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Bell Hooks

Bell Hooks

American author, professor, feminist (born G.J.Watkins)

Alive from: 1952-

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    No other group in America has so had their identity socialized out of existence as have black women... When black people are talked about the focus tends to be on black men; and when women are talked about the focus tends to be on white women.
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    ... no Black woman can become an intellectual without decolonizing her mind.
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    ...there is an element of Play that is almost ritualistic in Black folk life. It serves to mediate the tensions, stress, and pain of constant exploitation and oppression.
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    A major part of love is commitment. If we are committed to someone, if I'm committed to loving you, then it's not possible for me to 'fall out of love.'
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    All over the world, young males and females, schooled in the art of patriarchal thinking, are building an identity on a foundation that sees the will to do violence as the essential way to assert being.
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    America is a country that would rather talk about race than class.
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    An often-repeated assertion in the body of film criticism I have written is the assertion that movies do not just mirror the culture of any given time; they also create it.
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    As long as women are using class or race power to dominate other women, feminist sisterhood cannot be fully realized.
    Source: The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love (2004)
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    As we search as a nation for constructive ways to challenge racism and white supremacy, it is absolutely essential that progressive female voices gain a hearing.
    Source: Ending Racism Killing Rage
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    Because we have learned to believe negativity is more realistic, it appears more real than any positive voice.
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    But love is really more of an interactive process. It's about what we do not just what we feel. It's a verb, not a noun.
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    Certainly we can end racism with love. We can demand that the federal government change its emphasis on racial distinction.
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    Death is with you all the time; you get deeper in it as you move towards it, but it's not unfamiliar to you. It's always been there, so what becomes unfamiliar to you when you pass away from the moment is really life.
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    Feminist politics aims to end domination, to free us to be who we are - to live lives where we love justice, where we can live in peace.
    Source: Feminism Is for Everybody (2014)
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    For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?
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