As a Black man, to use language that spoke to all Americans: I understood the risks.
Barack Obama, A Promised Land, Viking, 2020 (Kindle edition, 159-60, 163-164) I wanted to be neither a supplicant, always on the periphery of power and seeking favor from liberal benefactors, nor a permanent protester, full of righteous anger as we waited for white America to expiate its guilt. Both paths were well trodden; both, at some fundamental level, were born of despair. No, the point was to win. I wanted […]