Black Female Voices: bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry

“[Martin Luther King] has that awesome insight that white people would rather destroy democracy than have racial equality….We see it so clearly that people would rather have white supremacy and hierarchy than any other kind of justice. People really think that, “Justice!? Those negroes have had enough. We’ve given them enough!”…. but we do live in this space, black people, brown people of cognitive dissonance that we know white supremacy is real but at the same time we would like to walk in our daily lives as though democracy is real, justice is real, equality is real….There is something so almost unbelievable about his level of innocence, about the horrific nature of white supremacy because [MLK] really believes that whiteness will protect him, like you know that to me is like ‘wow, if someone can come from that time period and believe that whiteness will protect him.’ Then I think about our son, our brother, Trayvon Martin. What did he think would protect him? Did he think that he was in danger of losing his life or did he have that innocence again about whiteness?” — bell hooks @ approximately 36:49

Fuck. I love every bit of this video. Check it out HERE!

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