an option,
babysitting the kids a treat we split equally, and our bed will be
an ancient temple where I construct altars of wax on the small
of your back. We make love like the sky is falling, moving to the
rhythm of bedsprings and Bell Biv DeVoe. Angels applauding in
unison, saying this is the way it was meant to be.

9. My daughter will know her father’s face from the day she is
born, and I can only pray that the superman complex lasts long
enough for me deflect the pain this world will aim at her from
the moment she is old enough to realize that the colour brown
is still not considered human most places. But my daughter will
have a smile like a wheelchair, and so even when I am at my
worst, when the Kryptonite of this putrid planet threatens to
render me grounded, the light dancing off of her teeth, will
transform the shards of my broken body into heart-shaped
blackbirds, taking flight on a wing that reminds me of my
Saviour’s hands, my daughter’s smile, my mother’s laugh when I
was in her womb.

10. Never stop pushing, this world needs you now more than
ever…

here’s a link to the video..

5 must watch spoken word videos from youtube:

Spoken word is a type of poetry that deals with current reference to current events.YouTube has a bunch of these videos that are inspiring o watch and move you emotionally below I have listed some of my favorite videos to watch.

1.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwvdOum4ed0

2.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0QiFy8dmX0

3.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlJFvxad1_A&list=UUc4yillQaNo6a-iG2PYbbrA&index=20

4.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1r_82UIAgo

5.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOBja5WIX94&list=PL9471EC7EFD39EF93&index=26

6.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gU7ItOxr9g

p.s number 3,5,6 are my top favorite, their are amazing!!

you talk like a white girl/guy response

I, and countless of other african americans have been teased for so call “talking white”, by our friends, strangers and sadly even our own family members. One of my very close friends said to me one day, ” you talk so white, the first time I heard you talk I thought you were one of those stuck up bitches.” Wow I was dead silent, and offended. And so she continued on but I tuned her out, not being able to think of a quick smart comeback. That day has always stick with me, as often I get the same remark time and time again. I have finally thought of five remarks to those people who say “You talk like a white girl/guy”.

1. what exactly does the stereotypical black person sound like, and please demonstrate.

2. colors can talk?

3. Not all “white” and black people sound the same, just like we all look different

4. Excuse me…

and if you really wat to be rude just tell them..

5. I don’t speak dumbass that’s all..

I mean I mix slang in some of the way I talk, to make up my own new words but there’s a time and place for everything, if you sound like an open lyric to a rap song none will understand you.

Heres a YouTube video I found on this subject its hilarious, and he explains it way better than I do:

his YouTube channel is this is a commentary look him up

10 common black girl stereotypes

On March 23, 2012 on Disney channel, ” Doc McStuffins” was debuted on Disney junior a show about a 6-year-old African-American girl name Dottie McStuffins, whose mother is  a doctor and has a stay at home dad who usual spends his time in the garden.The little girl follows  in her mothers footsteps by opening a clinic to treat all her dolls and stuff animals. although the show is aimed at preschoolers, I find myself watching the episodes on Disney Junior. I enjoy watching the show, because one: she is so cute two: she teaches kids about healthy living and how to live healthy and three: she breaks a stereotype for colored girls. We all have been( in our life time) stereotyped in a particular category either because of our skin color, the way we dress, how we speak to others, or just on what we decide to reveal to the world. And lets face it, we have stereotyped other people also ( Dont pretend like you havent). Below I have come up with a list  of 10 common black girl stereotypes:

1. We are Welfare queens 

2. We are loud and ghetto

    

3. We don’t work out because we don’t like to sweat out our perms

4. We are close minded/ not adventurous

5.  We are strong and do not need a man

6.  We have huge backsides

7.  We are angry! and or have bad attitudes

                                                                        

8. We are only pretty if we look like:

9.  If we don’t look like Beyoncé we usually look like this:

 

10. We are uneducated

We all are subjected to stereotypes or we apply stereotypes to other people,  the saying ” never judge a book by it covers” goes with this. Dont be so judgemental of other people, and if you don’t like someone based on what you have “heard” about that person’s race, or the way he/she dresses, you should definitely take five minutes to at least introduce yourself to them and actually hold a conversation with them. I think you are going to be surprise!

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