“Find out just what people will submit to and you have found the exact amount of injustice and wrong, which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” -Frederick Douglass
“The undisputed historical backdrop fro racial profiling is two hundred and forty years of chattel slavery, a hundred years of Jim Crow, and four-hundred-plus years of intergenerational wealth transfer during which most of the time black people not only owned little property but were property. In roughly fifty of the first seventy-two years of our country’s first century, the presidents of the United States themselves owned slaves. In the infamous Dred Scott case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court declared that a black man had no rights that a white man need respect, five of the justices were from slaveholding families.
This history may not seem long ago, but it has left its thumbprint on our unconscious mental processes.” -Lani Guinier
“The three great organized forces through which social hereditary operates are:
The schools, the churches, and the public press.
Any ideal that has the active co-operation of these three forces may, during the brief period of one generation, be forced upon the minds of the young so effectively that they cannot resist it.” -Napoleon Hill
“Go into the public squares of our cities and observe the monuments that have been erected to the leaders of war. Observe the posture of these statues as they stand as living symbols to glorify men who did nothing more than lead armies on escapades of destruction. Notice how well these statues of warriors, mounted on charging steeds, serve as agencies through which to stimulate the minds of the young and prepare them for the acceptance of war, not only as a pardonable act, but as distinctly desirable source of attainment of glory, fame and honor.” -Napoleon Hill
“In my city, the brown fields and rotting piers and rusting factories are testament to an economy that shifted and then shifted again, rendering obsolete whole generations of union-wage workers and their families. The cost to society is beyond calculation, not that anyone ever paused to calculate anything. Our economic and political leaders are dismissive of the horror, at points even flippant in their derision.” -David Simon
“At worst, our cities- or those places in our cities where most of us fear to tread- are vessels for the darkest contradictions and most brutal competitions that underlie the way we actually live together, or fail to live together.” -David Simon
“The problem is a system that inflicts inadequate schools, lack of clean water, and lack of jobs on the Black community, and police violence is a part of compelling us to accept second-class citizenship.” -Michael Bennett
“What’s the best way to keep adults from questioning the use of a deeply problematic product? Get them started when they’re too young to question anything.” -From, “Experts Say Keep Amazon’s Alexa Away From Your Kids” By: Sam Biddle (The Intercept)
“All the pain and frustration, all the mess black folks have to deal with. You have to struggle three times as hard as anybody just to make it through the day.” -Dick Gregory