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Comment 156 of 426, added on January 18th, 2006 at 5:19 PM.

A lady friend of mine who used to be slim, attractive with soft white skin
and beautiful smiles told me that she once thought that she would never be
discriminated, even from time to time she would get some sexual harassments
from ADMIRER but deep down inside of her she felt NOT TOO BAD. What she
really tries to say is that the kind of discrimination I faced as a
minority she has never experienced in her lifetime. About three years ago
she quitted smoking and her body weight went of control, she gained about
150 pounds. [She did] Her daughter's boyfriend started calling her Fat Cow
and so did some of her neighbors whenever there's a conflict.
Discrimination against her weight was something she cannot imagine ever,
now she can expect this wherever she go in public places. As time go by,
this year she make her half centry mark, she told me that Age
discrimination is coming on her way also.

No matter you are Black or White, Male or Female, God is treating us the
same way, sooner or later we will face some kind of discrimination, if is
not your Skin, it may be your Age eventually.

Still I Rise is not just about Race and Sex discrimination, from Maya's bio
and her public speech we can understand this peom has much greater
meaning....

jcwang
Comment 155 of 426, added on January 16th, 2006 at 8:52 PM.

celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

jcwang from United States
Comment 154 of 426, added on January 12th, 2006 at 9:47 AM.

AUTHENTIC--in every aspect of the word.
Great author and poet.


Shalonda from United States
Comment 153 of 426, added on January 11th, 2006 at 3:04 PM.

i read this poem and have interpreted it in many ways. currently i am
writing an analysis of "Still i Rise" and would appreciate any personal
interpretations of the poem for examples in my paper. Thanks

Joanne from United States
Comment 152 of 426, added on January 6th, 2006 at 12:29 PM.

WHEN I FIRST READ YOUR POEM IL OVE IT . I LOVE THAT POEM SO MUCH

YASMEEN from United States
Comment 151 of 426, added on January 2nd, 2006 at 6:09 PM.

Very inspiring for African American woman. This poem pionts out all the
segragation and racism and sexism our counrty deals with today. I truly
loved it and i even think it should be talked out and shared in all schools
for all children to understand that in thhe future when they are adults
that they dont want all the segragation, racism, and sexism, like we have
today. WORLD PEACE IS WHAT WE REALLY NEED!!!!!!!!

-->>MaTTiE

mattie from United States
Comment 150 of 426, added on December 29th, 2005 at 5:09 PM.

Sorry the title should be:
Still I rise is about being a black, especialiy black woman?

jcwang from United States
Comment 149 of 426, added on December 29th, 2005 at 4:18 PM.

Famous Quote from Maya Angelou:

"As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men
adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them."

In Maya's poem "Still I Rise" is a cry out for standing up for yourself
whoever you are under any circumstances. From Maya’s point of view in this
poem, a black female is on the bottom of our social level scale in our
society/country. It definitely represents two major discriminations in
this world among us, one is racial and the other is sex discrimination.
From her quote above, she ironically makes a comparison between white woman
and black woman in terms of loneliness. I am not trying to say that who's
more deserved to make a complain on discrimination here, I just like people
to be more focus on a bigger picture and that is NO Discrimination under
any shapes of forms.

To be honest, in most eastern culture, female often were discriminated by
their society and the major reason is from their thousands year's
traditional culture. Things are more different now than it used to be in
many eastern countries such as Japan, China and Korea. There are still no
improvements in most of Arabic countries these days. Unfortunately on the
opposite, I have a white lady manager she uses this poem very wisely, not
only she continue to discriminate against minority but also she ONLY hires
white woman since she becoming my manager and there are five already, she
also uses woman minority business[white woman OWN only] for selecting a
vedor for the company. Is this the attitude and reaction Maya Angelou
would like to see from her readers? No, we must look at the bigger picture
and that is No discrimination under race, sex, sexual preference,
profession, age, nationality, culture background, etc. Next time before we
cry and scream for justice, we must try to stop those biases and
discriminations from us first.


jcwang from United States
Comment 148 of 426, added on December 29th, 2005 at 11:24 AM.

I am truly touched by Maya's Poem. So many times I’ve tried to write in
words what I feel inside when I'm confronted with Negative Vibes from those
who do not take the time to understand the woman that they see before them.
On this day I've asked myself why people don’t accept us for who we are
instead of what they want us to be. Our strengths as women to not be
beaten down and ignored are a struggle that strains the very essence of who
we are. Yet because of this constant struggle of the challenges only makes
us stronger to achieve, to be believed, and to gain what we as women
deserve—to be respected in our own right. Maya wrote “You may write me
down in history with your bitter, twisted lies, you may trod me in the very
dirt but still, like dust, I’ll rise.”
This is the more or less the thoughts that I woke up with this morning. I
give my love, I give my support, I ignored my own needs and desires to be
there for you and yet, you lie and chose to ignore me as a woman in my own
right when you’ve reached your plateau through my strength the one who
choose to believe in you when no other took the time.
“Does my sassiness upset you?...”In this I could relate because once I
allow you to see that no matter what you say to me I will still hold my
head up high and not your self-doubt of your self become the target of who
I am not.
“Just like moons and like suns…” I’ve listened to the heart of my mother
and her mother and continue to listen of my grandmother telling me of the
heart of her mother in the struggles that they endured to remain the person
who they knew they were. From generation to generation this struggle to
love and be loved regardless of the conflicts they is and are put on us
because we are females.
“Did you want to see me broken...?” Love is given freely but with a cost.
And because I allow myself to freely love you; you choose to beat me down
with words, with negative actions of not accepting calls, not being there
for me when I needed instead of you needing me or because I've take matters
into my own hands because you were not strong enough to stand by my side.
With words you belittle the very person who I am and get mad because your
action doesn’t destroy the person who I am.
What I feel at this moment because I still choose to rise will lead me to
write what I understand Maya to be saying to me. You must rise, you must
rise, you must rise above anguish, you must rise above self-doubt, you must
rise above those who try to knock you down. Because you may not know where
your strength comes from to endure, accept the many people who are inside
of you to maintain, to fulfill, to accomplish, to take pride in who you
are, and must of all regardless of all else to continue to love yourself as
you continue to learn yourself because as she so beautifully put it, “ I am
the dream and the hope of the slave…. Up from a past that’s rooted in
pain….still like the air, I’ll rise…’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
diggin’ in my own back yard…Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear…I rise.





Glenice from United States
Comment 147 of 426, added on December 28th, 2005 at 12:34 PM.

The first time when I read "Still I Rise" that was 15 years ago, as a
Chinese I was so used to live in a country with 99.9% the same race country
fellows, I could not fully comprehend what this Great poem was about but I
did LOVE this poem very much.
Maya wrote with Simple and Common English vocabularies and yet with such
mighty and powerful message can spread all around the world, no matter you
are Black or White, woman or man… this poem give you a strong impression
and power to stand against any unfairness and bias or discrimination.

After living in the states for a while, I started experiencing racial
Discrimination in many different occasions. some were so painful and
hateful that I thought i had to live with the rest of my life. Thanks to
MLK, Maya, Oprah and many others, I now refuse to fall and yield when I
know that I can still rise.

I have to admit that “Still I rise” is a challenge for most Chinese/English
translator. For years I have been searching for the right word to interpret
the word RISE in Chinese but still cannot find any Chinese words to
represent it the best. Recently I opened a column on Chinese public forum:
www.747forum.com
Many of my country fellows participating in the discussion of how to better
translate “Still I Rise” in Chinese, so far there are over 270 posts, 27000
hits. We even have a humorous version called “Still I Eat Rice” to
entertain us. [It’s just a humor not to be disrespect to Maya]. I am so
glad that most Chinese who understand English can finally start to
appreciate this wonderful poem by Maya. I understand that we as human being
may not be able to completely eliminate all bias and discrimination or
mistreatment from others but we should be able to MINIMIZE with public
education and awareness and also within ourselves.


jcwang from United States

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Poet: Maya Angelou
Poem: Still I Rise
Added: Feb 9 2004
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