Quotation by June Jordan

There is a man who exists as one of the most popular objects of leadership, legislation, and quasi-literature in the history of all men.... This man, that object of attention, attack, and vast activity, cannot make himself be heard, let alone to understood. He has never been listened to.... That man is Black and alive in white America where the media of communication do not allow the delivery of his own voice, his own desires, his own rage.
June Jordan (b. 1939), U.S. poet, civil rights activist. repr. In Moving Towards Home: Political Essays (1989). "On Listening: A Good Way to Hear," Nation (New York, 1967).
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