James Baldwin

Go Tell it on the Mountain

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    She had fallen from that high estate which God had intended for men and women, and she made her fall glorious because it was so complete.
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    She could not, that day, think of one decent white person in the whole world.
    Beenzu Muzyambahas quotedlast year
    She looked out into the quiet, sunny streets, and for the first time in her life, she hated it all—the white city, the white world.
    Beenzu Muzyambahas quotedlast year
    She sat there, and she hoped that one day God, with tortures inconceivable, would grind them utterly into humility, and make them know that black boys and black girls, whom they treated with such condescension, such disdain, and such good humour, had hearts like human beings, too, more human hearts than theirs.
    Beenzu Muzyambahas quotedlast year
    She looked out into the quiet, sunny streets, and for the first time in her life, she hated it all—the white city, the white world. She could not, that day, think of one decent white person in the whole world. She sat there, and she hoped that one day God, with tortures inconceivable, would grind them utterly into humility, and make them know that black boys and black girls, whom they treated with such condescension, such disdain, and such good humour, had hearts like human beings, too, more human hearts than theirs.
    Beenzu Muzyambahas quotedlast year
    For God did not forget, no word proceeding from his mouth could fail. Better to wait, like Job, through all the days of our appointed time until our change comes than to rise up, unready, before God speaks. For if we but wait humbly before Him, He will speak glad tidings to our souls; if we but wait our change will come, and that in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye—we will be changed one day from this corruption into incorruptibility forever, caught up with Him beyond the clouds.
    Beenzu Muzyambahas quotedlast year
    honey, ain’t everybody lies down to die—people going all the time, just like that, to-day you see them and to-morrow you don’t.
    since2010alinahas quoted2 years ago
    Had she been wrong to fight so hard? Now she was an old woman, and all alone, and she was going to die. And she had nothing for all her battles.
    since2010alinahas quoted2 years ago
    And why did she weep? And why did they come here, night after night after night, calling out to a God who cared nothing for them—if, above this flaking ceiling, there was any God at all? Then he remembered that the fool has said in his heart, There is no God—and he dropped his eyes, seeing that over his Aunt Florence’s head Praying Mother Washington was looking at him.
    since2010alinahas quoted2 years ago
    She thought of her mother as already in the grave; and she would not let herself be strangled by the hands of the dead.
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