Oppressors and Self-Hatred

James Baldwin said, “You know, it’s not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself.”

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) said the same thing:

As for us black women, how did we become the least respected individuals (I mean, I know but …) in American society? How are we still? When will our men, as a whole–not the few far and in between, come to a point when they see us as treasures to be valued and protected? Further, when, even if we’re not given it without asking for it with the way we carry ourselves, will we expect and require more respect?

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~ by MsInklination on February 21, 2010.

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