|Me reading, 1974
this interview, again, with Claudia Rankine by David Ulin in The Paris Review, Winter 2016:
I think people forget that white people are just people, and that we're all together inside a system that scripts and constructs not just behavior but imagination.
The imagination first, don't you think? The imagination dictates the behavior.
Right. Ours is a structural and institutional problem. It's complicated because of the vast amount of privilege white people are allotted inside the system, but nonetheless we are a society, and if people are walking around feeling fearful based on imagination, an imagination put in place by a white-supremacist understanding of the world, that's a problem for everyone.
If you haven't read Rankine's book Citizen, you should order it right now and read it.