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Poverty Is Part of a Web

I think poverty is the product of an evil way of being, of hoarding and depriving. And it is part of a web. The history of conquest is a scourge on the human condition. A lingering one. The fact of the body, the fact of who has the most weapons, the fact of which gender one finds attractive and which one to belong to, regardless of the details of the flesh, these are things I believe in making free and treating tenderly.

from Breathe: A Letter to My Sons (p. 78)

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Imani Perry

Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she also teaches in the Programs in Law and Public Affairs, and in Gender and Sexuality Studies....

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