"Then comes the motherfuckin’ Christopher Columbus Syndrome. You can’t discover this! We been here. You just can’t come and bogart. There were brothers playing motherfuckin’ African drums in Mount Morris Park for 40 years and now they can’t do it anymore because the new inhabitants said the drums are loud. My father’s a great jazz musician. He bought a house in nineteen-motherfuckin’-sixty-eight, and the motherfuckin’ people moved in last year and called the cops on my father. He’s not — he doesn’t even play electric bass! It’s acoustic! We bought the motherfuckin’ house in nineteen-sixty-motherfuckin’-eight and now you call the cops? In 2013? Get the fuck outta here!"
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed."
"Fathers, brothers, and male community members often espouse the idea that a white woman is a black man’s trophy for excellence. And if not a white woman, then a light-skinned black woman – someone with “good hair” and clearly mixed heritage. At the same time, so many black women grow up learning that white women are their models for romantic fulfillment. Men and women, alike, are taught that whiteness is privileged and exclusive. Having a white partner allows for access and ascent that may otherwise be denied. While the media and other outside influences spew such ideas, it’s our own communities that uphold them."