• The Black Community spends most of its time trying ‘to make a living’ in a society labeled ‘for whites only’. Therefore, the central question is ‘How are we going to survive in a world which deems black humanity an illegitimate form of human existence?’ That white America has issued a death warrant for being black is white brutality inflicted on black persons. By white definitions, whiteness is ‘being’ and blackness is ‘nonbeings’. Blacks live under sentence of death. They know that whites will kill them rather than permit the beauty and glory of black humanity to be manifested in its fullness. To breathe in white society is dependent on saying yes to whiteness, and blacks know it. Black survival is at stake here, and we blacks must define and assert the conditions necessary for our being-in-the-world.

James Cone (via oncoloredaspirations)