quote by Michael Eric Dyson

Hip hop music is important precisely because it sheds light on contemporary politics, history, and race. At its best, hip hop gives voice to marginal black youth we are not used to hearing from on such topics.

— Michael Eric Dyson

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My activism did not spring from being black.

..The racial injustice that was present in this country during my youth was a challenge to my belief in the oneness of the human family.


Black youth quote Life is like a piano, the white keys represent happiness and the black shows sad
Life is like a piano, the white keys represent happiness and the black shows sadness, but as you go through life's journey, remember that the black keys also makes music.
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I am often asked why I started to write poetry.

The answer is that my motivation sprang from a visceral need to creatively articulate the experiences of the black youth of my generation, coming of age in a racist society.

Black youth quote Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
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The world used to think we are a land of snake charmers and black magic.

But our youth has surprised the world with its IT [information technology] skills. I dream of a digital India.

Even when black youth gangs target white strangers on the streets and spew out racial hatred as they batter them and rob them, mayors, police chiefs and the media tiptoe around their racism and many in the media either don't cover these stories or leave out the race and racism involved.

What good does it do a black youth to know that an employer must pay him $2 an hour if the fact that he must be paid that amount is what keeps him from getting a job?


Black youth quote Escape from the black cloud that surrounds you. Then you will see your own light
Escape from the black cloud that surrounds you. Then you will see your own light as radiant as the full moon.

Leave it up to me while I be livin' proof, To kick the truth to the young black youth.

America is the civilization of people engaged in transforming themselves.

In the past, the stars of the performance were the pioneer and the immigrant. Today, it is youth and the Black.

We have allowed our youths to buy into a culture (hip hop) that has been perverted, corrupted and overtaken by prison culture. The music, attitude and behavior expressed in this culture is anti-black, anti-education, demeaning, self-destructive, pro-drug dealing and violent.

Black youth quote The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem th
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

If I use the media, even with tricks, to publicize a black youth being shot in the back in Teaneck, New Jersey... then I should be praised for it, and it's more of a comment on them than me that it would take tricks to make them cover the loss of life.

We need to eradicate the slander that says a black youth with a book is acting white.


I do not think that any sorrow of youth or manhood equalled in intensity or duration the black and hopeless misery which followed the wrench of transference from a happy home to a school.

Black youth quote The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.
The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.

I said there was a society of men among us, bred up from their youth in the art of proving by words multiplied for the purpose, that white is black, and black is white, according as they are paid. To this society all the rest of the people are as slaves.

The fact is in a city like Chicago, for example, unemployment in the black community is around 20 percent for adults, 35 percent for youth, they bail out the banks, public schools, there is a deep divide. We need a plan for reconstruction and redevelopment and I hope that - police are the gatekeepers but behind that gate are these problems of disparities and injustice.

Identity has several parts, and the self needs to expand.

Black youth should be encouraged to have as many parts or as rich an identity as possible. It's a form of allowing them to be curious about the world.

Black youth quote We're just trying to find some color in this black and white world
We're just trying to find some color in this black and white world
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A young man had become possessed by a devil.

The thing within him burst into loud lamentation and departed from the man. At once the youth's eye fell out on his cheek, and the whole of the pupil which had been black became white.


If I use the media, even with tricks, to publicize a black youth being shot in the back in Teaneck, New Jersey... then I should be praised for it, and it's more of a comment on them than me that it would take tricks to make them cover the loss of life.

We blacks look for leadership in men and women of such youth and inexperience, as well as poverty of education and character, that it is no wonder that we sometimes seem rudderless. . . . We see basketball players and pop singers as possible role models.

Black youth quote I dont care if you're black, white, short, tall, skinny, rich   or poor. If you
I dont care if you're black, white, short, tall, skinny, rich or poor. If you respect me I'll respect you
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Even during my youth, I can recall very few black people living on any kind of public assistance. People were working, doing some kind of job that was useful to the community.

There was certainly, like, a rebellious, like, youthful rage in me.

And there was also the fact of no getting away from fact that I am white, and you know, this is predominantly black music, you know.

I would say to any young black , if you get a job and you're asked to work 100%, then you work 125% and don't complain about it. The moment you complain about it, then you don't really want to work. Always do more than you're asked to do and you'll get far in life - and that applies to all youth.


Black youth quote You're never too young to dream big.
You're never too young to dream big.
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Capitalism, in my estimation, is not about democracy.

I think we're beginning to see an understanding of this. We see it in the Black Lives Matter movement. We see it among black youth who are now struggling and trying to make connections internationally with other groups and trying to figure out what's going on in the world and the ways things like police violence and systemic violence all come together under neoliberalism.

Plenty of drug dealing does happen in the 'hood, but it happens everywhere else in America as well. In fact, some studies suggest that where significant differences in the data can be found, white youth are more likely to engage in illegal drug dealing than black youth.

At the same time, you see in those studies, you see the emergence of various movements among black youth that are really challenging the ideology of neoliberalism since the 1980s.

Black youth quote Black-and-white always looks modern, whatever that word means.
Black-and-white always looks modern, whatever that word means.

I do want to bring up the fact that Hillary Clinton were the one that brought up the words super-predator about young black youth. And that's a term that I think was a - it's - it's been horribly met, as you know. I think she has apologized for it. But I think it was a terrible thing to say.

There was certainly nothing really sexual about my youth growing up, simply because the fact remains if you're the fat kid in a school and I was the only fat black kid in the school - in fact, I was the only black kid in the school - but if you are kind of ostracized on many different levels in your school the last thing you're worried about is sex.


The anti-blackness has generated new forms of youth involvement in anti-whiteness, which in some cases is appalling.

Black youth quote If a black cat crosses your path, it signifies that the animal is going somewher
If a black cat crosses your path, it signifies that the animal is going somewhere.
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I reveled in the smallness, the coziness of an upstairs bedroom in a traditional American Cape Cod house the half-floor that forces you to duck, to feel small and naive again, ready for anything, dying for love, your body a chimney filled with odd, black smoke. These square, squat, awkward rooms are like a fifty-square-foot paean to teenage-hood, to ripeness, to the first and last taste of youth.

A silly society is a youth-obsessed society: To the Chinese, who appreciate the value of experience, the greater the ratio in a team of grey 'hairs and no-hairs' to 'black hairs' the faster and better a task will be completed. The opposite assumption obtains in the youth-obsessed U.S.

And you who sought for magic in your youth but desire it not in your age, know that there is a blindness of spirit which comes from age, more black than the blindness of eye, making a darkness about you across which nothing may be seen, or felt, or known, or in any way apprehended.

Black youth quote The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.
The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.

I was all-state in four sports in New Jersey, but sometimes I couldn't get served at a restaurant two blocks from my high school. There were no job opportunities then... the only thing a black youth could aspire to be was a bellboy or a pullman or an elevator operator, or, maybe, a teacher. There was a time when all we had was black baseball.


Adolescents tend to be passionate people, and passion is no less real because it is directed toward a hot-rod, a commercialized popular singer, or the leader of a black-jacketed gang.

So, rap has that quality, for youth anyway;

it's a kind of blues element. It's physical, almost gymnastic. It speaks to you organically. Rap grows out of what young people really are today, not only black youth, but white - everybody.

We were talking about urban youth. And by urban I mean lives in a city not urban as in black like white people use it.

And that the arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don't have our best interests [at heart].