“The Black Arts Movement is radically opposed to any concept of the artist that alienates him from his community. This movement is the aesthetic and spiritual sister of the Black Power concept. As such, it envisions an art that speaks directly to the needs and aspirations of Black America. In order to perform this task, the Black Arts Movement proposes a radical reordering of the western cultural aesthetic. It proposes a separate symbolism, mythology, critique, and iconology. The Black Arts and the Black Power concept both relate broadly to the Afro-American’s desire for self-determination and nationhood. Both concepts are nationalistic. One is concerned with the relationship between art and politics; the other with the art of politics.”—LARRY NEAL, “The Black Arts Movement” Drama Review, Summer 1968
“I think about a time when I will be relaxed,
when flames and nonspecific passion wear themselves, away.
And my eyes, and hands, and mind can turn, and soften,
and my songs will be softer, and lightly weight the air.”—Amiri Baraka
But historically speaking black people are less civilized than whites..just look at the stereotypical way that they talk!
it’s a vernacular evolved from the mix of different european languages, african tribal influences and regional references.
get kidnapped and dropped off into a strange land where even the people who are barking orders at you don’t understand the true native language, learn the orders being barked at you, then find ways to communicate with others who may not be from the same place that you originated, as well as your “owners” and tell me what you sound like.
His body isn’t even cold yet and the New York times has already put out a shameful article declaring Nelson Mandela to be an “icon of peaceful resistance”. News outlets around the Western world are hurrying to publish obituaries that celebrate his electoral victory while erasing the protracted and fierce guerrilla struggle that he and his party fought against the white supremacist South African state in order to make that victory possible. Don’t let racist, imperialist liberalism co-opt the legacy of another radical. Nelson Mandela used peaceful means when he could, and violent means when he couldn’t. For this, during his life they called him a terrorist, and after his death they’ll call him a pacifist — all to neutralize the revolutionary potential of his legacy, and the lessons to be drawn from it.