“The Inheritance of Disaffection”

“For America’s black and brown citizens — the nation’s great historical puzzle, burden and now creditor, for we are owed a very great deal — holding on to the hope of a bright future requires an act of imagination, a vision that refuses to acknowledge internal shackles and manacles, one that slips their knots and evades their chains. It is a vision that refuses to mortgage its own sense of humanity in the name of political correctness or proper public manners. It is a vision that says your freedom of speech to ridicule my burdened history is now forfeit. It is a vision that insists that no disingenuously justified failure of justice can be accepted as part of a decent democracy. It is a vision that rejects the idea that my struggle for liberation should be slowed down to accommodate your privileged preferences.”


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