What we used to know about race (part 2)
Sep 19th, 2011 by Unamused
While we determine the veracity of Albert Schweitzer’s alleged quotation, try these instead.
Booker T. Washington (1856–1915), mixed-race (black/white) author, educator, and black leader:
There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.
Frantz Fanon (1925–1961), black psychiatrist and revolutionary:
Ultimately it is the dream of every victim to exchange places with his oppressor.
James Baldwin (1924–1987), black author:
There is, I should think, no Negro living in America who has not felt, briefly or for long periods, with anguish sharp or dull, in varying degrees and to varying effect, simple, naked and unanswerable hatred; who has not wanted to smash any white face he may encounter in a day, to violate, out of motives of the cruelest vengeance, their women, to break the bodies of all white people and bring them low…
Miles Davis (1926–1991), black jazz musician:
If somebody told me I had only one hour to live, I’d spend it choking a white man. I’d do it nice and slow.