The Mike Brown and Ferguson situation doesn’t feel real. But it, most certainly, is. People are asking my opinion but I only have questions: Why? Why? Why!?! This cannot continue to happen. Can everyone acknowledge (for once) that we have an equality problem??? Just acknowledge it. I can’t even write this without getting lost in all my feelings. I am speechless and trying not to feel numb.
I love America more than any other country in this world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her.
To be a negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in rage almost all the time.
I’m not interested in anybody’s guilt. Guilt is a luxury that we can no longer afford. I know you didn’t do it, and I didn’t do it either, but I am responsible for it because I am a man and a citizen of this country and you are responsible for it, for the very same reason.
If we- and now I mean the relatively conscious whites and the relatively conscious blacks, who must, like lovers, insist on, or create, the consciousness of the others- do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.
All quotes are from the brilliant, and still relevant, James Baldwin. I wish us all a more loving place to live.