ON SERENA WILLIAMS:
"She says, “This has happened to me too many times.” But what I hear is simply, “I’m so tired of this.”
As a Black woman I understand woman that, we understand that. We understand that what we are seeing is not about this moment; it is not about this day. It is about utter exhaustion. What do you do when you are utterly exhausted and overwhelmed? What do you do when it’s about something bigger? What do you do when you always have to “go high?"
ON THE COLLOQUIAL USE OF THE WORD TRIBE:
"I remember interviewing Bear Witness, from the First Nations DJ group A Tribe Called Red, and saying, “No one wants to be called racist.” And him agreeing, “Yes, but what they don’t understand is that everything is racist because we live in a racist context.”
Already that statement is too much for some people. It’s confusing. It might seem accusatory and it puts some folks on guard."
ON CHILDISH GAMBINO'S THIS IS AMERICA:
"I’m privileged. I say this constantly and it’s wild to me that people have so much trouble admitting their own privilege as much as they do, especially white people. White privilege is real and I know many people have trouble understanding how to talk about it and then everyone gets freaked out. That doesn’t mean we should stop trying to talk about it."
On the privilege and importance of storytelling from a point of view:
"I realized that as a person and as a storyteller, however pitiful the cultural realities might be that make this the case, I had access to spaces that others didn’t. That’s when I really started to understand my personal responsibility, when George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in 2013. The odds aren’t stacked fairly and we have to use every tool in our toolkit to change that. To keep chipping away."