December 16, 2005

Joan Morgan

"Black women can no more be defined by the cumulative sum of our pain than blackness can be defined solely by the transgenerational atrocities delivered at the hands of American racism. Because black folks are more than the stench of the slave ship, the bite of the dogs, or the smoldering of freshly lynched flesh. In both cases, defining ourselves solely by our oppression denies us the very magic of who we are."
--Joan Morgan


lyre said...

I define Beryl by her survival and her accomlishments rather than by her pain and suffering, for the pain and suffering were inflicted by others. My accomplishments and my survival are a testament of who I am and from whom I came. I agree with Joan! We ARE so much more...Lord have mercy. We are babies out of slavery (just 140 years) and oppresion. What is going to happen when we have 3 centuries out? I pray that there is a Beryl descendant around to show the world!!!

JenellyBean said...

Amen Mama Beryl!

That is a great way women should define themselves.

I blogged this quote by Booker T. last month
"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that
one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."--Booker Taliaferro Washington

I also feel this is a good measurement, because many people "achieve" great things, but much of their ride was in a Jaguar or Bentley while others were pushing the hoopty--you know.

The Humanity Critic said...

thats a great quote

Demobeatz said...

people measure themselves in what epitomize them the most.

I am into music... so my measurement comes from my acheivements

as a father my measurement rides on the progress of my son

as a husband my measurement is based on the happiness of my wife and family

I think as most black people use slavery and to a certain extent there own blackness as a scapegoat for there own failures and shortfalls. Who we are as a people shouldn't be measured at all by what we endured as a people but what we have accomplished and will accomplish as a people and learn to ONLY measure ourselves by what we as a whole identify with in present day.

I wasn't lynched nor was whipped so I cannot personly link myself with those things.

I will not forget or turn a blind eye to these evil deeds. But as a black person, A BLACK MAN.... I owe it to those people, who gave there lives to be free, to live the life of a free man and not the oppressed... and that is what I think sets us back 50 years....

chele said...

This reminds me of the time that I went to lunch with the CFO of my company. He was telling me of his upbringing and he said, "I'm just like you, chele ... I came from nothing."

First of all, I didn't come from nothing. Secondly, the fact that this fool would make that assumption because I'm a Black woman just demonstrates his ignorance.

I am not defined by the negativity of the past ... it has been instrumental in making me who I am but I plan to allow the past remain in the past. I will let it be a reminder of where I was and where I don't want to be again.

Unconquerable Soul said...

I second that! We are more than we will every know.. and black women.. i can never define y'all!

DizYaBoy said...

Merry Christmas!

Spelangel said...

i was going through my blog archives and found this and i thought about you....glad u had a merry christmas....

JenellyBean said...

Thanks Spel.
That was reeeaaal deep!

I was definately feeling that.
Thanks for thinking of me.

I pray your Christmas was merry.


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