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I'm always annoyed about why black people have to bear the brunt of everybody else's contempt. If we are not totally understanding and smiling, suddenly we're demons.
I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.
I would solve a lot of literary problems just thinking about a character in the subway, where you can't do anything anyway.
I think some aspects of writing can be taught. Obviously, you can't teach vision or talent. But you can help with comfort.
I merged those two words, black and feminist, because I was surrounded by black women who were very tough and and who always assumed they had to work and rear children and manage homes.
I get angry about things, then go on and work.
I don't think anybody cares about unwed mothers unless they're black or poor. The question is not morality, the question is money. That's what we're upset about.
I don't think a female running a house is a problem, a broken family. It's perceived as one because of the notion that a head is a man.
I always looked upon the acts of racist exclusion, or insult, as pitiable, from the other person. I never absorbed that. I always thought that there was something deficient about such people.
Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another.
For a long time I was convinced that the conflict between Jewish people and black people in this country was a media event.
Everywhere, everywhere, children are the scorned people of the earth.
Everything I've ever done, in the writing world, has been to expand articulation, rather than to close it.
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