Every people, in order to remain healthy and strong, has to have a grasp of its foundation story. Culture is a chrysalis - it is protective, it takes care of you. That's what cultures are for. You cannot rob a people of language, culture, mother, father, the value of their labor - all of that - without doing vast damage to those people.— Randall Robinson
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We've been taught in America that big is best.
That's why people have to believe that they must live in the greatest country in the world, which is absolutely idiotic.
You plant twenty coconut trees over here, and twenty coconut trees over there, and you water this batch and don't water that batch. Of the batch you water, nineteen will survive and one will die. Of the batch you don't water, nineteen will die and one will survive.
I was really worn down by an American society that is racist, smugly blind to it, and hugely self-satisfied.
One out of every eight prisoners in the world is an African American.
We are warehousing people as a profit to shareholders or for benefits to communities that get to host federal prisons. It is modern slavery.
We all have to die, and I preferred to have just one death.
It seems to me that to suffer insult without response is to die many deaths.
Democracy requires that if you who don't like the outcome of elections you have to tolerate it and then pursue your interest the next time around.
Americans don't bother to notice anybody else in the world.
I got a chance to be in a society where the barriers between classes - social and economic - are not insuperable, where money is not everything all the time. Americans have been manipulated into a space by those who profit from the arrangements of that system. People feel a conscious disease - a dis-ease or an unease - but I don't think they know what causes it.
I can't think of a more mediocre human talent than George Bush.
He obviously is a product of family advantage, and he's the worst American President of all time.
Reagan was conservative, but he didn't approach global management with an unbending religious zeal.
I think the evangelicals want to provoke an immense global disaster to precipitate the second coming of Christ.
I think people involved with institutions find it harder to know the time to go than the time to come.
You try to steer a course in American society that's not self-destructive.
But America is a country that inflicts injury. It does not like to see anything that comes in response, and accuses one of anger as if it were an unnatural response.
Bush has done more to create passions for what they call terror than any other Administration in this nation's history. I get rather afraid when the most powerful man in the world talks to, and gets answers back from, God.
I've never had any trouble opposing people I've been close to.
I've never worried about offending or bothering people I feel strongly about.
Black people in America have to, for their own protection, develop a defense mechanism, and I just grew terribly tired of it.
Something is very, very wrong with American culture.
The signs are everywhere. I think the country is in almost terminal descent.
Small wonder our national spirit is husk empty.
We have more information but less knowledge. More communication but less community. More goods but less goodwill. More of virtually everything save that which the human spirit requires. So distracted have we become sating this new need or that material appetite, we hardly noticed the departure of happiness
I'm aware that because America is so powerful - with its tentacles reaching out to the world - one doesn't escape it by leaving. This is the most dangerous and disturbing time in my life.
The whole future of America's black community is at risk.
One out of every three young black men in Washington, D.C., is under one arm or the other of the criminal justice system. These are the continuing consequences of slavery.
I wanted to write and think. Activism is a displacing kind of passion.
I don't know of any situation where you're going to have an officeholder in a country of eight million people who's cut off at the knees by the most powerful force in this world and who can still make it fly.
I got a chance to be in a society where the barriers between classes - social and economic - are not insuperable, where money is not everything all the time.
I think the business community knows that half the world's oil reserves are gone. All the low-hanging fruit has been picked, and now there's the scramble for what remains.
Where does a black soul go to rest?
I've opposed black regimes and white regimes, leftist regimes and rightist regimes. I'm close to Aristide because I have respect for him, but all that is beside the point.
Whites have more than eleven times the net worth or wealth of African Americans.
They make greater salaries. Our unemployment rate is twice theirs. You look at the prison system and who that's chewing up.
The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world: two million people. The country with one-twentieth of the world's population has one-fourth of those in prison.
For anyone who is not white in America, the affronts are virtually across the board.
I never met a white person till I was a grown man.
I never went to school with a white till I was twenty-six years old, at Harvard Law School. The insult of segregation was searing and unforgettable. It has left a great scar, and will be with me for the rest of my life.
Condelleza Rice and Colin Powell are both dangerous people.
What they did in Haiti [2004 U.S.-backed coup that ousted democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide] is a good measure of it. They destroyed a democracy. They squelched loans that had been approved by the Inter-American Development Bank. They did everything behind the scenes, including arming the thugs that came to overrun the country. They're frauds.
I've always thought I had pretty good instincts for people.
There is a short list of people I've worked with over my career with whom I've not been able to distinguish easily between the public persona and the real private person.
People need their history like they need air and food.
Bush people didn't like him, and they never liked him.
They didn't like him because they don't like democracy. They like you to have an election, but they like you to elect the people they want you to elect.