I guarantee you that every person of color in this country has faced an indignity from the ridiculous, to the grotesque, to the sometimes fatal in some point in their– I’m going to say last couple of hours, because of their skin color. Quick story: So we live in New York City, a liberal bastion. Recently, we sent a correspondent and a producer to a building in this liberal bastion where we were going to tape an interview. The producer, white, dressed in what can only be described as “homeless elf attire” and a pretty strong five o’clock from the previous week shadow strode confidently into the building, preceding our humble correspondent, a gentleman of color, dressed resplendently in a tailored suit. Who do you think was stopped? Let me give you a hint, the black guy. And that shit happens all the time. All of it. Race is there and it is a constant. You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living in it.
Jon Stewart (via naive-melodies)
He said I can’t remember her name. And I told him her name. And then he said whatever happened to her? And I had to tell him about her death. … And so I began to think about writing a book about people who had found a way to manipulate human memory so that they wouldn’t have to remember anything bad.
Lois Lowry tells Neda Ulaby about how her father’s memory loss, which included her sister’s death at 28, inspired The Giver. (via nprbooks)