A writer-editor-teacher’s quote of the week 181

“I don’t know when or how I first become infected with white supremacy. But when I was no more than six years old, I discovered within myself both that monstrous lie and the moral cowardice necessary to its preservation. Though only a first grader, I was forced to confront what James Baldwin called ‘the realization that a civilization is not destroyed by wicked people; it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be spineless.’ I wished then and I wish now that this was not the truth, and that I had no part in it, but it is and I did.”

— from the chapter “Miss Amy’s Witness” in Blood Done Sign My Name by Timothy B. Tyson

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