No person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow

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Reject ignorance, arrogance and racism

…please remember, especially in these times of groupthink and the right-on chorus, that no person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow and be perceived as fully blossomed as you were intended. Or who belittles in any fashion the gifts you labor so to bring into the world. That is why historians are generally enemies of women, certainly of blacks, and so are, all too often, the very people we must sit under in order to learn. Ignorance, arrogance, and racism have bloomed as Superior Knowledge in all too many universities.

by Alice Walker (born February 9, 1944)
from In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens
A talk: Convocation 1972

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One Response to “No person is your friend (or kin) who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow”

  1. Juanita Says:

    True dat, E!

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