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"And Don't Call Me A Racist!" A Treasury of Quotes on the Pas, Present and Future of the Color Line in America
And Don't Call Me A Racist A Treasury of Quotes on the Pas Present and Future of the Color Line in America Author:Ella Mazel In this treasury of over 1,000 quotes, you will find-- in the voices of Langston Hughes and the Delany sisters, for example-- some of the bittersweet humor that has helped sustain blacks in this country through their long, oppressive history. — But, in the words of both blacks and whites, you will also find the stark contrast between the "incalcu... more »lable" advantages of being born white and in the "all-consuming" burden of being born black.
In these pages:
Apologists for slavery extol the social and economic "harmony and good will" that they claim the system made possible-- and Fredrick Douglass cries out about its "crimes against God and man."
Lillian Smith describes how, growing up white in the South, she learned "the twisting turning dance of segregation" -- and Arthur Ashe explains why for him race was "a more onerous burden than AIDS."
James Baldwin and others convey in brilliant prose the pain and despair of being black in white America-- and "ordinary" people discuss with Studs Terkel their feelings about race in more simple, but nonetheless eloquent, language.
Martin Luther King, Jr., lays the moral foundation for the Civil Rights Movement-- and Cornel West articulates the "passionate pessimism regarding America's will to justice" that exists among many black today.
Melba Patillo Beals-- almost forty years after she risked death as a teenager to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas-- writes her heart-wrenching memoir of that experience: "The task that remains is to cope with our interdependence-- to see ourselves reflected in every other human being and to respect and honor our differences."