We do not have a money problem in America. We have a values and priorities problem.
America is as much a black country as a white one. The lives and destinies of the white American are bound up inextricably with those of the black American.
You grow up in America and you’re told from day one, ‘This is the land of opportunity.’ That everybody has an equal chance to make it in this country. And then you look at places like Harlem, and you say, ‘That is absolutely a lie.’
The black artist’s role in America is to aid in the destruction of America as he knows it.
It is the pride of my heart to have been one of the earliest adopted sons of America.
America’s revolutionary deists saw themselves as – and they were – participants in an international movement that drew on most of the same literary sources across the civilized world.
Sometimes, America, when something’s too bad, we don’t want to look at it. We want to turn our head.
The men and women who occupied the east coast of North America between 1607 and 1800 have been more closely scrutinized than any other collection of people in American history.
America, when it became known to Europeans, was, as it had long been, a scene of wide-spread revolution.
My own thinking has evolved. You find Africanisms in American speech. You find an African influence on United States culture. There are all kinds of Africanisms in America, as you would expect, if you really thought about it… That whole thing is much broader; the influence is much broader than I first understood.