|Interviewer:||What are some of the things we learned about ourselves?|
|BALDWIN:||That the people who call themselves “white,” I must put it that way, well, as Malcolm X said, “white is a state of mind.” The implications of that statement are enormous because It finally means that the people who call themselves white have really invented something, which is not true. The key to this is European power which is a very complex thing and which Involves the history of the church. White people invented Black people to protect themselves against something which frightened them.|
|BALDWIN:||I don’t Know. Life. I guess. All the legends about Black people are very revealing. They are all created by white people: ”Aunt Jemima,” “Uncle Tom,” “Topsy,” the Black stud, the nigger whore. Those descriptions, which are labeled legends, do not describe Black people at all.|
|Interviewer:||They describe the creator.|
|BALDWIN:||That’s right. Whatever you describe to another person is also a revelation of who you are and who you think you are. You can not describe anything without betraying your point of view, your aspirations, your fears, your hopes. Everything.|
The college situation is exceedingly difficult. The Black kid in college, no matter how we cut It, risks paranoia, risks schizophrenia because there is no way for this society to prepare them for the same future that the white boy is prepared for. The real meaning of the word progress in the American vocabulary for the most, and there are exceptions to the rule, but for the most part when they say progress they’re talking about how quickly a Black kid can become white. That’s what they mean by progress. Well I don’t want my nephew to grow up to be like Ronald Reagan, or Richard Nixon, or Jimmy Carter.
James Baldwin, Interviewed by The Black Collegian (1979), http://www.blackcollegian.com/james-baldwin/
Despite being scared, I assertively emailed my boss about a mistake he made.
Alicia Menendez - The View
I’m at the car dealership, waiting for my service recall to be completed, and this statement caught the attention of every woman in the room. Unsurprisingly, they all nodded in assent while the few men in the room looked uncomfortable.
The point is valid: even if access to STEM and other male dominated fields is made available, we need to do something about the culture in the field. Access to a pipeline full of acid, while it is still access, serves to maintain inequality.