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2005

America is a country that inflicts injury

Randall Robinson Interview

All the suffering in the world arises out of wanting happiness for self.

All the happiness in the world arises out of wanting happiness for others.

--Shantideva


RANDALL ROBINSON SAYS NO MORE IN INTERVIEW WITH THE PROGRESSIVE

PROMINENT AFRICAN AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL MOVES HIS FAMILY OUT OF USA BECAUSE HE IS FED UP

read entire interview at //progressive.org/mag_intv1005

"... I was really worn down by an American society that is racist, smugly blind to it, and hugely self-satisfied.

I wanted to live in a place where that wasn’t always a distorting weight.

Black people in America have to, for their own protection, develop a defense mechanism, and I just grew terribly tired of it.

When you sustain that kind of affront, and sustain it and sustain it and sustain it, something happens to you.

You try to steer a course in American society that’s not self-destructive.

But America is a country that inflicts injury.

It does not like to see anything that comes in response, and accuses one of anger as if it were an unnatural response.

For anyone who is not white in America, the affronts are virtually across the board.

When we lived here, we accommodated ourselves to the most extraordinary things. I just didn’t think that was the way to live. I wanted to be in another place.

I got a chance to be in a society where the barriers between classes— social and economic—are not insuperable, where money is not everything all the time.

Americans have been manipulated into a space by those who profit from the arrangements of that system.

People feel a conscious disease—a dis-ease or an unease— but I don’t think they know what causes it.

We’ve been taught in America that big is best.

That’s why people have to believe that they must live in the greatest country in the world, which is absolutely idiotic."


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