Why Do You Keep Talking About Blackness?

“A young black woman asked me “Why do you keep talking about blackness? We all know that the time for that is over. We are now merely Americans. And she said she was, for her part, tired of hearing about blackness.

Now I consider this as very alarming. And I point out, when I mention this, that the Jews, for all the problems they might have with themselves, still manage to come together to work towards importances, and they are not ashamed of their heritage.

The Chinese are proud to be Chinese. The Japanese are proud to be Japanese.

And I’d like for Blacks to be proud of what they have come from. They’ve got a lot to be proud of. First of all, they do need to learn that they do have much to be proud of.”

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