Words matter. These are the best Stanley Crouch Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
The grand irony, however, is that Southern segregation was not brought to an end, nor redneck violence dramatically reduced, by violence.
I also wanted to do something that I hadn’t really seen in almost any black novels, which was a complex love story in which both people were extremely intelligent and talented and understood a lot of things and were still at odds getting it together.
But the myth of violent solutions as the ultimate solutions maintains itself in much of popular media.
All of us are made up of the stories that we listen to, the ones we disagree with and the ones that we agree with.
When you’re artistic director of a program, you present the music you want to present.
The discussion of ideas as opposed to the American narcissistic obsession with what’s going on with the self, that’s the general thing people are talking about.
The high point of civilization is that you can hate me and I can hate you but we develop an etiquette that allows us to deal with each other because if we acted solely upon our impulse we’d probably go to war.
Everybody has to be reminded that there’s another way to be. Another more mysterious, unpredictable way to be that’s not necessarily based upon contrivances.
People don’t really think other people are the same.
As you know from reading many of these Negro writers, we don’t deal too much with the discussion of democracy and what it means and how improvisation fits in all that.
When people conclude that all is futile, then the absurd becomes the norm.
Your ethnic or sexual identity, what region of the country you’re from, what your class is – those aspects of your identity are not the same as your aesthetic identity.
Our job as writers and thinkers in the time is how to bring about the occasions that let people have that first-person experience – or the metaphoric experience that allows them to see human continuity as opposed to total threat, total willingness to do violence.
Unfortunately, I’m not a person that’s always capable of living up to the Boy Scout philosophy.
Our democratic richness arrives when we’re able to comprehend our collective humanity accurately.
Louis Armstrong, who learned to be in exquisite dress, came from the bottom, and he’s not a trash can.
When a violent minority that crosses color lines comes to believe that killing those you know or do not know is a reasonable solution to problems, we are in need of another vision.
Popular culture tells you that schools and parents don’t know what’s going on, the police are dogs, politicians are all liars and scum, and any crime that’s not committed by the Mafia is done by the CIA.
You’d never know that listening to people in the UN but tribalism is the father of racism.