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Maya Angelou on refusing labels — Quotes for writers and everyone

Maya Angelou quote on identityI do not represent blacks or tall women, or women or Sonomans or Californians or Americans. Or rather I hope I do, because I am all those things. But that is not all that I am. I am all of that and more and less. People often put labels on people so they don’t have to deal with the physical fact of those people. It’s easy to say, oh, that’s a honkie, that’s a Jew, that’s a junkie, or that’s a broad, or that’s a stud, or that’s a dude. So you don’t have to think: does this person long for Christmas? Is he afraid that the Easter bunny will become polluted? … I refuse that… I simply refuse to have my life narrowed and proscribed. MAYA ANGELOU

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2 comments on “Maya Angelou on refusing labels — Quotes for writers and everyone

  1. Danny Kemp
    June 1, 2014

    Reblogged this on The words of Danny Kemp..

  2. Reblogged this on Charlotte Gerber.

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