"It depends on your mind. If you’re that stupid or it can control you like that then probably, but I don't think like that and people around me don’t think like that. Well, I hope not! I look at it as a movie. I don’t look at it like, 'yo, he’s really gonna go shoot somebody.’ I don’t think the people that rap like that are living like that. It’s just painting images you know. I don’t ever see any of that going down. You got to treat it like you’re watching the Godfather. If it was really true they probably wouldn’t be making records they would probably be out there doing that."
"In 1825 a fugitive slave named William Grimes wrote an autobiography in order to earn $500 to purchase freedom from his erstwhile master, who had discovered his whereabouts in Connecticut and was trying to remand Grimes back into slavery. At the end of his story the fugitive makes a memorable offer: "If it were not for the stripes on my back which were made while I was a slave, I would in my will, leave my skin a legacy to the government, desiring that it might be taken off and made into parchment, and then bind the constitution of glorious happy and free America." Few literary images have more vividly evoked the hypocrisy of a nation that exalted freedom while legitimising slavery."
"Harriet, now seeing the necessity for a tremendous effort,...sent out some little boys to cry fire."
"They are held in bondage, generation after generation, deprived of mental improvement, and who can expect them to possess much knowledge? … If they are baboons, or stand no higher in the scale of intelligence than such animals, you and men like you will have to answer for it … Talk about black skin, and black blood; why, how many slaves are there on this bayou as white as either of us? And what difference is there in the colour of the soul? Pshaw! The whole system is as absurd as it is cruel."
"I am not suggesting that these couples (mainly heterosexual, Caucasian and ages between 23 and 35) are being deceived and don’t know the history of the buildings. Rather that they simply don’t appear to give a damn. What are the murders, rapes and forcible removals of children of black people when it happened in such pretty surroundings? It reminds me of when some people were trying to get justice from my old school when it was revealed the headmaster had been abusing pupils. One man wrote online: 'Yes, but if only state schools had grounds like this!'”
"He tells of a young slave doing a task as instructed, then sent on another task, only to be whipped for not finishing the first, despite having been ordered to interrupt it. 'Maddened at such injustice,' the young slave seized an axe and 'literally chopped the overseer in pieces'; he continued to justify his action even as the rope was put around his neck."
“All that ought to be is grounded in what is. The Good is what conforms to reality. Whoever wants to know and do the good must turn his gaze toward the objective world as it is, not toward his own thoughts, or to conscience, or to values, or self-determined ideals and models. He must disregard his own act and look to reality.”
“I don’t like Niggers, but I don’t believe in slavery, and Ben shan’t be taken away unless he chooses to go.”
"It is not the fault of the slaveholder that he is cruel, so much as it is the fault of the system under which he lives,…the influence of the iniquitous system necessarily fosters an unfeeling and cruel spirit."
"Though the Nazis had exhibited unbridled ambition, excessive patriotism and ethical deficiency, they were not monsters. Large numbers of ordinary people had the potential to act like them in certain circumstances,...
What alarmed Kelley was the thought,...Germany’s problem could become theirs, too, he told them. It was not a popular message."
"Slave-owners,...responded savagely to any slave's attempts to learn to read or write; a common punishment was amputation."
"Many,...repeated the century-old charge that the narratives were exaggerated or fabricated,...Unfortunately, much of the US coverage,...has rehearsed these invidious questions, but the underlying truths,...are beyond dispute,..."
"Slaves don't have to be saints or their masters monsters in order for slavery to be an atrocity: our stories will remain trapped in simplistic pieties until we can admit that a man could be a rogue and still have been martyred by a barbaric system in a land that has yet to accept the terms of William Grimes's offer, and admit how bound its constitution is by the flayed skin of its victims."