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- "I screwed up"
"Define your own voice rather than imitating others. Cut against the forces of conformity. The forces of conformity are market-driven, driven by titillation and temptation, as opposed to decency and dignity."
"Everyone says, 'be successful, be successful, be successful.' But if success is just more toys and 'security,' how narrow is that? By that definition, you can be 'successful' and still be a gangster, still be a thug."
"Slavery was constituitive of American democracy, but not part of it. It is not even mentioned in the Constitution. This was a conspiracy of the founding fathers and brothers. It was hypocricy and mendacity. The American founders were not Socratic -- they lost sight of humanity."
"Through slavery and Jim Crow, whites taught blacks to hate themselves, so that they were in bondage even if they were walking free on the street"
"Hip-hop came from the killing fields of chocolate cities. Hip-hop artists constituted tremendous power, before they were ripped off by the record industry, and it all became about money. We went from MLK's 'let freedom ring' to the bling-bling. Now what we got is 50 Cent. Is that all he thinks he's worth? 50 Cent is the white man's construction of the black male."
"This generation has not been loved enough. In my neighborhood growing up, I couldn't get away from neighbors looking after me. Now we've taken the 'neighbor' out, and we just have the 'hood'. In a 'hood' it's survival of the slickest. It's a Hobbesian war of all against all. More guns, more drugs. FAMILIES are weaker, fathers are weaker, mothers are poor. Market forces are eating at the family through 100, 200, 350 channels to some orgasm machine. Nothing wrong with orgasms, but you need to have a conversation sometimes"
I know of but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind.
------------Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
You are wise, witty and wonderful, but you spend too much time reading this sort of stuff.
"One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings."
-----------Gloria Steinem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, 1983
We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
Burden of Proof: Some say show me proof that He's real. I say show me proof that He's not.
Husbands come and go but the Chanel slingback is forever!
--------------Karen Walker (Will and Grace)
Facebook is like an Apple, like a classic SAAB, like an outdoors concerned citizen of the earth. MySpace is like the Bush administration -tacky and uneducated.