Maya Angelou’s New Stamp Features Quote That Wasn’t Hers

Michael Schaub, Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2015

The United States Postal Service is set to honor Maya Angelou today in a dedication ceremony for a new postage stamp depicting the legendary author, poet and singer. But there’s one problem: The quotation that accompanies Angelou’s picture on the stamp was apparently not originally written by her.

The text on the new “forever” stamp reads: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” It appears to be a reference to Angelou’s best-known book, her 1969 memoir “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

But the Washington Post reported yesterday that the quotation can also be found in “A Cup of Sun,” a 1967 poetry collection by children’s author Joan Walsh Anglund. A Postal Service spokesman told the newspaper that the line, which has been widely attributed to Angelou by people including President Obama, was approved for use on the stamp by Angelou’s family.

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For her part, Anglund seems to hold no ill will toward Angelou or the Postal Service, telling the Post, “I think it easily happens sometimes that people hear something, and it’s kind of going into your subconscious and you don’t realize it. . . . I don’t know about the stamp and I hope that it’s successful.”

It’s likely too late for the Postal Service to do anything about the stamp, at least in the short term. A dedication ceremony for the stamp is under way in Washington, D.C., as of this writing. Expected guests include First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and writer and broadcaster Melissa Harris-Perry.

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  • A Freespeechzone

    Haha…. You can’t INVENT this!

    • Anna Tree

      But is it only me who find that sentence about the bird not special/beautiful/wise? Maybe I don’t get the meaning, if somebody would be kind to explain it to me…

      • Ron Cheaters

        It is kind of a dumb quote.

        • cherrie greenbaum123

          Agree. Kinda like something you would write when you were in the fourth or fifth grade.

          • Lion’s Mane

            That may be because the stamp has to appeal to a nation of adult fifth graders, so poor has our educational system become compared to what it used to be.

          • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

            I meet older Americans that have no college education and they have more class and more knowledge of the real world than today’s so called college educated people even some with Phds’. So that tells you how education in the US has dumbed down.

          • Earl P. Holt III

            In her EDUCATION REPORTER, Phyllis Schlafly once reprinted a Florida exam from 100 years ago, required to graduate from the Fifth Grade and enter Grade Six. I can’t remember more than a couple of questions, but here are two of them:

            #1 Name the nine elements of speech;

            #2 Find the volume of a town’s cylindrical Water Tower, given a stated height and width.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            Well, note, it’s actually attributed to, “children’s author Joan Walsh Anglund.”

            Children’s author. So, not intended for an adult audience anyway. If you look on Amazon, her books look delightful but are clearly aimed at the set below double digits.

            But it’s about on par with anything genuinely attributed to Ms. Angelou, so…

          • InAFreeCountry

            I saw her recite a poem for one of King Barack’s inaugurations. It was idiotic drivel. Maybe she was part Vogon.

          • Earl P. Holt III

            She was ALL Vulgarian…

          • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

            Oh bluesonic, you snitch. You piece of filth, you complain to Amren and get my quotes deleted. Go troll on a liberal site.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            What the HELL are you talking about? What quotes? Did you quote something disallowed on AmRen? If so, that’s your own fault; but I don’t have any “quotes” of any sort from you in my inbox, so you sound even more insane than usual.

            Do you think I’m the only person on AmRen who thinks you’re nuts? Are you going to follow me around now, complaining I flagged you every time you post something against the rules and it gets deleted?

            Gee, can I do that to you when I get my comments moderated? That’ll be fun.

          • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

            Nope I did not, but you did. No quotes in your inbox but I answered you in the open. Nope I never complain and I have seen your nutty liberal comments. So like i said go troll ona liberal site. Remember we were arguing about Chirstianity and Europe. How soon you forget. You were the one that ended up using bad language. Typical liberal filth.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            No quotes in your inbox but I answered you in the open.

            Do you realize that this sentence doesn’t make any sense? It’s absolute gibberish. What does “answered you in the open” mean? You haven’t said anything to me until just now, as far as I know, and we’re on a website. Not “in the open.”

            And of course I remember. Do you remember me telling you not to reply to me? Yet here you are, accusing me of flagging some comment – I’m not sure which one – which there is no record of in my Gmail to begin with.

            Again, you are insane, sir. Begone.

          • listenupbub

            So back then, kids basically were possibly done with geometry by the end of elementary school…dang, that ain’t bad.

          • John Smith

            But it sounds so profound coming from a “magic negro.”

          • JGTThrasher

            Well, the original is from a children’s author.

          • carriewhite64

            She was so pretentious and such a bad writer that the very fact that she is on an American stamp is a joke. The fact that the quote attributed to her on the stamp was actually written by a white woman makes it even more perfect. And then the statement that the use of the quote “was approved for use on the stamp by Angelou’s family” is priceless. Add in the fact that no one informed Obama that he attributed the quote to the wrong person makes this a situation that the most rabid white racist would not have dared imagine. Hilarious.

          • cherrie greenbaum123

            Yes, I just love the way everyone just kind of looks away, like Angelou passed gas and nobody expects her to own up to it. Now every time I see that stamp I will smile and be reminded of what a fake, phony, liar she is. I’ll also remember the fact that nobody had the stones to call her on it.

      • Mack0

        Birds are also incontinent. Isnt that also beautiful?

        • Lexonaut

          Who says that blacks never invented anything? Any prison corrections officer will confirm that they invented the incontinent ballistic missile, commonly known as flung feces.

          • Earl P. Holt III

            …and the slam-dunk, the multi-surnamed nuclear family, the drive-by shooting, crack cocaine, the White Man (according to the Nation of Islam,) vacant lots, and more excuses than Wikipedia can file…

          • 李冠毅

            Blacks invented many forms of sport, including capoeira and parkour. Also, some Blacks have produced patents.

          • Lexonaut

            What do the characters of your Disqus name mean?

          • 李冠毅

            My username is my real name, 李冠毅 (Li Guanyi, my family name is Li).

          • Lexonaut

            Thank you, Guanyi, and thank you for your upvotes. Now …

            My post was a joke based on a pun. “Incontinent” means loss of bowel or bladder control, and it sounds very much like the “intercontinental” word in the phrase “intercontinental ballistic missile”.

            So no, I don’t have to give credit where credit is due. I was making a joke, not giving a university lecture.

          • 李冠毅

            I understand. However, your post may seem to suggest that Blacks invented NOTHING, which is far from the truth. Far too many people here seem to assume that some races either invented nothing or invented very little. This is a myth I’m hoping to break. While it’s true that some races have invented vastly more than others, even Blacks have at least thousands of inventions under their belt due to the very nature of the bell curve, which means that even the lowest scoring races inevitably will produce many geniuses given enough time.

          • Lexonaut

            “… even Blacks have at least thousands of inventions under their belt due
            to the very nature of the bell curve, which means that even the lowest
            scoring races inevitably will produce many geniuses given enough time.”

            Thousands of inventions out of tens of millions is not a significant number. That a few blacks may be geniuses is certainly true (I met one fifty years ago), but it’s irrelevant to whether the various races can live together, because what counts here is the area under the central part of the curve, not the area under the extremes.

            I believe that whites, East Asians and Jews can live together and prosper because the members of all three groups in general are intelligent, hard working and civilized. Things get better when these groups are around, not worse.

            Those things said, for some reason Northwest European whites — people who generally are not as smart as East Asians, and certainly not as smart as Jews — the people who live around the North Sea, and their descendants — have shown an exceptional talent for invention, innovation, business management and prudent business risk-taking.

            These are facts, and the Amren site is all about recognizing these kinds of facts in hopes of coming up with social policies that fit the facts — that fit the word as it actually is rather than as we would like it to be.

            Perhaps genetic engineering will make all these discussions irrelevant by two hundred years from now. The Chinese certainly seem to think so — they’re invested heavily in genetic research (presumably to improve the human species) and robotic manufacturing (which ultimately may make it unnecessary for those who do not want to work to have to work).

            So yes, we can work to make a utopia come true. But it won’t happen through wishful thinking, and it won’t happen by denying the statistical evidence that is so very, very clear.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            Guanyi, sometimes I think you really misunderstand us, as you seem to interpret virtually all comments very literally – even the jokes.

            The problem with that is, like it or not, whites pretty rarely write in such a precise or literal way. Even if Lexonaut had outright SAID, “Blacks have invented nothing,” I personally wouldn’t take that to be a literal observation unless I had some reason to know his opinion was that extreme. I would interpret such a comment more along the lines of, “Blacks have invented nothing much,” or, “I feel blacks have invented very little of what I consider to be of consequence.”

          • 李冠毅

            Oh, okay. My apologies. Yes, I can tell that some comments are obviously meant to be sarcastic. However, like you said, you Westerners seem to have a habit of “not talking straight”, which is something I’m not used to. So please forgive me if I don’t understand or get a particular comment.

            Why do you guys talk like that anyway?

          • BlueSonicStreak

            No worries, I wasn’t suggesting you need to apologize. Just that if you feel you are having a misunderstanding with someone here, that may be one reason why.

            As for why we talk like that – no idea, it just is what it is. If you think of it as though some people talk the way a computer outputs data, and some people talk as though they were painting a picture, MOST white people do the latter. There are exceptions (especially people on the autism spectrum), but that’s the general trend.

          • Canadian Friend

            Yes it is true occasionally a black person will be brilliant and do great things but…

            According to the best science we have, whites have been around for less than 40,000 years, but blacks have been around for at least 150,000 years, yet blacks have never come up with the wheel, a written language, mathematics or geometry or books or the printing press, or plumbing or mechanical devices or an understanding of the planet’s movements and if I am not mistaken, a calendar

            Why were they still living naked in mud huts when we found them???

            Why do only whites have come up with a super advanced civilization???

            When the Wright brothers were flying airplanes, they still had no written language or had found the wheel in Africa…

            Ask yourself why…

      • Andy

        I think the idea is that it makes sense for *people* to express their experience even if they don’t know the answer to their problems.

        But I’m not fond of the quote either. It is a poor analogy, because birds do not “have songs” in the sense it implies and no one thinks they have answers.

      • PostBunnie

        If I HAD to analyze it artistically and dramatically for a school English class….

        The capitalistic banality we wallow in mandates that all our actions be purposeful. This would seem like a reasonable expectation of efficiently utilizing one’s energy. Not to artists. Art defiantly rejects those confines of conformity. The bird’s histrionic cacophony is performed for the sole gratification of performance. Art is within us all. Expression.
        ~~~~

        Fabricating mock depth to poems is fun.

        I think it’s about the creative process and intrinsic vs extrinsic motivators. Find what you like to make/do/etc. Engage in that activity because you like it. Good encouragement for kids I guess?

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          “The intrinsic moxie and audacity of this kind of argument exposes the flaws in traditional forms of performativity. In part, it demonstrate an investment in cool, detached, dispassionate forms of speech about political matters of such import could in their own way be considered pathological and imperialist.”

          Fabricating mock depth to poems: fun.

          Mocking black authors: Priceless

          • Earl P. Holt III

            Say what????

        • Earl P. Holt III

          Cracka, so long as dem White menses and womenses in warshinton sends out dem grants from de NEA and de NEH, ussens is gwanna be powetses and riters an sech. Nowotimsayen?

      • thomasdosborneii

        I agree with you, Anna Tree, it’s not a beautiful or inspiring quote regardless. It might be wonderful and meaningful in the context the actual writer had presented it in, but I don’t know.

        I understand all the criticism that has been leveled at Maya Angelou, but still, with all the lines she had written, surely there must have been at least ONE something that she genuinely wrote that might have been beautiful or meaningful. So I think whoever designed that stamp has something to answer for. Why didn’t they do a little research and find something good to use? Or was Angelou’s work so faked and plagiarized or so much gibberish that there really was just nothing?

        Here’s one I like that I easily found on-line (if she was the one who wrote it!), that I think would be appropriate for her stamp whether people like her or not: “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” That’s a message I would like to live by, myself, and I’m not a black woman who certainly had her struggles.

        • Anna Tree

          I agree ThomasDosBorneii, and now I will have to read that children book to decide lol.

          Well even that quote of hers doesn’t make it for me, as I believe it has been written before, albeit with a different wording.

          I just look up some more and I fear her name/work is famous only because she is black. That doesn’t mean there are not black people out there with talent or famous white people out there without talent.
          This is obviously a problem today: too much junk to see the real jewels.

    • dukem1

      Were I a stamp collector. I’d load up on this one…It’s better than an upside down aeroplane!

      • George Moriarty

        As there is no such thing as bad publicity or notoriously bad stamp design.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        Good memory…

    • dukem1

      but they could….and did!!!

    • Speedy Steve

      F. Norton Tennille noted that the famous Clinton inauguration poem Pulse of Morning blabbed out by Angelou was in fact bootlegged from his own poem titled Outward Bound. I guess stealing just comes natural to the tawny types.

      • Earl P. Holt III

        Stealing comes naturally to talentless black “intellectuals,” who have less scholarship than my Siamese Cat…

  • I love this quote attributed to her:

    I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

    So true, because everything about her makes my flesh crawl.
    #yuck

  • We’re still waiting on our German-Americans stamp.

    • newscomments70

      It’s possible, but it would be something very PC and groveling to the left…possibly a blond woman embracing a black man and a white dove.

  • Vito Powers

    Yawn, another tribute to a talentless Negro, all in the name of political correctness and diversity.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      If they were even one tenth as talented as they think they are, I might find them mildly amusing.

  • Don Eladio

    It’s so ugly. Is…was…whatever. Nugly figger.

  • superlloyd

    The so called poet Angelou is talentless and a plagiarist, to boot. Quel sorprise! I would only stick her ugly mug on a scarecrow.

    • Mack0

      Comparing blacks to scarecrows is insulting to scarecrows. Scarecrows actually have jobs. Their job is to scare away black crows who wish to have a free meal by feasting on crops grown by the labors of others.

      • John Smith

        Crows are very intelligent members of their class of animals, rather unlike the other portion of the comparison.

    • dukem1

      Unlikely it would keep the crows away.

      Nome same?

  • TruthBeTold

    More black plagiarism.

    • Jason Lewis

      MLK’s doctoral thesis.

  • Chip Carver

    Joan Walsh Anglund is probably too scared to state how she really feels.

    Reminds of “Roots” and about a thousand other plagiarism scandals involving blacks.

  • I’ve read this story on a dozen news sites and no one ever brings up the word plagiarist or plagiarism. It’s framed as a situation where she liked the sentence and attributed it to the true author. No evidence is presented that she ever did anything but claim it as her own work. The disgusting distortion of the news by the MSM is just despicable. They are LIARS.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Seems blacks have a pattern of plagiarism, a la Martin Luther King, Jr. He’s gotten away with it for decades with nary a peep of the “P” word lest we get fired from our jobs or humiliated publically. Next time I go to the post office to pick up stamps and they put this junk in front of me, I’m going to tell them, “no thank you.” I do not honor the memory of a plagiarist.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Stamps?

    What are stamps and what are they for?

    This is a dumb quote.

    The post office should have used this authentic Maya Angelou quote instead:

    “I was a prostitute and madam at a San Diego Brothel.”

    • BillMiller66

      lol…”James Earl Ray”…

    • John Smith

      I’d pay that thing to put its clothes back on.

    • belajadevotchka2

      My haiku

      Maya Angelou’s Feets

      Lawdy lawd dems feets!
      So flat and wif dem bunions!
      Pass dat eye bleach, chile!

      Can I get a postage stamp now?

      • Earl P. Holt III

        Would you settle for an A+ ?

    • Copyright101

      I was a prostitute and madam at a San Diego Brothel

      Then surely she should have starved to death?

    • Earl P. Holt III

      She merely substituted one kind of prostitution for another…

    • Don Eladio

      Look at dem SLAVE feet, nickah!

    • 李冠毅

      “What are stamps and what are they for?”

      Who uses stamps anymore? We now have something called electronic mail. I have never used a stamp in my life.

  • TomIron361

    Maya Angelou was just another black total moron…

    • Earl P. Holt III

      But dat sistah sho nuff culd talk like dem White menses, an sownded like Jesse. (Ussens ain’t got no ideer wot she bees tawkin bout, but she sho nuff sownded good.)

      When she dun sayed “Razzle-frazzle the gabble-dazzle,” it dun made my hart leep wif joy…!”

  • haroldcrews

    Personally I think it better to live in obscurity than live in false acclaim. How sad it must be to have your “accomplishments” amount to so little that it all but screams your lower status.

    • dukem1

      Lower intellect is more like it.

    • Tim

      I use to dream of buying a five million dollar car when I win the Lotto. Now I just want to hire a circus midget and a biker gang to walk fifteen feet in front and behind me. I`ll be in the middle in a medium gray suit…

  • Frank_DeScushin

    This is similar to how Alex Haley plagiarized whole swaths of Roots from Harold Courlander’s work “The African”, and Haley even settled with Courlander because he knew he’d lose the lawsuit. Despite the obvious plagiarism by the black authors from the white authors everyone just goes on pretending that Haley and Angelou not only wrote original pieces but are also literary giants. There’s no doubt that both Haley and Angelou have received a free pass by the media and the literary world because they’re black.

    • dukem1

      It is not a free pass…It is tacit acknowledgement that this is the best they can do.

    • falskog

      good input

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Oops…another plagiarist exposed. Alex Haley. Maya Angelou… MLK… and the list keeps getting longer. Any others, folks?

  • Usually Much Calmer

    So, the post office is informed of their mistake and they officially respond by saying, Obama suggested it and her family approved? Wow.

    All our institutions are decrepit. I kind of think everything about minorities is a cargo cult. The angry black lady at the DMV probably thinks yelling at people IS administration because that’s what her white boss used to do to her when the place was well run. Ipso Facto!

    Like the post office on twitter! It’s how the mail gets delivered!

    • dukem1

      Not even her fambly read her “poetry.’

    • George Moriarty

      Just another thought, how many people actually purchase a stamp and use it to post a letter in these days of electronic communication? I seldom need to.
      Like the US Post Office, Australia Post is in serious financial trouble with it’s letter delivery business and just like your post office it has resorted to issuing more and more stamp issues to ever diminishing numbers of serious stamp collectors simply as a revenue raising exercise.
      As such, this absolutely awful looking stamp could in reality be a bit of a non-event. It may get some notoriety in the philatelic community and some short term celebration within the “Black Establishment” but that will be about all.

      • Who Me?

        The only thing I buy postage stamps for is to mail birthday cards to my elderly relatives and some Christmas cards. I DO occasionally mail parcels (cause I’m cheap!), but regret it every time as it involves more hassle and anxiety than sending them via ups.

        • George Moriarty

          Exactly, and I am about to send a card to an elderly aunt this weekend and I most certainly would not use a stamp like that.
          I also understand that the financial woes of your post office are aggravated by the huge number of AA appointees in well paid lifetime jobs followed by a generous pension.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    Blacks apparently have the same view on intellectual property as they do personal property — If I like your property I’m taking it.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Seems that the black churches forgot that one all-important commandment, “Thou Shalt Not Covet.”

      • Whiteplight

        Is that it? But Christians are ultimately saved from any culpability for any act. That’s the beauty of the system and why it has thrived for so long.

  • Mack0

    Her writing is so bad they had to find someone else to quote. Is it subconscious? Do they subconsciously realize Angelou has zero actual talent and only has notoriety because she was lucky enough to be selected by liberals who were desperate to promote minority role models?

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Recently I tried to get though Alice Walker’s book, “The Color Purple”. The writing is so painful my head just felt empty when I finished it. Same thing with Toni Morrison’s “Sula”. Depressing, rambling, and pointless. Writing is just not their forte’.

      • InAFreeCountry

        Telling a story is way different than writing literature. They can tell great stories. How many different stories did the Darren Wilson grand jury hear about the same event?

        • Samuel Hathaway

          They weren’t so much different stories as different lies made up on the fly. Too many lies, so we’ve lost count.

      • Dr. X

        I was assigned “The Color Purple” in an introductory English class as a freshman in college 30+ years ago. As an 18-year old (and a rather accomplished reader of stuff like Shakespeare, Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle) I thought it was utterly horrendous, and I could barely force myself to complete it. I simply couldn’t understand why this was being taught in college… I’d read far, far better literature in sixth grade…

        • Blackfish

          Oh, you know why it was assigned. . .

  • Mack0

    If blacks were actual caged birds they would be parrots with a limited vocabulary consisting of variations of the words and phrases, “motherf#$ker, hoe, that’s racist and gimme.”

    • Samuel Hathaway

      “I Din’ do it” works in just fine with your list, Mack.

      • Mack0

        A huge oversight on my part.

  • Luca

    Another glorified, phoney, negro figurehead. Next…(yawn).

  • Ron Cheaters

    The quote should read.
    “I Dindu Nuffins”

  • Red

    The shamelessness of blacks never ceases to amaze me.

    The only thing more disturbing is the passivity of people like Anglund that lets this happen.

    • John Smith

      I’m guessing a major white guilt liberal – most writers and poets usually are such.

  • Caucasoid88

    Maya Angelou’s writing gave me a headache in high school. She wasn’t good. She wasn’t even close. She just wrote the most obvious things with an air of superior wisdom. Truly hated her.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      The air of superior wisdom is what gets me, too. About five years ago I did some work for the Census Office. The president of a local woman’s college didn’t turn in her census, which meant that I had to go to her (university paid for) house and interview her. She was snide, ill-tempered, and condescending toward me – so unlike white members of academia I am friendly with. They get this enormous chip on their shoulder, which I think is there because they realize they wouldn’t be in any of these high positions if it weren’t for Affirmative Action and the tremendous lowering of standards to accommodate the negro. Anyways, she seemed to delight in treating me like a white servant girl.

      • John Smith

        That’s exactly how they behave when they get some kind of authority – they want YT to kiss each cheek… of their posterior.

        • cherrie greenbaum123

          It’s very telling when blacks display their faux degrees as proof that they’re somehow smarter than you could ever hope to be. I had a principal once who was in a doctoral program. Her writing was something that would put a high school sophomore to shame. They have no idea how ridiculous and pretentious they appear.

          • John Smith

            Cornel West is ground zero for pretentiousness.

    • Red

      I guess I was fortunate enough to evade reading her stuff in school, or I subconsciously kept it from entering my mind. Perhaps growing up in the South it never entered the curriculum.

      I do remember a time in high school where a several of us arranged our one-piece desk/chair combos in a circle facing each other during study hall. We placed a trash can in the middle of that circle to use as a spittoon. Out of boredom one of the guys ripped out a page from his History book with a picture of Michael King Jr. so we could have a target. The coach overseeing this saw what we were doing and ripped us an new one for chewing tobacco. Although he clearly saw what we were aiming for, he never reprimanded us for that. He was either more concerned about our health or the janitors who would have to clean the can.
      Thing have surely changed now.

    • John Smith

      I tried reading “Caged Bird,” and had to stop before the first chapter.

      • Caucasoid88

        Try the new age version: “I Know Why The Caged Bird Twerks.”

  • Lion’s Mane

    When government is a bureaucracy, embarrassing things like this are all too common. It’s a poor reflection on the intellectual status of the ruling élites that blackness takes precedence over scholarly accuracy — but what can one expect a politically correct education system to produce? Certainly not careful scholarship! Our national culture has been debased by idiotic politics.

    • carriewhite64

      What disturbs me is the casualness by which all involved seem to deny that there is a major problem with this situation. Like it’s no big deal. They can try to justify that the quote is “associated” with Angelou, but the fact is that most people who see this stamp will assume that she wrote this line. And that is a justified assumption, of course. Arguing that this is not that important of an issue is wrong – it’s a complete lack of precision and a sign of official (and probably moral) laxity.

      • Lion’s Mane

        I very much agree. Thank you.

    • Blackfish

      However it is no surprise this latest bungle comes out of the Postal Service, a major provider of menial jobs to blacks for decades.

  • Lion’s Mane

    This misquote is an embarrassment! It shows that America does not have a real pride in its cultural heritage. A people who properly appreciate their culture would never be as careless as this! Our modern culture is superficial and lacking in true greatness.

    • InAFreeCountry

      It wasn’t MY culture, I can assure you of that! I want no part of Maya Angelou’s culcha.

  • Moooochelle

    That’s hardly the only thing Maya Angelou plagiarized. She, like many famous black writers and “academics”, stole whatever she wanted and then blew it off as “inspiration” when caught red-handed.

    I’m glad her silly stamp has yet another stolen quote on it. A fraud from a fraud, just like MLK’s plagiarized speeches.

  • cherrie greenbaum123

    Angelou is just another in a long line of race hucksters. Anyone else would be ashamed to have a quote attributed to them which really wasn’t theirs. This gives us some insight into the character of the negro.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Remember the big stink over that book called, “The Wind Done Gone.”? The estate of Margaret Mitchell sued the author, but sadly lost the case. As you know, Margaret Mitchell was the original author of “Gone With the Wind.” A classy Southern lady who was a classy Southern author.

      • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

        Some say that Margaret Mitchell funded the education of many negro doctors.

        • Samuel Hathaway

          Yes, she did fund the educations for black doctors. Considering her literary influence and one of the greatest movies ever made, it would be interesting to see a documentary about the success stories of those black doctors who were the beneficiaries of Margaret Mitchells philanthropy, that is, if they turned out to be success stories.

          • Who Me?

            If they had turned out to be success stories it would have been trumpeted endlessly. Since no one ever hear of them again, it’s a safe bet they weren’t exactly stellar “poor boy made good” story material.

  • Hilis Hatki

    Maya Angelou, Luis Gutierrez and the Grinch were separated at birth.

    • phillyguy

      Man, she’s UGLY

    • Dave West

      Don’t insult the grinch by comparing him to every libtards favorite black lady poet ever and that Gutierrez clown!

      • Hilis Hatki

        Of the three siblings only the Grinch has seen the light and changed his ways.

  • [Guest]

    If Marguerite Johnson/Maya Angelou had been authentic, she would have relocated to Africa, written in a language native to that continent, been put into print by that continent’s thriving literary publishers, and appeared on African stamps issued by the African postal service.

  • MBlanc46

    More plagiarism from the affirmative action gods.

    • LexiconD1

      MLK, Alex Haley, Maya Angelou, Jayson Blair, the list goes on and on…

  • InAFreeCountry

    I thought it was another in a series honoring horror movie monsters.

    • InAFreeCountry

      Just noticed-Must be Bride of Frankenstein.

      • Kenner

        Maid of Frankenstein.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      With Easter just recently over, now we’re getting a head-start on Halloween…. two great holidays for an excuse to keep the chocolate-sampling marathon going…thanks!

      • John Smith

        Nothing but spooks….

        • Samuel Hathaway

          And all the chocolate to “spook” the waistline!

    • Tim

      Thanks for the memory. My Old Man loved each and every one of those guys. AND King Kong. They were the villians of the age for him…

    • throttler

      Those were great stamps (unlike the Maya Angelou stamp). I still have some of those.

  • BlueSonicStreak

    I’ve said before that her poetry reads like a pop-up book was molested by a thesaurus. People claim she widely read literature when she was younger, so she may have actually had an expansive vocabulary. But nothing about her poetry reflects a refined sense of how to use it – words are jammed into lines like butcher knives jutting out of loaves of bread.

    • carriewhite64

      Your simile about the knives is better than any she ever used.

  • WR_the_realist

    Actually a bird sings because it wants to get laid.

  • Speedy Steve

    I only buy stamps with White faces. I did make an exception for The Simpsons — who are yellow. I’m almost out of Johnny Cash.

    • Speedy Steve

      Anglund seems to hold no ill will toward Angelou or the Postal Service,
      telling the Post, “I think it easily happens sometimes that people hear
      something, and it’s kind of going into your subconscious and you don’t
      realize it. . . . I don’t know about the stamp and I hope that it’s
      successful.”

      No sweetie, it’s called plagiarism. And you are afraid to challenge a negress who stole. Coward.

    • Tim

      I have a sheet of “Duke” stamps…. The Hawaiian surfer, not the cowboy. I use to wonder what his claim to fame was. Then I found out. In an all night rescue operation he single handedly saved seven fisherman on a sinking boat during a typhoon, one at a time on his surf board…

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    How did she get the title ‘Doctor’ and also get to teach at Wake Forest University???? Puts to shame all the people who really worked hard to get a PhD.

    • Susan

      So true! Everything about affirmative action puts everything to shame that was once earned by merit. It’s one of the most destructive, social engineering evils ever dreamed-up by idiot-liberal minds.
      Her Wake Forest ‘salary’ was more than likely paid by a government grant, so we taxpayers paid it.

    • LexiconD1

      Considering her Wikipedia entry states she, like a LOT of ‘famous’ black folks, didn’t bother to graduate from college, at all.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    I love using the word negress.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    I have read some of her poems and I can say that they are just utter trash. I could not understand what she was trying to convey.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    If you want to read true poetry, read the poems of British male poets from the 19th century. Nothing can even come close to a poem written by William Wordsworth, Lord Alfred Tennyson and Lord Byron.

    • Cato

      Great poetry continued into the 20th century. Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Frost, William Butler Yeats…

  • Speedy Steve

    Her EBT code 1234
    Mouth breathing slack jaw
    Dead jaundiced jelly eyes
    Urine scent wafting from relaxed tresses
    Lunch hooks snagging Doritos and KFC
    Three hundred thousand Yankees lie stiff
    In Southern dust to free this new age slave

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Here too:

    Aya De Leon, a writer and lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, discussed Angelou’s past as a sex worker — and why no one discussed it in the wake of her death:

    Angelou worked as a prostitute and a madam when she was a struggling mother, De Leon said, and to omit that from her obituary is to ignore the transformative parts of Angelou’s life that made her special.

    “She wrote about [her sex work] openly and really wasn’t ashamed of it.”

    This came from another forum:

    Trayvon
    by Maya Angeloo

    I sing of thee Trayvon
    Lamented burnt umber crayon
    Should of stayed at home
    and got your lay-on
    But you heard the siren song of wet grass
    and headed for Seven Elevon.

    Zimmerman the triggerman
    Big game hunter lay in wait
    White hispanic in a panic

    Rubberheaded, held your fate.

    By punching him, you tried to reason
    You can’t of known – was black-boy season
    Stand your ground, ground and pound,
    Frito Bandito shot you down.

    • I was going to yell at you for the failure to provide an eyebleach warning above, but that recital of “Trayvon” made me laugh out loud, so i’ll let it slide.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        WARNING

        The preceding graphic contained an image that some viewers may have found disturbing and should not have been viewed.

        • carriewhite64

          Way too late. I’m already traumatized.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      Now I KNOW with certainty there are people on this site whose primary purpose in life is to make others spit their coffee onto their keypads or screens…

    • carriewhite64

      “…Lamented burnt umber crayon…” Genius.

      • LexiconD1

        That’s the line that made me laugh the loudest.

        • thomasdosborneii

          I love that “rhyme”, “Trayvon”, “Seven Elevon”. At first I wondered if it were just a typo!

          • LexiconD1

            Thanks for making me chuckle all over again!

  • MekongDelta69

    I don’t care what drivel is on that stamp. I would never buy it, or any other A.A. stamp.
    I only buy stamps with the American Flag on them.

    • Stevee

      I make a point to always turn the amerikan flag upside down.

      • Sid Ishus

        same

  • John Smith

    More negro theft from whites. This time by a negro prostitute turned mediocre “poet” and writer and first-class Affirmative Action liberal media darling.

  • John Smith

    They’re just stealing back all those great ideas YT allegedly ripped them off for.

  • belajadevotchka2

    A dedication ceremony for a postage stamp?
    Is this a new thing or did I miss something?
    Seems sort of like the big kindergarten graduation ceremonies with the cap and gown and the diploma that they do in the ghetto schools. Ridiculous.

  • Rhialto

    This is a good example of fatuity piled on ignorance. Wild birds ‘sing’ to signal territorial claims, to attract mates, and signal danger, not because they are in a chirpy mood. Caged birds have nothing better to do, or they get treats for their squawks.

  • Martin Vlček

    the quote is, ironically, post-modern art – it’s saying that art has no meaning. this is the equivalent of the swirls on canvas instead of actual art. it just is, but nothing more.

    art shows passion; words sing love

  • rentslave

    A book of her poems make excellent bird cage liner.

  • PvtCharlieSlate

    Variation on an old joke:
    It’s a good thing these are self-stick stamps otherwise they wouldn’t stay on the envelopes because people would spit on the wrong side.

    • Tim

      That was so good, could I hear the original?!?….

  • Lexonaut

    Ladies and Gentlemen … I’m going to make up a Maya Angelou poem right here, right now, before your very eyes. I will use as my source material the “We welcome comments …” alert at the head of this comments section. Taking every third word, we get …

    Comments … Information … And polite? You with media comment, immediately prefer anonymous. Comment, guest! Name, e-mail, convenience!

    • carriewhite64

      Very moving commentary on post-modern communication practices. You are a visionary genius. Where is your stamp?

      • Lexonaut

        “Where is your stamp?”

        It’s being discussed, but I still have to come up with the bribe payments to lobbyists to ensure access to the decision makers. You see, the game perhaps (I have to say that) works this way …

        1 – Buy the rights to unknown artwork for use in a stamp.
        2 – Buy the exclusive rights to publish books, etc by your person.
        3 – Calculate the likely future profits attributable to stamp-driven sales.
        4 – Spread ten percent of that number around to the right people..
        5 – Get the government to pay you for their right to use the artwork.
        6 – Fill the resulting orders for lots of books.

        • carriewhite64

          Hahaha. Sounds like a plan. I’ll be waiting for the Lexonaut stamp.

          • Lexonaut

            The stamp is Plan A. Plan B is a dollar coin featuring an Indian groupie named Sacajawea. I’m thinking of taking out a patent because it’s eight sided, not round, and then the government will have to pay me big time to use my design … oh wait …

  • Lexonaut

    If you were to lick one of those Maya Angelou stamps it obviously would be some kind of kinky sexual perversion, but I can’t think of a good name for it. Can I get some help here?

    • John Smith

      Bestiality?

      • Lexonaut

        I say … Extremely well played.

    • thomasdosborneii

      I can’t think of a good word for you, but you do somehow make me think of the “Mother scene” from the movie, “Precious”, but I imagine you never went to see it. Never mind, you would need more than eyewash.

      • Lexonaut

        A certain individual thought of a hilarious one yesterday, but site management deleted what he posted because it was just too outrageous. (No, I’m not going to repeat it.)

  • MathMan

    Remember ‘Roots’ and who really wrote most of it.

  • Light from the East

    If this stamp shows the best example of African Americans, then it is not hard to imagine what kind of civilization they have developed.

  • Mentious

    Gets on a stamp for a White woman’s work. Now that’s real Affirmative Action.

  • GB101

    Did Angelou claim to have written the lines? The article is unclear. Did she plagiarize, or is the attribution a mistake made by other people?

  • Earl P. Holt III

    I recall AMERICAN SPECTATOR writing an article about the great poetess Maya Angelou in early 1993, after she was given some award by Slick Willie. Wake Forest followed cue by granting her a Reynolds Professorship of American Studies.

    The problem was that — according to the article — she was paid a six-figure salary, but taught no courses, had no office hours, and apparently had no office either.

    In fact, when pressed, the room that the university claimed was her “office” was, ironically, a janitorial closet, much better suited to her unique skills.

    This is an example of universities loading-up their faculty with nigros having no scholarship of any kind, in an effort to “diversify” their Team Photo: The problem is, all those salaries of non-producers drive-up tuition costs, which is why most liberal arts colleges aren’t worth the expense any longer…

  • Earl P. Holt III

    The last time the Postal Service planned to honor some black female, they were considering Bessie Coleman, America’s first black female aviator.

    The project was discarded when it was revealed that she died during an aerial stunt, because she forgot to buckle her seat-belt. (From AmRen.)

  • Earl P. Holt III

    …or a HUMAN of some kind…

  • carriewhite64

    That is just painful. Unfortunately her imagery does allow me to picture the subject of her poem….ew.

  • Paul Lycurgues

    God she’s ugly.

  • Susan

    Not bad poetry, but the tone of it is just the typical, negro whine.

  • Rodney S

    “it sings because it just pooped on your new Cadillac”

  • Rodney S

    I would have preferred 1970’s black porn actress Desiree West on the stamp. She’s considered to be the first well-known African-American porn actress and a pioneer in the adult entertainment industry. Also, licking her stamp would help us come together as one people.

  • Cato

    I first heard it as a Brezhnev joke. Very typical of Soviet humor.

  • De Doc

    Well, if MLK, Jr. could plaigerism his thesis, other writings and speeches with impunity, why can’t the USPS misattribute a White poet’s words to Maya Angelou?

  • Simonetta

    When the Grace Kelly stamp came out in the early 1990s, a guy I know almost got fired for saying ” the image on stamp was so pretty, I sometimes find myself licking the wrong side.”

  • thomasdosborneii

    She wrote this, really, or did you? It seems too good for her, and it doesn’t seem to reflect her real feelings. A quick internet search reveals that it is attributed to her, but I am honestly surprised.

  • Rodney S

    I don’t know if she’s dead, but she did more for race relations than Marguerite Ann Johnson, AKA Maya Angelou. Check out Desiree’s work with John Holmes.

  • Canadian Friend

    Here are my suggestions,

    ” a black does not get free stuff from the government because he deserves it, but because he can ”

    and

    ” a black does not destroy civilization because he has an answer, but because it is what he does ”

    those should both be on US stamps with a photo of some black persons from Ferguson or Detroit.

    • texasoysterman

      Yeah, it could be a group rendering of the “hands up, don’t shoot” folks.

  • thomasdosborneii

    If she wrote this poem, then I must assume she means to be sympathetic toward its subject, whom we see exactly as you describe, right up the very last line where this person, despite all her failings, actually demands welfare as if it were an entitlement. It’s a thoroughly disgusting poem about a decidedly non-heroic person, but I know that Angelou was a Communist (of course!), so I guess the “demand for support” completely fits.

  • 李冠毅

    I think I’m being misunderstood. Yes, I understand IQ and the concept of the bell curve. I was just saying that out of millions of Blacks, there will inevitably be at least a few thousand geniuses. With this in mind, over a long period of time, like for example a few hundred years, even Blacks will have produced hundreds of thousands of high IQ people.

  • 李冠毅

    No, I never said you guys are doing it wrong. I was just saying you seem to have a habit of not being clear. Notice that in my comments I use the word “seem” regularly, as I know many of my statements are purely my own views, and may not necessarily be correct.

    Also, I wasn’t trying to justify this Black author’s plagiarism; I was just trying to point out that while some races did indeed invent much more than others, EVERY race has made important contributions to civilization, and yes, even Blacks. Its just that their contributions are probably rather obscure, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist, as I thought the commentators here were assuming.

    “In this case the example you were called on might be hyperbole, or more accurately systrophe. It might be satirical in the spirit of Juvenal though I found it mild, more like Horace. After all our language has deep roots in both Latin and the classics.”

    Oh man, other than the last sentence I don’t understand a single sentence from the above paragraph. Can you please explain in simple English?