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Black History Month quote of the day: bell hooks

“As people of color, our struggle against racial imperialism should have taught us that wherever there exists a master/slave relationship, an oppressed/oppressor relationship, violence, mutiny, and hatred will permeate all elements of life. There can be no freedom for black men as long as they advocate subjugation of black women. There can be no freedom for patriarchal men of all races as long as they advocate subjugation of women. Absolute power for patriarchs is not freeing…Freedom…can only be a complete reality when our world is no longer racist or sexist.”

bell hooks* Ain’t I a Woman. This Imperialism of Patriarchy [1981]


*bell hooks purposefully spells her name with no capitals. The lack of capitalization serves two functions. The first function is to distinguish bell hooks from her grandmother Bell Hooks. The second function is to indicate the importance of the text and not the biography of the author.


Found in Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations, 2013