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Chris Blocker

Literary snobbery and other thoughts by Chris Blocker

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Hannah Pittard
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The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin


“...if the word integration means anything, this is what it means: that we, with love, shall force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it.”


Tamir RiceJohn Crawford IIIEric GarnerOscar Grant


White people in this country will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this—which will not be tomorrow and may very well be never—the Negro problem will no longer exist, for it will no longer be needed.”


Walter Scott

Timothy StansburyRonald MadisonJames Brisette


“There [the police] stood, in twos and threes and fours, in their Cub Scout uniforms and with their Cub Scout faces, totally unprepared, as is the way with American he-men, for anything that could not be settled with a club or a fist or a gun. I might have pitied them if I had not found myself in their hands so often and discovered, through ugly experience, what they were like when they held the power and what they were like when you held the power.”



You know, and I know, that the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too soon.”


Akai GurleyFreddie Gray

Sandra BlandChristian Taylor



The unprecedented price demanded—and at this embattled hour of the world's history—is the transcendence of the realities of color, of nations, and of altars.”


Amadou DialloPrince JonesAaron CampbellAlonzo Ashley 


“Color is not a human or a personal reality; it is a political reality.”