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" It meant something to see people who looked like me in comic books. It was this beautiful place that I felt pop culture should look like. "
" I think human societies tend to be problematic. "
" I think it's really important to be conscious of yourself and the world around you. For me, that meant reading a lot and reporting. "
" I think the body is the ultimate thing. The soul and mind are part of the body. I don't think there is anything outside of that. Your physical self is who you are. Some people feel that that is reductionist, but I don't think it is. It's just true. "
" Every writer dreams of having the ability to hold forth for 8,000 words and pull all these different forms together: history, reportage, journalism. That was all I really wanted, and 'The Atlantic' was my first high-profile opportunity. "
" The president of the United States is not a king. You know? Barack Obama was elected by the American people. "
" You may not be able to change the course of government, but you can achieve some peace. And books were the path to that. I grew up in a house where books were everywhere. "
" I've seen, and liked, 'Insecure' and 'Atlanta.' "
" People know things and have a remarkable capacity to act in their individual immediate interests all the time. "
" Germany has spent the decades since World War II in national penance for Nazi crimes. America spent the decades after the Civil War transforming Confederate crimes into virtues. It is illegal to fly the Nazi flag in Germany. The Confederate flag is enmeshed in the state flag of Mississippi. "
" I have never read 'To Kill A Mockingbird.' "
" It is, I think, the very chaos of America that allowed me to prosper. "
" I'm a writer. My job is to speak what - that which I think is true. If that bridges the gap, that's good. If it doesn't, that's too bad. "
" Rates of black poverty have decreased. Black teen-pregnancy rates are at record lows - and the gap between black and white teen-pregnancy rates has shrunk significantly. But such progress rests on a shaky foundation, and fault lines are everywhere. "
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" Donald Trump did not appear by magic. "
" For me, my writing benefits from my experience. "
" We are all losers in comparison to Malala Yousafzai. But we are not all geniuses. Like me. "
" Black people are pledging their fealty to the state, and yet they aren't getting the same return. This is theft. It's systemized. "
" We look at young black kids with a scowl on their face, walking a certain way down the block with their sweatpants dangling, however, with their hoodies on. And folks think that this is a show of power or a show of force. But I know, because I've been among those kids, it ultimately is fear. "
" I don't completely understand why people in Aspen want to hear what I have to say. "
" My belief is in the chaos of the world and that you have to find your peace within the chaos and that you still have to find some sort of mission. "
" As an African-American, we stand on the shoulders of people who fought despite not seeing victories in their lifetime or even in their children's lifetime or even in their grandchildren's lifetime. So fatalism isn't really an option. "
" Fighting, I guess, was never the real reason I read comic books as a kid. The fighting was an important part, an integral part of it; I don't know I would've read it without it. "
" You can't make a direct comparison between middle-class African Americans and middle-class white Americans, affluent African Americans and affluent white Americans. The amount of wealth tends to be less. "
" We had particular policies in this country that resulted in the larger share of poverty that we have in African-American communities. "
" If, to the end of its existence, America harbors white supremacy, I don't know how remarkable that would be. France has dealt with anti-Semitism since its inception. "
" Eddie Conway is central to my first memories. My parents used to take me to, when it was open, the Baltimore city penitentiary to see Eddie Conway - I was talking to my dad about this recently - from the time I might have been one or two years old. I mean, literally, my first memories are of black men in jail, specifically of Eddie Conway. "
" The essential relationship across American history between black people and white people is one of exploitation and one of plunder. This is not, you know, necessarily about, you know, whether you're a good person or not or whether you see black people, you know, on the street, and you're willing to shake their hands and be polite. "
" From last century's 'The Birth of a Nation' to this century's 'Gods and Generals,' Hollywood has likely done more than any other American institution to obstruct a truthful apprehension of the Civil War and, thus, modern America's very origins. "
" When you write, you're inside the project. You can't really think about the reception. It has to be worth it even if no one reads it. "
" You had eight years before President Trump, a situation where the opposition party basically ran in opposition to the president on a platform of thinly based racism. That doesn't mean that the politicians themselves were outright racist, but when charges of birtherism came up, no one repudiated it. "