People point their fingers at young blacks, call them thugs and say they need to pull up their pants. That’s fine, but you’re not feeding them any knowledge. You’re not giving them a vision. All you’re saying is be a square like me… They have to be exposed to something new. Their minds have to be challenged, not dulled. They know the history of the Crips & Bloods, but they can’t tell you who Garvey or Robeson is. They can quote Drake & Lil Wayne but they can’t tell you what Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton has done.
I was 15 when my first love got shot nine times in Oakland. Do you think I’m going to care about book reports when my girlfriend was shot in the face?"
I don’t condone this man’s actions, or dispute that he should be incarcerated—probably for the rest of his natural life—but he does accurately address legitimate socio-economic and racial inequalities in America: specifically with regard to the inter-connectivity of Education and the Criminal Justice and Prison Industry
In his acceptance speech Matthew McConaughey thanked God for teaching him that “it is a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates” and all the poets in the land retired for that is the greatest sentence the English language can ever hope to achieve.
"The army stationed me down South when I was younger, and I couldn’t even use the same bathroom as white people. But things have changed so much. The younger generation isn’t nearly as racist. I’ve been sitting here for fifty years. So much has changed. This neighborhood used to be all black. A white person couldn’t even walk down this street. All the races kept to themselves. Now you’ve got Indians talking to Pakistanis, blacks talking to whites, everybody is here and learning from each other’s cultures. I’ve been sitting here for 50 years. Things are getting better."
"The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - which you had thought special and particular to you. And now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out, and taken yours"
Alan Bennett, The History Boys: The Film (via observando)