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Smile, jew. Dance, jew. Tell me you love me, jew ... I got the extermination blues, jewboys. I got the hitler syndrome figured — Amiri Baraka

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I am a soul in the world: in
the world of my soul the whirled
light from the day
the sacked land
of my father. — Amiri Baraka

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The films of Warhol, when they are about anything are about sucking people off. This can be high art, to people who are interested in sucking people off.
But that will not liberate Black people. — Amiri Baraka

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The African, because of the violent differences between what was native and what he was forced to in slavery, developed some of the most complex and complicated ideas about the world imaginable. — Amiri Baraka

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The torture of being the unseen object, and the constantly observed subject. — Amiri Baraka

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I guess I was the most unbohemian of all bohemians. My bohemianism consisted of not wanting to get involved with the stupid stuff that I thought people wanted you to get involved with - ... namely America ... Dwight Eisenhower, McCarthyism and all those great things. — Amiri Baraka

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There is no justice in America, but it is the fight for justice that sustains you — Amiri Baraka

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Thought is more important than art. To revere art and have no understanding of the process that forces it into existence, is finally not even to understand what art is. — Amiri Baraka

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There is other disturbing facts surround the hideous 911 attacks, which my family and I could see from the third floor bathroom window of our homes! — Amiri Baraka

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If the flag of an armed enemy of the U.S. is allowed to fly over government buildings, then it implies that slavery, or at least the threat of slavery, is sanctioned by that government and can still legally exist. — Amiri Baraka

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Poetry is music, and nothing but music. Words with musical emphasis. — Amiri Baraka

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& love is an evil word. Turn it backwards/see, see what I mean? An evol word. — Amiri Baraka

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Atheist Jews double crossers stole our [black people's] secrets ... They give us to worship a dead Jew and not ourselves ... Selling fried potatoes and people, the little arty bastards talking arithmetic they sucked from the arab's head. — Amiri Baraka

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The further jazz moves away from the stark blue continuum and the collective realities of Afro-American and American life, the more it moves into academic concert-hall lifelessness, which can be replicated by any middle class showing off its music lessons. — Amiri Baraka

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All thinking people oppose terrorism both domestic & international but one should not be used to cover the other — Amiri Baraka

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Let there be no love poems written
Until love can exist freely and
Cleanly. — Amiri Baraka

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What is lost because it is most precious
what is most precious because it is lost — Amiri Baraka

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James Brown and Frank Sinatra are two different quantities in the universe. They represent two different experiences of the world. — Amiri Baraka

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Words have users, but as well, users have words. And it is the users that establish the world's realities. — Amiri Baraka

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We take unholy risks to prove we are what we cannot be. For instance, I am not even crazy. — Amiri Baraka

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From the slave ship to the citizenship we faced a lot of bullship — Amiri Baraka

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And now each night, I count the stars. And each night I get the same number. And when the stars won't come to be counted, I count the holes they leave. — Amiri Baraka

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Lately, I've become accustomed to the way
The ground opens up and envelopes me
Each time I go out to walk the dog. — Amiri Baraka

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This development signified also that jazz would someday have to contend with the idea of its being an art (since that was the white man's only way into it). The emergence of the white player meant that Afro-American culture had already become the expression of a particular kind of American experience, and what is most important, that this experience was available intellectually, that it could be learned. — Amiri Baraka

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I am inside someone who hates me. I look out from his eyes. — Amiri Baraka

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God is man idealized. — Amiri Baraka

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The artist's role is to raise the consciousness of the people. — Amiri Baraka

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can't be rockefeller ... must be the devil — Amiri Baraka

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The attempt to divide art and politics is a bourgeois which says good poetry, art, cannot be political, but since everything is ... political, even an artist or work that claims not to have any politics is making a political statement by that act. — Amiri Baraka

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God has been replaced, as he has all over the West, with respectability and air conditioning. — Amiri Baraka

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There is no depth to education without art. — Amiri Baraka

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What will be / the sacred words? — Amiri Baraka

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Warriors are poets and poems and all the loveliness here in the worlds. — Amiri Baraka

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Most American white men are trained to be fags. For this reason it is no wonder their faces are weak and blank ... — Amiri Baraka

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If you are black, the only roads into the mainland of American life are through subservience, cowardice, and loss of manhood. These are the white man's roads. — Amiri Baraka

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An evil word it is/ This Love, — Amiri Baraka

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A man is either free or he is not. — Amiri Baraka

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Back home the black women are all beautiful — Amiri Baraka

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When I die, the consciousness I carry I will to black people./May they pick me apart and take the useful parts, the sweet meat of my feelings./And leave the bitter bullshit rotten white parts alone. — Amiri Baraka

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To name something is to wait for it in the place you think it will pass. — Amiri Baraka

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A system that warehouses people is not the cure for social ills — Amiri Baraka

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This is said to us, even as this counterfeit president has legalized the Confederate Flag in Mississippi. — Amiri Baraka

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Poems are bullshit unless they are

teeth or trees or lemons piled

on a step. Or black ladies dying

of men leaving nickel hearts

beating them down. Fuck poems

and they are useful, wd they shoot

come at you, love what you are,

breathe like wrestlers, or shudder

strangely after pissing. We want live

words of the hip world live flesh &

coursing blood. Hearts Brains

Souls splintering fire. We want poems

like fists beating niggers out of Jocks

or dagger poems in the slimy bellies

of the owner-jews. Black poems to

smear on girdlemamma mulatto bitches

whose brains are red jelly stuck

between 'lizabeth taylor's toes. Stinking

Whores! we want "poems that kill. — Amiri Baraka

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Hope is delicate suffering. — Amiri Baraka

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Who has ever stopped to think of the divinity of Lamont Cranston? — Amiri Baraka

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A man is either free or he is not. There cannot be any apprenticeship for freedom. — Amiri Baraka

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I'd say I'm a revolutionary optimist. I believe that the good guys -the people- are going to win. — Amiri Baraka

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The future is always here in the past — Amiri Baraka

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The word "art" is something the West has never understood. Art is supposed to be a part of a community. Like, scholars are supposed to be a part of a community ... Art is to decorate people's houses, their skin, their clothes, to make them expand their minds, and it's supposed to be right in the community, where they can have it when they want it ... It's supposed to be as essential as a grocery store ... that's the only way art can function naturally. — Amiri Baraka

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You can't be an American without being related to other Americans. — Amiri Baraka

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My responsibility is to truth and beauty. — Amiri Baraka

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A rich man told me recently that a liberal is a man who tells other people what to do with their money. — Amiri Baraka

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Art is a weapon in the struggle of ideas, the class struggle. — Amiri Baraka

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The landscape should belong to the people who see it all the time. — Amiri Baraka

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You look like death eating a soda cracker. — Amiri Baraka

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Hunting is not those heads on the wall — Amiri Baraka

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In America, black is a country. — Amiri Baraka