Huey P. Newton, Ishmael Reed & Jawanza Kunjufu On Racism Again Black Men (1988)
1. White woman: You scared people Huey. The Black Panthers scared people.
Huey Newton: Any time the black man attempts to change the slave image he will scare white people.
2. Jawanza Kunjufu: Why were black people brought into this country? They were brought here to work. Does that reason exist today? America has a problem. What do they do with a people they no longer need?
3. White woman: I hate to disagree, but I was stopped this morning at 5:30 [a.m.] walking my dog by a policeman who just wanted to know why I was out at that hour.
Huey Newton: Of course, we weren’t talking about white people are never arrested, white people are never stopped. See, that’s an absolute statement. We mean as a statistical average that blacks are more often stopped according to our number that we represent in society which is only about 11%. And I think that’s a very racist way to look at things.
White man: You know what? How do we change this? It”s the same old talk!
Huey Newton: The way you change it is through revolution. The way you change it is changing the entire institutionalized racism in this country.
We have to start movement likes the Civil Rights movement, continue it like the Black Panther Party, continue it like the Republic of New Afrika, continue movements like the Nation of Islam, because it needs all of those groups, all of those movements just to start to make a dent in the kind of twisted mentality white people have in this country, from the upper class to the middle class, because they all profit by the situation of black oppression one way or the other-even when they don’t want to.
4. White woman: I see some black men as it’s their attitude. You have the Black Panthers but you are separating yourselves still, and we’re going to get a group, then you’re going to get a group, and that’s what separates us.
Huey Newton: We don’t have to separate ourselves when we’re already separated … I think that our problem is so large until it takes more than Martin Luther King, it takes more than Malcolm X, it takes more than Huey Newton to solve this problem, so I would like to know how this young lady will contribute in her actions or in her teachings to solve the problem.
- Lao Tzu (via liberatingreality)
About That Life (10.13.14): Cornel West once again displays why he is such a respected and revered figure in liberation politics. Thank you for continuing to inspire my generation by leading from the front. #staywoke #boutthatlife
"The following text is possibly the first guided meditation ever”. ..It was composed 26 centuries ago, and appears in the Sutra on the Full Awareness of Breathing” …. …. The practitioner sits in a stable position, holding his or her body quite straight, and practices like this: ………….Body
1. Breathing in, I know I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know I am breathing out……
2. Breathing in, I am aware of the length of my breath. Breathing out, I am aware of the length of my breath.
3. Breathing in, I am aware of my whole body. Breathing out, I am aware of my whole body.
4. Breathing in, I calm my whole body. Breathing out, I calm my whole body. Feelings
5. Breathing in, I feel joyful. Breathing out, I feel joyful.
6. Breathing in, I feel happy. Breathing out, I feel happy.
7. Breathing in, I am aware of my feelings and emotions. Breathing out, I am aware of my feelings and emotions.
8. Breathing in, I calm my feelings and emotions. Breathing out, I calm my feelings and emotions Mind
9. Breathing in, I am aware of my mind. Breathing out, I am aware of my mind.
10. Breathing in, I gladden my mind. Breathing out, I gladden my mind
11. Breathing in, I concentrate my mind. Breathing out, I concentrate my mind.
12. Breathing in, I liberate my mind. Breathing out, I liberate my mind. Perceptions
13. Breathing in, I observe the impermanent nature of all phenomena. Breathing out, I observe the impermanent nature of all phenomena.
14. Breathing in, I observe the disappearance of craving. Breathing out, I observe the disappearance of craving.
15. Breathing in, I observe the interbeing nature of all phenomena. Breathing out, I observe the inter being nature of all phenomena. 16. Breathing in, I let go. Breathing out, I let go.
- Steve Maraboli (via purplebuddhaproject)
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