Why Is It So Difficult To Talk About Racism?

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If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, there’s no progress. If you pull it all the way out that’s not progress. Progress is healing the wound that the blow made. They haven’t even pulled the knife out, much less heal the wound. They won’t even admit the knife is there.-Malcolm X

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People of Color internalized their oppression as a means of survival. They developed strategies, actions and emotions to help live within these disadvantages. We learned that we had to be better, try harder, endure more. We know where the invisible lines are drawn. We got more education, more skill training, becoming overqualified to do a job for less pay than our white counterparts. Subtract the higher cost of living from less income for the same job, and you get oppression. You get living an American dream that does not give you upward mobility.-Paulette Springer

Equality explained in the United States: When the rich rob the poor (Blacks), it’s called business. When the poor (Blacks) fight back it’s called violence.”

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