I found myself remembering a number of quotes from the play Black Angels Over Tuskegee, so I decided to take those quotes and use them to prompt me in responding to the show. Here it goes.
Q: "Mind, soul, and body, but the body is tired. The body is tired."
But is the body really tired? I sat there thinking that to myself as I watch my boy, Elijah, do his sixty or so push ups. I was shocked at the speed, plus his arms (he definitely lifts). Through my hindsight vision, I checked on my friend to see if I was the only one gawking at the sight, but I wasn't (to my relief).
Q: "Education is key."
Quentin wrote this in his journal, and although this quote is overused, we shouldn't forget it. I usually complain about going to school, but after watching the show I felt grateful that I could at least get an education. Not a separate education, but one with other students, at the same price and same quality.
Q: "Do you think they'll let a black man teach a class of white men."
So you're telling me... that a group of men, who all scored nearly-perfect scores on their exams, are not qualified to teach a group of men, who failed? I chuckle as I think about all these ridiculous laws against black people and books on how black people's brains are smaller. All these laws are passed, but somehow these people exceed people's expectation and people still try to hold them back? Yes, Nebraska guy, I chuckle too at some people's stupidity.
Q: "Even in our homeland, they separate us from the white man."
Don't get me wrong, the systematic oppression against black people is wrong, but I honestly feel bad for the second row in this show. While the people in the first row gasped, the people in the second row, all white, just shook their heads awkwardly. I don't know how they felt at the moment, but I know for certain that I agreed with the speaker. That idea is RIDICULOUS.
Q: "To succeed,
we need to believe that we are at the same level as white men."
Jeremiah is one of those characters you hate, but he drops little droplets of truth all over the place. When he said this, I thought of my friend who always complains that black people will always be oppressed. If she were here, she might have left the show with a little more positivity, maybe.
Q: "It's a white man's dream to see a black man and black man fight in a box, while they bet money."
This scene in the show made me sad. It reminded me a lot of Raging Bulls, because that movie was all about American culture and how it equates to violence. This quote, from Elijah, spoke to that because people thrive on violence. You can hear the anger and sadness behind those words and that was one moment in which I was not smiling. (most of the show was funny)