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Maya Angelou Each offering from bell hooks is a major event, she has so much to give us.
I believe in pride of race and lineage and self....I believe in Liberty for all men, the space to stretch their arms and their souls, the right to breathe and the right to vote, the freedom to choose their friends, enjoy the sunshine, and the right to vote, the freedom to choose their friends, enjoy the sunshine and ride on the railroads, uncursed by color; thinking, dreaming, working as they will in a kingdom of God and Love. I believe in the training of children, black even as white; the leading out of little souls into the green pastures and beside the still waters, not for self, or peace, but for Life lit by some large vision of beauty and goodness and truth.
We will not find peace in our generation until we learn anew that a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth, but in those inner treasures for the spirit....Our hope for creative living lies in our ability to establish the spiritual ends of our lives in personal character and social justice. Without this spiritual and moral reawakening we shall destroy ourselves in the misuse of our own instruments. Our generation cannot escape the question of our Lord: What shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world of externals -- aeroplanes, electric lights, automoblies, and color television -- and lose the internal -- his own soul?
Given the politics of black life in this white supremacist society it makes sense that internalized racism and self-hate stand in the way of love. Systems of domination exploit folks best when they deprive us of our capacity to experience our own agency and alter our ability to care and to love ourselves and others. Black folks have been deeply and profoundly "hurt," as we used to say down home, "hurt to our hearts," and the deep psychological pain we have endured and still endure affects our capacity to feel and therefore our capacity to love. We are a wounded people. Wounded in that part of ourselves that would know love, that would be loving. The choice to love has always been a gesture of resistance for African Americans.
Copyright © 2003 by Gloria Watkins
Posted May 20, 2013
I think that we should all join like an army full of love peace and self acceptance because i care and we should all care for everyone of all colors and races thank you and think about it love like my lord taught us all
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Posted May 13, 2012
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Posted August 21, 2005
While their is enough blame to go around concerning the present plight of black people, bell hooks offers insight to the black community that makes them take a look at the role they have played in nurturing an atmosphere of inadequecy within its ranks. From allowing black kids to be taught by those still rooted in white supremicist thinking to fundamentalist christianity promoting the power of human will over the possiblity of outside intervention to assist in the healing process, hooks pulls no punches in exposing the African American's misguided pursuit of equal status in America. Whether black or white, if you hate the truth, leave this book on the shelf.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Though commentator Bell Hooks is well known for her works, this reviewer had no plans to read another culpability book whether the blame is on the white race or on the black race (the in thing flavor of the moment much to the glee of the present administration). However, Ms Hooks literally hooks her readers by turning upside down the basic premise made by many black conservatives whom blame African-Americans for the lack of significant social progress. Instead Ms. Hooks uses those same arguments to offer a different premise that the symptoms of failure are not recent phenomena having been around for quite a while, but now are being abetted and often encouraged by government neglect, de facto racism, and psychological trauma. As white racism has abated, the often-negative reaction to integrate has crippled the black community leaving deep psychological scars and extremely low self-esteem as blacks compete by imitating whites. Though often repetitive, ROCK MY SOUL is well written and supported with documentation that supports the book¿s premise. Ms. Hooks makes the case that if there was less accusations and finger pointing and increased mental health approaches, it will ease much of the malaise that has led to low self-esteem and self-hate amongst many black women and the families they often raise alone. Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.