If Black People Said The Stuff White People Say
- from an interview with James Baldwin published in the New York Herald Tribune on this day in 1963
Sources from infographic: “Absurd Contradictions of Capitalism”
Fact: There are 22 Empty Homes for Every Homeless Person
18.4 Million Empty Homes (CNBC)
842,000 Homeless in a Given Week (National Coalition for the Homeless)
Fact: 50% Millionaires in Congress, 1% in country
Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Poverty Map, 2007-2010
Source: Stateline /Pew Center
Fact: 146 Million Poor or Near Poor (Half the U.S. Population)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
[Note: Yes, with a population of 311 million, 47% is the real number, but cut us some slack.]
Fact: Workers produce more than ever, but wages are STAGNANT
Source: EPI analysis of Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics
Fact: The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of its prisoners
Facts on The Racist Criminal ‘Justice’ System
1 in 15 Black men behind bars
1 in 35 Latino men behind bars
1 in 105 white men behind bars
Fact: How our tax dollars are spent
Source: Federal discretionary budget, calculated in billions (2012)
- Antoinette Luna Myers
“Remember that consciousness is power. Consciousness is education and knowledge. Consciousness is becoming aware. It is the perfect vehicle for students. Consciousness-raising is pertinent for power, and be sure that power will not be abusively used, but used for building trust and goodwill domestically and internationally. Tomorrow’s world is yours to build.” - Yuri Kochiyama, Japanese-American activist (May 19, 1921 - June 1, 2014)
Rest in Power, Queen.
- Maya Angelou
“And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.”
— Maya Angelou
Rest in Paradise, Queen.