Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Blacks in America?   An interesting perspective.

"What do we think about black people in this country.   What do we presume about them and their humanity.

One form of racial privilege in this country that we don't pay attention to is:

To be white in this country is to have access to the privilege of innocence.   To have your right to say I'm a human being.

To be black is to have to prove it.   You have the burden of proof that you have a right to your innocence.   And there is something fundamentally wrong with that."

Source: Dr. Kahlil Gibran Muhammad commenting on the Trayvon Martin case as broadcasted on the local ABC program "Here and Now".

Dr. Muhammad is Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library.   He is a former professor of African-American history at Indiana University.

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