Amiri Baraka Quotes

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Amiri Baraka Quotes

When I die, the consciousness I carry I will to black people./May they pick me apart and take the useful parts, the sweet meat of my feelings./And leave the bitter bullshit rotten white parts alone.
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I am inside someone who hates me. I look out from his eyes.

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A system that warehouses people is not the cure for social ills

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What is lost because it is most precious
what is most precious because it is lost

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From the slave ship to the citizenship we faced a lot of bullship

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You look like death eating a soda cracker.

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Can't be rockefeller ... must be the devil

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The artist's role is to raise the consciousness of the people.

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This is said to us, even as this counterfeit president has legalized the Confederate Flag in Mississippi.

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You can't be an American without being related to other Americans.

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God has been replaced, as he has all over the West, with respectability and air conditioning.

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A man is either free or he is not. There cannot be any apprenticeship for freedom.

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The attempt to divide art and politics is a bourgeois which says good poetry, art, cannot be political, but since everything is ... political, even an artist or work that claims not to have any politics is making a political statement by that act.

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The torture of being the unseen object, and the constantly observed subject.

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I'd say I'm a revolutionary optimist. I believe that the good guys -the people- are going to win.

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And now each night, I count the stars. And each night I get the same number. And when the stars won't come to be counted, I count the holes they leave.

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My responsibility is to truth and beauty.

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God is man idealized.

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Atheist Jews double crossers stole our [black people's] secrets ... They give us to worship a dead Jew and not ourselves ... Selling fried potatoes and people, the little arty bastards talking arithmetic they sucked from the arab's head.

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The landscape should belong to the people who see it all the time.

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