White Supremacy Quotes

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bell hooks
“We have to constantly critique imperialist white supremacist patriarchal culture because it is normalized by mass media and rendered unproblematic.”
bell hooks, Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism

bell hooks
“The growing number of gated communities in our nation is but one example of the obsession with safety. With guards at the gate, individuals still have bars and elaborate internal security systems. Americans spend more than thirty billion dollars a year on security. When I have stayed with friends in these communities and inquired as to whether all the security is in response to an actual danger I am told “not really," that it is the fear of threat rather than a real threat that is the catalyst for an obsession with safety that borders on madness.

Culturally we bear witness to this madness every day. We can all tell endless stories of how it makes itself known in everyday life. For example, an adult white male answers the door when a young Asian male rings the bell. We live in a culture where without responding to any gesture of aggression or hostility on the part of the stranger, who is simply lost and trying to find the correct address, the white male shoots him, believing he is protecting his life and his property. This is an everyday example of madness. The person who is really the threat here is the home owner who has been so well socialized by the thinking of white supremacy, of capitalism, of patriarchy that he can no longer respond rationally.

White supremacy has taught him that all people of color are threats irrespective of their behavior. Capitalism has taught him that, at all costs, his property can and must be protected. Patriarchy has taught him that his masculinity has to be proved by the willingness to conquer fear through aggression; that it would be unmanly to ask questions before taking action. Mass media then brings us the news of this in a newspeak manner that sounds almost jocular and celebratory, as though no tragedy has happened, as though the sacrifice of a young life was necessary to uphold property values and white patriarchal honor. Viewers are encouraged feel sympathy for the white male home owner who made a mistake. The fact that this mistake led to the violent death of an innocent young man does not register; the narrative is worded in a manner that encourages viewers to identify with the one who made the mistake by doing what we are led to feel we might all do to “protect our property at all costs from any sense of perceived threat. " This is what the worship of death looks like.”
Bell Hooks, All About Love: New Visions

“the worst
thing that ever happened
to
the world
was
the white man coming across gun powder.
–– the end of the world | the beginning of white supremacy”
Nayyirah Waheed, Salt

bell hooks
“When liberal whites fail to understand how they can and/or do embody white supremacist values and beliefs even though they may not embrace racism as prejudice or domination (especially domination that involves coercive control), they cannot recognize the ways their actions support and affirm the very structure of racist domination and oppression that they wish to see eradicated.”
bell hooks, Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black

Robert Jensen
“The world does not need white people to civilize others. The real White People's Burden is to civilize ourselves.”
Robert Jensen, The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism, and White Privilege

bell hooks
“…“white supremacy” is a much more useful term for understanding the complicity of people of color in upholding and maintaining racial hierarchies that do not involve force (i.e slavery, apartheid) than the term “internalized racism”- a term most often used to suggest that black people have absorbed negative feelings and attitudes about blackness. The term “white supremacy” enables us to recognize not only that black people are socialized to embody the values and attitudes of white supremacy, but we can exercise “white supremacist control” over other black people.”
bell hooks, Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black

Frank B. Wilderson III
“If we are to be honest with ourselves, we must admit that the "Negro" has been inviting whites, as well as civil society's junior partners, to the dance of social death for hundreds of years, but few have wanted to learn the steps. They have been, and remain today - even in the most anti-racist movements, like the prison abolition movement - invested elsewhere. This is not to say that all oppositional political desire today is pro-white, but it is usually anti-Black, meaning it will not dance with death.”
Frank B. Wilderson III

bell hooks
“Since men are not equals in white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal class structure, which men do women want to be equal to?”
Bell Hooks

Charles Darwin
“I could show fight on natural selection having done and doing more for the progress of civilization than you seem inclined to admit. Remember what risk the nations of Europe ran, not so many centuries ago of being overwhelmed by the Turks, and how ridiculous such an idea now is! The more civilised so-called Caucasian races have beaten the Turkish hollow in the struggle for existence. Looking to the world at no very distant date, what an endless number of the lower races will have been eliminated by the higher civilized races throughout the world.”
Charles Darwin

“We invoke the words of Jefferson and Lincoln because they say something about our legacy and our traditions. We do this because we recognize our links to the past--at least when they flatter us. But black history does not flatter American democracy; it chastens it. The popular mocking of reparations as a harebrained scheme authored by wild-eyed lefties and intellectually unserious black nationalists is fear masquerading as laughter. Black nationalists have always perceived something unmentionable about America that integrationists dare not acknowledge --that white supremacy is not merely the work of hotheaded demagogues, or a matter of false consciousness, but a force so fundamental to America that it is difficult to imagine the country without it.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

bell hooks
“Politically progressive black people on the Left who are not nationalist, like myself, share a perspective that promotes the eradication of white supremacy, the de-centering of the West, redressing of biases, and commitment to affirming black self-determination. Yet we add to the critique of white Western imperialism a repudiation of patriarchy, a critique of capitalism, and a concern for interracial coalition building.”
bell hooks, Killing Rage: Ending Racism

Malcolm X
“When Pope Pius XII died, LIFE magazine carried a picture of him in his private study kneeling before a black Christ. What was the source of their information? All white people who have studied history and geography know that Christ was a black man. Only the poor, brainwashed American Negro has been made to believe that Christ was white, to maneuver him into worshiping the white man. After becoming a Muslim in prison, I read almost everything I could put my hands on in the prison library. I began to think back on everything I had read and especially with the histories, I realized that nearly all of them read by the general public have been made into white histories. I found out that the history-whitening process either had left out great things that black men had done, or some of the great black men had gotten whitened.”
Malcolm X

“Antiblack violencein Chicago was common since at least the 189-s, when blacks were brought in as strikebreakers. The violence grew with the black population. In the two years leading up to mid-July 1919, whhites bombed more than twenty-five homes and properties owned by blacks in white areas...One bombing killed a little girl...The police never arrested anyone, infuriating blacks.”
Cameron McWhirter

“It's very difficult not to come across as a white supremacist when there are so many black inferiorists around.”
David Bullard

Jack London
“The Elsinore's bow tilted skyward while her stern fell into a foaming valley. Not a man had gained his feet. Bridge and men swept back toward me and fetched up against the mizzen-shrouds. And then that prodigious, incredible old man appeared out of the water, on his two legs, upright, dragging with him, a man in each hand, the helpless forms of Nancy and the Faun. My heart leapt at beholding this mighty figure of a man-killer and slave-driver, it is true, but who sprang first into the teeth of danger so that his slaves might follow, and who emerged with a half-drowned slave in either hand.

I knew augustness and pride as I gazed--pride that my eyes were blue, like his; that my skin was blond, like his; that my place was aft with him, and with the Samurai, in the high place of government and command. I nearly wept with the chill of pride that was akin to awe and that tingled and bristled along my spinal column and in my brain. As for the rest--the weaklings and the rejected, and the dark-pigmented things, the half-castes, the mongrel-bloods, and the dregs of long-conquered races--how could they count? My heels were iron as I gazed on them in their peril and weakness. Lord! Lord! For ten thousand generations and centuries we had stamped upon their faces and enslaved them to the toil of our will.”
Jack London, The Mutiny of the Elsinore

“Only two types of white people in this world, chile, the ones doing shit to you and the ones wanting you to tell them ’bout the shit them other ones did.”
Sara Collins, The Confessions of Frannie Langton

Abhijit Naskar
“Donald Trump is as dangerous as ISIS.”
Abhijit Naskar

Michelle Alexander
“In Waquant's words: "Racial division was a consequence, not a precondition of slavery, but once it was instituted it became detached from its initial function and acquired a social potency all its own." After the death of slavery, the idea of race lived on/”
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“To see the absurdity of racism, some people first had to be blind.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“For all of the alleged benevolence God was supposed to bestow upon us faithful servants, Black people seemed to have been skipped over for centuries. Yet don't nobody in this world love them some Jesus like Black people do. We love him so much, we created an entire genre of music and a style of dance just to augment our praise, because that's what King David did to win his favor. This belief is rooted in a religion that isn't really ours, was forced on us during slavery, reinforced White supremacy throughout the nineteeth and twentieth centuries, and, it must be said, helps to maintain White supremacy today.”
Feminista Jones, Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
“There are white moms who threw stones at the little girls in Little Rock and there are white moms who wish Andres and Omar and Elias and Greta's mom will be deported too.”
Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, The Undocumented Americans

Alison  Phipps
“Whiteness is predisposed to woundedness…from a position of power, one is naturally preoccupied with threat.”
Alison Phipps, Me, Not You: The Trouble with Mainstream Feminism

Alison  Phipps
“White feminist tears deploy white woundedness, and the sympathy it generates, to hide the harms we perpetrate through white supremacy. These tears are not just personal; they are political too.”
Alison Phipps, Me, Not You: The Trouble with Mainstream Feminism

Ausma Zehanat Khan
“It's the ones who smile at you while they're plotting in the dark that I've learned to worry about.

Sometimes the monsters we fear aren't on the opposite side" Esa Khattak”
Ausma Zehanat Khan, A Deadly Divide

Ausma Zehanat Khan
“The battle is everywhere, all the time.”
Ausma Zehanat Khan, A Deadly Divide

Alison  Phipps
“Protecting white women was, and is, a key colonial preoccupation. Imaginings of Indigenous and/or slave uprisings were sexualised: fear of revolution was fear of rape. In colonial and neo-colonial cultures, white women’s tears are deadly to people of colour.”
Alison Phipps, Me, Not You: The Trouble with Mainstream Feminism

Ausma Zehanat Khan
“Khattak asked himself the question whether it wasn't just Saint-Isidore, and whether there was a place in this world where any member of his community could live unencumbered and at peace.”
Ausma Zehanat Khan, A Deadly Divide

Akala
“The fact that the question is even asked, the fact that black excellence in a
particular field needs ‘explaining’, tells its own story. I can’t recall any
documentaries trying to discover an organisational gene left over from fascism
that explains why Germany and Italy have consistently been Europe’s best
performing football teams. Spain’s brief spell as the best team in the world, with
a generation of players born in the years immediately after Franco’s death,
would seem to confirm my fascism-meets-football thesis, right? Clearly this
would be a ridiculous investigation - or who knows maybe I am on to something
- but the question would never be asked because German, Italian and Spanish
brilliance don’t really need explaining, or at least not in such negative ways.

When I was young, I vividly remember watching a BBC doc called Dreaming
of Ajax which investigated why one Dutch club, Ajax Amsterdam, was able to
produce better football players than the whole of England. It was a fantastic
documentary that looked with great admiration at the obviously superior
coaching systems of Ajax, which became so visible in their home-grown players’
performances. But it did not look for some mystery Dutch gene left over from
some horrendous episode in European history. Nor did white dominance in
tennis or golf - until Tiger and the Williams sisters, anyway - need to be
explained by their ancestors having so much practice whipping people for so
long, and ending up with strong shoulders and great technique as a result!”
Akala, Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire

“We keep referring to white supremacy as just a ''system'' or ''institution'', rather than a living, insidious, expansive colonial force that works to ''get inside'', consume and destroy.”
Aph Ko, Racism as Zoological Witchcraft: A Guide to Getting Out

Abhijit Naskar
“Your silence is power to the savages.”
Abhijit Naskar

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