If any of us hopes to survive, s/he must meet the extremity of the American female condition with immediate and political response. The thoroughly destructive and indefensible subjugation of the majority of Americans cannot continue except at the peril of the entire body politic.
"The Case for the Real Majority" (1982), from Moving Towards Home: Political Essays (1989)
Body and soul, Black America reveals the extreme questions of contemporary life, questions of freedom and identity: How can I be who I am?June Jordan
In America, the traditional routes to black identity have hardly been normal. Suicide (disappearance by imitation, or willed extinction), violence (hysterical religiosity, crime, armed revolt), and exemplary moral courage; none of these is normal.June Jordan
Bodyand soul,Black America reveals the extreme questions of contemporary life, questions of freedom and identity: How can I be who I am?June Jordan
We donot deridethe fears of prospering white America. A nation of violence and private property has every reason to dread the violated and the deprived.June Jordan
To rescue our children we will have to let them save us from the power we embody: we will have to trust the very difference that they forever personify.June Jordan
I am a feminist, and what that means to me is much the same as the meaning of the fact that I am Black: it means that I must undertake to love myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.June Jordan