“We need you defecting from White supremacy and changing the narrative of White supremacy by breaking White silence.”
– Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter
“Ignorance of how we are shaped racially is the first sign of privilege.
In other words, it is a privilege to ignore the consequences of race in America.”
- Tim Wise, writer and anti-racist activist
"But all our phrasing - race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy - serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this. You must always remember that the sociology, the history, the economics, the graphs, the charts, the regressions all land, with great violence, upon the body."
– Ta-Nehisi Coates
"One more thing. You may not get the validation you hunger for. Stepping outside of the smoke and mirrors of racial privilege is hard, but so is living within the electrified fences of racial oppression – and no one gets cookies for that. The thing is that when you help put out a fire the people whose home was in flames may be too upset to thank and praise you – especially when you look a lot like the folks who set the fire. That’s OK. This is about something so much bigger than that. There are things in life we don’t get to do right. But we do get to do them."
– Ricardo Levins Morales, artist and writer
“It is so simply true, what disability justice is saying to social justice: a sustainable movement doesn’t leave any bodies or minds out. A sustainable movement doesn’t involve anyone destroying their body or pretending their body, or mind, is something other than what it is.”
– Editors, Make/Shift Magazine, 2010