“Powerlessness is seeing yourself as valueless, as not being able to imagine that you make a difference to anyone or anything…. When you feel worthless, you are terrified by your life, and when you are terrified by your life, you are continually in the pain of trying to shape your life as you think it needs to be. When that pain is acute, you cover it with anger.”

In the Heart of the Soul by Gary Zukav and Linda Francis, quoted in We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity by bell hooks (pg. 95)