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"The Issue of Race"

This is a 1992 panel discussion from The Phil Donahue Show. Still relevant.

Excerpts from Part 1 (above)

"After being asked, ‘What do you know how to do here,’ one of the you brothers on the screen said, ‘Rob, steal, and kill.’ What did [Christopher] Columbus know how to do when he came here? Rob the native people of their land, kill them, and exploit them. What is in the best tradition of capitalism in this society? Burning, looting, rape, and pillage. This is something that is as integral to the United States as breathing. The problem with race in this country is that white people in this country do not want to confront their own history and live up to the consequences of that history. And when you don’t confront the truth, the truth will ultimately destroy you." —Dhoruba al-Mujahid bin Wahad

"When we deal with the issue of white racism, white people don’t deal with the fact that they are the ones who are sicker than anybody else in this particular issue. When you deal with the question of race, you cannot deal with ‘What’s wrong with these African people?’ The thing that happened in South Central started with a malady in the justice system where white people could not see white men who had did something against black men and penalize them for what everybody in this country knows that they did. So, the problem of white racism is that we don’t look in-depth and do these little documentaries on white people and what’s wrong with it." —Sister Souljah 

Excerpts from Part 2 [x]

Phil Donahue: “So, my pleading to Mr. bin Wahad and Dr. [Alan] Keyes, in the white liberal tradition of, ‘Gee, you don’t totally dislike us [white people] do you—”

[Kozol interjects]

Jonathan Kozol: “Not to criticize you Phil, but naturally I’d like to feel I’m a nice guy and I hope black people would like me…But that’s wasted energy. The issue isn’t whether they like you and me, or not. The issue is whether they have an even shot in this society. They can’t afford to worry about our injured feelings. And they shouldn’t waste time on them.”

Excerpt from Part 3 [x]

"Latin America is essentially a conglomeration of European settler states. The conquistadores went and did the same thing that the English did here [in the United States]. When we look at the compositions of these societies, we see that at the top are light skin descendants of these conquistadores and at the bottom are native people and black descendants of Africans. White skin privilege is a European ideal and a concept that was exploited with the economic system, their religious philosophy, and imposed on people of color. So when we talk about Latin@s, let’s understand what we’re saying here. We’re talking about Latin@s who, for the most part, have African blood in them. They have internalized racism just like everybody else. When we look at Asian Americans, many that initially came here came to work the railroads. They were treated like dogs. But when we see a lot of Asians that come to the U.S. today, one of the first words they learn in their lexicon is ‘nigger.’ The United States’ major contradiction around the issue of race is white skin male privilege. If we don’t attack that, don’t analyze that, and don’t begin to deal with that, then we have a problem." —Dhoruba al-Mujahid bin Wahad

Excerpt from Part 4 [x]

"There was a period of time, in this country, after Reconstruction where African people owned a lot of land, businesses, and did a lot of things. What happened was the American government, the Ku Klux Klan, and other organizations organized in smashing that effort. It’s not that we haven’t tried to own lands and organize businesses, it’s that if you’re African in America, or in Latin America, or in the Caribbean, or in the continent, you will be hunted no matter what you do. They do not want us to survive and become self-sufficient. And you can say ‘no,’ but you haven’t lived this life." —Sister Souljah

Excerpts from Part 5 [x]

"You’re making a moral appeal to a country that doesn’t have a moral conscience. When white people feel angry about abortion, they come out in the thousands up to the millions to say ‘this is what we believe about abortion.’ Where is the white outcry against white racism that murders African people around this entire globe? It doesn’t exist. So, who are these good white people?! I want to meet them…" —Sister Souljah

"I want to say that the claim that there’s no conscience among white people in America is a great example of racism. I don’t think the face of racism is any prettier when it’s black racism than when it’s white racism. [In the background, Sister Souljah interjects “There’s no such thing as black racism.”]  When Martin Luther King started his Civil Rights Movement, he put his conscience before the American people and shamed an overwhelming majority of the white people by the strength of his moral argument. [In the background, Sister Souljah interjects, “Then they killed him.”] […] He recognized that he was fighting for the reform of a racist America in the basis of the views held by the dominant white society. For that reason, he reached them and he so transformed them that you could pass the Civil Rights legislation—If you refute what I say by pointing out that Martin Luther King was assassinated, I can point out to you that Malcolm X was assassinated by a black man who hated white people.” —John Silber 

"No. Let me say this. Phil, I got to fay this. You always go to white males to tell us what’s happening. This is such a lie, a crock of crap because the only reason political leadership in the United States conceded to integration, conceded to civil rights for black people is because the majority of the people in the world of the 1960s were ascending to political power and independence. The U.S. could not claim moral leadership of the world and enslave black people in a system of Jim Crowism. So, don’t make it like Martin Luther King appealed to the better half or the morality of white America. White America did what was expedient politically.”—Dhoruba al-Mujahid bin Wahad

Excerpt from Part 6, the final [x]

"I think white people have to spend more time talking about the injustices which we perpetrate. I’d like to see books written, in the future, not about the problems of the underclass but about the psychological distortions of the people who created an underclass." —Jonathan Kozol

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Did Ridley Scott’s “Exodus” movie give the Sphinx a white/European makeover?

The backlash against Ridley Scott’s Exodus is gathering momentum. After Noah’s mixed reception earlier this year, more and more people are sick of seeing movies with “whitewashed” casts: White actors representing historical figures who almost certainly were not white.

The latest accusation of Exodus whitewashing relates to someone who technically isn’t even a character: the Sphinx.

The likeliest explanation is that the sculpture in this picture is not the Sphinx, but is in fact a statue of Ramses. This means that it would have been based on actor Joel Edgerton’s face. 

Unfortunately, this just makes the whitewashed casting even more blatant, because real statues of Ramses II simply do not look like that. So while Exodus may not have made a “white version” of the Sphinx, Egyptian culture is still being erased and rewritten to fit in with the film’s predominantly white cast of actors.


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This nigga just copped a super Mario star he invincible af
 nah but forreal tho somebody explain this

Metallic silver coating, does rainbow effect thing when passing lights

thank you car side of tumblr

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