Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Who's the mystery racist?

"That's just how black folks will do you."

"... help me understand what makes black people so afraid. Their demons. The way ideas get twisted around. It helps me understand how people learn to hate."

"White Nationalism - “a steady attack on the black race”-is justified if it can deliver results."

"...for many black people of my grandparent's generation and background the instincts ran in an opposite direction, the direction of the mob."

"It was this unyielding reality-that blacks were not only phantoms to be expunged from our dreams but were an active and varied fact of our everyday lives-that finally explained how nationalism could thrive as an emotion and flounder as a program."

"If nationalism could create a strong and effective insularity, deliver on its promise of self-respect, then the hurt it might cause well-meaning blacks, or the inner turmoil it caused people like me, would be of little consequence.

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