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What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.

Frederick Douglass, The Meaning of July Fourth to the Negro, July 5, 1852.

Again, this was part a speech given to a group of the elite of the nation by a freed Black man.

In pre-Civil War America.

And said out loud. To people.

Stones, man.

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Lowkey,
1. A general introduction to an unpopular/unshared opinion, or that which one is reluctant to admit. "Lowkey Reese’s cups are the best candy on Earth." 2. Sly admittance. "Lowkey, I think you’re the one for me." African American Proverb (via blackproverbs)

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mindflutteringinthebreeze:

In the now - learn fa yaself…
Jun 26, 2014 / 825 notes

mindflutteringinthebreeze:

In the now - learn fa yaself…

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ugly-black:

scorsese.
blunthought:

"Speaking like this doesn’t mean that we’re anti-white, but it does mean we’re anti-exploitation, we’re anti-degradation, we’re anti-oppression."
| Malcolm X
Jun 21, 2014 / 4,645 notes

ugly-black:

scorsese.

blunthought:

"Speaking like this doesn’t mean that we’re anti-white, but it does mean we’re anti-exploitation, we’re anti-degradation, we’re anti-oppression."

| Malcolm X

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mylifeafternext:

My mantra.
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mylifeafternext:

My mantra.

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misterand:

Erykah Badu | Mark Abrahams

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Never push a loyal person to the point where they no longer care.

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man….listen.

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We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.
Hermann Hesse   (via thatkindofwoman)

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peakblackness:

I wasn’t sad this morning when news reached me of Maya Angelou’s passing because I knew deep down Jimmy (as she so affectionately referred to longtime friend James Baldwin) was ready to welcome her home, Soul Train line and all. 
We were the lucky ones. 
April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014
Jason
May 28, 2014 / 62 notes

peakblackness:

I wasn’t sad this morning when news reached me of Maya Angelou’s passing because I knew deep down Jimmy (as she so affectionately referred to longtime friend James Baldwin) was ready to welcome her home, Soul Train line and all. 

We were the lucky ones. 

April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014

Jason

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secretofsecrets:

exactly. how. i. F E E L.
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secretofsecrets:

exactly. how. i. F E E L.

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imsoshive:

thomasjay32:

iluvsamcedes:

thatsomethingsomething:

Brad Pitt in Killing Them Softly.

Every damn frame is dripping with truth.

Son what movie is this

reading is fundamental

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lostinurbanism:

James Baldwin


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lostinurbanism:

James Baldwin

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