“I tell my students, it’s not difficult to identify with somebody like yourself, somebody next door who looks like you. What’s more difficult is to identify with someone you don’t see, who’s very far away, who’s a different color, who eats a different kind of food. When you begin to do that then literature is really performing its wonders.”
Chinua Achebe (via tobia)
This quote serves as an apt reply to Ken Johnson’s piece for Art in America: http://t.co/JettR2e7qW(via blackcontemporaryart)
“If you spend too much time trying to find out what is good or bad about someone else, you’ll forget your own soul and end up exhausted and defeated by the energy you have wasted in judging others.”
“Remus Lupin was supposed to be on the H.I.V. metaphor. It was someone who had been infected young, who suffered stigma, who had a fear of infecting others, who was terrified he would pass on his condition to his son. And it was a way of examining prejudice, unwarranted prejudice towards a group of people. And also, examining why people might become embittered when they’re treated that unfairly.”
I really think that white people are from another planet because when we came to America, it was so nice. It was just Indians- and they weren’t even Indians! We called them that by accident and we still call them that!! Like, we knew in a month that it wasn’t Indians, but we just don’t give a shit. We never correct it. We came here and they were like, “hi,” and we were like, “hey, you’re Indians, right?” And they were like, “no.” “No, this is India, right?” “No, it’s not. It’s totally another place.” “You’re not Indians?” “No.” “Ahh, you’re Indians.” You’re Indians for hundreds of years after.