he gives me courage

We’re so erased. …If you’re a person of color, if you’re a woman, if you’re from a poor family, if you’re from a rural family, if you’re from a family who worked like dogs and never got any respect or a share of the profits – you know that 99 percent of your stories ain’t been told. In any fucking medium. 

And yet we still have to be taught to look, and to tell our stories. …Despite the utter absence of us, it’s still an internal revolution to say wait a minute, we are not only worthy of great art, but the source of great art.

—Junot Diaz, in conversation with the New Yorker’s Hilton Als at The Strand, NYC 04-12-13

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