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PinkMonkey.com-MonkeyNotes-I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
QUOTATION: In Stamps the segregation was so complete that most
Black children didnt really, absolutely know what whites looked
QUOTATION: During those years in Stamps, I met and fell in love
with William Shakespeare. He was my first white love.... it was Shakespeare
who said, When in disgrace with fortune and mens eyes.
It was a state of mind with which I found myself most familiar. I pacified
myself about his whiteness by saying that after all he had been dead so
long it couldnt matter to anyone any more.
QUOTATION: This might be the end of the world. If Joe lost we
were back in slavery and beyond help. It would all be true, the accusations
that we were lower types of human beings. Only a little higher than apes.
True that we were stupid and ugly and lazy and dirty and, unlucky and
worst of all, that God Himself hated us and ordained us to be hewers of
wood and drawers of water, forever and ever, world without end.
QUOTATION: The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges
a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even
belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle
won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.
QUOTATION: All of childhoods unanswered questions must finally
be passed back to the town and answered there. Heroes and bogey men, values
and dislikes, are first encountered and labeled in that early environment.
In later years they change faces, places and maybe races, tactics, intensities
and goals, but beneath those penetrable masks they wear forever the stocking-capped
faces of childhood.
QUOTATION: I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest
existence, is attributed to Gods will, but as human beings become
more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the
material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate
QUOTATION: If you ask a Negro where hes been, hell
tell you where hes going.
QUOTATION: Stories of law violations are weighed on a different
set of scales in the Black mind than in the white. Petty crimes embarrass
the community and many people wistfully wonder why Negroes dont
rob more banks, embezzle more funds and employ graft in the unions....
This ... appeals particularly to one who is unable to compete legally
with his fellow citizens.
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