"Race matters because of the long history of racial minorities being denied access to the political process…because of persistent racial inequality in the society… Race matters to a young man’s view of society when he spends his teenage years watching other tense up as he passes… Race matters to a young woman’s sense of self when she states her hometown and then is pressed, no, where are you really from… Race matters because of the slights, the snickers, the silent judgments that reinforce the most crippling thoughts: ‘I do not belong here.’"
— Sonia Sotomayor on affirmative action policies (via thenationmagazine)
One could just as easily say that about 70 percent to 75 percent of the people described as committing violent crimes, could also be described as generational victims of racist policies, like the ones Kelly and Bloomberg are promoting. One could just as easily say the vast majority of violent criminals in New York city hail from neighborhoods that have — over many generations — been the victims of a national wealth transfer, the remnants of which are with us even today.
We don’t say that. Writers and intellectuals on the Left would much rather talk about class. Same as it ever was. But this isn’t going away. We aren’t going away.
— Ta-Nehisi Coates on the explicit racism of Stop and Frisk (via theatlantic)
"On my endless speaking tour, people like to counter my comments with the inevitable, ‘Yeah, my family was immigrants, too, but we came here legally.’ And I ask, ‘Who stamped their visas, Crazy Horse or Geronimo?’"
— Luis Alberto Urrea, “Manifest Density.” (via utnereader)