Quotes from the Book
"It is the duty of whites to end racism." (Click to Tweet)
“The colorblind defense is noxious on two fronts. First, it’s a lie; of course we see color. We have and we always will.” (Click to Tweet)
"We're too well trained in our insensitivity. We've learned our blindness well. It's like breathing." (Click to Tweet)
"Watch interracial transactions carefully. Switch the roles and see how it looks." (Click to Tweet.)
"The road to becoming an anti-racist is more difficult than marching down one." (Click to Tweet.)
“Three reasons why people give for their race based decisions are education, economics and class. They use these excuses for covering up any racism their perspectives might reflect.”
“How many times do Blacks tell Jews what is or isn’t anti-Semitic? Would any of us allow “outsiders” to dictate the discussion on what constitutes anti-Italian, and anti- Irish, or anti-German bigotry? Yet when it comes to racism against Blacks, we not only enter into the conversation, we define and control the discussion itself!”
“One thing led to another, propelling me to question my attitudes and actions more directly. In any given situation – at a counter, in my car, in a classroom – I examine what was happening, then imagined it with all racial roles reversed."
"Whites have spent centuries building systems of control. We like to think of those systems as beneficial to all. But when those systems tell a ten-year-old black girl she must accept a white version of everything, from faith to flags to history, it matters."
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