Billy Paul - Me and Mrs. Jones
BLACK CYBORGS…throwback monday! LOL..from the MATTERZ OF THE FACT SERIES.
White Americans have a criminal history; they have a criminal nation. The nation is built on criminality and murder and exploitation. It is a part of their collectible psyche. The United States is a mafia government. No one has done more damage and degradation and murder, rape, and robbery than Europeans. Therefore, in order to escape confrontation with their true criminal nature they must accuse others of being criminals. What we call projection. They must become obsessed with the criminality of other people. And Black folk become those other people.
"You call the Indians savages, so you can behave toward them savagely." That’s the function of stereotyping. If I call you a criminal, then I can treat you criminally. "I don’t owe you justice. In fact, shooting you in the street is justice. We know you’re already a criminal, why should we bother to take you to trial?"
dear black boy,
toni wants to know how can you love yourself and hate the kink in my hair? don’t you know your lineage is entangled in these coiled roots? i want to know, how can you love yourself and hate the dark woman in the room? don’t you know that the blackest woman is the genesis of your black life? is that what you hate? your black life? malcolm wants to know, who taught you to hate yourself?
you must learn the truth about the presence of sunlight in your skin. there is light in the so-called dark woman and you are a reflection of it.
loving her is loving yourself.
Bruce Davidson - East 100th Street
"For two years in the 1960s, Bruce Davidson photographed one block in East Harlem. He went back day after day, standing on sidewalks, knocking on doors, asking permission to photograph a face, a child, a room, a family. Through his skill, his extraordinary vision, and his deep respect for his subjects, Davidson’s portrait of the people of East 100th Street is a powerful statement of the dignity and humanity that is in all people."