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So I haven’t done this in a while but I know some people used to really like it when I did, so here goes (all emphasis is my own):

  • This was one of the tasks we set forth at the beginning of this campaign - to continue the long march of those who came before us, a march for a more just, more equal, more free, more caring and more prosperous America. I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together - unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction - towards a better future for of children and our grandchildren.
  • Throughout the first year of this campaign, against all predictions to the contrary, we saw how hungry the American people were for this message of unity. Despite the temptation to view my candidacy through a purely racial lens, we won commanding victories in states with some of the whitest populations in the country. In South Carolina, where the Confederate Flag still flies, we built a powerful coalition of African Americans and white Americans….On one end of the spectrum, we’ve heard the implication that my candidacy is somehow an exercise in affirmative action; that it’s based solely on the desire of wide-eyed liberals to purchase racial reconciliation on the cheap. On the other end, we’ve heard my former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, use incendiary language to express views that have the potential not only to widen the racial divide, but views that denigrate both the greatness and the goodness of our nation; that rightly offend white and black alike.
  •  I suppose the politically safe thing would be to move on from this episode and just hope that it fades into the woodwork. We can dismiss Reverend Wright as a crank or a demagogue, just as some have dismissed Geraldine Ferraro, in the aftermath of her recent statements, as harboring some deep-seated racial bias.But race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now. We would be making the same mistake that Reverend Wright made in his offending sermons about America - to simplify and stereotype and amplify the negative to the point that it distorts reality.
  • Understanding this reality requires a reminder of how we arrived at this point. As William Faulkner once wrote, “The past isn’t dead and buried. In fact, it isn’t even past.” We do not need to recite here the history of racial injustice in this country. But we do need to remind ourselves that so many of the disparities that exist in the African-American community today can be directly traced to inequalities passed on from an earlier generation that suffered under the brutal legacy of slavery and Jim Crow.Segregated schools were, and are, inferior schools; we still haven’t fixed them, fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education, and the inferior education they provided, then and now, helps explain the pervasive achievement gap between today’s black and white students.Legalized discrimination - where blacks were prevented, often through violence, from owning property, or loans were not granted to African-American business owners, or black homeowners could not access FHA mortgages, or blacks were excluded from unions, or the police force, or fire departments - meant that black families could not amass any meaningful wealth to bequeath to future generations. That history helps explain the wealth and income gap between black and white, and the concentrated pockets of poverty that persists in so many of today’s urban and rural communities.A lack of economic opportunity among black men, and the shame and frustration that came from not being able to provide for one’s family, contributed to the erosion of black families - a problem that welfare policies for many years may have worsened. And the lack of basic services in so many urban black neighborhoods - parks for kids to play in, police walking the beat, regular garbage pick-up and building code enforcement - all helped create a cycle of violence, blight and neglect that continue to haunt us….But for all those who scratched and clawed their way to get a piece of the American Dream, there were many who didn’t make it - those who were ultimately defeated, in one way or another, by discrimination. That legacy of defeat was passed on to future generations - those young men and increasingly young women who we see standing on street corners or languishing in our prisons, without hope or prospects for the future. Even for those blacks who did make it, questions of race, and racism, continue to define their worldview in fundamental ways. For the men and women of Reverend Wright’s generation, the memories of humiliation and doubt and fear have not gone away; nor has the anger and the bitterness of those years. That anger may not get expressed in public, in front of white co-workers or white friends. But it does find voice in the barbershop or around the kitchen table. At times, that anger is exploited by politicians, to gin up votes along racial lines, or to make up for a politician’s own failings.
  • In fact, a similar anger exists within segments of the white community. Most working- and middle-class white Americans don’t feel that they have been particularly privileged by their race. Their experience is the immigrant experience - as far as they’re concerned, no one’s handed them anything, they’ve built it from scratch. They’ve worked hard all their lives, many times only to see their jobs shipped overseas or their pension dumped after a lifetime of labor. They are anxious about their futures, and feel their dreams slipping away; in an era of stagnant wages and global competition, opportunity comes to be seen as a zero sum game, in which your dreams come at my expense. So when they are told to bus their children to a school across town; when they hear that an African American is getting an advantage in landing a good job or a spot in a good college because of an injustice that they themselves never committed; when they’re told that their fears about crime in urban neighborhoods are somehow prejudiced, resentment builds over time.Like the anger within the black community, these resentments aren’t always expressed in polite company. But they have helped shape the political landscape for at least a generation. Anger over welfare and affirmative action helped forge the Reagan Coalition. Politicians routinely exploited fears of crime for their own electoral ends. Talk show hosts and conservative commentators built entire careers unmasking bogus claims of racism while dismissing legitimate discussions of racial injustice and inequality as mere political correctness or reverse racism.Just as black anger often proved counterproductive, so have these white resentments distracted attention from the real culprits of the middle class squeeze - a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed; a Washington dominated by lobbyists and special interests; economic policies that favor the few over the many….This is where we are right now. It’s a racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years. Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, black and white, I have never been so naïve as to believe that we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single election cycle, or with a single candidacy - particularly a candidacy as imperfect as my own.
  • In the white community, the path to a more perfect union means acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination - and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past - are real and must be addressed. Not just with words, but with deeds - by investing in our schools and our communities; by enforcing our civil rights laws and ensuring fairness in our criminal justice system; by providing this generation with ladders of opportunity that were unavailable for previous generations. It requires all Americans to realize that your dreams do not have to come at the expense of my dreams; that investing in the health, welfare, and education of black and brown and white children will ultimately help all of America prosper.
  • For we have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism. We can tackle race only as spectacle - as we did in the OJ trial - or in the wake of tragedy, as we did in the aftermath of Katrina - or as fodder for the nightly news. We can play Reverend Wright’s sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words. We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she’s playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies.We can do that.But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we’ll be talking about some other distraction. And then another one. And then another one. And nothing will change. That is one option. Or, at this moment, in this election, we can come together and say, "Not this time." This time we want to talk about the crumbling schools that are stealing the future of black children and white children and Asian children and Hispanic children and Native American children. This time we want to reject the cynicism that tells us that these kids can’t learn; that those kids who don’t look like us are somebody else’s problem. The children of America are not those kids, they are our kids, and we will not let them fall behind in a 21st century economy. Not this time.

"When I see a former governor say that the President is “shuckin’ and jivin’,” that’s racial era slave term. When I see another former governor after the president’s first debate where he didn’t do very well, says that the president was lazy. He didn’t say he was slow. He was tired. He didn’t do well. He said he was lazy. Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is shiftless and then there’s a third word that goes along with that. The birther, the whole birther movement. Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?"


"One of the ancient ploys of the film industry is to make a film about non-white people and find a way, however convoluted, to tell it from the point of view of a white character."


Film critic Roger Ebert on Hollywood in his review of “Flowers of War”

“Can you think of any reason the character John Miller is needed to tell his story? Was any consideration given to the possibility of a Chinese priest? Would that be asking for too much?”

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"A lot of times people make excuses for old people’s racism, as if racism is just a product of a bygone era and it will die out when the old people do…I always think that if my old people have to suffer racism, your old people should get called on it."


Old People and Racism (via downlo)




I am not about to coddle these folks and “respect my elders” when not but too long ago these folks were calling for MY PEOPLE to fucking get lynched and die and shit. Hell the fuck no. You think you’re immune from my wrath but you’re not. 

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My mother was born in 1957.

She was in grade school when the whole desegregation shit went down.

She told me about how white women would treat her like shit for daring to want to fucking learn.

My grandfather told me of how white men his age would fucking JOKE about how they should have ‘put the niggers in the concentration camps because Germany had the right idea.’ He’s a WWII Vet.

Fuck what you heard.


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"Prison relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism."


Angela Davis

Some statistics/facts concerning the prison industrial complex:

  • More than two million people out of a world total of nine million now inhabit U.S. prisons, jails, youth facilities, and immigrant detention centers. In the late 1960s there were close to 200,000 people in prison in the United States. 
  • The U.S. population in general is less than 5% of the world’s total, whereas more than 20% of the world’s combined prison population can be claimed by the United States. Short of major wars, mass incarceration has been the most thoroughly implemented government social program of our time. 
  • In 2002, there were 157,979 people incarcerated in the state of California alone, including approximately 20,000 people whom the state holds for immigration violations. 
  • In 1990, a study of U.S. prison populations was published which concluded that 1 in 4 black men between the ages of 21-29 were in prison and jail and on parole or probation. Five years later, a second study revealed that this percentage had soared to almost 1 in 3. More than 1 in 10 Latino men of the same age were in jail or prison, or on probation or parole. The second study also revealed that the group experiencing the greatest increase was black women, whose imprisonment increased by 78%. 

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An attendee at the Republican National Convention was allegedly thrown out of the convention center in Tampa on Tuesday after throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman and saying, "this is how we feed the animals."




The incident would be ugly anywhere, but it is especially troubling for a party whose nominee attracted 0 percent of the black vote in a recent NBC poll.

In case you didn’t hear about this, this is perhaps the lowest point of the entire 2012 campaign.

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We can see who the feminist movement really helps.


We can see who the feminist movement really helps.

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STFU, Conservatives: Republicans think I'm a slave?


Everyone needs to pay special attention to this. The Georgia Association of College Republicans is sponsoring the premiere of a movie entitled “Runaway Slave”. The event page says, “The movie attempts to examine the reason why the black community aligns itself so closely with…

YO UGA/GT/Emory folks: this is bullshit. take a stand, make a scene.

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Misandric heterophobic race traitor.: Ten Lies You are Told Every Single Day


  1. If you don’t physically hold someone down, you can’t be an oppressor.
  2. Racism is physically hating and acting on that hate based on a person’s race.
  3. White Privilege means you are rich and/or have an easy life.
  4. Pointing out racism is a racist act.
  5. Not knowing better is a…

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Dr. Frances Cress-Welsing, author of The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Color and founder of the Cress-Welsing Institute of Psychiatry and Social Research


Dr. Frances Cress-Welsing, author of The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Color and founder of the Cress-Welsing Institute of Psychiatry and Social Research

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We hear you.

That’s nice. 

You said it.

Now put your money where your mouth is.

Prove it or stop saying it.

Fight racism and privilege and white supremacy wherever you encounter them, or just stop saying it.

Because you have no business talking the talk if you are not gonna walk the walk.

So next time anyone says “not all white people are like that”? I wanna hear what they do to fight racism and white supremacy along with it or I don’t wanna hear it at all.

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the dopest ethiopienne: “What’s Genocide?” by Carlos Andres Romez


their high school principal
told me I couldn’t teach
poetry with profanity
so I asked my students,
“Raise your hand if you’ve heard of the Holocaust.”
in unison, their arms rose up like poisonous gas
then straightened out like an SS infantry
“Okay. Please put your hands…

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Moniquilliloquies.: About Cop Watch




 You don’t want the title of “oppressive dicks”? Cool. No one does. You seem confused on how whiteness and racism work. We, as white people, have opportunities to fight the oppressive effects whiteness has on POC everyday, and very few of us take them ever and an even smaller number of us take them often. When you make a concentrated effort to stop perpetuating the patterns of oppression that are built into society, maybe it won’t apply to you on the days when you succeed. That’s how whiteness works- if you aren’t fighting its effects, you’re part of the problem. When you’re fighting it, you still might be part of the problem. It’s a learning experience. Racism DOESN’T work both ways- that’s the point. You are not subjected to systematic oppression and you probably never will be. You haven’t been generalized negatively for your entire life for factors you can’t control, POC have. Step back.

Hey, Amanda - I know it’s been a while, but just wanted to say I do see your point. I was talking to some friends just last week about how their dads were pulled over countless times simply for how they looked to police, and I realized (with a sort of bittersweet gratitude) that I never had to grow up with that.

But my point (I might’ve gotten carried away) was that I’m not gonna be ashamed or feel guilty for being white any more than anyone of ANY race should feel guilty about being a part of theirs. White people are not the collective enemy - it’s this group of bigoted dicks (of which most -if not all - are, to be fair, white). And, as such, it shouldn’t fall to any one group of people to have full responsibility to rescue those being oppressed by this skewed justice system. The idea that white people need to come in and “save” the PoC’s of the world is incredibly troubling to me; HUMANITY needs to stand up for this people. Together.

I know I’m a heterosexual, white American male, and I realize that (by no fault of my own) I’ve grown up, more or less, exempt from any sort of negative profiling. And I’m doing something about it - or at the very least, I’m willing to do much more. But this kind of responsibility shouldn’t fall on me because of any of the ‘groups’ I happen to fall in above. It falls on me because I’m human. Equal rights means equal rights - people need to stop bitching about things like this and do something together.

Honestly, I’m still just baffled that this is even an issue in the 21st century.

I don’t think that anyone should be ashamed or guilty of their race, but I’d like to point out that this debate is going in a direction POC/people in racial conversations greatly complain about: it’s becoming about white people. White people going “oh, I’m not racist! Why are you saying that!” attitude (not a dig at Kennan, just in general) takes the focus off of actual POC feelings and concerns and turns into a big ole’ comfort-the-white-person debacle which really has absolutely no place in racial discussions. I feel this is analogous to when feminist discussions turn into “what about men’s feelings? how have men been oppressed? men are feminists too!” While those things can be valid and true, overshadowing a conversation that is supposed to be about women by putting  men’s opinions first doesn’t help anyone. at all. 

As for white people not being the collective enemy—we kind of are. Not in an every white person is evil and racist and bad sense. Yes, blatant bigots are a very visible part of the problem but so is the silent majority of white people who don’t speak out and through their silence, condone the actions of those bigots. To draw another feminist parallel about rape jokes:

But, here’s the thing. It’s very likely that in some of these interactions with these guys, at some point or another someone told a rape joke. You, decent guy that you are, understood that they didn’t mean it, and it was just a joke. And so you laughed. And, decent guy who would never condone rape, who would step in and stop rape if he saw it, who understands that rape is awful and wrong and bad, when you laughed? That rapist who was in the group with, that rapist thought that you were on his side. That rapist knew that you were a rapist like him. And he felt validated, and he felt he was among his comrades.

Whether we like it or not as the powerful majority race-wise in America, it is our responsibility to be aware of this shit. NOT IN ANY WAY in a white-savior complex way. We aren’t the holy people chosen to rescue all minorities. But the fact is as white people, when we complain or get enraged or whatever it actually is responded to. Suddenly congressmen are introducing bills to ease our pain, etc. Minorities don’t have the luxury of being catered to, and as the majority we can at least extend the help we can: drawing attention to fucked up racism that has imbued every aspect of American culture. 

Keenan, I see what you’re trying to do but I’m with pretty much what Caitlin said- it isn’t anyone’s job to “save” the POC. That’s a big fat dose of white savior complex that won’t help anything. It is, however, our responsibility to help how we can which is often to draw attention to issues that the media doesn’t cover or doesn’t want to cover because the white guy who looks a little too much like their bosses is the bad guy. 

As white people it isn’t up to us to shape or guide the conversation about race; we should be very much at the back of it because we are rewarded for our whiteness.I’m not baffled that racism is still thriving in 2012- we set up society for it to thrive because we continue to reap the benefits of racism. So, the responsibility should be on you because of the groups you fall into: by upholding whiteness and placing your feelings over the concerns of POC, you perpetuate the problem. You (and I don’t mean just you by any means) have to pretty much relearn how to talk about and think about race because society has always told us our opinions matter and should be listened to and acted on-that simply isn’t the case here.

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I spent a while today sitting on my car talking with Rhett and we hit a topic that has been churning in the back of my mind for a while now. While I understand that checking your privilege is crucial to perspective and understanding the limitations you have within the debate when it comes to racism, feminism, classism, etc., how feasible is it to carry the concept over to the non-internet/older/etc. portion of the debate? Problematically, it’s one of those things that serves a limited, privileged audience (the same audience it seeks to educate) and could become very frustrating given the expansion of the conversation about privilege that we’re seeing lately. 

"Two-thirds of viewers who say Fox News is the news source they trust most believe discrimination against whites is as big a problem as discrimination against minority groups, according to a study released Tuesday by the Brookings Institution and the Public Religion Research Institute. The number, 68 percent, is an exact reversal of the percentage of black people in the same poll who say that discrimination against whites is not as big a problem as discrimination against minorities."


Fox News’ Paranoid Alternate Universe (Mother Jones, 7 Sept 2011)

You’d think news like this would cease to be surprising, but it somehow doesn’t. These must be the same morons who think that Christians are persecuted in this country. 

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Source: Mother Jones