“ Nobody’s going to save you. No one’s going to cut you down, cut the thorns thick around you. No one’s going to storm the castle walls nor kiss awake your birth, climb down your hair, nor mount you onto the white steed. There is no one who will feed the yearning. Face it. You will have to do, do it yourself.
It’s a very white, middle-class complex that if you can count and read you can become President. I happen to feel that children, all children, need to have a very powerful and positive sense of who they are. Black children need this especially. It’s not an either-or kind of thing, but a two-way street. Achieve academically and you feel better about yourself. Feel better about yourself and you’ll achieve academically. - Dr. Loretta Long
“ No nation can slave a race of people for hundreds of years, set them free bedraggled and penniless, pit them, without assistance in a hostile environment, against privileged victimizers, and then reasonably expect the gap between the heirs of the groups to narrow. Lines, begun parallel and left alone, can never touch.
“ The arrival of the colonist signified syncretically the death of indigenous society, cultural lethargy, and petrification of the individual. For the colonized, life can only materialize from the rotting cadaver of the colonist.