Friday, March 24, 2017

Quote of the Day

It is impossible to accept the premise of the story [featured in the film The Defiant Ones], a premise based on the profound American misunderstanding of the nature of the hatred between black and white.  The root of the black man's hatred is rage, and he does not so much hate white men as simply wants them out of his way, and more than that, out of his children's way.  The root of the white man's hatred is terror, a bottomless and nameless terror, which focuses on this dread figure, an entity which lives only in his mind.

-- James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro, p. 60

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Quote of the Day

Boundary setting skills with the narcissist is equal to self-preservation when it comes to your career, and the potential negative impact to your self-esteem.

-- Eleanor D. Payson, The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists, p. 163

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Quote of the Day

This [Negro] problem, which (white Americans) invented in order to safeguard their purity, has made of them criminals and monsters, and it is destroying them.  And this, not from anything blacks may or may not be doing but because of the role of a guilty and constricted white imagination as assigned to the blacks.

-- James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro, p. 58

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Quote of the Day

 The NPD (narcissistic personality disorder) person in the workplace will have a tendency to create havoc among his peers and simultaneously rise to a position of power because he flourishes in a competitive environment.

-- Eleanor D. Payson, The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists, p. 162

Monday, March 20, 2017

Quote of the Day

I have always been struck, in America, by an emotional poverty so bottomless, and a terror of human life, of human touch, so deep, that virtually no American appears able to achieve any viable, organic connection between his public stance and his private life.  This failure of the private life has always had the most devastating effect on American public conduct, and on black-white relations.  If Americans were not so terrified of their private selves, they would never have become so dependent on what they call "the Negro problem."

-- James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro, p. 56

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Quote of the Day

Toxic narcissism exists in the shadows, often remaining invisible until revealed by the pain it causes others.  If we are to prevent these dangers, we must become more psychologically sophisticated, working through our own narcissist tendencies and proactively drawing the line on abusive tendencies in other individuals, groups, and potential world leaders.

-- Eleanor D. Payson, The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists, p. 161

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Quote of the Day

When Malcolm [X] talks, or the other Muslim ministers talk, they articulate for all the Negro people who hear them, who listen to them, they articulate their suffering.  The suffering which has been in this country so long denied.  That is Malcolm's great authority over any of his audiences.  He corroborates their reality.  He tells them that they really exist, you know.

-- James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro, p. 39