Voice: William King

William King is a retired black studies professor at the University of Colorado.

“If you put in the Declaration of Independence what you are after is a society of equals and then you create an economic system that is predicated on exclusion and exploitation, there is no way democracy can survive under those conditions.”

This state is not hospitable to people of color. Read the announcements that are put out by the politicians. This is a white man’s country. So what more do you need to know beyond that? If anything, if you look at other communities, where you see for example, in Florida, where you see a deliberate attempt to minimize the people of color on the election rolls.

William King

William King

As far as school completion is concerned, most people of color will tell you that whatever they are supposed to be learning in school has no real relevance for them for the simple reason that the curriculum is not designed with them in mind.
If you are talking about employment, if you are talking about incarceration statistics or any of those things, just look at them through the lens of white privilege and you will have most of the answers that you desire.

White people have known for quite some time now that they are, they have always been, the minority population on the planet. But yet at the same time they have acted in a manner that belies their numerical inferiority. So that when you start talking about the voyages of discovery in the 15th Century you are talking about people coming out of a sheltered environment and discovering they are not finding anyone at the end of their voyage that looks like them.

The issue still remains the one articulated by King about a week before he was assassinated, and the essence of that comment was all we are saying to America is be true to what you put on paper. If you put in the Declaration of Independence what you are after is a society of equals and then you create an economic system that is predicated on exclusion and exploitation, there is no way Democracy can survive under those conditions.

How many people have you heard talk about integration? You cannot talk about integration until you have finished desegregating society and my grandchildren will have grandchildren before this society is desegregated. So don’t talk about integration when you haven’t finished desegregating yet.

The chief beneficiary of affirmative action has been white women. The struggle between white women and white men is basically a family squabble. It’s because men don’t want to give up sufficient power to allow someone else to have a countervailing opinion.

Black people in Colorado are still an oddity even though they have been here since before the state was a territory. And there are some people that are (mad) at black folks going back to 1864 when the territorial legislature attempted to disenfranchise blacks who already had the franchise. The upshot of the whole thing was that Colorado was prevented from becoming a state for 10 years.

The federal government said to those interested in becoming a state that we have already granted the franchise to black folk in general so you cannot come along and ask for statehood if you have a proposition in your statehood documents that says Negroes do not have the right to vote.

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