Interview with Sonia Sanchez

What was your sense in terms of the respect the brothers in the Nation had to the sisters both in and outside the Nation?


Right. Well brothers did, I mean, you, you felt that respect that brothers had for sisters, because they were taught that. They were taught. I'm not talking about problems with that at all, okay, because, certainly, there were problems with that. But, certainly on a, on a, on a level of sisters were, were queens; sisters were be to, were, were to be respected. Sisters were to be taken care of. All those kinds of things were interesting kinds of things that some women had never experienced. I mean, some women told me they had never experienced anyone saying to them, ah, "I like to protect you; I like to take care of you; I like very much to, in a sense, make sure that ah, ah you are protected." So, when sisters came into a neighborhood, whatever, and the brothers were standing outside, they felt safe. You hit a 116th Street, or two blocks before 116th, you felt protected. You knew no one was going to mug you. And, you knew the brothers would not mug anybody within that area within that arena, because, they knew that if they did they were in deep trouble--they wouldn't even think about doing it, you see. So, there was that, that wall of protection that was there all the way from 125th Street all the way down to 110th Street, you know. From Lennox Ave. to the Seventh Ave., you didn't commit stuff in that area, you know what I'm saying?