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still angry after all these years

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Nina Simone on the beauty of black people. [x]

"…I think what you are trying to ask is why am I so insistent upon giving out to them that blackness, that black power, that black pushing them to identify with black culture. I think that’s what you’re asking?
I have no choice over it, in the first place. To me we are the most beautiful creatures in the whole world. Black people. And I mean that in every sense, outside and inside.
To me we have a culture, that is surpassed by no other civilizations but we don’t know anything about it. ….My job is to somehow make them curious enough. Persuade them…to be more aware of themselves and where they came from. And what they are into, what is already there. Just to bring it out. This is what compels me. To compel THEM.
And I will do it by whatever means necessary.”

(Source: hausofriya, via dadgenes)

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Malcolm [X] was one of the most beautiful and one of the most gentle men I met in all my life. He asked the boy a question which I now present to you: If you are a citizen, why do you have to fight for your civil rights? If you’re fighting for your civil rights, that means you’re not a citizen. In fact, the legality of this country has never had anything to do with its former slaves. We are still governed by the slave codes.
James Baldwin on Malcolm X, 1979. (via floricanto-desnuda)

(Source: c-span.org, via zuky)

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In one recent study 626 white students at more than two dozen colleges and universities kept journals for just a few weeks in one semester of racial events, discussions, and performances they encountered. They recorded a large number, nearly 7,000 instances, of clearly racist events—a number that, if calculated out for a whole year and for all white college students, might be in the hundreds of millions of such events per year. Many of these racist events were in backstage settings with white relatives or acquaintances, but others were in settings with a racially diverse group of people present. The diaries indicate that racist commentaries, joking, and actions are still commonplace among younger, better-educated whites.

Moreover, examining these thousands of accounts, we find that African Americans are the non-European group that obsesses or preoccupies a large proportion of these whites. African Americans appear in a substantial majority of all the racist commentaries, racist jokes, and other racialized performances reported by these students from various regions. Other racial groups, such as Native Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans, are periodically targeted, but verbal and other attacks on them make up only a minority of the events recorded by these students. Clearly, much social science research shows that most whites have a more developed framing of black Americans than of other U.S. groups of color.
Joe Feagin, The White Racial Frame (via wretchedoftheearth)

so once again, non-Black POCs, Black people are not the ones you need to be “reminding” that you exist.

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