Signs of racism keep coming. In the last 10 days, an unlikely “patriot” in Nevada, and an NBA owner. One, maybe something of a “crackpot,” the other, a person of great means and influence. I will not repeat what they said in this post.
Every racist thought, every racist word, every racist action makes the doors of opportunity just a little harder to open. So, here without comment, quotes from two books for this era of reminders that racism is still far too acceptable in too many circles of our society.
You do realize, don’t you, that though their statements have been condemned by many, they represent a far larger number who still think they way they do?
So, some excerpts from two books. Books that I would say are must reading for those concerned about racism in this country.
The Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world — a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his twoness,—an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.
He simply wishes to make it possible for a man to be both a Negro and an American, without being cursed and spit upon by his fellows, without having the doors of Opportunity closed roughly in his face.
To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.
The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line…
Jim Crow had a way of turning everyone against one another, not just white against black or landed against lowly, but poor against poorer and black against black for an extra scrap of privilege.