This article, Are White Female Teachers to Blame for Pushing Black Children Through the School-to-Prison Pipeline brings ups so many good points
The keywords in this passage for me are “power,” “belonging,” “stronger” and the need for a stranger.
Let me hip you to the BLACKEST thing ever, Fannie Lou Hamer’s album.
Dina was relentless. She was every negative Black girl stereotype that exists rolled into one. Her mouth was filthy, she was sexually free, she couldn’t…wouldn’t be controlled or tamed. She was loud. She was blunt. She was a flirt. She was a fighter. She was always turned all the way up.
I kept on wondering how the other 3 were her friend and stayed her friend for twenty years. But that was just it. Dina was a friend. Loyal and loving and true. Dina is the epitome of a down ass friend.
This weekend I spent an inordinate amount of time listening to Dr. Boyce Watkins and Dr. Claud Anderson and Dr. France Cress Welsing and I began re-reading Carter G. Woodson’s The Miseducation of the Negro
WARNING: If you attempt to engage in all of the above texts at the same time: DO NOT DO IT. You will be left overwhelmed and confused. Drive slow homie.
I grew up knowing that I was going to become an angry black woman because that is what society has told me: from talk shows like Maury to Tyler Perry movies to the very men that I have dated. I was considered bitter and difficult, too independent and too slick with my mouth. …I am writing this after hearing the verdict of the murder of Philando Castile and all I hear are his mother, Valerie Castile’s words, “This city murdered my son” and she continues with the declaration, “I’m mad as hell right now.”…“…I’m tired of explaining.
Man, this shit is draining.
But I’m not really allowed to be mad.”
Sonia Sanchez is Poetry in ACTION. She makes POETRY a verb. Her fluid pen and power reverberate from Birmingham, Alabama to Harlem, NY to Dakar, Senegal and throughout the four corners of the world. As women of African Descent write their narratives with their ways, means, actions, and deeds – Mama Sonia documents, translates, deciphers, and delivers. She is a master of cadence, flow, and vernacular, the embodiment of catalytic change.