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I'm not entangled in shaping my work according to other people's views of how I should have done it.
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.
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