PSYC 312/AFRO312: Psychology of Race and Ethnicity
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"I don’t see color, I only see children.” What message does this statement send? That there is something wrong with black or brown, that it should not be noticed? I would like to suggest that if one does not see color, then one does not really see children. Children made “invisible” in this manner become hard- pressed to see themselves worthy of notice." - Lisa Delpit "It is a peculiar sensation, this double consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of the world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his twoness, -- an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder" W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, 1903.
"For the white person who wants to know how to be my friend...the first thing you do is to forget that i'm Black.  Second, you must never forget that i'm Black."- Pat Parker

"In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently." -Justice Harry Blackmun, U. of CA vs. Bakke 1978

“Black rage is founded on draining and draining
Threatening your freedom to stop your complaining
Poisoning your water while they say it's raining
Then call you mad for complaining, complaining
Old time bureaucracy. Drugging the youth
Black rage is founded on blocking the truth”
- Lauryn Hill, Black Rage, 2014.

"They claim that I'm violent, just cause I refuse to be silent
These hypocrites are havin fits, cause I'm not buyin it
Defyin it, envious because I will rebel against
any oppressor, and this is known as self defense
I show no mercy, they claim that I'm the lunatic
But when the shit gets thick, I'm the one you go and get
Don't look confused, the truth is so plain to see
Cause I'm the nigga that you sell-outs are ashamed to be"

-Tupac Shakur, lyrics from "Violent"