I have lived long enough to pray for things, get exactly what I asked for, and see it turn into a huge disaster. So I learned that my prayers need to go like this: ‘Lord here is what I want, I want it so bad can’t even stand it. I want it, I want it, I want it. But, you know better than I do.’
White Americans always think racism is a feeling, and they reject it or they embrace it. To most [white] Americans, it seems more honorable and nicer to reject it, so they do, but they almost invariably fail to understand that how they feel means very little to black Americans, who understand racism as a way of structuring American culture, American politics, and the American economy.