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Clementine Burnley
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"Toni Morrison calls Between the World and Me “required reading”. That’s enough for me. It’s a slim book. Ta-Nehisi Coates looks at me from the back cover with eyes that might be hopeful.

The book is a beautifully written, short essay. Between the world and me is a personal view on social and political topics that are familiar to most black people and to some white. The fantasy of race is familiar, even to people who, as Coates puts it: “ believe themselves to be white”. Coates is wide awake and scared, sad and scared. He reflects on the black body, its vulnerability, the direct and subtle violence that black men experience and often hide or inflict themselves. This is an unusual perspective in a society where masculinity can be violent but must be unafraid. It is a fear I recognize from every time one of my daughters steps into the world outside our apartment. When I say I am scared there is usually a chorus of reasons not to be. But when resistance is personal and lonely, fear is a reasonable emotion." -+Clementine Burnley

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"We live in distressing times. There is inequality in the world around us. The wealthy places of the world are like islands of prosperity in a sea of insecurity. Millions of people have been forced out of their homes by sudden death and slow poverty. The global economy runs on undervalued resources and unpaid or underpaid labour from all over the world. It’s more obvious if you live in a poor country but even in rich countries its clear that privilege is being defended with arms.

Within the islands of prosperity in each country, ethnic and racial minorities are treated with special nastiness. Arrest rates, death and injury to brown and black people caused by police, in the prison system, in hospitals, schools and at home, are always much higher than for the majority. It’s distressing but its not new. But this generation is more connected than the last one. Many people of African descent share a feeling of “enough”! “Enough” of walking around feeling like the target practice dummy at a shooting range. There is a sense of “something must change”. On the outside of the Black communities or on the inside. This is a one way street and it is time to plan a collective exit." -+Clementine Burnley 

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Stealing Africa
Stealing Africa
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"Perhaps its time to reclaim the name black market for the Black economy?" -+Clementine Burnley  | Read more: https://wp.me/p4Wv3a-1Qj

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"All over the world people learn from animals, other people. Their misfortunes are a warning to avoid foolish actions. No amount of carefulness prevents the calamity in the story. It seems predestined. These cautionary tales seem thinner, less believable in daylight.  At night it seems perfectly reasonable. In darkness that chokes lanterns anything could happen. The storytellers keep a library in their heads. In the days of smartphones and video games it seems a small miracle there is anyone left with the patience to memorise hundreds of stories and share them for free." -+Clementine Burnley  | Read more: https://wp.me/p4Wv3a-1Qh 
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