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Dear White People, stop quoting Martin Luther King Jnr at me please!

Dear White People,

Did you know that Martin Luther King Jnr wasn’t the only Black activist?

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Every time I get into a debate about racism with a white person, they throw a King quote at me, so I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce white people to some other Black activists and some other quotes, which you might like to use in a debate with me, should you choose to:

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Leroy Eldridge Cleaver (August 31, 1935 – May 1, 1998)

Black Panther Party Leader. 

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Nina Simone February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003)

American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement

 

Angela Davis

Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944)

American political activist, academic, and author.

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Bantu Stephen Biko (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977)

South African anti-apartheid activist.

James Baldwin

James Arthur “Jimmy” Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987)

American writer and social critic (and my FAVE) 

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Assata Olugbala Shakur (born JoAnne Deborah Byron; July 16, 1947, often referred to by her married surname Chesimard), is a former member of the Black Liberation Army, a black nationalist urban guerrilla group, who was WRONGFULLY convicted in 1977 of the first-degree murder, under New Jersey’s “aiding and abetting” statute, of State Trooper Werner Foerster during a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. She escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba, where she was granted political asylum.

Malcolm X

Malcolm X (1925–1965)

African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist.

As you can see, ALL of these quotes advocate peace, therefore you now have no excuse to only know King’s name as the only “Black Peacemaker”. I also know that there are two sides to every coin – as in, some of these people have quoted non-peaceful words. However, you stalked, beat, jailed and assassinated the one black peacemaker you white people keep throwing in our face. So….. what’s your point?

Feel free to steal some of these quotes for a debate. I’d personally love to hear some of them myself.

XOXO

Author:

I’m Cece Alexandra and I have Epilepsy. Since being diagnosed, my life has changed significantly. After studying and teaching Humanities and Literature for all of my adult life, I was bullied and lost my job a month before qualifying to become an English Teacher. Once you fail the Teacher Training course in England, you cannot ever retrain; I then became too sick to work because of my Epilepsy. I am now currently studying an MSc in Mental Health Psychology with the University of Liverpool. My disability provokes me into raising awareness for invisible disabilities, which I also actively partake in with Epilepsy Action. Part of that awareness is to help fight against invisible disability discrimination - I believe that this behaviour is not cognitively unconscious; modern society is actively partaking in a hierarchy of disabilities and I believe that there is not enough psychological research to prove this. I am also clinically interested in Cultural Psychology - particularly Collectivist Culture, and wish to pursue this further in my academic career.

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