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)
"Something funny happens to people who are lonely. The lonelier they get, the less adept they become at navigating social currents. Loneliness grows around them, like mould or fur, a prophylactic that inhibits contact, no matter how badly contact is desired. Loneliness is accretive, extending and perpetuating itself. Once it becomes impacted, it isn’t easy to dislodge. When I think of its advance, an anchoress’s cell comes to mind, as does the exoskeleton of a gastropod."
— Loneliness in New York (via mrenzulli)