"When Black women try to establish themselves within the white world, there’s a cruel irony they often have to face. It’s okay if white people make use of Black English to spice up their phrases and seem “cool,” but if Black women want to be respected and taken seriously, they need to adhere carefully to Standard English in “white” settings. Although psycholinguists have established that Black English is a respectable and viable dialect, numerous women say that they are routinely diminished, discounted, or distrusted simply because of what they say and how they say it."
— Charisse Jones and Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Shifting (via ellesugars)
"The most dangerous age for a people is that in which subjective reflection begins to raise its voice against what has hitherto enjoyed universal recognition. The collective conditions of the life of a stage first spring, like the products of nature, from the soil of the popular character, and they are received like natural products: without much scrutiny."
— M. W. Humphreys on an introduction to Aristophanes’s “Nephelai”