“Ignorance of how we are shaped racially is the first sign of privilege. In other words. It is a privilege to ignore the consequences of race in America.”
— Tim Wise
“The power of resistance is to set an example: not necessarily to change the person with whom you disagree, but to empower the one who is watching and whose growth is not yet completed, whose path is not at all clear, whose direction is still very much up in the proverbial air.”
“Too often, systems of oppression turn those who are the targets of the oppression against one another.”
“Here’s the reality. The image of a white Jesus has been used to justify enslavement, conquest, colonialism, the genocide of indigenous peoples. There are literally millions of human beings whose lives have been snuffed out by people who conquered under the banner of a white god.”
“The denial of racism is a form of racism itself.”
“You can’t organize people if you don’t love them. And however hard it can be to love the racist you come in contact with; doing so is the first obligation of a white antiracist.”
“The system of white supremacy is intended to make folks of color doubt themselves, their intelligence, their abilities, their very sanity. And so it’s important to remember that folks of color know their own realities.”
“If you want to know if racism is a problem in your country, you might not want to ask white people.”
“Violating the 4th Amendment guarantees against illegal searches and seizures is not the way to solve crime problems.”
“Standing still is never an option so long as inequities remain embedded in the very fabric of the culture.”
“Being asked to describe what ‘post-racial’ means is a bit like being asked to describe a leprechaun, cold fusion or unicorns: we know what is meant, but, if we are willing to be honest, we also know that none of the four describe something real, something tangible, something true.”
“There won’t be any more white folks around who think the 1950s were the good old days, because there won’t be any more white folks around who actually remember them...”
“Precisely because white denial has long trumped claims of racism, people of color tend to underreport their experiences with racial bias rather than exaggerate them.”
“As a writer, there are times when you have something to say, and yet no particular ‘hook’ upon which to hang the missive you are burning to release.”
“People of color have to do this work as a mater of everyday survival. And so long as they have to, who am I to act as if I have a choice in the matter? Especially when my future and that of my children in large part depends on the eradication of racism? There is no choice.”
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