Thursday, April 26, 2018

From Ta-Nehisi Coates’s We Were Eight Years in Power, part of a paragraph about how the enslaved people reacted to their bondage:

‘African Americans understood they were at war, and reacted accordingly: running away, rebelling violently, fleeing to the British, murdering slave-catchers, and—less spectacularly, though more significantly—refusing to work, breaking tools, bending a Christian God to their own interpretation, stealing back the fruits of their labor, and, in covert corners of their world, committing themselves to the illegal act of learning to read.’

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