You’ve got to be a thermostat rather than a thermometer. A thermostat shapes the climate of opinion; a thermometer just reflects it.
And when I talk about love, I’m talking about something that’s great, though, brother. I’m talking about something that will sustain you.
Larry Summers, I think, he had a long history of arrogance and relative ignorance about poor people’s culture and working people’s culture and so forth.
I take my fundamental cue from John Coltrane that says there must be a priority of integrity, honesty, decency, and mastery of craft.
When you socially neglect a people, when you economically abandon a people, when you transfer wealth from them to the well-to-do, what are a people going to do? They’re going to respond with very sad forms of despair, and that’s true for everybody – I don’t care what color you are.
We have a market-driven society so obsessed with buying and selling and obsessed with power and pleasure and property.
Black people have been working hard for decades.
I’m not saying that President Obama should be exempt from criticism, nor do I believe it is some act of racial treason for a black person to hold our president accountable for his actions.
Clever gimmicks of mass distraction yield a cheap soulcraft of addicted and self-medicated narcissists.