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About the time I was 7, I got really into black-exploitation films, so I made my own Wonder Woman, but I made her black.
— Mark Bradford —

The major enemy of black survival in America has been and is neither oppression nor exploitation but rather the nihilistic threat-that is, loss of hope and absence of meaning. For as long as hope remains and meaning is preserved, the possibility of overcoming oppression stays alive. The self-fulfilling prophecy of the nihilistic threat is that without hope there can be no future, that without meaning there can be no struggle.

— Cornel West

The self-deception of slave owners and proponents of slavery is well documented by the historians Eugene Genovese and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese in their book Fatal Self-Deception: Slaveholding Paternalism in the Old South. Slavery was not perceived by most slaveholders in the nineteenth century to be an exploitation of humans by other humans for economic gain; instead, slaveholders painted a portrait of slavery as a paternalistic and benign institution in which the slaves themselves were seen as not so different from all laborers-black and white-who toiled everywhere in both free and slave states; further, the South's "Christian slavery" was claimed to be superior.

— Michael Shermer

About the time I was 7, I got really into black-exploitation films, so I made my own Wonder Woman, but I made her black.

— Mark Bradford

We have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifices. Capitalism was built on the exploitation of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor, both black and white, both here and abroad.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

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