“I’m trying to get people to be at ease with the incredible amount of variety in the United States.”
“We will step to the edge of our humanity, expressing the commonalities that we all share, the threads that bind and connect us all.”
“It’s really time for us to scrape off this cynicism and take a good hard look at what is happening in this country. There’s so much fakery and we don’t mind it.”
“Malcolm X and MLK evolved over time and came to converge in surprising ways. Malcolm’s movement for radical black dignity became a global human rights touchstone in a manner that made King’s struggle for radical black citizenship both necessary and more expansive.”
“We’re at the end, or toward the end, of an extended collapse of the institutions that made it possible for many of us to make a living through intellectual or creative activity. We’ll have to find another way.”
“Politics is driven by language, and America’s peculiar history has given oligarchs the language to undercut democracy.”
“As artists, it’s our obligation to keep going. I really believe we have to push for the world to open up again.”
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