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Whoever Says The Truth Shall Die – A Film About Pier Paolo Pasolini

Kanye West, Mos Def and Freeway - “Two Words”

James Baldwin on Palestine

"I was traveling before the days of electronic surveillance, before the hijackers and terrorists arrived.  For the arrival of these people, the people in the seats of power have only themselves to blame.  Who, indeed, has hijacked more than England has, for example, or who is more skilled in the uses of terror than my own unhappy country?  Yes, I know: nevertheless, children, what goes around comes around, what you send out comes back to you.  A terrorist is called that only because he does not have the power of the State behind him – indeed, he has no State, which is why he is a terrorist.  The State, at bottom, and when the chips are down, rules by means of a terror made legal – that is how Franco ruled so long, and is the undeniable truth concerning South Africa.  No one called the late J. Edgar Hoover a terrorist, though that is precisely what he was: and if anyone wishes, now, in this context, to speak of “civilized” values or “democracy” or “morality,” you will pardon this poor nigger if he puts his hand before his mouth, and snickers – if he laughs at you.  I have endured your morality for a very long time, am still crawling up out of that dungheap: all that the slave can learn from his master is how to be a slave, and that is not morality."

James Baldwin - Just Above My Head (1978)

Public Enemy - “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos” (1988)

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"The shooting of Michael Brown is not a sudden, excessive, abusive or random imposition of state power. It is rather a reminder of a certain state of the world that has been in existence for centuries — from slavery, to Black Codes and Jim Crow, both designed to maintain the indentured servitude of blacks, to “stop and frisk” policing.  The above picture pulls back the curtain on the sheer, profound, constant presence of police power, protected by the law, in the service of elites. Philosopher Charles Mills gives it the technical term of “white supremacy,” and points to the racial contract – promising equality to all persons while withholding it from all sub-persons — black slaves, their descendants, and other vulnerable minorities — as its evidence.”

FALGUNI A. SHETH