"Love encourages forgetting, which is intended to was away the slave’s past. Love makes a place for the stranger; it domesticates persons from ‘outside of the house’ and not ‘of the blood’; it assuages the slave’s loss of family; it remakes slaveholders as mother’s and fathers. Owning persons and claiming kin are one and the same; so love cannot be separated from dispossession of property in persons. Affection perhaps softens the sting of dishonor but does not erase is…it doesn’t remedy the isolation of being severed from your kin and denied ancestors.”
- Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route, pp. 102-103
July 16, 1947 - Birthday of Comrade Assata Shakur, Black freedom fighter and communist revolutionary.
As a member of the Black Panthers and Black Liberation Army, a political prisoner, and now living in exile in socialist Cuba with a $2 million federal bounty on her head, Assata has inspired generations of fighters with her commitment to Black liberation and dedication to revolutionary principles.