Last night, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice welcomed poet, writer and activist Amiri Baraka to the Fordham Law School. Baraka presented an essay giving insight into the turbulent times of the 1960s in America. Baraka’s presentation was part of a week-long series of presentation titled “1960s: The Struggle for Justice Intensifies” presented by John Jay College in conjunction with Fordham Law School.
Baraka spoke about his introduction into activism and also gave insight into some his work in the 60s, which included helping to organize the Black Arts Repertory Theater School , as well as writing books such as Blues People (1963) and plays such as Dutchman (1963). He also gave insight into some political issues going on, such as the rebellions in Harlem, Watts, Newark, and Detroit and the election of “Trojan Horse” Cory Booker.
“If you don’t know American history, like most of us don’t, then you don’t know where you’re living.”
“The essence of revolution is the seizure of power.”
“After slavery ended, the Klan rose. After Obama was elected, the Tea Party rose.”
“The Supreme Court saying corporations can give unlimited amounts to elections is the end of democracy.”
“You’ll have the N-word as long as you have N-words running around.”
“I will not say riot. A riot is something made by drunken college students in Miami.”
“The main difference between Afro American National Oppression and straight out Colonialism is that we exist within the same national state as our oppressor nation.”