Top 45 Blackness Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Blackness Quotes from famous people such as Montel Williams, Fantastic Negrito, Issa Rae, Thomas Chatterton Williams, Anthea Butler, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

No one tells every white person in this country how to

No one tells every white person in this country how to be. No one tells every Hispanic, or Asian or Jewish person in this country how to be. There is no single definition of whiteness or single definition of blackness.
Montel Williams
‘Fantastic’ is self-explanatory, you know? And the ‘Negrito’ is a way to open up blackness to everyone – you know, make it playful, international. It’s extremely positive in my view; it’s my affair with this music.
Fantastic Negrito
The very definition of ‘blackness’ is as broad as that of ‘whiteness,’ yet we’re seemingly always trying to find a specific, limited definition.
Issa Rae
I am not renouncing my blackness and going on about my day. I am rejecting the legitimacy of the entire racial construct in which blackness functions as one orienting pole.
Thomas Chatterton Williams
In the racialized space of capitalist gentrification, police are not only arbiters of the peace, they are the muscle of retail racism: You can only be in this space if you transcend your blackness by showing us some green dollars. Even then, there is no guarantee that green will transcend your black skin.
Anthea Butler
My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my ‘blackness’ than ever before. I have found that at Princeton, no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my white professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong.
Michelle Obama
I understand blackness from the inside out. What my goal is, is to allow the world to see the humanity that I know personally to be the truth.
Kehinde Wiley
I’m not a representative of blackness, and I’m not a healer.
Colson Whitehead
I actually thought when I met Tina, my former wife, that she was White. Later I found out that she wasn’t, and she was actually very much in-tune with her Blackness.
Mathew Knowles
I’m aware that if I make a country album and release it, and it gets on the Grammys, the Grammys are going to put it in the Urban category. Just my blackness automatically sets it in there.
Blackness remains the coat you can’t take off.
Clint Smith
We cannot continually barricade ourselves under some falsified idea of race, because our idea of blackness and race is simply reactionary. Africans didn’t walk around Africa being black and proud, they walked around proud.
Saul Williams
If you suffocate my blackness, you’ve got to realize that’s supremacy.
For sleep, one needs endless depths of blackness to sink into; daylight is too shallow, it will not cover one.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
I had to say to myself, ‘I haven’t written enough about blackness, yet it’s part of my consciousness and my lived experience.’ I had to get over that anxiety of ‘I haven’t done this before.’
Tracy K. Smith
Love as intense as ice, love as remote as blackness.
Liu Xiaobo
The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine.
James Irwin
Our blackness and how to survive being black in America was something that our parents instilled in us extraordinarily well.
Yance Ford
I learned at an early age how to traverse the white world, the white-dominant world. I learned, and I was successful at it. I learned the nuances – I learned how to act, how to be – but I always was conscious and aware of my blackness.
Ron Stallworth
So often, blackness is seen in a negative light.
Angie Thomas
Since I got to this country when I was 12, I’ve been obsessed with this idea of whiteness and blackness because I realized I was neither. For me, it was so important to me to make a film that focused on whiteness because you wouldn’t have blackness if you didn’t have whiteness.
Jose Antonio Vargas
I love my blackness… I love my queerness.
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman
In America, mixed-race identity tends to invite both curiosity and suspicion, largely because few have found a way to interrogate it without centering whiteness as the scale by which to evaluate blackness.
Jenna Wortham
I think that unlearning race for black people is more along the lines of seriously saying blackness isn’t real, race isn’t real.
Thomas Chatterton Williams
I think it’s really important that we understand the ways in which blackness plays out, right, and discrimination against black people impacts different communities in different ways but ultimately leaves them undermined and really devalued in our society.
Opal Tometi
My mother is black, from Grenada, so my blackness was always there, but It wasn’t until I started hanging with the upperclassmen black actors at my high school that I really got my roots in being a black American, which is a distinctly different identity and experience.
Amanda Seales