In honor of Black History Month, Maya Angelou’s iTunes series, “Telling Our Stories”, is an attempt to help explain to the younger generation the efforts of those who’ve forged the path, for those who look-alike and those who look different. This is the third year Angelou has done the series and features stories from Kofi Annan, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys.
One subject Angelou touches upon is the use of the “b” and “n” words.
In an interview with Politics Nation, Angelou expressed her views on the state of young people and the use of the two words:
”Too many young black men and women don’t know that they’ve already been paid for, don’t know some of the great men and women who have lived in this world and paid for them already,” she explained. “It’s important for young black men and women. I think it’s imperative for young white men and women. You see, only equals make friends. Any other relationship is out-of-order.”
“I continue to say to young people, You are cared for,” she said. “They are worth everything. Women are better than being called the “b” word, and blacks are better than being called the ‘n’ word.”
“No matter what your race group, no matter what your age group, you are better than being called the word that would deny your humanity.”
Angelou also expressed her opinion on the recent debate over gun violence. “We have the right to respect and protect our children and we ought to do so and we ought to look at the guns that allow the mad man or the mad woman to kill off 200 of our children or fifty of our children, or twenty or one,” she said. “We have to look at that and say, Do we really have enough nerve to say stop it, stop it. This won’t do.”
You can download Maya Angelou’s Black History Month Special 2013 “Telling Our Stories” on iTunes.