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" Abolition seemed a fantasy when Frederick Douglass called for all slaves to be released. "
" With 'Black Panther,' black artists were provided with the opportunity and agency to create art that captures the full range of their imaginative possibilities. It matters that Chadwick Boseman is the protagonist and is supported by a cast of nearly all black characters. "
" Sometimes sports serves as a reprieve from politics, and sometimes it serves as an extension of it. "
" The power of literature does not lie in resonance with the particular but the way that the particular speaks to a broader, more universal truth. "
" In high school, I made the all-city and all-state soccer teams. "
" 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. "
" Who has to have a soapbox when all you've ever needed is your voice? "
" My childhood closet was ornamented with U.S. jerseys of World Cups spanning the nineties and two-thousands - some of my favorite memories are from summers when, with a ball under my foot and a jersey on my back, I watched the U.S. team go up against the world's best players in the largest sporting event on Earth. "
" Supporting black professional athletes was taken seriously in my home. "
" If our principles are only our principles when it is convenient for us, when they align with our visceral emotional responses, then they are, in fact, not principles at all. "
" 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. "
" If you only hear one side of the story, at some point, you have to question who the writer is. "
" One of the most significant factors contributing to the chasm of educational opportunity is the way that schools are funded. "
" School desegregation is associated with higher graduation rates, greater employability, higher earnings, and decreased rates of incarceration. "
" Sometimes a poem should just be about a girl jumping rope. It doesn't have to be something that is imbued with more despair. "
" I kind of follow in the tradition of some folks - some thinkers and scholars I really look up - who reject the idea of intellectual compartmentalization. "
" In an effort to create a culture within my classroom where students feel safe sharing the intimacies of their own silences, I have four core principles posted on the board that sits in the front of my class, which every student signs at the beginning of the year: read critically, write consciously, speak clearly, tell your truth. "
" '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. "
" If the only people we are able to extend empathy to are those who are like us, who come from the same country we do, or who share our faith, then we misunderstand what empathy is. "
" 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. "
" I've been a follower of Arsenal Football Club since I was ten years old. "
" We spend so much time listening to the things people are saying that we rarely pay attention to the things they don't. "
" 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. "
" Those who support the death penalty are accepting a practice that is both ineffective and fundamentally flawed. "
" In my hometown of New Orleans, grief is a public spectacle that, somewhat paradoxically, necessitates celebration. The dead are not mourned so much as they are posthumously venerated with music and dance. "
" Schools shouldn't have to choose between serving a student with special needs or cutting an art class, laying off teachers or using outdated textbooks. But these are the positions that far too many schools have been placed in, and only a meaningful acknowledgment of the problem can begin the process of getting them out. "
" 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. "
" In many ways, the very notion of school choice operates under a false pretense - an assumption that every child has the same set of choices to make and the same places to choose from. "
" To be clear, affirmative action is not, by itself, an adequate response to decades of systemic looting, but it has been an indispensible tool in inching us towards some semblance of a more equitable society. "
" Black artists deserve the opportunity to create work without the burden of alleviating the social ills plaguing many black communities. "
" 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. "