Dear White People,
Did you know that Martin Luther King Jnr wasn’t the only Black activist?
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:
Leroy Eldridge Cleaver (August 31, 1935 – May 1, 1998)
Black Panther Party Leader.
Nina Simone February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003)
Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944)
American political activist, academic, and author.
Bantu Stephen Biko (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977)
South African anti-apartheid activist.
James Arthur “Jimmy” Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987)
American writer and social critic (and my FAVE)
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 (1925–1965)
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.