Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people. Use this blog as a reference tool, not as the one and only view on the topic.
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Book Description: (From Amazon.com) “Language Is a Place of Struggle” is the first truly multiracial and polycultural quote book, collecting quotations from both historical and contemporary novelists and poets, activists and political leaders, and artists and musicians. Within these pages, readers will find wisdom, wit, and inspiration from Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinos, Arab Americans, American Indians, recent immigrants to the United States, and many others.
With nearly fifteen hundred quotations, this exceptional book covers a broad spectrum: from insights on spirituality to words inciting social change and justice; from the impact of colonization, slavery, and racism to observations on gender, sexuality, and identity. The quotes show how people of color in the United States have been shaped by various community histories, ongoing political and cultural struggles, and personal evolutions. Each quote reflects three core themes from the histories of people of color in America: the significance of mass movements and the role of individuals within them; the vision that binds one society to another; and the foundational relationship between an evolving society and a changing self. Each chapter—Roots, Selves, Relationship, Work and Play, Making Change, and Inner Visions—adds to the larger story about people of color in the context of history, culture, and community.
An invaluable tool for speechwriters, educators, ministers, and librarians that is accessibly organized for all readers, this entertaining and thought-provoking book is a much-needed resource for anyone interested in multicultural issues. Here you will find: Gloria Anzaldúa on borders and margins; Margaret Cho on failure and success; Edwidge Danticat on women who write; Junot Díaz on masculinity; Vine Deloria, Jr., on activism; Suheir Hammad on miscegenation and identity; bell hooks on identity and oppression; Edward P. Jones on the system of racism; Philip Vera Cruz on leadership; Chögyam Trungpa on spiritual materialism; and much more.
Opinion on this book: I am a big fan of quotes. This is one of my favorite books of all time. The quotes from the RacismSchool Facebook and Twitter pages come from this book. It has so many people from different backgrounds, careers and ethnicity’s that there really isn’t a theme other than being uplifting. If you are a fan of quotes, you’ll fall in love with this book. If not, it’s an interesting book to peruse in the library or when you need a bit of inspiration.
Favorite Part: There is something good on every page. You can open the book at any part and find something that will make you want to go out and change the world. Today, I opened to, “The importance of public discourse about difficult social issues cannot be overemphasized. Public dialogue infuses with energy." ~Barbara Holmes, Black Theologian.
Recommend it? Yes! Absolutely. Again, if you don’t really have any strong feelings about quotes but are curious, pick this up at the library. If you are a fan of quotes, this is a book you’ll want to buy and keep close.