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" A cage that allows someone to walk around inside of it is still a cage. "
" Empathy should not be contingent on our proximity to suffering or the likelihood of it happening to us. Rather, it should stem from a disdain that suffering is happening at all. "
" There is a solidarity that black people can find in celebrating the athletic success of our own, especially in sports where our existence is sparse. "
" My parents raised me and my siblings in an armor of advice, an ocean of alarm bells so someone wouldn't steal the breath from our lungs, so that they wouldn't make a memory of this skin. "
" Until lawmakers can disentangle property taxes from public education, inequalities - perpetuated by the Supreme Court and Congress - will persist. "
" The U.S. prison system, over all, disproportionately affects black and brown people, but people of color are overrepresented to a greater degree in private prisons. "
" When the U.S. team went on its historic run to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2002, I was thirteen years old. Each game in that run - the astonishing victory against Portugal, the resilient win over Mexico, even the gutsy but unlucky effort against the Germans - propelled me to push my other athletic interests aside and focus only on soccer. "
" The most important and brave thing someone can do, I think, in the face of dehumanization, is to continue to assert their humanity. "
" When you sing that this country was founded on freedom, don't forget the duet of shackles dragging against the ground my entire life. "
" Those who support the death penalty are accepting a practice that is both ineffective and fundamentally flawed. "
" This idea of shared humanity and the connections that we make with one another - that's what, in fact, makes life worth living. "
" School desegregation is associated with higher graduation rates, greater employability, higher earnings, and decreased rates of incarceration. "
" Systemic racism always takes a toll, whether it be by bullet or by blood clot. "
" Black artists deserve the opportunity to create work without the burden of alleviating the social ills plaguing many black communities. "
" 'A Talk to Teachers' is emblematic of Baldwin's proclivity for candor over political appeasement and, like much of his work, focusses on history and the American consciousness. "
" Education is a human right - a recognition of dignity that each person should be afforded. "
" Each holiday season, as family members arrive and couches are unfolded, my household settles into a palpable nostalgia. Poorly designed photo albums are pulled from the shelves. Home videos of prepubescent siblings in matching pajamas dance across the television screen. "
" I'm not sure that there are days of my life when I'm not confronted with racism. For some, that may seem hyperbolic, but it's true. "
" Photography, sculpture, and painting were wielded as cultural weapons over the course of generations to substantiate the idea that black people were inherently subordinate beings; they were used to make slavery acceptable and to make black subjugation more palatable. "
" In my home, guns were not something to be earned or celebrated. Water guns and Nerf guns were not allowed outside. B.B. guns were not even a part of the conversation. "
" After high school, I earned a scholarship to play Division I soccer at a small school in North Carolina, but I didn't get much playing time, which forced me to determine who I was beyond the field, something I had previously never had to do. "
" So often, our sporting allegiances are shaped by family tradition, passed down like heirlooms. "
" Being incarcerated does not mean being devoid of the capacity to learn, grow, and think, and it's critical that prisons provide spaces where learning can be both cultivated and encouraged. "
" When the power of private prisons is diminished, so, too, is their ability to engage in back-door political lobbying that has an impact on public and private prisons alike. "
" It's incredibly important to understand history... when it comes to inequality. "
" Advocating for affirmative action through the prism of diversity may be more politically palatable, but it will inevitably yield insufficient results. "
" America's economy cannot be disentangled from the free labor that built it, just as America's culture cannot be unbound from the black artists who cultivated it. "
" Young people are constantly absorbing - through media, textbooks, and policy - the myths of American exceptionalism; for black children, this means that what they are taught in class does not match the world that they navigate daily. "
" Our entire lives, we're inundated with media and messaging that tells us that to be incarcerated is to be criminal and to be criminal is to be a bad person. "
" I want to live in a world where my son will not be presumed guilty the moment he is born, where a toy in his hand isn't mistaken for anything other than a toy. "
" Who has to have a soapbox when all you've ever needed is your voice? "