― Anaïs Nin” —
Segregation enabled black folks to maintain oppositional worldviews and standpoints to counter the effects of racism and to nurture resistance.The effectiveness of those survival strategies was made evident by both civil rights movements and the militant resistance that followed in their wake.
The resistance to colonialism was so fierce, a new strategy was required to maintain and perpetuate white supremacy. Racial integration was that strategy.” —
-bell hooks (via ekscreates)
Zora Neale Hurston’s critique of Brown v. Board of Education. This is a perspective that we rarely hear about; integration actually hurt Black students in significant ways, making illegal Black institutions which, out of necessity, had offered services which would be impossible to replicate in places where the teachers and students were predominantly white. It also put us on the track to see Black-separatism-as-survival instead as Black-separatism-is-anti-progress. At the time, it made Zora Neale Hurston extremely unpopular, and it might have even killed her career. But now, when people still self-segregate and the education that Black children get is extremely questionable, even harmful…it’s hard to know if Brown v. Board was the right thing to do.