People Of Color Quotes

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Angela Y. Davis
“One of the reasons that so many people of color and poor people are in prison is that the deindustrialization of the economy has led to the creation of new economies and the expansion of some old ones – I have already mentioned the drug trade and the market for sexual services. At the same time, though, there are any number of communities that more than welcome prisons as a source of employment. Communities even compete with one another to be the site where new prisons will be constructed because prisons create a significant number of relatively good jobs for their residents”
Angela Davis

Angie Thomas
“But I'm tired of them just assuming.”
Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

“Me being black. It doesn't mean I only qualify to be shoot at, arrested or to be killed. There are more certificates I deserve , rather than death certificate. Why is it a crime for me to live?”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

Audre Lorde
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own. And I am not free as long as one person of Color remains chained.”
Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

“We live in a society where race is one of the biggest indicators of your success in life. There are sizable racial divides in wealth, health, life expectancy, infant mortality, incarceration rates, and so much more. We cannot look at a society where racial inequality is so universal and longstanding and say, 'This is all the doing of a few individuals with hate in their hearts.' It just doesn't make sense.”
Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

Ta-Nehisi Coates
“You do not give your precious body to the billy clubs of Birmingham sheriffs, nor to the insidious activity of the streets.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

“Me being black. It doesn't mean I only qualify to be shoot at, arrested or to be killed. There are more certificates I deserve , rather than a death certificate. Why is it a crime for me to live? What have I done to you, for you not to accept me.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

Neil Gaiman
“Before that no one thought of us as colored-foreign maybe, exotic and dark, but not colored.”
Neil Gaiman, American Gods

“Instead of you ending my life. You should be ending racism.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

Ta-Nehisi Coates
“The spirit and soul are the body and brain, which are destructible-that is precisely why they are so precious.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Darnell Lamont Walker
“There's an inexplicable joy that exists on a brown child's face and in the way they navigate their world long before they discover they're hated.”
Darnell Lamont Walker

R.Y.S. Perez
“My family is like America; we are a blend of melanin and uncertain borders.”
R. YS Perez, I Hope You Fall in Love: Poetry Collection

R.Y.S. Perez
“Your beauty will be in shades of melanin and light.”
R. YS Perez, I Hope You Fall in Love: Poetry Collection

Rebecca Walker
“When people ask what I would tell my younger self, the budding writer at the beginning of her career, it is always the same: I wish I could have prepared myself for what happens to a writer when she is brutally honest, when she speaks truth to power in a raw and emotional way. The literary establishment continues to privilege work that’s just a touch removed, “refined” they would call it. Writers who tone down their anguish, their rage, their nontraditional, “deviant choices are perceived as more skilled, more worthy of critical acclaim. This often has a lot to do with racism and sexism, and the stories we are “allowed” to tell as people of color. The classification is not a new phenomenon nor is the marginalization of powerful autobiographical stories that demand engagement. I wish I had known all this, not because I would have done things differently, but because I would not have been so surprised by some of the dismissive responses to my work. I would have been more prepared.”
Rebecca Walker, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves

“And still I urge you to struggle. Struggle for the memory of your ancestors. Struggle for wisdom. Struggle for the warmth of The Mecca. Struggle for your grandmother and grandfather, for your name. But do not struggle for the Dreamers. Hope for them. Pray for them, if you are so moved. But do not pin your struggle on their conversion. The Dreamers will have to learn to struggle themselves, to understand that the field for their Dream, the stage where they have painted themselves white, is the deathbed of us all.”
Ta-Nehesi Coates

'LORD VISHNU' P.S.JAGADEESH KUMAR
“If destruction is your fashion, remember construction is my passion”
Dr.P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

“They say we find peace when we die , because us living. They don't find peace. For they know what we are capable of . How strong, wise, smart, educated ,hard working, loving,caring and how good we can be.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

“Black people will never find justice, because the law is not created to favor them, but is created to enslave them.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

“If government or the states wants to end racism. It needs to give black people same things it gives to white people. Power, money, funding, jobs, opportunities, good education, good health and respect.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

“When we call on racism. We don't say people should now hide it , because they are afraid of being exposed, but we say people should stop it. Racism should not be your secret. Something you are, when no one is watching. Racism should not exist period.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

“Your family rights, honor, history and legacy must be messed up. Imagine being taught to hate other race that has done nothing to you and you, yourself you don't know why you should hate and undermine them.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

“If a parent teaches you to hate. Then hate them, because they are the ones who are evil. How can they teach a child such.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

“We like to filter new information through our own experiences to see if it computes. If it matches up with what we have experiences, it's valid. If it doesn't match up, it's not. But race is not a universal experience. If you are white, there is a good chance you may have been poor at some point in your life, you may have been sick, you may have been discriminated against for being fat or being disabled or being short or being conventionally unattractive, you may have been many things—but you have not been a person of color. So, when a person of color comes to you and says "this is different for me because I'm not white," when you run the situation through your own lived experience, it often won't compute. This is usually where the desire to dismiss claims of racial oppression come from—it just doesn't make sense to you so it cannot be right.
But if you are white, and you are feeling this way, I ask you this: is your lived experience real? Are the situations you've lived through real? Are your interpretations of those situations valid?...So if your lived experience and your interpretation of that lived experience are valid, why wouldn't the lived experience of people of color be just as valid? If I don't have the right to deem your life, what you see and hear and feel, a lie, why do you have the right to do that to me? Why do you deserve to be believed and people of color don't?”
Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

“...it is always a bit of a gut punch to realize that someone you have been sitting next to for months or even years secretly harbors view that deny your basic humanity as a black woman. No matter how many times it happens, I have yet to get used to it.
...I really really wanted this to be just a matter of misunderstanding. I really wanted this to be a case where he just didn't know how harmful everyday racism is, and once he did, he would change his mind...It seemed far more important to him that the white people who were spreading and upholding racism be spared the effects of being called racist, than sparing his black friend the effects of that racism.
...That was when I learned that this was not a friend I could take to about this really important part of my life. I couldn't be my full self around him, and he would never truly have my back. He was not safe. I wasn't angry, I was heartbroken.”
Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

Abhijit Naskar
“Black is not evil.
White is not trash.
Brown is not illegal.
Muslims don’t crash.”
Abhijit Naskar, I Vicdansaadet Speaking: No Rest Till The World is Lifted

Salman Jaberi
“My mission with Rave Scout is to promote cultural inclusiveness and increase the visibility of marginalized talent and diversify the underground scene through and by producing digital immersive experiences. The ultimate aim is to motivate the community and the scene to experience and learn how to feel and passively accept their vulnerabilities and one another.”
Salman Jaberi

Abhijit Naskar
“Shades of Brown (The Sonnet)

There is no white skin,
There is no black skin.
All of us are shades of brown,
If we can reason without stereotyping.
Climate makes the difference in color,
But not in character of the individual.
Human character knows no geography,
For a being of character is human above all.
The idea of race is a myth most foul,
Born of ignorance and narrowness.
Now we live in a different time,
That requires abolition of divisiveness.
Discard those traditions and live as sapient.
Let's build a world where color ain't relevant.”
Abhijit Naskar, Solo Standing on Guard: Life Before Law

Christina Hammonds Reed
“They don't fucking see us even when they're looking right at us.”
Christina Hammonds Reed, The Black Kids

Christina Hammonds Reed
“We have to walk around being perfect all the time just to be seen as human. Don't you ever get tired of being a symbol? Don't you ever just want to be human?”
Christina Hammonds Reed, The Black Kids

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