Quintessential Quaker

A quote chosen by a member for discussion each Sunday. (January quotes chosen by Dereck CT; February quotes chosen by Susan M are predominantly by Black writers, activists, etc. as February is Black His/Herstory month)


February 28 “I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with their pain” ~ James Baldwin 


February 21 “Find freedom in the context you inherit” ~Lee Maracle


February 14 “No one ever talks about the moment you found out you were white. Or the moment you found out you were black. That’s a profound revelation. The minute you find that out, something happens. You have to renegotiate everything.” ~ Toni Morrison


February 7 “There is no such thing as race. None……Scientifically, anthropologically, racism is a construct – a social construct. And it has benefits. Money can be made off of it, and people who don’t like themselves can feel better because of it. It can describe certain kinds of behaviour that are wrong or misleading.” ~ Toni Morrison


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