Quotes About Racism

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Racism is the belief in the superiority of one race over another. It may also mean prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against other people because they are of a different race or ethnicity. Modern variants of racism are often based in social perceptions of biological differences between peoples. These views can take the form of social actions, practices or beliefs, or political systems in which different races are ranked as inherently superior or inferior to each other, based on presumed shared inheritable traits, abilities, or qualities.

Racism may include prejudice, discrimination, belief in the superiority of one race over another, antagonism directed against other people because they are of a different race or ethnicity, and the belief that members of different races or ethnicities should be treated differently.

See also: Racism Quotes, Racism: The Destruction of Humanity, Black History Month Quotes, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Quotes

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Racism – whether it’s in football or society, there’s absolutely no place for it. – Brendan Rodgers

Racism affects the mental state, physical health and effectiveness of people who experience the prejudice. – Sunday Adelaja

Racism always exists cheek by jowl with, inside, and alongside culture and class. As a rule, it is inseparable from them. That is why, for example, food, language and names assume such importance in racial prejudice. – Martin Jacques

Racism and discrimination of any kind have no place in football. – Sepp Blatter

Racism and hatred are synonymous. – Alex Haley Hatred

Racism and prejudice exist there [at the National Film Board] like anywhere else. My history at the Board has not been easy. It’s been a long walk. – Alanis Obomsawin

Racism and religious bigotry are two essential pieces of baggage mankind carries as it moves from one century to the next. – R. N. Prasher

Racism and sexism are not “problems” or “topics.” They are ways of defining reality and living our lives that most of us learned along with learning how to tie our shoes and how to drink from a cup. – Paula Rothenberg

Racism and sexism, misogyny and homophobia, they’re so visible. They’re out in the open. When they’re visible, it’s a lot easier to deal with them. – Dolores Huerta

Racism and violence were non-existent in this world, when people were aware to fight for identity’- Terzanelle for Octavia Estelle Butler, Poem by Marieta Maglas. – Marieta Maglas

Racism been over. It’s the old people that keep on holding on to it. – ASAP Ferg

Racism breeds racism in reverse. – Mary Brave Bird

Racism built me into a person that was set up to be self-destructive. – Jayson Blair

Racism can be called our nation’s own specific ‘original sin.’ – Blase J. Cupich

Racism can well be that corrosive evil that will bring down the curtain on Western civilization. Arnold Toynbee has said that some twenty-six civilizations have risen upon the face of the earth. Almost all of them have descended into the junk heaps of destruction. The decline and fall of these civilizations, according to Toynbee, was not caused by external invasions but by internal decay. They failed to respond creatively to the challenges impinging upon them. If Western civilization does not now respond constructively to the challenge to banish racism, some future historian will have to say that a great civilization died because it lacked the soul and commitment to make justice a reality for all men. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Racism cannot be cured solely by attacking some of the results it produces, like discrimination in housing or in education. – Sargent Shriver

Racism comes in many different forms. Sometimes it’s subtle, and sometimes it’s overt. Sometimes it’s violent, and sometimes it’s harmless, but it’s definitely here. It’s something that I think we’re all guilty of, and we just have to make sure that we deal with our own personal racism in the right way. – Jordan Peele

Racism defends our greed, frees us from self-control and makes others responsible for our failings. It is an attempt to silence the guilt so we can look in the mirror. – Mari Serebrov

Racism does not diminish with brains, it’s a disease, a sickness, it may incubate in ignorance but it doesn’t necessarily disappear with the gaining of wisdom! – Bryce Courtenay

Racism does not exist only in Europe but also common in other countries like Japan, USA, China, India, some African countries and Latin America – Sunday Adelaja

Racism does not go both ways. There are unique forms of discrimination that are backed up by entitlement, assertion and, most importantly, supported by a structural power strong enough to scare you into complying with the demands of the status quo. We have to recognise this. – Reni Eddo-Lodge

Racism does not have a good track record. It’s been tried out for a long time and you’d think by now we’d want to put an end to it instead of putting it under new management. – Thomas Sowell

Racism does not limit itself to biology or economics or psychology or metaphysics; it attacks along many fronts and in many forms, deploying whatever is at hand, and even what is not, inventing when the need arises. – Albert Memmi

Racism doesn’t have to fit our stereotypes for what it is in order for it to hurt – but it also means that tools for dismantling the system don’t have it fit our stereotype either. – Simon S. Tam

Racism doesn’t know color, death doesn’t know age, and pain doesn’t know might. – Jacqueline Woodson

Racism doesn’t care about respectability, wealth, education, or status – Roxane Gay

Racism exists everywhere. So when people act surprised about racism, I’m the one that’s surprised. – Romany Malco

Racism exists in the mind, not the heart. – Drew Blanche

Racism exists, but it is far less rampant than ignorance, and ignorance can be cured through experience. – Candace Owens

Racism exists, but what I want to do is start a dialogue. – Charles Barkley

Racism has a very quick expiration date when exposed to actual contact with people. – Hasan Minhaj

Racism has always existed, and a big part of it is people just not knowing others. I think humans change other human’s minds, and it’s hard for someone in the middle of America to hate Syrian refugees if they’ve been able to befriend them. – Maz Jobrani

Racism has been for everyone like a horrible, tragic car crash, and we’ve all been heavily sedated from it. If we don’t come into consciousness of this tragedy, there’s going to be a violent awakening we don’t want. The question is, can we wake up? – Anna Deavere Smith

Racism has its boot squarely wedged on the neck of black communities, and we don’t want to be told that hard work and responsibility are the answer. – Patrisse Cullors

Racism has never done this country any good, and it needs to be fought against, not put under new management for different groups. – Thomas Sowell

Racism has two primary functions: the oppression of people of color, which most people recognize, but also the simultaneous elevation of white people. You can’t hold one group down without lifting the other up. – Robin DiAngelo

Racism hurts everyone, including racists themselves. – DaShanne Stokes

Racism in America absolutely exists – it is an issue. We need to fix it. We’re a great country – probably the greatest country but we could be a hell of a lot greater. – Spike Lee

Racism in America is real. – Darryl Glenn

Racism in Brazil is well hidden, subtle, and unspoken, underestimated by the media. It is nevertheless extremely violent. – Joaquim Barbosa

Racism in impenetrable. Staying in America means always fighting. For our own sanity and safety, we must go. – Darnell Lamont Walker

Racism in our countries is a fact in that the Indian is not allowed to be a politician or aspire to being head of state. It has reached the point that 99% of the indigenous women have not gone to school. The indigenous are condemned to live in a situation designed to exterminate them. They receive a pittance of a salary, they neither speak nor write the language, politics dictates their situation. Is this slavery? I don’t know what it’s called. It is not the same as before because we are in modern times. – Rigoberta Menchu

Racism is a belief in the inherent superiority of one race over another. – Neal Boortz

Racism is a big problem created by small minds. – Gil Gonzales

Racism is a blight on the human conscience. The idea that any people can be inferior to another, to the point where those who consider themselves superior define and treat the rest as subhuman, denies the humanity even of those who elevate themselves to the status of gods. – Nelson Mandela

Racism is a cancer that America does not want to cure. – Willie D

Racism is a common delusion, a mental illness that can be cured with truthful education. – Wayne Gerard Trotman

Racism is a common thread among people of color, even though each experience with it is different. – Harry Lennix

Racism is a complex and interconnected system that adapts to challenges over time. Colorblind ideology was a very effective adaptation to the challenges of the Civil Rights Era. Colorblind ideology allows society to deny the reality of racism in the face of its persistence, while making it more difficult to challenge than when it was openly espoused. – Robin DiAngelo

Racism is a destructive and artificially-manufactured element in the collective human psyche designed to fragment the natural desire of human beings to know and love one another. – Jane Urquhart

Racism is a disease in society. We’re all equal. I don’t care what their colour is, or religion. Just as long as they’re human beings they’re my buddies. – Mandawuy Yunupingu

Racism is a disease of white people – Albert Einstein

Racism is a disease. Go to your doctor with an ailment, and let the doctor tell you, ‘Well, look, I’m not going to treat you; we’re just not going to talk about it. It’s going to go away.’ You would look at him like he’s crazy. By not talking about racism, it’s not going to go away. – Shannon Sharpe

Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes. – Ayn Rand

Racism is a group dynamic. The members of the dominating group participate, contribute, receive financial rewards, benefits, privileges, and status from the maintenance of a false belief and assumption of racial superiority that gives them the right to rule over other human beings. This participation and reception of benefits can be direct or indirect, willing or unwilling, voluntary or involuntary. Even though an individual in the dominate group may or may not express an opposing opinion, the fact that the effect of the dominating groups’ action demeans, belittles, dehumanizes, and exploits other human beings makes them participants in the system. Therefore, any individual who is a member of the dominating group can be called a racist. – Kenneth L. Radcliffe

Racism is a grown-up disease, and we should stop using our kids to spread it. – Ruby Bridges

Racism is a learned affliction and anything that is learned can be unlearned. – Jane Elliott

Racism is a moral catastrophe, most graphically seen in the prison industrial complex and targeted police surveillance in black and brown ghettos rendered invisible in public discourse. – Cornel West

Racism is a part of human nature, and you’re not going to eradicate it; all you can do is try to keep it in check. – Ron Stallworth

Racism is a perfect system with an impenetrable barrier. – Darnell Lamont Walker

Racism is a physical experience. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Racism is a problem everywhere, especially in this country, but all over the world, and especially within queer space. – Sasha Velour

Racism is a problem, economic inequality is a problem, not enough rock n’ roll on the radio is a problem. But all those problems will become insignificant when the oceans rise in a way that threatens organised human activity. – Tom Morello

Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and to destroy. It is the enemy of freedom, and deserves to be met head-on and stamped out. – Pierre Berton

Racism is a sign of ignorance, in my opinion. It’s people who haven’t been anywhere, haven’t seen the world. – Tyson Fury

Racism is a sin and has no place in the church, including the Archdiocese of Chicago. – Blase J. Cupich

Racism is a stubborn whitehead on the face of society. – Stefan Emunds

Racism is a system of power and in the absence of power you cannot be considered a racist. – Sister Souljah

Racism is a systematic, societal, institutional, omnipresent, and epistemologically embedded phenomenon that pervades every vestige of our reality. For most whites, however, racism is like murder: the concept exists, but someone has to commit it in order for it to happen. – Omowale Akintunde

Racism is a universal phenomenon that exists across cultures and tends to emerge wherever ethnic diversity and perceived or real differences in group characteristics become part of a struggle for social power. – Jerry V. Diller

Racism is a very insidious thing. It’s dangerous to the psyche, to mind and body. It erodes the self-confidence. And I don’t know how we get through it. – Ruby Dee

Racism is a virus. And since nobody’s really looking too hard for a cure it reproduces itself over and over again. – Marita Golden

Racism is a way to gain economic advantage at the expense of others. Slavery and plantations may be gone, but racism still allows us to regard those who may keep us from financial gain as less than equals. – Alveda King

Racism is a word which describes one of the results–perhaps the principal result–of our estrangement from our beginnings, from the universal source. – James Baldwin

Racism is a worldwide problem. – Patterson Hood

Racism is alive and doing too well in America. – Johnnetta B. Cole

Racism is always there underneath, but usually it is exploited in these times of economic crisis, and it’s hard to find out when one slides into another. – Iris Chang

Racism is America’s greatest disease, racism is a disease of the white man. – Albert Einstein

Racism is an attack on the very notion of the universality of human rights. It systematically denies certain people the enjoyment of their full human rights because of their colour, race, ethnicity, descent or national origin. – Irene Khan

Racism is an effect of slavery, not the other way around. Once slavery was abolished, not only did racism not disappear, neither did the economic system it upheld. – Sarah Churchwell

Racism is an essential ingredient in the alchemy of empire, and always has been. – Justin Raimondo

Racism is any prejudice against someone because of their race when those views are reinforced by systems of power. – Ijeoma Oluo

Racism is beyond common sense and has no place in our society. – Steven Patrick Morrissey

Racism is both overt and covert. It takes two, closely related forms: individual whites acting against individual blacks, and acts by the total white community against the black community. We call these individual racism and institutional racism. The first consists of overt acts by individuals, which cause death, injury or the violent destruction of property. This type can be recorded by television cameras; it can frequently be observed in the process of commission. The second type is less overt, far more subtle, less identifiable in terms of specific individuals committing the acts. But it is no less destructive of human life. The second type originates in the operation of established and respected forces in the society, and thus receives far less public condemnation than the first type. When white terrorists bomb a black church and kill five black children, that is an act of individual racism, widely deplored by most segments of the society. But when in that same city – Birmingham, Alabama – five hundred black babies die each year because of the lack of proper food, shelter and medical facilities, and thousands more are destroyed and maimed physically, emotionally and intellectually because of conditions of poverty and discrimination in the black community, that is a function of institutional racism. When a black family moves into a home in a white neighborhood and is stoned, burned or routed out, they are victims of an overt act of individual racism which many people will condemn – at least in words. But it is institutional racism that keeps black people locked in dilapidated slum tenements, subject to the daily prey of exploitative slumlords, merchants, loan sharks and discriminatory real estate agents. The society either pretends it does not know of this latter situation, or is in fact incapable of doing anything meaningful about it. – Stokely Carmichael

Racism is dead only to those who’ve closed their eyes and ears to the whole world around them. – DaShanne Stokes

Racism is essentially natural, it’s old fashioned it’s an evolutionary phase that we’re going through. Ultimately it wont exist. – Michael Hutchence

Racism is everywhere – the older generations in Malaysia still say things like, ‘She’s darker-skinned; maybe don’t marry her,’ and it’s very judgmental. A lot of girls do try to get fairness cream to lighten their skin, and I’m against all of that. – Yuna

Racism is felt the most definitely in grassroots football. – Vincent Kompany

Racism is here and will always exist, but we can’t use it as a crutch. – Charles Barkley

Racism is if there are spectators or, outside the field of play, there are movements to discrimination, but, on the field of play, I deny that there is racism. – Sepp Blatter

Racism is ignorant. And it’s stupid. And it’s old. And it’s played out. So beat it already with that, you know what I mean? ‘Let’s all get along’ – I’m so tired of that damn sentence, but it’s true. – Queen Latifah

Racism is just one of several illnesses passed on to children by their parents. – Wayne Gerard Trotman

Racism is kinda old. For real. – Matt Kemp

Racism is like a horror movie. Black kids die because of racism. I don’t know what’s more horrifying than that. – Daniel Kaluuya

Racism is like high blood pressure—the person who has it doesn’t know he has it until he drops over with a God damned stroke. There are no symptoms of racism. The victim of racism is in a much better position to tell you whether or not you’re a racist than you are. – Coleman Young

Racism is man’s gravest threat to man – the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason. – Abraham Joshua Heschel

Racism is not about hurtful words, bruised feelings, political correctness, or refusing to call short people ‘vertically challenged.’ Racism is about the power to treat entire groups of people as something less than human—for the benefit of that power. That’s why a Native American sports mascot is far from harmless. – Dave Zirin

Racism is not dead, but it is on life support — kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as ‘racists’ – Thomas Sowell

Racism is not dead. Definitely, there are these biases. – John McWhorter

Racism is not first and foremost a skin problem. It is a sin problem. See, when you believe that racism is a skin problem, you can take three hundred years of slavery, court decisions, marches, and the federal government involvement and still not get it fixed right. – Tony Evans

Racism is not funny, because it won’t solve anything, but making it worst instead, because racism is the reason the world is no longer great. – Werley Nortreus

Racism is not merely a simplistic hatred. It is, more often, broad sympathy toward some and broader skepticism toward others. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Racism is not merely about individual chauvinism, prejudice, or bigotry. Ruth Glimore reminds us that it is about the ways different groups are ‘vulnerable to premature death,’ whether at the hands of the state or structures that kill. – Jeff Chang

Racism is not new. It was not invented just for you. So get bigger than that stuff. – Chris Gardner

Racism is not real, it’s made up, it’s cruel, it can be stopped. – Gloria Steinem

Racism is nothing more than ignorance, we are in the dessert together at one time in our lives, we got segregated by peoples beliefs of what was true of what we have to have and don’t have to have so for me it is all about education. – John Assaraf

Racism is old, but Peele found a poetic new way of talking about it. He gave us language we didn’t know we lacked. – Wesley Morris

Racism is one of the most common results of the combination of stupidity and the ability to see. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Racism is one of the worst forms of torture because it’s directed at something you never asked for and something you can’t change. – Paolo Nutini

Racism is one of the worst things that happened to our human race. It has brainwashed many to focus on one’s race or complexion instead of one’s personality. – Edmond Mbiaka

Racism is over in the ‘Star Trek’ future, but they found a way to comment on sexism and racism in the present day in such a subversive and smart way, you know? – Justin Simien

Racism is predictable. It’s predicted by interaction or lack thereof with people unlike you, people of other races. – Nate Silver

Racism is psychological warfare. Racist try to manipulate us and change our behavior by creating hate, discrimination, and division in society. Rise above the fray. – Carlos Wallace

Racism is real in this country. – Kamala Harris

Racism is real; it exists here and now. You can find it on the streets, in your office, and in football stadiums. – Kevin-Prince Boateng

Racism is ridiculous no matter where it’s coming from. – Alan Ball

Racism is simply an ugly form of collectivism, the mindset that views humans strictly as members of groups rather than individuals. Racists believe that all individuals who share superficial physical characteristics are alike: as collectivists, racists think only in terms of groups. By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called “diversity” actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist. The true antidote to racism is liberty. – Ron Paul

Racism is so extreme and so pervasive in our American society that no black individual lives in an atmosphere of freedom. – Margaret Walker

Racism is so universal in this country, so widespread, and deep-seated, that it is invisible because it is so normal. – Shirley Chisholm

Racism is something that is taught. We, as a people, need to work to get past that. – Booker T. Washington

Racism is something that people can transcend through friendship. – Vincent F. Rocchio

Racism is still alive they just be concealing it. – Kanye West

Racism is systemic: It’s oppression that’s built into the laws, legislation, into the way neighborhoods are policed, and into job opportunities and health care and education. – Justin Simien

Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics. – Alex Haley

Racism is taught in the home. We agree on that? Well, it’s very hard to teach racism to a teenager who’s listening to rap music and who idolizes, say, Snoop Dogg. It’s hard to say, ‘That guy is less than you.’ The kid is like, ‘I like that guy, he’s cool. How is he less than me? – Jay-Z

Racism is the dogma that one ethnic group is condemned by nature to congenital inferiority and another group is destined to congenital superiority. – Ruth Benedict

Racism is the greatest cancer of my lifetime. – Charles Barkley

Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man’s genetic lineage–the notion that a man’s intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors. – Ayn Rand

Racism is the most divisive force in our society, so until it is dealt with we cannot hope for much. – Michael Yates

Racism is to the current era what unAmericanism was to the Fifties: a curse word that provides a handy substitute for logical thought. – Steve Sailer

Racism is unacceptable in the real world, and it’s unacceptable online. – FKA twigs

Racism is very characteristic of imperialism. Racism is very characteristic of capitalism. – Hugo Chavez

Racism is very painful. That’s life. It never ends. – Sidney Poitier

Racism is very prevalent and alive… in this country and in this world. – Raheem DeVaughn

Racism is what acquitted O. J. Simpson. – Katherine Ryan

Racism is when it doesn’t count. When they don’t count. When one can do anything with them, it doesn’t matter what , because they are not people like us. Do you see? Not our kind. When we can make use of them as we please, without losing face, dignity, honor. Without embarrassment, without making a moral judgement – that’s it. When we can make them do no matter what degrading work, service, because their opinion of us doesn’t count, because it cannot tarnish us. That’s what racism is. – Romain Gary

Racism is when you have laws set up, systematically put in a way to keep people from advancing, to stop the advancement of a people. Black people have never had the power to enforce racism, and so this is something that white America is going to have to work out themselves. If they decide they want to stop it, curtail it, or to do the right thing… then it will be done, but not until then. – Spike Lee

Racism is within each and every one of us. – Jordan Peele

Racism is, among other things, the unearned skepticism of one group of humans joined to the unearned sympathy for another. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Racism is, let us not forget, a means to reconcile contradictions. Only a society that extolled ‘liberty for all’ while holding millions of people in bondage requires such a powerful ideology in order to build a nation amid such a startling contradiction. – Ruha Benjamin

Racism isn’t born, folks, it’s taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list. – Dennis Leary

Racism isn’t just in America… Alienation is felt worldwide in different capacities. – Daniel Kaluuya

Racism isn’t just what you say, think, do, and feel. It is also what you allow. – DaShanne Stokes

Racism isn’t born, folks. It’s taught. I have a 2-year-old son. Know what he hates? Naps. End of list. – Dennis Leary 1992

Racism it’s just a hideaway for ignorant people, they are just murderer for the freedom who beat the bushes to divide and destroy..there only a black hole in their skull that leading them to nowhere..(Ejump, 2016) – Ejump Schiffler

Racism itself is black. It’s OWL. It’s everywhere. It’s Our Whole Life – Bhavik Sarkhedi

Racism itself is difficult to measure. We can measure hate crimes – which are absolutely an indicator. We can measure reports of discrimination. We can measure the number of times hateful words are being used across the Internet. Those things all help us measure racism, but it can sometimes be nebulous. – Shaun King

Racism keeps people who are being managed from finding out the truth through contact with each other. – Shirley Chisholm

Racism kills people. It kills people! – Daniel Kaluuya

Racism may be as systemic as it always was. It is the great problem of America. It’s the one stumbling block that I don’t believe was ever smoothed over. – Robert Guillaume

Racism may indeed carry out the doom of the Western world and, for that matter, of the whole of human civilization. When Russians have become Slavs, when Frenchmen have assumed the role of commanders of a force noire, when Englishmen have turned into ‘white men,’ as already for a disastrous spell all Germans became Aryans, then this change will itself signify the end of Western man. For no matter what learned scientists may say, race is, politically speaking, not the beginning of humanity but its end, not the origin of peoples but their decay, not the natural birth of man but his unnatural death. – Hannah Arendt

Racism negates two aspects of man’s life: reason and choice, or mind and morality, replacing them with chemical predestination. – Ayn Rand

Racism plagued America throughout the ’60s, into the ’70s, through the ’80s; it continued in the ’90s and in the first decade of the new millennium; and it persists today. – Jack Schlossberg

Racism really does exist. – Normani Hamilton

Racism remains in the eyes of history … merely another instance of the persecution of minorities for the advantage of those in power. – Ruth Benedict

Racism rests upon and functions as a kind of seesaw: the persecutor rises by debasing and inferiorizing his victim. – Albert Memmi

Racism seduces us with its desire to categorize, shutting out the living and breathing and ‘different’ world all around us. – Hilton Als

Racism serves as the cutting edge of the most reactionary movements. An ideology that starts by declaring one human being inferior to another is the slope whose end is at Auschwitz. – Ken Livingstone

Racism should be a core concern for all Americans in every area of our lives. – Opal Tometi

Racism should be viewed as an intervening variable. You give me a set of conditions and I can produce racism in any society. You give me a different set of conditions and I can reduce racism. You give me a situation where there are a sufficient number of social resources so people don’t have to compete for those resources, and I will show you a society where racism is held in check. – William Julius Wilson

Racism should never have happened and so you don’t get a cookie for reducing it. – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Racism springs from the lie that certain human beings are less than fully human. It’s a self-centered falsehood that corrupts our minds into believing we are right to treat others as we would not want to be treated. – Alveda King

Racism still exists in the sport of boxing. – Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Racism tears down your insides so that no matter what you achieve, you’re not quite up to snuff. – Alvin Ailey

Racism the safety net for the stupid. – William Staikos

Racism today is the ultimate evil in the world. – Pope Francis

Racism was a big part of our community. I’m not going to revisit history, and I’m not going to call out those communities, but the communities we grew up around, we were treated like second- or third-class citizens. – Kelvin Sampson

Racism was a constant presence and absence in the Obama White House. We didn’t talk about it much. We didn’t need to—it was always there, everywhere, like white noise. It was there when Obama said that it was stupid for a black professor to be arrested in his own home and got criticized for days while the white police officer was turned into a victim. It was there when a white Southern member of Congress yelled ‘You lie!’ at Obama while he addressed a joint session of Congress. It was there when a New York reality show star built an entire political brand on the idea that Obama wasn’t born in the United States, an idea that was covered as national news for months and is still believed by a majority of Republicans. It was there in the way Obama was talked about in the right-wing media, which spent eight years insisting that he hated America, disparaging his every move, inventing scandals where there were none, attacking him for any time that he took off from work. It was there in the social media messages I got that called him a Kenyan monkey, a boy, a Muslim. And it was there in the refusal of Republicans in Congress to work with him for eight full years, something that Obama was also blamed for no matter what he did. One time, Obama invited congressional Republicans to attend a screening of Lincoln in the White House movie theater—a Steven Spielberg film about how Abraham Lincoln worked with Congress to pass the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery. Not one of them came. – Ben Rhodes

Racism was never acceptable to the people who suffer from it. – Roger Ross Williams

Racism was not a problem on the Discworld, because—what with trolls and dwarfs and so on—speciesism was more interesting. Black and white lived in perfect harmony and ganged up on green. – Terry Pratchett

Racism watching is a puzzle solving activity and often involves debunking pseudo-science. The investigator must try to figure out what makes people believe in weird ideas. As Stieg said in an interview, ‘Fifty years later, people still believe in this; the whole Neo-Nazi movement. There is absolutely no sense in this. They do it contrary to everything science tells us. Contrary to human goodness or altruism, contrary to rational thinking. And this is fascinating, why? – Eric Bronson

Racism will disappear when it’s no longer profitable, and no longer psychologically useful. And when that happens, it’ll be gone. But at the moment, people make a lot of money off of it, pro and con. – Toni Morrison

Racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, sexism, anything Nazi and a boatload of other things have no place in my life. – Sandra Bullock

Racism, because it favors color over talent, is bad for business. – Steven Pinker

Racism, Dr. Sam. I worry for my kids about racism. Racism doesn’t appear to take holidays or time off. What can I do about this stuff? – Allan Dare Pearce

Racism, hate, and bigotry are EVIL and WICKED no matter how you try to rationalize it. I couldn’t imagine living my life with this crap in my heart. I love building new relationships and I enjoy learning about different cultures! If people would change their thinking and open up their hearts, they’d be amazed at the beautiful relationships that they could have. And, for the record, I couldn’t imagine ALL of my friends being black. There are too many amazing people from different backgrounds that I still have yet to meet. NO WAY would I limit my relationships based on race, absolutely not! I am free to like and love who I want to and I won’t allow anybody to persuade me with their opinions. I have my own mind! I’m my own person! I refuse to dislike and/or hate another race ‘just because!’ I am Stephanie Lahart: BOLD. BRAVE. STRONG. – Stephanie Lahart

Racism, in the first place, is a weapon used by the wealthy to increase the profits they bring in by paying Black workers less for their work – Angela Davis

Racism, pollution and the rest of it are themselves very close to extinction. – Buckminster Fuller

Racism, prejudice and discrimination are an inexplicable collective stupidity. – Anderson Silva

Racism, sexism, and age-ism are all alive and well in the U.S. House. – Pramila Jayapal

Racism, sexism, heightism, ageism… the only do-goodism is baptism! – George T. Taylor

Racism, unfortunately, is part of the fabric of America’s society. – David Scott

Racism, xenophobia and unfair discrimination have spawned slavery, when human beings have bought and sold and owned and branded fellow human beings as if they were so many beasts of burden. – Desmond Tutu

Racism? But isn’t it only a form of misanthropy? – Joseph Brodsky

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“We are going to win our freedom because both the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of the Almighty God are embodied in our echoing demands. So however difficult it is during this period, however difficult it is to continue to live with the agony and the continued existence of racism, however difficult it is to live amidst the constant hurt, the constant insult and the constant disrespect, I can still sing we shall overcome. We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice.

We shall overcome because Carlisle is right. “No lie can live forever.” We shall overcome because William Cullen Bryant is right. “Truth crushed to earth will rise again.” We shall overcome because James Russell Lowell is right. “Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne.”   Yet that scaffold sways the future. We shall overcome because the Bible is right.  “You shall reap what you sow.” With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to speed up the day when all of God’s children all over this nation – black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old negro spiritual, “Free at Last, Free at Last, Thank God Almighty, We are Free At Last.”― Martin Luther King Jr.

I swear to the Lord
I still can’t see
Why Democracy means
Everybody but me. – Langston Hughes

I want to know
Why racism today
Was not clearly explained to me
Even though we covered events
That happened long ago.
I want to know why you
Never shared with us
Why other countries
Never liked us,
Why we are taught to compete,
To be divided in teams,
And why conformity is associated
With popularity, while
Eccentricity is considered Undesirable? – Suzy Kassem

So join with me in this campaign. Lend me your strength and your support-and together, we will call America home to the ideals that nourished us in the beginning.
From secrecy, and deception in high places, come home, America…
From military spending so wasteful that it weakens our nation, come home, America.
From the entrenchment of special privilege and tax favoritism-
From the waste of idle hands to the joy of useful labor-
From the prejudice of race and sex-
From the loneliness of the aging poor and the despair of the neglected sick, come home, America.
Come home to the affirmation that we have a dream.
Come home to the conviction that we can move our country forward.
Come home to the belief that we can seek a newer world.
And let us be joyful in the homecoming,
for:’ this land is your land, this land is my land.
From California to the New York Islands.
From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters.
This land was made for you and me.’
May God grant us the wisdom to cherish this good land and to meet the great challenge that beckons us home. This is the time. – George McGovern

‘Can people of color be racist?’ I reply, ‘The answer depends on your definition of racism.’ If one defines racism as racial prejudice, the answer is yes. People of color can and do have racial prejudices. However, if one defines racism as a system of advantage based on race, the answer is no. People of color are not racist because they do not systematically benefit from racism. And equally important, there is no systematic cultural and institutional support or sanction for the racial bigotry of people of color. In my view, reserving the term racist only for behaviors committed by whites in the context of a white-dominated society is a way of acknowledging the ever-present power differential afforded whites by the culture and institutions that make up the system of advantage and continue to reinforce notions of white superiority. (Using the same logic, I reserve the word sexist for men. Though women can and do have gender-based prejudices, only men systematically benefit from sexism.) – Paula S. Rothenberg

‘Color-blind’ comes up – people say ‘Oh, I’m color-blind and therefore can’t be accused of racism,’ but I think that if we are going to have an honest dialogue about racism, we have to admit that people of color are having a different experience. – Justin Simien

‘Diversity’ too often diverts attention from the root problem: Normative whiteness. – Lisa Kemmerer

‘Eugenics Manifesto’ was the name given to an article supporting eugenics. The document, which appeared in Nature, September 16, 1939, was a joint statement issued by America’s and Britain’s most prominent biologists, and was widely referred to as the ‘Eugenics Manifesto.’ The manifesto was a response to a request from Science Service, of Washington, D.C. for a reply to the question ‘How could the world’s population be improved most effectively genetically?’ Two of the main signatories and authors were Hermann J. Muller and Julian Huxley. Julian Huxley, as this book documents, was the founding director of UNESCO from the famous Huxley family. Muller was an American geneticist, educator and Nobel laureate best known for his work on the physiological and genetic effects of radiation. Put into the context of the timeline, this document was published 15 years after ‘Mein Kampf’ and a year after the highly publicized violence of Kristallnacht. In other words, there is no way either Muller or Huxley were unaware at the moment of publication of the historical implications of eugenic agendas. – A.E. Samaan

‘It’s an insidious thing,’ Wanda said. ‘It never happens overnight. This kind of thing crept into our community a long time ago. It latched on. It fed on prejudice. Selfishness. Peoples inability to see life through someone else’s eyes. And it grew, bigger and bigger, until we got to a point where some people don’t even question why a cop should be allowed to shoot first and ask questions later’. – Mark Oshiro

‘Let us have peace.’ But there was the black man looming like a dark ghost on the horizon. He was the child of force and greed, and the father of wealth and war. His labor was indispensable, and the loss of it would have cost many times the cost of the war. If the Negro has been silent, his very presence would have announced his plight. He was not silence. He was in usual evidence. He was writing petitions, making speeches, parading with returned soldiers, reciting his adventures as slave and freeman. Even dumb and still, he must be noticed. His poverty has to be relieved, and emancipation in his case had to mean poverty. If he had to work, he had to have land and tools. If his labor was in reality to be free labor, he had to have legal freedom and civil rights. His ignorance could only be removed by that very education which the law of the South had long denied him and the custom of the North had made exceedingly difficult. Thus civil status and legal freedom, food, clothes and tools, access to land and help to education, were the minimum demands of four million laborers, and these demands no man could ignore, Northerner or Southerner, Abolitionist or Copperhead, laborer or captain of industry. How did the nation face this paradox and dilemma? – W E B Du Bois

‘The Birth of a Nation’ occupies a view of the South not far from Scarlett O’Hara’s in ‘Gone With the Wind,’ and modern audiences have to wrestle with that beloved movie’s romanticizing of racism. – Richard Corliss

‘The dwarf?’ Malcolm paused and thought a moment. ‘Well, I wasn’t referring to him specifically. But now that you bring it up, I should point out that you run the risk of painting a whole race with the same ugly brush, which could have unexpected consequences in the future’. – Michael J. Sullivan

‘There’s nothing wrong with your color, being you,’ he said firmly. ‘Nothing wrong with what the good Lord gives us in His world, Cussy Mary.’ He didn’t know, couldn’t know, the load I’d carried as a Blue, the scorn and hatred and gruesome marriage. How dare Pa call me vain and now Jackson. How dare he too? ‘Nothing wrong—’ Jackson repeated. I stepped back and shot out a shaky hand. ‘No, Jackson Lovett, you’re wrong. There is nothing wrong with your color in your world, a world that wants only whiteness’. – Kim Michele Richardson

‘Those white things have taken all I had or dreamed,’she said, ‘and broke my heartstrings too. There is no bad luck in the world but whitefolks’. – Toni Morrison

‘Ulysses’ is the greatest anti-racist text in the English language, and it challenges right from the beginning the vicious racism which lies near the foundations of the Irish Free State and of the Irish republic. – Tom Paulin

‘We need a conversion of morals,’ the elderly man said. ‘Not just superficially, but profoundly. And in both races. We need a great saint-some enlightened common sense. Otherwise, we’ll never have the right answers…’ – John Howard Griffin

‘What matters is that we know,’ I said. ‘Those ignorant haters who discriminate based on nationality and ethnicity are pathetic. We need to educate ourselves and make ourselves stronger and forgive them. Not that I’m anywhere near that yet’. – Kazuki Kaneshiro

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A ‘black’ man who draws a ‘black’ person with big lips is called observant. A ‘white’ man who does the same is called a racist. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

A ‘racist’ thinks themselves better than other races. An ‘elitist’ thinks they are better than everyone. – A.E. Samaan

A black person grows up in this country – and in many places – knowing that racism will be as familiar as salt to the tongue. Also, it can be as dangerous as too much salt. I think that you must struggle for betterment for yourself and for everyone. – Maya Angelou

A bunch of Latinas at Pitzer College decided to let white girls know that they shouldn’t wear hoops anymore, because that’s appropriating a style…. I’ve never worn hoop earrings for the purpose of ‘feeling ethnic,’ nor have I ever associated hoop earrings with a certain culture. They’ve always been an accessory I like. It’s really as simple as that….I can’t wear hoops because I didn’t ‘create the culture as a coping mechanism for marginalization’? I can’t wear hoops because I’m not a feminist? I can’t wear hops because some Latinas can’t afford it? I can’t wear hoops because I refuse to buy into your hypersensitive BS?…. Does anyone else realize how completely ridiculous that sounds? – Hannah Bleau

A centre of racism is a point of pain, a point of no justice and a house of oppression. – Auliq Ice

A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi… has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It’s not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for. – Thurgood Marshall

A common thread that weaves the stories of all the captives together is race—one racial group attacking another. Many innocent people were simply trying to live their ordinary lives when another group decided it was justifiable to use violence to rob, beat, murder, kidnap, sometimes mutilate, and enslave others and their loved ones. – Noel Marie Fletcher

A coward’s gun is emptied when fear pulls the trigger, and hate is the ammunition of choice. – T.F. Hodge

A democratic state will protect the freedom to hold any beliefs other than those that harm others, such as racism. In particular, it will see to it that no one is harmed just because of her beliefs. – Mario Bunge

A few years ago, (Barack Obama) would have been getting us coffee. – William J. Clinton

A fundamental but very challenging part of my work is moving white people from an individual understanding of racism – i.e. only some people are racist and those people are bad – to a structural understanding. – Robin DiAngelo

A group of white South Africans recently killed a black lawyer because he was black. That was wrong. They should have killed him because he was a lawyer. – A. Whitney Brown

A growing body of social science research reveals that atheists, and non-religious people in general, are far from the unsavory beings many assume them to be. On basic questions of morality and human decency – issues such as governmental use of torture, the death penalty, punitive hitting of children, racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, environmental degradation or human rights – the irreligious tend to be more ethical than their religious peers, particularly compared with those who describe themselves as very religious. – Gregory S. Paul

A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. – Martin Luther King Jr.

A kind of racism still exists in the United States, and Islamophobia is a more convenient way to express that sentiment. There has also been an attempt to paint Muslims as enemies of the United States. – Feisal Abdul Rauf

A lot is said by the fact that you are unlikely to listen to an entire album by an African American rapper without coming across the word ‘police’. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

A lot of different races and nationalities play football, so it is a good way to try and stop racism. – Thierry Henry

A lot of people experience racism at different times on different terms. – Luol Deng

A lot of people felt defeated and hopeless by Trump’s election. But I feel his election should energize people to resist apathy, ignorance, sexism, xenophobia, and racism. – Shepard Fairey

A lot of people thought oh, we caught the dictionary in racism, or all it takes is a whole bunch of people saying that a word is bad for the dictionary to change it. That’s not the case. For nude, things that are called nude color, that color palate has broadened very recently, in the last maybe seven to 10 years, and now covers all skin tones. – Kory Stamper

A lot of racism going on in the world right now. Who’s more racist? Black people or white people? Black people. You know why? ‘Cuz we hate black people too! Everything white people don’t like about black people, black people really don’t like about black people. – Chris Rock

A lot of times, when you have a story of minorities in America, it’s always this super, oppositional thing. It’s segregation, it’s the racism, and those are the hard facts of the story. – Margot Lee Shetterly

A majority of Americans want redemption for racism – for our terrible, destructive racist past – and so see a vote for Obama as redemptive. – Gloria Steinem

A man can be honest in any sort of skin. – Herman Melville

A man who tosses worms in the river isn’t ‘t necessarily a friend of the fish. All the fish who take him for a friend, who think the worm’s got no hook in it, usually end up in the frying pan. – Malcolm X

A man with a rifle or a club can only be stopped by a person who defends himself with a rifle or a club. That’s equality. If the United States government doesn’t want you and me to have rifles, then take the rifles away from those racists. If they don’t want you and me to use clubs, take the clubs away from the racists. If they don’t want you and me to get violent, then stop the racists from being violent. Don’t teach us non-violence!!! – Malcolm X

A molti, individui o popoli, può accadere di ritenere, piú o meno consapevolmente, che «ogni straniero è nemico». Per lo piú questa convinzione giace in fondo agli animi come una infezione latente; si manifesta solo in atti saltuari e incoordinati, e non sta all’origine di un sistema di pensiero. Ma quando questo avviene, quando il dogma inespresso diventa premessa maggiore di un sillogismo, allora, al termine della catena, sta il Lager. – Primo Levi

A new civil rights movement cannot be organized around the relics of the earlier system of control if it is to address meaningfully the racial realities of our time. Any racial justice movement, to be successful, must vigorously challenge the public consensus that underlies the prevailing system of control. Nooses, racial slurs, and overt bigotry are widely condemned by people across the political spectrum; they are understood to be remnants of the past, no longer reflective of the prevailing public consensus about race. Challenging these forms of racism is certainly necessary, as we must always remain vigilant, but it will do little to shake the foundations of the current system of control. The new caste system, unlike its predecessors, is officially colorblind. We must deal with it on its own terms. – Michelle Alexander

A nostalgia é, essencialmente, história sem sentimento de culpa. E aceita desse modo, ela se torna uma abdicação da responsabilidade pessoal. Esquecemos que, socialmente, os anos 80 foram uma época de preconceitos intensos. Misoginia, racismo, homofobia, tudo mostrado de um modo tão agressivo que tinha o efeito prático de silenciar qualquer voz dissonante. Como a censura, isso tinha o efeito prático, anos depois, de gerar o famoso fenômeno da falsa memória, de um problema que não existia porque ‘ninguém falava nele’. Silenciar a dissonância é sempre uma forma de apagá-la. – Samir Machado de Machado

A parish is no longer a really Catholic parish in spirit if on the grounds of race it bans any people from its ministrations or treats them in matters that belong to the parish as minors or unequals. – John LaFarge S.J.

A part of being black in America and, you know, I presume being any minority, is constantly being told that we’re being too aware of race somehow, we’re obsessed with it or we’re seeing racism where there just isn’t racism. – Jordan Peele

A person’s disposition should serve as a narrative of their lives not the pigmentation of their skin. – Henry Johnson Jr

A racially integrated community is a chronological term timed from the entrance of the first black family to the exit of the last white family. – Saul Alinsky

A racist is just an ignorant man afraid of people who are different from him. – Alaa Al Aswany

A racist mind is an enemy of its happiness. – Edmond Mbiaka

A racist notion found in neoshamanic circles is placing high value on indigenous wisdom but not on indigenous people. – S. Kelley Harrell

A rare book at once of great importance and wonderful to read…. Gould presents a fascinating historical study of scientific racism, tracing it through monogeny and polygeny, phrenology , recapitulation, and hereditarian IQ theory. He stops at each point to illustrate both the logical inconsistencies of the theories and the prejudicially motivated, albeit unintentional, misuse of data in each case…. A major addition to the scientific literature. – Stephen Jay Gould

A stereotype is not a stereotype if it’s true. – Ron DeLegge II

A strong presence of racism can weaken the strength of any nation. – Edmond Mbiaka

A transplanted Irishman, German, Englishman is an American in one generation. A transplanted African is not one in five! – Barbara Chase-Riboud

A vision of cultural homogeneity that seeks to deflect attention away from or even excuse the oppressive, dehumanizing impact of white supremacy on the lives of black people by suggesting black people are racist too indicates that the culture remains ignorant of what racism really is and how it works. It shows that people are in denial. Why is it so difficult for many white folks to understand that racism is oppressive not because white folks have prejudicial feelings about blacks (they could have such feelings and leave us alone) but because it is a system that promotes domination and subjugation? – Bell hooks

A white person listens to my act and he laughs and he thinks, ‘Yeah, that’s the way I see it too.’ Okay. He’s white. I’m Negro. And we both see things the same way. That must mean that we are alike….. So I figure I’m doing as much for good race relations as the next guy. – Bill Cosby

A white person was by definition somebody. Other people needed, across their hearts, one steel rib. – Gish Jen

A white person who claims to have no impediment of vision in this country is not, I think, telling the whole truth. And when it comes to race relations, not telling the whole truth about the fog one inhabits slows down the work of groping forward. – Naomi Wolf

A whole nation cannot rise above itself. – Alexis de Tocqueville

Abortion and racism are both symptoms of a fundamental human error. The error is thinking that when someone stands in the way of our wants, we can justify getting that person out of our lives. Abortion and racism stem from the same poisonous root, selfishness. – Alveda King

Abortion and racism are evil twins, born of the same lie. Where racism now hides its face in public, abortion is accomplishing the goals of which racism only once dreamed. Together, abortionists are destroying humanity at large and the black community in particular. – Alveda King

According to racism, the value of a person is determined not by his personality but by belonging to a particular ‘racial population’. – Sunday Adelaja

Achievement has no color – Abraham Lincoln

Acknowledging the realities of structural and institutional racism is hard for conscionable white people. It might ask them to consider how they’re personally implicated, or have gained from systems that have oppressed and rejected others. It might require them to take a next step. It’s easier to say, “I don’t see race,” or to dismiss the Black Lives Matter movement as structureless and theatrical than to embrace and promote its most basic premise, which is to believe that black lives have worth. – Emily Raboteau

Act now, because people are dying now in this unjust system. How many lives have been ground up by racial prejudice and hate? How many opportunities have we already lost? Act and talk and learn and fuck up and learn some more and act again and do better. We have to do this all at once. We have to learn and fight at the same time. Because people have been waiting far too long for their chance to live as equals in this society. – Ijeoma Oluo

Actually I’m more culturally Muslim than religiously but being Muslim is an important part of my identity. As Muslim, I feel it’s important to counter any form of bigotry, be it anti-Semitism, homophobia, racism, etc. These forms of hate share a common denominator of misinformation and intentional fear mongering. – Aasif Mandvi

Adah could not stop thinking about her discovery that the whites were just as fallible as everyone else. There were bad whites and good whites, just as there were bad blacks and good blacks! Why then did they claim to be superior? – Buchi Emecheta

Adults who loved and knew me, on many occasions sat me down and told me that I was black. As you could imagine, this had a profound impact on me and soon became my truth. Every friend I had was black; my girlfriends were black. I was seen as black, treated as black, and endured constant overt racism as a young black teenager. – Shaun King

Advertising and marketing philosophies that thrive on emphasizing ‘natural’ differences don’t stay in the realm of advertising and marketing–they spill into how we justify sexism and racism at every life stage. – Andi Zeisler

Aesthetic racism is almost always a sign of inexperience. Those who have not made their way far enough into the world of amorous delights judge women only by what can be seen. But those who really know women understand that the eye reveals only a minute fraction of what a woman can offer us. When God bade mankind be fruitful and multiply, Doctor, He was thinking of the ugly as well as of the beautiful. I am convinced I might add, that the aesthetic criterion does not come from God but from the devil. In paradise no distinction was made between ugliness and beauty. – Milan Kundera

African-Amendment. – Darnell Lamont Walker

African-Americans know about racism, but I don’t think we really know the causes. I decided it’s first of all a family problem. – Bebe Moore Campbell

Africans who immigrate to America know how little racism exists there. They suspect it before emigrating from Africa, and they know it after arriving in America. Indeed, America, the Left’s depiction of it notwithstanding, is the least racist country in the world. – Dennis Prager

After graduating high school, Betty attended the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, the alma mater of both her parents. My mother relocated to New York because she refused to accept the oppressive racism of the Jim Crow south. – Ilyasah Shabazz

After the big holidays each year – such as Labor Day or the Fourth of July – the statisticians announce the total of lives lost on the nation’s highways through reckless driving. The public shudders, parents warn their young, and committees ponder as to how to prevent such a waste of human life. Yet the highway casualties are trifling in comparison with the human waste caused by unresolved racial conflicts in this country. – John LaFarge S.J.

After the Reagan years, there were only three people of color in the Republican Party. Their slogan was ‘Republicans – the Other White Meat.’ George [H.] Bush tried to dispel the ‘whites only’ image of his party, often referring to his Mexican-American grandkids as ‘the little brown ones over there,’ and nominated Clarence Uncle Thomas to the Supreme Court. – Kate Clinton

After years of working with missionaries, I am tempted to conclude that their endeavors merely prolong a dying race’s agonies for ten or twenty years. The merciful plowman shoots a trusty horse grown too old for service. As philanthropists, might it not be our duty to likewise ameliorate the savages’ sufferings by hastening their extinction? Think of your Red Indians, Adam, think on the treaties you Americans abrogate & renege on, time & time & time again. More humane, surely & more honest, just to knock the savages on the head & get it over with? – David Mitchell

Age-based retirement arbitrarily severs productive persons from their livelihood, squanders their talents, scars their health, strains an already overburdened Social Security system, and drives many elderly people into poverty and despair. Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism. – Claude Pepper

Ageism is a variation of racism or sexism, all the other isms. – Hugh Hefner

Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism. – Claude Pepper

Ageism is the racism of the gay world. We really believe that age-and all of our fears that it carries-will “rub off” on us, the way that racists once believed blackness would. – Perry Brass

Al Campanis made people finally understand what goes on behind closed doors – that there is racism in baseball. – Frank Robinson

All Americans are the prisoners of racial prejudice. – Shirley Chisholm

All around the world, tourist boards advertise trips to Britain with images of the great castles and cathedrals that occupy the commanding heights of our landscape. They seem timeless and typically English. It is rarely mentioned that they are predominately French – proud monuments to the invasion that signals the end of England’s ‘dark age’. – Robert Winder

All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them. No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. – Elie Wiesel

All humans are part of the rainbow and the miracle of Gods infinite universe. no race is better then another. all are beautiful and a part of the miracle of the Oneness of all that is manifest. – Leland Lewis

All my life, I faced sexism and racism and then, when I hit 40, ageism. – Rita Moreno

All nationalism is based on racism and hate. I’m Scottish; I was born in Scotland, as my parents, as my grandparents. – Philip Kerr

All nationalistic distinctions – all claims to be better than somebody else because you have a different-shaped skull or speak a different dialect – are entirely spurious, but they are important so long as people believe in them. – George Orwell

All of my history as an African-American woman, as a Jewish woman, as a Muslim woman. I’m bringing everything I ever knew, and all the stories I’ve read – everything good, strong, kind and powerful. I bring it all with me into every situation, and I will not allow my life to be minimized by anybody’s racism or sexism or ageism. – Maya Angelou

All of you are aware of the tragic history of racism in America, but for a very long time, African-Americans and their white allies came together and they struggled and they stood up for justice and they stood up to lynching and they stood up to segregation and the stood up to a nation where African-Americans couldn’t even vote in America. – Bernie Sanders

All people who have reached the point of becoming nations tend to despise foreigners, but there is not much doubt that the English-speaking races are the worst offenders. One can see this from the fact that as soon as they become fully aware of any foreign race they invent an insulting nickname for it. – George Orwell

All racism is wrong, and denying that it exists does not make it go away. – Roger Ross Williams

All racists are irresponsible. – James A. Baldwin

All right, Schwartz, tackle my mind now. Go as deep as you want. I was born on Baronn in the Sirius Sector. I lived my life in an atmosphere of anti-Terrestrialism in the formative years, so I can’t help what flaws and follies lie at the roots of my subconscious. But look on the surface and tell me if, in my adult years, I have not fought bigotry in myself. Not in others; that would be easy. But in myself, and as hard as I could. – Isaac Asimov

All social inequalities which have ceased to be considered expedient, assume the character not of simple inexpediency, but of injustice, and appear so tyrannical, that people are apt to wonder how they ever could have been tolerated; forgetful that they themselves perhaps tolerate other inequalities under an equally mistaken notion of expediency, the correction of which would make that which they approve seem quite as monstrous as what they have at last learnt to condemn. The entire history of social improvement has been a series of transitions, by which one custom or institution after another, from being a supposed primary necessity of social existence, has passed into the rank of a universally stigmatised injustice and tyranny. So it has been with the distinctions of slaves and freemen, nobles and serfs, patricians and plebeians; and so it will be, and in part already is, with the aristocracies of colour, race, and sex. – John Stuart Mill

All social inequalities which have ceased to be considered expedient, assume the character not of simple inexpediency, but of injustice, and appear so tyrannical, that people are apt to wonder how they ever could have. been tolerated; forgetful that they themselves perhaps tolerate other inequalities under an equally mistaken notion of expediency, the correction of which would make that which they approve seem quite as monstrous as what they have at last learnt to condemn. – John Stuart Mill

All the many brands of suppression – racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, classism – are historical; they have not been always with us. It was not ever thus. And it’s not going to be this way, come the revolution! – Clara Fraser

All the negro asks is that the door which rewards industry, thrift, intelligence and character be left as wide open for him as for the foreigner who constantly comes to our country. More than this he has no right to request. Less than this a republic has no right to withhold. – Booker T. Washington

All these walls that keep us from loving each other as one family or one race – racism, religion, where we grew up, whatever, class, socioeconomic – what makes us be so selfish and prideful, what keeps us from wanting to help the next man, what makes us be so focused on a personal legacy as opposed to the entire legacy of a race. – Kanye West

Almost all of my early art dealt with the fallout from middle-class taboos, the messy, the ambivalent emotions couples felt, the inherent racism, the sexual tensions and the unhappiness roiling below the surface of our prim suburban lives. Meanwhile I was a suburban bad boy – cynical, sarcastic, contemptuous of all authority. – Eric Fischl

Alone, we are great, but together, we are better. – Izey Victoria Odiase

Although a handful of progressive individuals favoured independence from Spain, Cuba’s economic elite was conservative, fearful of the economic and social consequences of a break with the colonial motherland. Without Spanish support, the planters would not be able to sustain the slave system on which their economic power was based, nor would they be strong enough to crush slave revolts – Richard Gott

Although I have always rejected this fear of the other, and the racism that it inevitably fuels, I have learned from experience that it is a deeply rooted need in the human psyche. at the slightest provocation we will put distance between ourselves and those we cannot or do not want to understand – Susan Nathan

Although much of the media have their antennae out to pick up anything that might be construed as racism against blacks, they resolutely ignore even the most blatant racism by blacks against others. – Thomas Sowell

Although people like Deborah Lipstadt, the Emory University professor who has written and lectured widely on Holocaust denial, have exhorted Jewish parents to just say no to intermarriage, much the way they expect their children not to take drugs, a large majority of parents (and more than a few rabbis) are unable to lay down opposition to intermarriage as a strict operating principle. – Ellen J. McClain

Although racism does, of course, occur in individual acts, these acts are part of a larger system that we all participate in. The focus on individual incidences prevents the analysis that is necessary in order to challenge this larger system. – Robin DiAngelo

Although slavery may have been abolished, the crippling poison of racism still persists, and the struggle still continues. – Harry Belafonte

Always remember: You have to identify the disease before you can begin work on a cure. In the case of support for Donald Trump, the results are in: It isn’t the economy. It’s the racism, stupid. – Mehdi Hasan

America has always been the home of the brave, but it has never been the land of the free. – A.K. Kuykendall

America is just as much a colonial power as England ever was. America is just as much a colonial power as France ever was. In fact, America is more so a colonial power than they, because she is a hypocritical colonial power behind it. What is 20th — what, what do you call second-class citizenship? Why, that’s colonization. Second-class citizenship is nothing but 20th slavery. How you gonna to tell me you’re a second-class citizen? They don’t have second-class citizenship in any other government on this Earth. They just have slaves and people who are free! Well, this country is a hypocrite! They try and make you think they set you free by calling you a second-class citizen. No, you’re nothing but a 20th century slave. – Malcolm X

America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white, but the white attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all together, irrespective of their color. – Malcolm X

America’s indispensable working class existed as property beyond the realm of politics, leaving white Americans free to trumpet their love of freedom and democratic values. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

America’s put American Black Folks in such a bad position, empty plates and glasses now get us full. – Darnell Lamont Walker

America’s racism is among their own fellow whites. That’s where sincere whites who really mean to accomplish something have got to work. – Malcolm X

America. Where property damage is a greater offense than genocide. – Darnell Lamont Walker

American slavery was specifically racist slavery. It could not exist apart from racism, and could not be separated from it. Slavery was a massive institution, but its evil was only enabled by the constraints of law and power. Change the law, and you can end the slaver, for the slavery rested on law. But racism rests in the heart and mind. You can change laws, but changing hearts is a whole different matter. Once the slavery was taken away, the racism still existed. The hearts of millions of whiles hated and despised blacks just as before, only now even more so. Now they would have the added insult of an occupying government and military force attempting to make them live as equals – politically at the very least. If the racism remained, unrepentant and unhealed – and it certainly did – the evil would only manifest in a new way. – Joel McDurmon

American society makes it next to impossible for humans to meet in America and not be conscious of their color differences. And we both agreed that if racism could be removed, America could offer a society where rich and poor could truly live like human beings….The white man is not inherently evil, but America’s racist society influences him to act evilly. The society has produced and nourishes a psychology which brings out the lowest, most base part of human beings. – Malcolm X

Americans love to talk about the Constitution and how it protects the rights of every citizen and promises freedom to every citizen, but it’s also a country based on racism and they don’t talk about that too much and every time there’s a film which deals with it there’s certain parts of the country that feel uncomfortable. – Denzel Washington

Americans would prefer that immigrants do their jobs and then disappear at the end of the day. – George F. Will

Americans, unhappily, have the most remarkable ability to alchemize all bitter truths into an innocuous but piquant confection and to transform their moral contradictions, or public discussion of such contradictions, into a proud decoration, such as are given for heroism on the field of battle. – James Baldwin

An abolitionist is, as I have developed that notion, one who (1) maintains that we cannot justify animal use, however ‘humane’ it may be; (2) rejects welfare campaigns that seek more ‘humane’ exploitation, or single-issue campaigns that seek to portray one form of animal exploitation as morally worse than other forms of animal exploitation (e.g., a campaign that seeks to distinguish fur from wool or leather); and (3) regards veganism, or the complete rejection of the consumption or use of any animal products, as a moral baseline. An abolitionist regards creative, nonviolent vegan education as the primary form of activism, because she understands that the paradigm will not shift until we address demand and educate people to stop thinking of animals as things we eat, wear, or use as our resources. – Gary L. Francione

An activist produces power and policy change, not mental change. If a person has no record of power or policy change, then that person is not an activist. – Ibram X. Kendi

An elevator doesn’t exist without its freight. If there’s no one to get on, the elevator remains in quiescence. The elevator and the passenger need each other. – Colson Whitehead

An institution rooted in slavery cannot be the voice of our people. – DaShanne Stokes

An insuperable difference of race, made by God and not by man, and of character and social condition, makes it plainly impossible for a black man to teach and rule white Christians to edification. – Robert Lewis Dabney

An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself. This is difference made legal. By the same token, a just law is a code that a majority compels a minority to follow and that it is willing to follow itself. This is sameness made legal. – Martin Luther King Jr.

And all Negroes at some period of their lives there is that yearning for a sense of group unity that is the yearning of men for a flag: for a unity that cannot be compromised, that cannot be bought; that is conscious of itself, of its strength, that is militant. – Ralph Ellison

And Charles turned around and called back without thinking, ‘You know, you’re awfully lucky you boys are white.’ He didn’t know why he said it. It had broken out of him. He’d wanted to speak with love: that was all that he’d asked for that day, but now there was a shocked silence. Oh shit, Charles thought. I’m fired for sure. – Kaitlyn Greenidge

And how easy it is to recognize the revenant shapes that the old unchanging enemies—racism, leader worship, superstition—assume when they reappear amongst us (often bodyguarded by their new apologists). – Christopher Hitchens

And I get angry. Because we’ve tried so hard. Ninety-six percent of Black women tried so hard in voting against him. And not only did this country not elect Clinton, it elected a person who publicly supported sexual assault, a man one accused of rape by his daughter Ivanka’s mother. I am angry with the Democratic Party for not knowing that there could have been and should have been a better candidate and angry that a better campaign — a campaign that honored the journey, that included community in real and transformative ways — was not launched. I am angry I didn’t realize — or accept on a cellular level — how wedded to racism and misogyny average Americans are. I am angry at my own naiveté. Our own naiveté. There was a real and substantive difference between these two candidates and we didn’t take that seriously enough. – Patrisse Khan-Cullors

And I’ll close by saying this. Because anti-Semitism is the godfather of racism and the gateway to tyranny and fascism and war, it is to be regarded not as the enemy of the Jewish people, I learned, but as the common enemy of humanity and of civilisation, and has to be fought against very tenaciously for that reason, most especially in its current, most virulent form of Islamic Jihad. Daniel Pearl’s revolting murderer was educated at the London School of Economics. Our Christmas bomber over Detroit was from a neighboring London college, the chair of the Islamic Students’ Society. Many pogroms against Jewish people are being reported from all over Europe today as I’m talking, and we can only expect this to get worse, and we must make sure our own defenses are not neglected. Our task is to call this filthy thing, this plague, this—this pest, by its right name; to make unceasing resistance to it, knowing all the time that it’s probably ultimately ineradicable, and bearing in mind that its hatred towards us is a compliment, and resolving (some of the time, at any rate) to do a bit more to deserve it. Thank you. – Christopher Hitchens

And if we are to open employment opportunities in this country for members of all races and creeds, then the Federal Government must set an example. The President himself must set the key example. I am not going to promise a Cabinet post or any other post to any race or ethnic group. That is racism in reverse at its worst. So I do not promise to consider race or religion in my appointments if I am successful. I promise only that I will not consider them. – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

And in ‘Elbow Room’ the cast sings the glories of westward expansion in the United States, which involved the murder of native peoples and the violent conquest of half of Mexico. Among the lines in the song is one that intones, ‘There were plenty of fights / To win land right / But the West was meant to be / It was our Manifest Destiny?’ Let it suffice to say that happily belting out a tune in which one merrily praises genocide is always easier for those whose ancestors weren’t on the receiving end of the deal. – Tim Wise

And the basis on which we agreed to operate with them involved a manifesto, where it states that we proceed from different ideologies and policies. One thing that we insisted on was that they should take an oath to reject racism and discrimination. – Mangosuthu Buthelezi

And the more the image of black men is connected to everything wrong with the world, the easier it is to justify killing us. Racism comes to be seen as a natural reaction to the existence of black monsters. – Mychal Denzel Smith

And this is the dwarfing, warping, distorting influence which operates upon each and every colored man in the United States. He is forced to take his outlook on all things, not from the viewpoint of a citizen, or a man, or even a human being, but from the viewpoint of a colored man. It is wonderful to me that the race has progressed so broadly as it has, since most of its thought and all of its activity must run through the narrow neck of this one funnel. – James Weldon Johnson

And we intend to expand it from the level of civil rights to the level of human rights. As long as you fight it on the level of civil rights, you’re under Uncle Sam’s jurisdiction. You’re going to his court expecting him to correct the problem. He created the problem. He’s the criminal! You don’t take your case to the criminal, you take your criminal to court. – Malcolm X

And what is the Republican solution to these outrageous [racial] inequalities? There isn’t one. And that’s the point. Denying racism is the new racism. To not acknowledge those statistics, to think of that as a ‘black problem’ and not an American problem. To believe, as a majority of FOX viewers do, that reverse-racism is a bigger problem than racism, that’s racist. – Bill Maher

And what’s his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us; do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge! The villainy you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction. – William Shakespeare

And when I speak, I don’t speak as a Democrat or a Republican, nor an American. I speak as a victim of America’s so-called democracy. You and I have never seen democracy – all we’ve seen is hypocrisy. – Malcolm X

And while Canada purports to be multicultural, Toronto in particular, a place where everyone is holding hands and cops are handing out ice cream cones instead of, say, shooting black men, our inability to talk about race and its complexities actually means our racism is arguably more insidious. We rarely acknowledge it, and when we do, we’re punished, as if we’re speaking badly of an elderly relative who can’t help but make fun of the Irish. The white majority doesn’t like being reminded that the cultural landscape is still flawed, still broken… – Scaachi Koul

And yet it had come to this: a cult that followed a dogmatic hard line of exclusion and repression, believed its teachings alone were the way that others must follow, and claimed special knowledge of something that had happened more than five centuries ago. It did nothing to soften its rigid stance, nothing to heal wounds that it had helped to create by deliberately shunning people of other Races, and nothing to explore the possibility of other beliefs. It held its ground even in the face of hard evidence that perhaps it had misjudged and refused to consider that it was courting a danger that might destroy everyone. p96 – Terry Brooks

And you know who’s especially stupid? People who look at how unexceptional and bland and boring they are and say, ‘You know how I can remedy this? I will take solace in the accomplishments of my entire race. That way, I can draw attention away from the fact that I personally have not accomplished shit!’ – T.J. Kirk

And you said ‘I don’t make friends.’ ‘With you it’s personality, with me it’s good old-fashioned racism’. – Robert Pobi

Andy once clipped a magazine article about how black dogs are always the last to be adopted at shelters and, therefore, more likely to be put down. Which is totally Dog Racism, if you ask me. – Stephanie Perkins

Anger is an appropriate reaction to racist attitudes, as is fury when the actions arising from those attitudes do not change. – Audre Lorde

Anti-black racism operates at a society-wide level and colludes in a seamless web of policies, practices, and beliefs to oppress and disempower black communities. – Opal Tometi

Anti-racists must acknowledge that patriarchy has long been a weapon of racism and cannot sit comfortably in any politic of racial transformation. – Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

Anti-white racism is developing in sections of our cities where individuals – some of whom have French nationality – contemptuously designate French people as gaulois on the pretext they don’t share the same religion, color or origins. – Jean-Francois Cope

Antiblack racism is not only happening in the United States. It’s actually happening all across the globe. – Opal Tometi

Antisemitism is unique among religious hatreds. It is a racist conspiracy theory fashioned for the needs of messianic and brutal rulers, as dictators from the Tsars to the Islamists via the Nazis have shown. Many other alleged religious ‘hatreds’ are not hatreds in the true sense. If I criticise Islamic, Orthodox Jewish or Catholic attitudes towards women, for instance, and I’m accused of being a bigot, I shrug and say it is not bigoted to oppose bigotry. – Nick Cohen

Any concept of one person being superior to another can lead to racism. – Walter Lang

Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Any racial reconciliation we’ve had in this country has come not out of confrontation but out of a spirit of reconciliation. If we continue to practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we’ll eventually end up with a land of people who are blind and toothless. – Andrew Young

Any racism or barriers that may be put up, you get a tremendous sense of resistance. The more you push me, the greater I am. You can’t hold me down. And the church helped me do that. My family helped that. The whole issue of struggle is critical in my life. Resistance, finding ways to resist. That does not mean you do somebody in to get it. No, it means finding ways to be human in what you do, but making sure that you get it done. – Cecil Williams

Any serious social, political, and economic change must include veganism. – Gary L. Francione

Any time there’s racism somewhere in sports, we should get it out of there because sports is a place where everything’s supposed to be fair. – Ice Cube

Anyone leading a violent rebellion must be prepared to make an honest assessment regarding the possible casualties to a minority population confronting a well-armed, wealthy majority with a fanatical right wing that would delight in exterminating thousands of black men, women and children. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Anything being perceived as being superior takes the noun. And everything that isn’t, that’s judged to be inferior, requires an adjective. So there are black novelists and novelists. There are women physicians and physicians. Male nurses and nurses. – Gloria Steinem

Anytime you’re saying that a person will be thinking one way or another or biased one way or another just based upon race, I just think it’s certainly going to be subject to that criticism of racism. – Matt Mead

Anywhere in the world you go, you find racism, discrimination. Not just in the United States, or in Texas. It’s very sad for me, but that’s the way it is. I can’t change the world by myself. I, being Hispanic, have also faced discrimination. But … the world keeps turning. – Selena

Apartheid still hangs in the air like a poisonous cloud left over from chemical warfare. – Dervla Murphy

Apathy is not compatible with love – Simon Tam

Arab’ is the new four-letter word, didn’t you know? – Anissa Rafeh

Are you ready to sacrifice to end world hunger? To sacrifice to end colonialism? To end neo-colonialism? To end racism? To end sexism? – Assata Shakur

Arguably the most important parallel between mass incarceration and Jim Crow is that both have served to define the meaning and significance of race in America. Indeed, a primary function of any racial caste system is to define the meaning of race in its time. Slavery defined what it meant to be black (a slave), and Jim Crow defined what it meant to be black (a second-class citizen). Today mass incarceration defines the meaning of blackness in America: black people, especially black men, are criminals. That is what it means to be black. – Michelle Alexander

Ari: The serial number was now my new name. I was dehumanized. I was branded like an animal, but was treated worse. This is what racism can do to people. – Christopher Huh

As a black man, sometimes you can’t tell if what you’re seeing has underlying bigotry, or it’s a normal conversation and you’re being paranoid. That dynamic in itself is unsettling. I admit sometimes I see race and racism when its not there. – Jordan Peele

As a black woman interested in feminist movement, I am often asked whether being black is more important than being a woman; whether feminist struggle to end sexist oppression is more important than the struggle to racism or vice versa. All such questions are rooted in competitive either/or thinking, the belief that the self is formed in opposition to an other…Most people are socialized to think in terms of opposition rather than compatibility. Rather than seeing anti-racist work as totally compatible with working to end sexist oppression, they often see them as two movements competing for first place. – Bell Hooks

As a citizen of the world, I will not confine myself within the gates of one nation or religion. I will not identify with only one species, sex, class or race; for I am a complete being, and that means that I embrace all of humanity, all of nature, every star and universe within the greater universe as a part of me. If we were all created in the image of God, and his love is unconditional, then why can’t we love all living things with the same eyes as God? How can anybody say that one race is more superior than another, when we were all created in God’s reflection? – Suzy Kassem

As a form of neurosis, race-conscious nationalism almost always ignores logic and knowledge: In the East European civil wars between 1918 and 1920 Jews were slaughtered for a variety of contradictory reasons, as capitalists and as communists, as friends of the Ukrainians, as Polonophiles, as pro-German-just as it suited the circumstances. – Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

As a historian of American and African-American religion, I know that the Trayvon Martin moment is just one moment in a history of racism in America that, in large part, has its underpinnings in Christianity and its history. Those of us who teach American Religion have a responsibility to tell all of the story, not just the nice touchy-feely parts. – Anthea Butler

As a lesbian I have no face, my own people disclaim me; but I am all races because there is the queer of me in all races. – Gloria Anzaldua

As a nation, we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it ‘all men are created equal, except negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read ‘all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.’ When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy. – Abraham Lincoln

As a parent, you want to protect your children, but the fact of racism in this country, of inequality, that is still a lesson my children are going to have to learn. I can’t protect my kids from that. – Jesmyn Ward

As a person of color, you’re in a PhD level racism class, every day. Every day, I’m in a deep racism seminar. And I’m not saying that white people aren’t taking that class, but they don’t show up that often and they’re auditing it. – Kamau Bell

As a reminder that a white man could still kill him for nothing. – Yaa Gyasi

As a Republican, I believe it’s unfortunate that a perception still exists in the minds of some Americans that the GOP condones racism. – Will Hurd

As a white person, I realized I had been taught about racism as something that puts others at a disadvantage, but had been taught not to see one of its corollary aspects, white privilege, which puts me at an advantage. – Peggy McIntosh

As fantastical as America’s space ambitions might have seemed, sending a man into space was starting to feel like a straightforward task compared to putting black and white students together in the same Virginia classrooms. – Margot Lee Shetterly

As far Chicago, our city was designed with racism in mind, with neighborhoods segregated by expressways and train tracks. Even suburbs, like Highland Park, have long histories of barring Jewish and black people. That history that has always existed has come out of the shadows because of the social and political climate. – Christian Picciolini

As for the European far left, it has very little to do with Marxism-Leninism these days. It has more to do with anti-Semitism, racism, anti-migration. They claim to be left-wing but they’re espousing positions which would actually be classically brown. – Toomas Hendrik Ilves

As for the majority, it is not so much race as it is political affiliation that really divides it today. What was once an issue of physical difference is now one of intellectual difference. Men have yet to master disagreeing without flashing all their frustrations that come with it; the conservative will throw half-truths while the liberal will throw insults. Combine these and what do you get? A dishonest mockery of a country. – Criss Jami

As for the not-black black president issue – white people can imagine blacks worse off than them, no problem. And now they can imagine blacks better off, no problem. But they still can’t imagine black people who are just like them. That’s the real problem. That’s racism. Not being able to believe that those others are actually just like you. – Darryl Pinckney

As I often say, we have come a long way from the days of slavery, but in 2014, discrimination and inequality still saturate our society in modern ways. Though racism may be less blatant now in many cases, its existence is undeniable. – Al Sharpton

As I squatted on the grass at the edge of the woods, the pee felt hot between my legs. I watched in puddle in the dirt, the smell of it rising into the night. There was no difference between my piss and June’s. That’s what i thought when I looked at the dark circle on the ground. Piss is Piss. – Sue Monk Kidd

As if they could not believe a black person would dare to defend herself. It’s as if they expect us to just give up without a fight, to let them kill us, as if this is their right. – Zetta Elliott

As Jim Lawrence, a black labor activist at a GM plant in Dayton, Ohio, describes it, during the 1960s ‘the union gave foremen a blank check to mistreat blacks and keep them out of the high-rate machine jobs and the skilled trades.’ – David T. Hardy

As long as you hate, there will be people to hate. – George Harrison

As much as the world has an instinct for evil and is a breeding ground for genocide, holocaust, slavery, racism, war, oppression, and injustice, the world has an even greater instinct for goodness, rebirth, mercy, beauty, truth, freedom and love. – Desmond Tutu

As much as we want to say racism is dead, it’s still rearing its ugly head constantly. – Kenya Barris

As part of my work, I teach, lead and participate in affinity groups, facilitate workshops, and mentor other whites on recognizing and interrupting racism in our lives. – Robin DiAngelo

As someone who was gay bashed as a kid, I learned firsthand how a lot of people only feel good about themselves when they sense that someone or something is on a lower rung than they are. This inferiority complex drives racism and sexism as well as outdated attitudes about animals. – Dan Mathews

As soon as my trial was over, we tried to use the energy that had developed around my case to create another organization, which we called the National Alliance against Racist and Political Repression. – Angela Davis

As soon as you opened your mouth and said the word woman, you were beaten down with the argument that you were betraying the class struggle. There are many poignant writings in which feminists first write pages about their class standpoint before getting to their actual issue. What was then known as class warfare is today called anti-racism. The threat of being accused of racism gave birth to false tolerance. – Alice Schwarzer

As the Cameroonian philosopher Achille Mbembe has presciently pointed out, neoliberal corporate globalism threatens to exploit that advantage like never before, and it seems set to turn vast swathes of humanity into “the Negros of a new racism.” – Andre Naffis-Sahely

As the global expansion of Indian and Chinese restaurants suggests, xenophobia is directed against foreign people, not foreign cultural imports. – Eric Hobsbawm

As the Trump administration takes office – and we see acts of racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination around the country – ask yourself, ‘What’s important to me? What do I care about? What have I benefitted from that I want to pay forward?’ Then look for ways to spread help and hope. – Celeste Ng

As we search as a nation for constructive ways to challenge racism and white supremacy, it is absolutely essential that progressive female voices gain a hearing. – Bell Hooks

As white people in this society, we are socialized from the time that we’re born to see ourselves as superior, to see white people and things associated white people as superior. At the same time, I’m encouraged to never admit to that. I’m taught that racism is very bad and immoral. – Robin DiAngelo

As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it—whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash – Harper Lee

Asian men could be socially inept and incompetent and ridiculous, like a Long Duk Dong, or at best unthreatening and slightly buffoonish, like a Jackie Chan. They were not allowed to be angry and articulate and powerful. And possibly right, Mr. Richardson thought uneasily. – Celeste Ng

Ask yourself this question: Of this had been a white child found dead in a black neighborhood, would they be knocking on every door? ‘Yes, sir.’ Searching high and low? ‘Yes, indeed.’ It this had been a white child, would they paint him as a sinner and not a saint? ‘Lord, no… – Ravi Howard

Assumptions that racism is more oppressive to black men than black women, then and now … based on acceptance of patriarchal notions of masculinity. – Bell Hooks

Astrology is a cousin of racism. – Penn Jillette

Astute social commentators had been anticipating this rightward shift since the early 1980s. Bertram Gross predicted, in his book Friendly Fascism, that the United States might arrive at a gentler form of the virulent ultranationalism, antilabor activity, and racism, which coalesced into fascism in Europe in the 1930s. Corporate America would tolerate such a rightward drift, so the argument went, because more government restrictions on personal freedom would enhance business efforts to discipline the labor force and increase corporate profits. – Steve Brouwer

At first glance it seems strange that the attitude of the anti-Semite can be equated with that of the negrophobe. It was my philosophy teacher from the Antilles who reminded me one day: ‘When you hear someone insulting the Jews pay attention; he is talking about you.’ And I believed at the time he was universally right, meaning that I was responsible in my body and my soul for the fate reserved for my brother. Since then, I have understood that what he meant quite simply was the anti-Semite is inevitably a negrophobe. – Frantz Fanon

At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated. The break will then be rendered wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state as we may hope, than the Caucasian and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the negro or Australian and the gorilla. – Charles Darwin

At the end of the day, if you’re not against racism, you’re racist. – Stephen Jackson

At the heart of racism is the religious assertion that God made a creative mistake when He brought some people into being – Friedrich Otto Hertz

At the heart of the problem is the fact that the United States is a racially divided nation where extreme racial inequalities continue to persist. – Robert D Bullard

At the level of high culture with which this book is concerned, active bigotry is probably fairly rare. It is also hardly ever necessary, since the social context is so far from neutral. To act in a way both sexist and racist, to maintain one’s class privilege, it is only necessary to act in the customary, ordinary, usual, even polite manner. – Joanna Russ

At the peak of the Civil Rights Movement, activists and others began to turn their attention to economic problems…The shift in focus served to align the goals of the Civil Rights Movement with key political goals of poor and working-class whites, who were also demanding economic reforms – Michelle Alexander

At the rate things are going here, all of Africa will be free before we can get a lousy cup of coffee. – James Baldwin

At the root of the American Negro problem is the necessity of the American white man to find a way of living with the Negro in order to be able to live with himself. – James Baldwin

At the same time there was the good of the poor and the good of the rich. And the good of the whites, the blacks and the yellow races… More and more goods came into being, corresponding to each sect, race and class… People began to realise how much blood had been spilt in the name of a petty, doubtful good, in the name of the struggle of this petty good against what is belied to be evil. Sometimes the very concept of good became a scourge, a greater evil than evil itself. – Vasily Grossman

At the time of the liberation of the camps, I remember, we were convinced that after Auschwitz there would be no more wars, no more racism, no more hatred, no more anti-Semitism. We were wrong. This produced a feeling close to despair. For if Auschwitz could not cure mankind of racism, was there any chance of success ever? The fact is, the world has learned nothing. Otherwise, how is one to comprehend the atrocities committed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia… – Elie Wiesel

At their core, misogyny and racism are very similar modes of thinking. Both diminish and disrespect a class of people based on a trait that is wholly distinct from their ideas, their carriage and their conduct. – Dessa Darling

At times I feel it almost impossible not to despond entirely of there ever being a better, brighter day for us. None but those who experience it can know what it is – this constant, galling sense of cruel injustice and wrong. I cannot help feeling it very often, – it intrudes upon my happiest moments, and spreads a dark, deep gloom over everything. – Charlotte Forten Grimke

Attacking racism and discrimination is a very important way to work against radicalisation. – Deeyah Khan

Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men’s hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed. – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Auschwitz cries out with the pain of immense suffering and pleads for a future of respect, peace and encounter among peoples. – Pope Francis

Authenticity in casting is when you cast someone into a role that is authentic to that role’s race and ethnicity. When you are casting a role for an American Indian, cast an American Indian actor. When casting a role for a Chinese, cast a Chinese heritage or Chinese actor, not another Asian ethnicity. That is true authenticity in casting, and does not perpetuate the stereotype that ‘All Asians look alike’ which is very offensive and not true. – Kailin Gow

Autumn teaches us a valuable lesson. During summer, all the green trees are beautiful. But there is no time of the year when the trees are more beautiful than when they are different colors. Diversity adds beauty to our world. – Donald L. Hicks

Avoid internalizing society’s sexism, racism, ageism – pick an ism, any ism. – Paul Krassner

Bad schools, crime, drugs, high taxes, the social security mess, racism, the health care? crisis? unemployment, welfare state dependency, illegitimacy, the gap between rich and poor. What do these issues have in common? Politicians, the media, and our so-called leaders lie to us about them. They lie about the cause. They lie about the effect. They lie about the solutions. – Larry Elder

Barack Obama being President of the United States doesn’t mean racism has disappeared. It’s all a process, and we have to be aware that the work never ends. – Misty Copeland

Be one and be civilized. By civilized I don’t mean that phony kind of civilized pretense where you pretend to be egalitarian, yet the moment your kid brings home a partner of color, or of a different religion, you instantaneously burst out in shock and try either to break them apart by all cheap means available, or to convert your future in-law into your own religion. Such primitive act is no different from the acts of terrorism. – Abhijit Naskar

Be true. Be beautiful. Be free. In the midst of segregation and racism Mamma raised us to be independent and free. We saw ourselves as citizens of the world, not of a block. – Debbie Allen

Be wary of any man who is quick to put down another man’s faith. His love for Truth is not deep enough for him to want to explore additional truths outside his borders. The language of light can only be decoded by the heart. Thus, a man with a closed heart is already blind to understand the words of his own faith. – Suzy Kassem

Because of racism, he can’t govern effectively’ is not a great argument for re-election. – James Taranto

Because of the insolence of all the white race he was afraid to lose his dignity in friendliness. – Carson McCullers

Because racism exists, and you have to pick a side. You can say that you don’t pick sides, but eventually life will force you to pick a side. – Trevor Noah

Becoming conscious of racism does not mean you are a racist. – Auliq Ice

Before the game there was all this stuff about anti-racism and anti-bullying. It would be a good idea to start wearing wristbands for anti-diving. – Roy Keane

Being antiracist is not simply political correctness, it is proven science. – Robert Wald Sussman

Being black is one of the most extreme sports in America. We don’t need to invent new ways of risking our lives because the old ones have been working for decades. – Rudy Francisco

Being black only helps them. Many times they get sponsors because they are black. And they have had a lot of advantages because they can always say, ‘It’s racism.’ They can always come back and say, ‘Because we are this color, things happen.’ – Martina Hingis

Being Latino means being from everywhere, and that is exactly what America is supposed to be about. – Raquel Cepeda

Beneath the armor of skin/and/bone/and/mind most of our colors are amazingly the same. – Aberjhani

Bennie’s corner of Brooklyn looked different every time Sierra passed through it. She stopped at the corner of Washington Avenue and St. John’s Place to take in the changing scenery. A half block from where she stood, she’d skinned her knee playing hopscotch while juiced up on iceys and sugar drinks. Bennie’s brother, Vincent, had been killed by the cops on the adjacent corner, just a few steps from his own front door. Now her best friend’s neighborhood felt like another planet. The place Sierra and Bennie used to get their hair done had turned into a fancy bakery of some kind, and yes, the coffee was good, but you couldn’t get a cup for less than three dollars. Plus, every time Sierra went in, the hip, young white kid behind the counter gave her either the don’t-cause-no-trouble look or the I-want-to-adopt-you look. The Takeover (as Bennie had dubbed it once) had been going on for a few years now, but tonight its pace seemed to have accelerated tenfold. Sierra couldn’t find a single brown face on the block. It looked like a late-night frat party had just let out; she was getting funny stares from all sides–as if she was the out-of-place one, she thought. And then, sadly, she realized she was the out-of-place one. – Daniel José Older

Berry was a transitional and, to my mind, revolutionary black figure who had to find a place for the rage that the crucible of racism created. – Elvis Mitchell

Between 1934 and 1962 the U.S government handed out billions of dollars in home loans. But those weren’t available to anyone black, a system eventually referred to as redlining, which would ensure that only whites could get out of poverty and find ways to wealth. In the U.S., that’s what caused the development of ghettos. People of colour were not able to invest in housing that could then be passed on down through generations, forming the sort of wealth that many white people have. – Anita Arvast

Beware the ridiculous. It will one day rule you. – Steven Dietz

Bigotry against any group should be disqualifying for high office. – Alan Dershowitz

Bigotry and sexism destroy the unity needed for a nation to live. – DaShanne Stokes

Bigotry hurts the economy, so the next time you want to blame minorities for your problems, first take a look in the mirror. – DaShanne Stokes

Bigotry is based on deception, of oneself and of others. – DaShanne Stokes

Bigotry that is known and visible is bigotry that can be challenged. – DaShanne Stokes

Bigotry, hate, bullying, perversion and discrimination must never be considered to be human rights, because if we do, then we will never in a million years be able to instill real justice, equality and acceptance in the human society. – Abhijit Naskar

Biological determinism is a blight on science. It implies that the way things are is the way they must be. […] This position is wrong, both empirically and morally. – John Horgan

Black and Third World people are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. Women are expected to educate men. Lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world. The oppressors maintain their position and evade their responsibility for their own actions. There is a constant drain of energy which might be better used in redefining ourselves and devising realistic scenarios for altering the present and constructing the future. – Audre Lorde

Black bodies have become ornamental, haven’t they? – Darnell Lamont Walker

Black folk who don’t realize I’m mixed will treat me like I’m some racist person, or when white people find out I’m black, they treat me with racism, and I don’t feel like I belong or fit in anywhere. – Logic

Black folk, a lot of us lived as victims in a certain part of our history. And we had to really erase that tape. We’re not victims. We are citizens. – Dorothy Cotton

Black is bountiful. White is witful. Together they are beautiful. – Indeewara Jayawardane

Black Is The Most Beautiful colour because it does not reflect it absorbs all into itself. – Amit Abraham

Black people are either threats or entertainment. – Darnell Lamont Walker

Black people are pretty much the same as white people; they just tend to be a little bit darker. – Tom Clancy

Black people can’t be racist. Racism is an institution. Black people don’t have the power to keep hundreds of people from getting jobs or the vote. Black people didn’t bring nobody over in boats. They had to add shit to the Constitution so we could get the vote. Affirmative action is about finished in this country now. It’s through. And black people had nothing to do with that, those kinds of decisions. So how can black people be racist when that’s the standard? Now, black people can be prejudiced. Shit, everybody’s prejudiced about something. – Spike Lee

Black reporters are as capable of racism as anyone else. – Julian Bond

Black women’s intersectional experiences of racism and sexism have been a central but forgotten dynamic in the unfolding of feminist and antiracist agendas. – Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

Black writers, of whatever quality, who step outside the pale of what black writers are supposed to write about, or who black writers are supposed to be, are condemned to silences in black literary circles that are as total and as destructive as any imposed by racism. – Audre Lorde

Black, white, Latino, gay, straight – if any one of them came across a bear in the woods, they’d all taste like chicken. – Jennifer Lane

Blacks are supposed to rejoice whenever our way of life becomes more mainstream. We seldom do. For we see in it a sanctioning that can only be granted by white society. In other words: If you’re white, it’s all right. If you’re black, step back. – Lena Williams

Blatant hostility and racism toward whites is common among black youth. – Jesse Lee Peterson

Bombs and bullets don’t discriminate. – Sophie Masson

Books can make a difference in dispelling prejudice and building community: not with role models and recipes, not with noble messages about the human family, but with enthralling stories that make us imagine the lives of others. A good story lets you know people as individuals in all their particularity and conflict; and once you see someone as a person—flawed, complex, striving—you’ve reached beyond stereotype. – Hazel Rochman

Bosnia is a complicated country: three religions, three nations and those “others”. Nationalism is strong in all three nations; in two of them there are a lot of racism, chauvinism, separatism; and now we are supposed to make a state out of that. – Alija Izetbegovic

Both racism and homophobia come from a sense of the presumed and the unknown. – Jacqueline Woodson

Boxing was on the one hand barbaric, unconscionable, out of place in modern society. But then, so are war, racism, poverty, and pro football. Men died boxing, yet there was nobility in defending oneself. – Ralph Wiley

Building bridges takes us further than building walls. – DaShanne Stokes

But equal treatment in an unequal society could still foster inequality. Because black men were disproportionately incarcerated and black women disproportionately evicted, uniformly denying housing to applicants with recent criminal or eviction records still had an incommensurate impact on African Americans. – Matthew Desmond

But here in my hometown, history was like a fine dust that settled out on everything. There was nothing to counter it. The culture had been hardened by a religion suspect of joy, yet fascinated by sin. Its moral acceptance of slavery eroded compassion. And gentility became a necessary pretense to cover the resentment created long ago when the North’s industrial prestige trumped the agrarian South. It was not an easy place to feel lighthearted or triumphant. Nor was it an easy place to remember the beauty of wonder and awe. – Christina Carson

But if racism is pictured as parents asserting their rights as taxpayers & questioning whether the Brown decision applies to ‘their schools’; if it is shown in calls for more ‘law & order’ & ‘fiscal responsibility’; if it is demonstrated in the lack of public will to address differentials in resources & services in schools, streets, policing & housing; if it is revealed in the kinds of issues the news media chooses not to cover; if it is illustrated in who stays silent when inequality is brought to light–then it raises questions about where we are today. – Jeanne Theoharis

But in the earlier hours, or so I have read, they still have got their daylight minds. It takes the midnight mind to do the black deed to the black man. – Elizabeth Spencer

But maybe they were barbarians. Maybe this is what most barbarians look like. They look like everybody else. – Susan Sontag

But most unsettling is how this time I notice my own fairness. I notice that while I might be a person of colour among the diaspora back home, or in any white-majority country, here I am the white person. Kashmiris are notable because there are so few of us left, and because we’ve taken up a privileged space in India. In Toronto, some Indian cab drivers will ask me where my family is from, and when I tell them, they think they’re bonding with me when they talk about how much they hate Muslims. Or, in the case that the driver is Muslim, he’ll try to bond with me over the trouble with ‘the blacks.’ All of us struggle towards whiteness. – Scaachi Koul

But no one could say he hadn’t gotten even. He could not count the field women whom he had sexually degraded and demoralized and in whom he had left his seed so their bastard children would be a daily visual reminder of what a plantation white man could do to a plantation black woman whenever he wanted, nor could he count the black men whom he had made fear his blackjack as they would fear Satan himself, making each of them a lifetime enemy of all white people. – James Lee Burke

But now what? Why, now comes my master, takes me right away from my work, and my friends, and all I like, and grinds me down into the very dirt! And why? Because, he says, I forgot who I was; he says, to teach me that I am only a nigger! After all, and last of all, he comes between me and my wife, and says I shall give her up, and live with another woman. And all this your laws give him power to do, in spite of God or man. Mr. Wilson, look at it! There isn’t one of all these things, that have broken the hearts of my mother and my sister, and my wife and myself, but your laws allow, and give every man power to do, in Kentucky, and none can say to him nay! Do you call these the laws of my country? Sir, I haven’t any country, anymore than I have any father. But I’m going to have one. I don’t want anything of your country, except to be let alone,–to go peaceably out of it; and when I get to Canada, where the laws will own me and protect me, that shall be my country, and its laws I will obey. But if any man tries to stop me, let him take care, for I am desperate. I’ll fight for my liberty to the last breath I breathe. You say your fathers did it; if it was right for them, it is right for me! – Harriet Beecher Stowe

But one of the things I have learned during the time I have spent in the United States is an old African American saying: Each one, teach one. I want to believe that I am here to teach one and, more, that there is one here who is meant to teach me. And if we each one teach one, we will make a difference. – Marcus Samuelsson

But race is not biology; race is sociology. Race is not genotype; race is phenotype. Race matters because of racism. And racism is absurd because it’s about how you look. Not about the blood you have. It’s about the shade of your skin and the shape of your nose and the kink of your hair. – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

But suppose God is black? What if we go to Heaven and we, all our lives, have treated the Negro as an inferior, and God is there, and we look up and He is not white? What then is our response? – Robert Kennedy

But that is the point of white supremacy–to ensure that that which all others achieve with maximal effort, white people (and particularly white men) achieve with minimal qualification. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

But that lie – whose purpose was to allow white people to continue to think they weren’t racist, even when their actions and words indicated otherwise – was one in which the Williams sisters, like their father, refused to participate. They rejected the idea that they would assimilate to the white codes of the tennis world. Instead, they posed the question of their difference over and over again – in every clack of their densely beaded hair, in every powerful serve. – Anne Helen Petersen

But they also awarded a quite respectable 55th place to Enoch Powell, thereby demonstrating that, for certain sections of the population, being an unpleasant racist constitutes no bar to greatness. – Marc Morris

But to a Vietnamese peasant whose home means a lifetime of back-breaking labor, it will take more than presidential promises to convince him that we are on his side. – Morley Safer

But was it snobbery to feel that someone’s world was too different from yours to ever meld, despite what he had felt back among the light and chatter? Was it prejudiced to acknowledge that skin colour did make a difference, simply because it did matter to so many? – Jackie French

But, on the other hand, I get bored with racism too and recognize that there are still many things to be said about a Black person and a White person loving each other in a racist society. – Audre Lorde

By its very nature, the human mind, having a long history of animal instincts, is prone to inhuman corruption. That’s why it’s easier for a human to be a racist, but harder to be a human – it’s easier for a human to be homophobic, but harder to be a human – it’s easier for a human to be promiscuous, but harder to be a human – it’s easier for a human to be an inhuman, but harder to be a human. Yes, it’s hard – yes it’s less natural, than the alternative, yet, this very unnatural, hard endeavor of the mind determines whether you and I are going to raise a society of true humans or a society of good-looking savages. – Abhijit Naskar

By the 1960s, many of us believed that the Civil Rights Movement could eliminate racism in America during our lifetime. But despite significant progress, racism remains. – Bill Cosby

By the force of our demands, our determination and our numbers, we shall splinter the segregated South into a thousand pieces and put them back together in the image of God and democracy. – John Lewis

By the late nineteenth century, as British cities teemed with new inhabitants, crime rates rose and more established residents came to be afflicted with a new, urban, and distinctly modern anxiety. For the middle and upper classes, it centered acutely on the protection of property, coalescing in particular around city dwellers who were not members of the bourgeoisie. These included the working class, the poor, new immigrants, and Jews, all of whom were viewed increasingly as agents of social contagion – a threat in urgent need of containment. – Margalit Fox

By the numbers, by all the official records, here at the confluence of history, of racism, of poverty, and economic power, this is what our lives are worth: nothing. – Jesmyn Ward

By the time I visited those battlefields, I knew that they had been retrofitted as the staging ground for a great deception, and this was my only security, because they could no longer insult me by lying to me. I knew—and the most important thing I knew was that, somewhere deep with them, they knew too. I like to think that knowing might have kept me from endangering you, that having understood and acknowledged the anger, I could control it. I like to think that it could have allowed me to speak the needed words to the woman and then walk away. I like to think this, but I can’t promise it. The struggle is really all I have for you because it is the only portion of this world under your control. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Calling for an end to hate shouldn’t be treated as a punishable offense. – DaShanne Stokes

Calling out the supposed ‘abuse’ of welfare by blacks and other people of color is a time-honored tactic for distracting the general public from actual national issue. It also taps into latent, subconscious racism, which is what right-wing politicians would call a ‘win-win. – Justin Simien

Calvin’s theory of predestination has one implication which should be explicitly mentioned here, since it has found its most vigorous revival in Nazi ideology: the principle of the basic inequality of men. For Calvin there are two kinds of people—those who are saved and those who are destined to eternal damnation. Since this fate is determined before they are born and without their being able to change it by anything they do or do not do in their lives, the equality of mankind is denied in principle. Men are created unequal. This principle implies also that there is no solidarity between men, since the one factor which is the strongest basis for human solidarity is denied: the equality of man’s fate. The Calvinists quite naïvely thought that they were the chosen ones and that all others were those whom God had condemned to damnation. It is obvious that this belief represented psychologically a deep contempt and hatred for other human beings—as a matter of fact, the same hatred with which they had endowed God. While modern thought has led to an increasing assertion of the equality of men, the Calvinists’ principle has never been completely mute. The doctrine that men are basically unequal according to their racial background is confirmation of the same principle with a different rationalization. The psychological implications are the same. – Erich Fromm

Can’t be on the front lines fighting a war with the weapons given to you by the enemy. – Darnell Lamont Walker

Capitalism, racism and inhuman technocracy quietly develop in their own way. The causes of misery are no longer to be found in the inner attitudes of men, but have long been institutionalized. – Jürgen Moltmann

Certain roads lead nowhere; they are dead ends and blind alleys. Such a dead end, such a blind alley, is the path of racial segregation. Despite all fine talk and attempts to idealizing, despite any use or justification it had or may have had in earlier times and under earlier conditions, today it leads but into a cul-de-sac. Its pursuit breeds disorders infinitely greater than any evils which it seeks to avoid. – John LaFarge S.J.

Certainly we can end racism with love. We can demand that the federal government change its emphasis on racial distinction. – Bell Hooks

Chances are that there are white people who brag about being the first to move out of a suburb that has been intruded by blacks. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Chief White Halfoat: Racial prejudice is a terrible thing, Yossarian. It really is. It’s a terrible thing to treat a decent, loyal Indian like a nigger, kike, wop, or spic. – Joseph Heller

CHILDREN Are Like ANGELS And On Earth, ANGELS Have No Color…. It’s The Society To Blame That Teaches Racism, Turning An ANGLE To A Civilized Beast While They Are Growing Up…. – Muhammad Imran Hasan

Children’s books can break [the] silence. Reading the un-bowdlerized classics of children’s literature can help young people understand that racism is not anomalous. It is embedded in the culture, and defended by cultural gatekeepers. – Philip Nel

Christian virtues unite men. Racism separates them. – Sargent Shriver

Civil rights in this country is unfinished business, and racism is alive and well. – Marcia Fudge

Civil rights laws were not passed to protect the rights of white men and do not apply to them. – Mary Frances Berry

Civilization’ is just a word! There is a touch of indirect ‘racism’ in it. It unjustly means that the primitive people were ‘uncivilized’, ‘bad’, ‘brutal’, ‘barbaric’ etc. Being primitive was as civilized as being modern is! The ancient ‘time’ was THE civilization-moment for the people then as the present time is for us now! As we should not hate other cultures, similarly we should not hate the ancient civilization. Most importantly, we would never exist if those so-called primitive people were not here on earth! – Md. Ziaul Haque

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen comes at you like doom. It’s the best note in the wrong song that is America. Its various realities-‘mistaken’ identity, social racism, the whole fabric of urban and suburban life-are almost too much to bear, but you bear them, because it’s the truth. Citizen is Rankine’s Spoon River Anthology, an epic as large and frightening and beautiful as the country and various emotional states that produced it. – Hilton Als

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd. – Bertrand Russell

Color makes no difference; the peeps are gray, the seals are black, and the crabs yellow; but we don’t care, and are all friends. It is very unkind to treat you so. – Louisa May Alcott Little Gulliver

Colorblind racism is the new racial music most people dance to, the ‘new racism’ is subtle, institutionalized and seemingly nonracial. – Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Colorism and racism don’t stop when you’re a musician or when you have wealth or when you’re in any given position. – Chance The Rapper

Comedy can always be taken the wrong way. If I do a bit that is meant to diffuse racism or sexism, I’m not going to avoid it on the chance that a small portion of the audience might take it the wrong way. – Doug Stanhope

Communication between people of different nationalities enriches human society and makes it more colourful. Imagine our Russian intellectuals, the kind, merry, perceptive old women in our villages, our elderly workers, our young lads, our little girls being free to enter the melting pot of ordinary human intercourse with the people of North and South America, of China, France, India, Britain and the Congo. What a rich variety of customs, fashion, cuisine and labour would then be revealed! what a wonderful human community would then come into being, emerging out of so many peculiarities of national characters and ways of life. And the beggarliness, blindness and inhumanity of narrow nationalism and hostility between states would be clearly demonstrated. – Vasily Grossman

Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social, and the kingdom of brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of communism nor the antithesis of capitalism but in a higher synthesis. It is found in a higher synthesis that combines the truths of both. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Communities that can’t read and translate what the powers are putting out will always be tricked. – Darnell Lamont Walker

Concerning non-violence: it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks. – Malcolm X

Conquest occurred through violence, and over-expolitation and oppression necessitate continued violence, so the army is present. There would be no contradiction in that, if terror reigned everywhere in the world, but the colonizer enjoys, in the mother country, democratic rights that the colonialist system refuses to the colonized native. In fact, the colonialist system favors population growth to reduce the cost of labor, and it forbids assimilation of the natives, whose numerical superiority, if they had voting rights, would shatter the system. Colonialism denies human rights to human beings whom it has subdued by violence, and keeps them by force in a state of misery and ignorance that Marx would rightly call a subhuman condition. Racism is ingrained in actions, institutions, and in the nature of the colonialist methods of production and exchange. Political and social regulations reinforce one another. Since the native is subhuman, the Declaration of Human Rights does not apply to him; inversely, since he has no rights, he is abandoned without protection to inhuman forces – brought in with the colonialist praxis, engendered every moment by the colonialist apparatus, and sustained by relations of production that define two sorts of individuals – one for whom privilege and humanity are one, who becomes a human being through exercising his rights; and the other, for whom a denial of rights sanctions misery, chronic hunger, ignorance, or, in general, ‘subhumanity. – Albert Memmi

Consciousness over Color, Intelligence over Ignorance – John J. Willard

Consider the great Samuel Clemens. Huckleberry Finn is one of the few books that all American children are mandated to read: Jonathan Arac, in his brilliant new study of the teaching of Huck, is quite right to term it ‘hyper-canonical.’ And Twain is a figure in American history as well as in American letters. The only objectors to his presence in the schoolroom are mediocre or fanatical racial nationalists or ‘inclusivists,’ like Julius Lester or the Chicago-based Dr John Wallace, who object to Twain’s use—in or out of ‘context’—of the expression ‘nigger.’ An empty and formal ‘debate’ on this has dragged on for decades and flares up every now and again to bore us. But what if Twain were taught as a whole? He served briefly as a Confederate soldier, and wrote a hilarious and melancholy account, The Private History of a Campaign That Failed. He went on to make a fortune by publishing the memoirs of Ulysses Grant. He composed a caustic and brilliant report on the treatment of the Congolese by King Leopold of the Belgians. With William Dean Howells he led the Anti-Imperialist League, to oppose McKinley’s and Roosevelt’s pious and sanguinary war in the Philippines. Some of the pamphlets he wrote for the league can be set alongside those of Swift and Defoe for their sheer polemical artistry. In 1900 he had a public exchange with Winston Churchill in New York City, in which he attacked American support for the British war in South Africa and British support for the American war in Cuba. Does this count as history? Just try and find any reference to it, not just in textbooks but in more general histories and biographies. The Anti-Imperialist League has gone down the Orwellian memory hole, taking with it a great swirl of truly American passion and intellect, and the grand figure of Twain has become reduced—in part because he upended the vials of ridicule over the national tendency to religious and spiritual quackery, where he discerned what Tocqueville had missed and far anticipated Mencken—to that of a drawling, avuncular fabulist. – Christopher Hitchens

Conversations are efforts toward good relations. They are an elementary form of reciprocity. They are an exercise of our love for each other. They are the enemies of our loneliness, our doubt, our anxiety, our tendencies to abdicate. To continue to be in good conversation over our enormous and terrifying problems is to be calling out to each other in the night. If we attend with imagination and devotion to our conversations, we will find what we need; and someone among us will act — it does not matter whom — and we will survive. – Barry Lopez

Conversations on racism should never be about winning. – Ijeoma Oluo

Corruption is Africa’s greatest problem. Not poverty. Not lack of riches. Not racism. – Dennis Prager

Could dump two Chinee down in one of our maria and they would get rich selling rocks to each other while raising twelve kids. Then a Hindu would sell retail stuff he got from them wholesale–below cost at a fat profit. We got along. – Robert A. Heinlein

Country must confront what he called institutional racism. [We should] create a country which provides economic, social and environmental justice for all. – Bernie Sanders

Crisis’ seems to be too mild a word to describe conditions in countless African-American communities. It is beyond crisis when in the richest nation in the world, African Americans in Harlem live shorter lives than the people of Bangladesh, one of the poorest nations of the world. – Johnnetta B. Cole

Criticism of one’s appearance hurts, no matter what. – Auliq Ice

Critics assert that Black Lives Matter is an anti-White terrorist group; the counterargument, ‘All Lives Matter,’ is little more than a racist dog whistle that attempts to both delegitimize centuries of claims of global anti-Black oppression and position those who exhibit tremendous pride in their Blackness as enemies of the state. Well, we are enemies of any racist, sexist, classist, xenophobic state that sanctions brutality and murder against marginalized people who deserve to live as free people. – Feminista Jones

Darwinism by itself did not produce the Holocaust, but without Darwinism… neither Hitler nor his Nazi followers would have had the necessary scientific underpinnings to convince themselves and their collaborators that one of the worlds greatest atrocities was really morally praiseworthy. – Richard Weikart

Darwinism met with such overwhelming success because it provided, on the basis of inheritance, the ideological weapons for race and well as class rule and could be used for, as well as against, race discrimination. Politically speaking, Darwinism as such was neutral, and it has led, indeed, to all kinds of pacifism and cosmopolitanism as well as to the sharpest forms of imperialistic ideologies. In the seventies and eighties of the last century, Darwinism was still almost exclusively in the hands of the utilitarian anti-colonial party in England. And the first philosopher of evolution, Herbert Spencer, who treated sociology as part of biology, believed natural selection to benefit the evolution of mankind and to result in everlasting peace. For political discussion, Darwinism offered two important concepts: the struggle for existence with optimistic assertion of the necessary and automatic ‘survival of the fittest,’ and the indefinite possibilities which seemed to lie in the evolution of man out of animal life and which started the new ‘science’ of eugenics. – Hannah Arendt

Dear Police: You can’t protect me and be scared of me. – Darnell Lamont Walker

Dear poor white people, I have bad news for you: super rich white people are not your friends. They became super rich by exploiting people like you. That’s not what friends do. – Oliver Markus Malloy

Death row was the only place where I never witnessed racism. We all went to bed with a death sentence on our heads and woke up that way. We had to become each other’s support system. – Anthony Ray Hinton

Decolonial feminism arrives at a similar conclusion that gender is not an innocent concept. This school of thought points to gender as a colonial introduction. As a concept gender did not exist among indigenous and black people; more fluid categorisations prevailed – Gloria Wekker

Deep at the dark bottom of the melting pot, where the private is public and the public private, where black is white and white black, where the immoral becomes moral and the moral is anything that makes one feel good (or that one has the power to sustain), the white man’s relish is apt to be the black man’s gall. – Ralph Ellison

Deep wounds are not easily healed. But the Good Samaritan poured oil and wine into the wounds of the stranger who lay helpless on the road to Jericho, and set him on the road to recovery. Each one of us can go and do likewise. – John LaFarge S.J.

Defeating racism, tribalism, intolerance and all forms of discrimination will liberate us all, victim and perpetrator alike. – Ban Ki-moon

Democracy’s fatal flaw: There are more dumb people than smart people. Welcome to the new Dark Ages! – Oliver Gaspirtz

Democrats know ‘racism’ doesn’t exist, but they use it to silence white conservatives and to instill fear in blacks and motivate them to vote. – Jesse Lee Peterson

Denying racism is the new racism. – Bill Maher

Desperto um belo dia no mundo e me atribuo um único direito: exigir do outro um comportamento humano. Um único dever: o de nunca, através de minhas opções, renegar minha liberdade. – Frantz Fanon

Despite claims that these radical policy changes were driven by fiscal conservatism…the reality is that government was not reducing the amount of money devoted to the management of the urban poor. It was radically altering what the funds would be used for… Funding that had once been once used for public housing was being redirected to prison construction. – Michelle Alexander

Despite what some people have said, President Bush did not want black people to die in New Orleans. However, he did hope they would not relocate to any areas of Texas that he likes to frequent. – Scott Mcclellan

Dick Gregory will be greatly missed. Humbly, and in his stead, ‘Turn Me Loose’ carries on to be his voice and his inspiration for all who wish to laugh at the absurdity of racism and be enlightened by his spirit of justice. – Joe Morton

Different skin color and same blood color is something that most people don’t know, they don’t know because arrogance make them racist and ignorant. – Werley Nortreus

Discrimination does not ‘make America great.’ It makes America weak. – DaShanne Stokes

Discrimination has a lot of layers that make it tough for minorities to get a leg up. – Bill Gates

Discrimination is a disease. – Roger Staubach

Discrimination is discrimination, even when people claim it’s ‘tradition. – DaShanne Stokes

Discrimination is not just racial now. It’s also about the kind of body parts you have. – Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Discriminatory barriers in housing seem to be almost the sine qua non of prejudice. Men reflect their true values, ideas, and attitudes, most directly in the intimate primary realm of living that surrounds the home. Discriminatory barriers in housing are strong because they are probably the last citadel for those basic attitudes of racial antipathy which … still exist in the minds of the majority of white people. The idea of integration in housing directly challenges this citadel and the attitudes it represents. Integration in housing, therefore, has much deeper implication than integration in any other area of social intercourse. – John LaFarge S.J.

Divisiveness only exists in the mind only you can make it real – John J. Willard

Do I think that Trump needs to be better on racism? One hundred percent. – Tyrus

Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice. – Michael Crichton

Do you know, I don’t object to anyone’s having prejudices so long as those prejudices don’t interfere with my personal liberty. – James Weldon Johnson

Does racism exist in this country? Sure. But I think the overwhelming majority of Americans who care about this country do not care about skin color. – Ryan Frazier

Don’t let discomfort silence you when your voice can lead to a better situation for all of us. – Kevin A. Patterson

Don’t tell me I have latent sexism or racism that I need to confront. I don’t believe that. I think we are so burned by the current situation that we want somebody that it isn’t possible to have. We want someone who definitely looks like the messiah. – Sara Paretsky

Don’t you know sugar is brown first? White folks couldn’t stand the fact that something so sweet shared the same color as the people who cut the cane, slopped the hogs and picked the cotton. So they bleached it to resemble them, and now they done gone and fooled everybody. You included. – Bernice L. McFadden

Donald Trump has shown us his dark heart, has shown us his racism. – Ana Navarro

Donald Trump has tapped into a deep vein of racism, nativism, and misogyny. – Stephanie Coontz

Donald Trump is American neo-fascist. The word “neo” meaning “new”, has a lot to do with it, a new kind of fascist in our culture, dealing with an authoritarian demagogic point of view, nativist, anti-immigrant, racism, bigotry that he appeals to. – Carl Bernstein

Don’t let your consciousness polluted by the sheen of the clothing. White, black, brown or any color of the skin is nothing but the clothing we are born with and remember that eventually we all are connected dots of this universe through our souls. – AnkitMishra

Dr. King’s policy was that nonviolence would achieve the gains for black people in the United States. His major assumption was that if you are nonviolent, if you suffer, your opponent will see your suffering and will be moved to change his heart. That’s very good. He only made one fallacious assumption: In order for nonviolence to work, your opponent must have a conscience. The United States has none. – Stokely Carmichael

During his hajj, Malcolm [Malcolm X] fell into a new Islam with the same blind faith that he had given to Elijah. Since he lived just a year after his hajj, Mecca became the neatly presented and cinema-friendly conclusion to his lifelong thread of transformations: but he finally found the Truth and then Allah took him home. But if he lived longer, I think he would have called out the Arabs. – Michael Muhammad Knight

During these times of stress and strain where society is flooded with negativity and loss of hope for humanity, I have a friendly reminder. I am a firm believer in the particularly special sect in society that happens to be significantly socially educated in modern generations. I want to kindly remind you of the people that grasp hope and humanity firmly in one hand and their neighbor with the other. There is a significant amount of loving and educated people that will be the reason we look back at negative events that occur today in awe. And with so much bigotry and lack of humanity today, we must remember that with no struggle there is no progress. The struggles we experience today are the motives for the progress and accomplishments of tomorrow, remember that. When you encounter social pessimism, remember to set the example for newer generations to come and leave the past to dwell where it belongs. – Ghaleya Aldhafiri

During World War II, James worked as a welder at Sun Shipyard in Chester, Pennsylvania. Every morning for three years, he would stop at Zipstein’s Noshery to buy a pickle to take to work in his lunchbox. He would ask for a sour. Zipstein always gave him a half sour. From that time on, James hated Jews. – Fran Ross

Each individual has a responsibility to get out of bed, learn their ABCs, learn your math tables, not use race and racism as an excuse. – Henry Louis Gates

Each one of us must ask how we contribute to the racist climate that seems only to grow stronger in spite of our best efforts at legislative and social remedies. Whether we are victims of racism or its perpetrators, we must begin on our knees. – Wilton Daniel Gregory

Education enables the humans to achieve their fullest mental and physical potential in both personal and social life. – Abhijit Naskar

Education in this country is about how to maintain the status quo and to perpetuate racism.– Jane Elliot

Education means nourishing the mind and make it develop in order to see beyond the limitations of current social perception – it means breaking the barriers of the rugged sociological system that impede in the progress of human civilization – it means trying out new things for the first time in human history and succeeding in a few while failing in some. And that is how a species grows to become more advanced. – Abhijit Naskar

Electing a bigot enables further bigotry. – DaShanne Stokes

Electing the first African-American president was a tremendous accomplishment, but it hasn’t erased racism. – Jack Schlossberg

Elijah Muhammad himself has now been carrrying the same message for more than thirty years; he is not an overnight sensation, and we owe his ministry, I am told, to the fact that when he was a child of six or so, his father was lynched before his eyes. (So much for states’ rights.) – James Baldwin

Eliminating ‘savages’ is less of a moral problem than eliminating human beings, and therefore American Indians came to be understood as a lesser race—uncivilized savages—thus providing a justification for the extermination of the native peoples. – Michelle Alexander

empathy is more powerful than sympathy – Angie Thomas

Empire– in essence nothing but mechanisms for exploiting coloured labor. – George Orwell

End #Racism In order to end racism, one must end fear of self, fear of truth, fear of life, fear of love, fear of God. – John J. Willard

English does not distinguish between arrogant-up (irreverence toward the temporarily powerful) and arrogant-down (directed at the small guy). – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Eppure realizzai per davvero quanto caotica e in prestito fosse la mia fortuna, la fortuna d’essere nato sulla guancia giusta del mondo, soltanto quando un vecchio, per strada, pianse e disse: Sei bianco come Dio. – Nicolò Govoni

Equality of condition, though it is certainly a basic requirement for justice, is nevertheless among the greatest and most uncertain ventures of modern mankind. The more equal conditions are, the less explanation there is for the differences that actually exist between people; and thus all the more unequal do individuals and groups become. This perplexing consequence came fully to light as soon as equality was no longer seen in terms of an omnipotent being like God or an unavoidable common destiny like death. Whenever equality becomes a mundane fact in itself, without any gauge by which it may be measured or explained, then there is one chance in a hundred that it will be recognized simply as a working principle of a political organization in which otherwise unequal people have equal rights; there are ninety-nine chances that it will be mistaken for an innate quality of every individual, who is ‘normal’ if he is like everybody else and ‘abnormal’ if he happens to be different. This perversion of equality from a political into a social concept is all the more dangerous when a society leaves but little space for special groups and individuals, for then their differences become all the more conspicuous. – Hannah Arendt

Ethical veganism represents a commitment to nonviolence. – Gary L. Francione

Ethical veganism results in a profound revolution within the individual; a complete rejection of the paradigm of oppression and violence that she has been taught from childhood to accept as the natural order. It changes her life and the lives of those with whom she shares this vision of nonviolence. Ethical veganism is anything but passive; on the contrary, it is the active refusal to cooperate with injustice – Gary L. Francione

Even if I don’t always behave as I should, this still doesn’t explain why so many people have something against me. But you know how it is. A lot of people vent themselves by coming to the stadium to yell at me. I hope it’s not racism. I tell myself that it’s not racism; it’s because I’m tough, and I repeat this to myself. – Mario Balotelli

Even if we’re facing bigotry or racism, we can still be successful. – Ibtihaj Muhammad

Even in the era of the first black president, racism is still the most intractable issue in USA. Regarding poverty, half of all Americans are either in or near poverty. Poverty is certainly worse for African-Americans now than it was during King’s lifetime. – Tavis Smiley

Even now, that day reminds me that raindrops are stronger than hammers. – Marilyn Hilton

Even the Us’s are Them’s. – Darnell Lamont Walker

Even though I’m appalled when racism surfaces, and I personally don’t agree with certain policy solutions and a lot of what they believe in, as someone who is very concerned about reinvigorating democracy the Tea Parties are an answer to what I asked for. – Naomi Wolf

Even to-day the masses of the Negroes see all too clearly the anomalies of their position and the moral crookedness of yours. You may marshal strong indictments against them, but their counter-cries, lacking though they be in formal logic, have burning truths within them which you may not wholly ignore, O Southern Gentlemen! – W.E.B. Du Bois

Even today there still exists in the South–and in certain areas of the North–the license that our society allows to unjust officials who implement their authority in the name of justice to practice injustice against minorities. Where, in the days of slavery, social license and custom placed the unbridled power of the whip in the hands of overseers and masters, today–especially in the southern half of the nation–armies of officials are clothed in uniform, invested with authority, armed with the instruments of violence and death and conditioned to believe that they can intimidate, main or kill Negroes with the same recklessness that once motivated the slaveowner. If one doubts this conclusion, let him search the records and find how rarely in any southern state a police officer has been punished for abusing a Negro. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Even when black youth gangs target white strangers on the streets and spew out racial hatred as they batter them and rob them, mayors, police chiefs and the media tiptoe around their racism and many in the media either don’t cover these stories or leave out the race and racism involved. – Thomas Sowell

Eventually, some black thinkers believe, this ‘separation’ may be the shortest route to an authentic communication at some future date when blacks and whites can enter into encounters in which they truly speak as equals and in which the white man will no longer load every phrase with unconscious suggestions that he has something to ‘concede’ to black men or that he wants to help black men ‘overcome’ their blackness. – John Howard Griffin

Every actual democracy rests on the principle that not only are equals equal but unequals will not be treated equally. Democracy requires, therefore, first homogeneity and second—if the need arises elimination or eradication of heterogeneity. – Carl Schmitt

Every aspect of the way God views and saves sinners is designed to undermine racism and lead to a reconciled and redeemed humanity from every people group in the world. – John Piper

Every hope of the existence of church and of state, and of civilization itself, hangs upon our arduous effort to defeat the doctrine of negro suffrage. – Robert Lewis Dabney

Every now and then I’m in a situation where someone doesn’t recognize me, and I experience racism. Things like not being buzzed into a store or sitting in first class on a plane and having someone ask to see my ticket four times. – Chris Rock

Every Republican’s voted for it. Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they’re proposing. Romney wants to let the – he said in the first 100 days he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules – unchain Wall Street. They’re gonna put y’all back in chains. – Joe Biden

Every time I was off school, I was in Carolina with my cousins. So it was a big influence on me. I actually experienced straight-up racism out there, too. – John David Washington

Every time you decide how you are going to feel or think about a person based on a principle or standard that is unbiblical you have gone against God’s code of love. Take this rule from me: You have never and will never look into the eyes of a person who God doesn’t love as much as He loves you. – Kingsley Opuwari Manuel

Every voice raised against racism chips away at its power. We can’t afford to stay silent. – Reni Eddo-Lodge

Every year, on the anniversary of 9/11, and in various places around the United States, I see the words ‘Never Forget.’ I understand that sentiment. I completely agree with honoring those who lost their lives. We must never forget them, and we must always be vigilant. But there is another side to this, too. It means we never forget to see my people as a potential threat. We haven’t stopped racially profiling… these feelings of loss and fear and anger and tragedy affect all of us, regardless of the colour of our skin. – Tan France

Everybody granted that if ‘Tom’ were white and free it would be unquestionably right to punish him–it would be no loss to anybody; but to shut up a valuable slave for life–that was quite another matter. As soon as the Governor understood the case, he pardoned Tom at once, and the creditors sold him down the river. – Mark Twain

Everybody’s scared for their ass. There aren’t too many people ready to die for racism. They’ll kill for racism but they won’t die for racism. – Florynce Kennedy

Everyone is familiar with the slogan ‘The personal is political’ — not only that what we experience on a personal level has profound political implications, but that our interior lives, our emotional lives are very much informed by ideology. We oftentimes do the work of the state in and through our interior lives. What we often assume belongs most intimately to ourselves and to our emotional life has been produced elsewhere and has been recruited to do the work of racism and repression. – Angela Y. Davis

Everything is acceptable until we stop accepting them. – Peter Adejimi

Everything might scatter. You might be right. I suppose it’s something we can’t easily get away from. People need to feel they belong. To a nation, to a race. Otherwise, who knows what might happen? This civilisation of ours, perhaps it’ll just collapse. And everything scatter, as you put it. – Kazuo Ishiguro

Everything now, we must assume, is in our hands; we have no right to assume otherwise. If we do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world. – James A. Baldwin

Evil is the shadow of angel. Just as there are angels of light, support, guidance, healing and defense, so we have experiences of shadow angels. And we have names for them: racism, sexism, homophobia are all demons – but they’re not out there. – Matthew Fox

Evolution is the root of atheism, of communism, Nazism, behaviorism, racism, economic imperialism, militarism, libertinism, anarchism, and all manner of anti-Christian systems of belief and practice. – Henry M. Morris

Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. – Oprah Winfrey

Except in a few well-publicized instances (enough to lend credence to the iconography painted on the walls of the media), the rigorous practice of rugged individualism usually leads to poverty, ostracism and disgrace. The rugged individualist is too often mistaken for the misfit, the maverick, the spoilsport, the sore thumb. – Lewis H. Lapham

Except the flying fish, there was no race existing on the earth, in the air, or the waters, who were the object of such an intermitting, general, and relentless persecution as the Jews of this period. Upon the slightest and most unreasonable pretences, as well as upon accusations the most absurd and groundless, their persons and property were exposed to every turn of popular fury… Yet the passive courage inspired by the love of gain induced the Jews to dare the various evils to which they were subjected, in consideration of the immense profits which they were enabled to realise in a country naturally so wealthy as England. In spite of every kind of discouragement, and even of the special court of taxations already mentioned, called the Jews’ Exchequer, erected for the very purpose of despoiling and distressing them, the Jews increased, multiplied, and accumulated huge sums, which they transferred from one hand to another by means of bills of exchange-an invention for which commerce is said to be indebted to them, and which enabled them to transfer their wealth from land to land, that, when threatened with oppression in one country, their treasure might be secured in another. The obstinacy and avarice of the Jews being thus in a measure placed in opposition to the fanaticism and tyranny of those under whom they lived, seemed to increase in proportion to the persecution with which they were visited… – Sir Walter Scott

Excessive praise arises from the same bigotry matrix as excessive criticism. – Stefan Molyneux

Exiles, she and Leroy. They didn’t need to go to Paris; that would do no good. What’s the point of being spat on in France? What could they do in Rio, where black people are a mythological presence? No, the frontiers in Leroy’s destiny were the sounds he heard and gave back as music; for Cypress the terrain of the new world was art. Her dance, like her people before her, adapted to the contours of her new land. – Ntozake Shange

Faced with the collective forgetting, we must strive to remember. – Reni Eddo-Lodge

Facing sexism and racism and classism and transphobia, there are ways to choose to act in those situations, and there shouldn’t be a prescriptive list of things that you have to say. – Kathleen Hanna

Failing to notice a lack of Latino and African-American representation in congress is a result of systemic oppression – racism. General indifference to the fact that white men dominate large corporations is part of the invisibility of both racism and sexism. A lack of concern about the plight of a ‘breeding’ sow on a factory farm is also a result of normative systematic oppression – speciesism. – Lisa Kemmerer

Familiar words for dead black boys portrayed as complicit in their own demise. Michael Donald’s body had been hanged on a Mobile street, and the police were doing the same thing to his name. – Ravi Howard

Fantastically, Australia is still the lucky country. We have the flawed but necessary gift of democracy. Currently there is a debate about whether there is racism in Australia. There is racism in every country in the world. Relatively speaking, we are tolerant of one another. We have a large and giving land and, if you haven’t seen its beauty, you haven’t seen a beauty precious to the earth. – Martin Flanagan

Far from ending, systemic racism reinvents itself to conform to what is publicly acceptable, leaving the quality of black life diminished and more permanently fixed with each passing decade. – Opal Tometi

Fear and ignorance are the key roots to racism. – Timothy Long

Fear Breeds RACISM. – Henry Johnson Jr.

Fear is created which can lead to racism. However, we can overcome that fear through trust. – Tariq Ramadan

Fear is the bane of all creatures that bubbles inside us forming rocks of resistence, sucking away all will power to act, think or speak. – Isabella Poretsis

Feminism is to sexism what black nationalism is to racism; the most rational response to the problem. – Pearl Cleage

Feminism isn’t simply about being a woman in a position of power. It’s battling systemic inequities; it’s a social justice movement that believes sexism, racism and classism exist and interconnect, and that they should be consistently challenged. – Jessica Valenti

Few if any political philosophers have had the courage of tackling the Cold War. Even the best of them have kept silent or have stated some bromides glossing over the serious shortcomings of “our” side, such as racism, social injustice, extreme income disparities, the exploitation of the Third World, and environmental degradation. – Mario Bunge

Few white citizens are acquainted with blacks other than those projected by the media and the so–called educational system, which is nothing more than a system of rewards and punishments based upon one’s ability to pledge loyalty oaths to Anglo culture. The media and the “educational system” are the prime sources of racism in the United States. – Ishmael Reed

Fiction has been maligned for centuries as being ‘false,’ ‘untrue,’ yet good fiction provides more truth about the world, about life, and even about the reader, than can be found in non-fiction. – Clark Zlotchew

Film and novel characters are often stereotyped, but racial stereotyping in many novels or films creates & encourages labelling, discrimination & racism. ~Angelica Hopes – Angelica Hopes

Finally, and even more seriously, I fear a return to the international climate that prevailed in the 1920s and 30s, when the United States withdrew from the global stage and countries everywhere pursued what they perceived to be their own interests without regard to larger and more enduring goals. When arguing that every age has its own Fascism, the Italian writer and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi added that the critical point can be reached ‘not just through the terror of police intimidation, but by denying and distorting information, by undermining systems of justice, by paralysing the education system, and by spreading in a myriad subtle ways nostalgia for a world where order reigned.’ If he is right (and I think he is), we have reason to be concerned by the gathering array of political and social currents buffeting us today—currents propelled by the dark underside of the technological revolution, the corroding effects of power, the American president’s disrespect for truth and the widening acceptance of dehumanising insults, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism as being within the bounds of normal public debate. We are not there yet, but these feel like signposts on the road back to an era when Fascism found nourishment and individual tragedies were multiplied millions-fold. – Madeleine K. Albright

Finally, I had held up examples of Goldhagen’s inflammatory language and suggested that he had missed the essence of what Primo Levi once called the ‘grey zone’ of human affairs, described by the historian Christopher Browning as that foggy universe of mixed motives, conflicting emotions, personal priorities, reluctant choices, opportunism and accomodation, all wedded, when convenient, to self-deception and denial. I thought that by marshalling his research into an overly narrow narrative, painted without nuance in black and white, the author had missed the human complexity and the ordinariness of racism. – Erna Paris

Find a balance between one’s responsibility as a white person to confront acts of racism and one’s subconscious sense of power and privilege over people of color when reacting to the [racist] event. – Eileen O’Brien

First and foremost, I want people to have a good read, because I want everything I write to entertain people. There are always different layers to the story, though, so if you want to think about social justice, or sexism or racism or homophobia, or really drill down into why the world is a better place when the police force looks like the people they are policing, then that’s there, too. – Karin Slaughter

First there was racism. Then liberals created institutional racism and coded racism. You can only hear it with a dog whistle. – Evan Sayet

Focusing on being a person instead of an Asian or an [anything] seems to promote a worldview that encourages people to treat others based on what each person has specifically done in their life, which seems like it would reduce such things as war, racism, unfairness, “hate crimes,” [other things most people feel aversion toward]. – Tao Lin

Football is not, in my view, a sport: it is somewhere between a business racket and a mental illness. I associate it with all the worst aspects of our society – violence, drunkenness, drugs, racism, exploitation, greed and stupidity; and that’s just for starters.Simon Heffer

For all of the continued awareness of systemic violence and oppression, there isn’t a lot of talk about that psychological toll of racism, at least in white circles and white media. – Tavi Gevinson

For an ideology differs from a simple opinion in that it claims to possess either the key to history, or the solution for all the ‘riddles of the universe,’ or the intimate knowledge of the hidden universal laws which are supposed to rule nature and man. Few ideologies have won enough prominence to survive the hard competitive struggle of persuasion, and only two have come out on top and essentially defeated all others: the ideology which interprets history as an economic struggle of classes, and the other that interprets history as a natural fight of races. The appeal of both to large masses was so strong that they were able to enlist state support and establish themselves as official national doctrines. But far beyond the boundaries within which race-thinking and class-thinking have developed into obligatory patterns of thought, free public opinion has adopted them to such an extent that not only intellectuals but great masses of people will no longer accept a presentation of past or present facts that is not in agreement with either of these views. – Hannah Arendt

For decades now, Republicans and Democrats have shared the same mythology around the great American meritocracy. The only real difference was that republicans thought the American meritocracy was already perfect and Democrats believed it could be perfected if we just dealt with racism and sexism and other forms of bigotry. – Krystal Ball

For everybody, I think that we all, when we look at this situation of race, we need a change of heart, and I said it before. I believe the heart change comes from repenting of your racism, repenting of your bias, repenting of your prejudice and understanding that, you know what, God sees us all the same. – Benjamin Watson

For many Native Americans across the land, the name of the Washington football team is a deeply personal reminder of a legacy of racism and generations of pain. – Dan Maffei

For many Washington liberals, terrorism was not the instrument of political fanatics and evil men, but was the product of social conditions – poverty, racism and oppression – for which the Western democracies, including Israel were always ultimately to blame. – David Horowitz

For many years in Cuba, nobody spoke of the problem between blacks and whites. It was considered too disagreeable to discuss. But my father spoke to me clearly so that I would understand what happened to his father and his uncles during the Little War of 1912, so that I would know how our men were hunted down day and night like animals, and finally hung by their genitals from the lampposts in Guáimaro. The war that killed my grandfather and great-uncles and thousands of other blacks is only a footnote in our history books. Why, then, should I trust anything I read? I trust only what I see, what I know with my heart, nothing more. – Cristina García

For many years, I believed racism in America was dead and that opportunity existed for all. My beliefs were shaken when the Rodney King officers were acquitted. – John Hope Bryant

For me the deepest existential source of coming to terms with white racism is music. In some ways, this is true for black America as a whole, from spirituals and blues through jazz, rhythm and blues, and even up to hip-hop. . . . . This rich tradition of black music is not only an artistic response to the psychic wounds and social scars of a despised people. More importantly, it enacts in dramatic forms the creativity, dignity, grace, and elegance of African Americans. – Cornel West in Hope on a Tightrope

For me white privilege has turned out to be an elusive and fugitive subject. The pressure to avoid it is great, for in facing it I must give up the myth of meritocracy. If these things are true, this is not such a free country; one’s life is not what one makes it; many doors open for certain people through no virtues of their own.Peggy McIntosh

For most Black people there is still poverty and desperation. The Ghettos still exist, and the proportion of Blacks in prison is still much greater than Whites. Today, there is less overt racism, but the economic injustices create an “institutional racism” which exists even while more Blacks are in high places, such as Condoleeza Rice in Bush’s Administration and Obama running for President. – Howard Zinn

For my own part, once I became a teenager, I experienced severe and violent racism. – Maajid Nawaz

For someone with a background of economic justice, what scared me about climate change is not just that the sea level will rise and we’ll have more storms – it’s how this intersects with that cocktail of inequality and racism. – Naomi Klein

For the African race, such as Providence has made it, and where He has placed it in America, slavery was the righteous, the best, yea, the only tolerable relation – Robert Lewis Dabney, A Defense of Virginia and the South

For the history of the American Negro is unique also in this: that the question of his humanity, and of his rights therefore as a human being, became a burning one for several generations of Americans, so burning a question that it ultimately became one of those used to divide the nation. – James Baldwin

For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. Racism and homophobia are real conditions of all our lives in this place and time. I urge each one of us here to reach down into that deep place of knowledge inside herself and touch that terror and loathing of any difference that lives here. See whose face it wears. Then the personal as the political can begin to illuminate all our choices. – Audre Lorde

For those of us who work to raise the racial consciousness of whites, simply getting whites to acknowledge that our race gives us advantages is a major effort. The defensiveness, denial, and resistance are deep. – Robin DiAngelo

For too long now, European football authorities have not taken the problem of racism in the game seriously and refuse to acknowledge how widespread the problem is. – Rio Ferdinand

For white people, their identities rest on the idea of racism as about good or bad people, about moral or immoral singular acts, and if we’re good, moral people, we can’t be racist – we don’t engage in those acts. – Robin DiAngelo

Forty-two years after Dr. King was murdered, we are still a nation of inequality. People of color, women, gays, lesbians, and others are still treated as second-class citizens. Yes, things have changed but we have still not achieved equality among all humans. And nonhuman animals continue to be chattel property without any inherent value. – Gary L. Francione

Freedman Town serves a good purpose – not for the people who live there, Lord knows; people stuck there by poverty, by prejudice, by laws that keep them from moving or working. Freedman Town’s purpose is for the rest of the world. The world that sits, like Martha, with dark glasses on, staring from a distance, scared but safe. Create a pen like that, give people no choice but to live like animals, and then people get to point at them and say ‘Will you look at those animals? That’s what kind of people those people are’. – Ben H. Winters

Freedom means equality. If you don’t believe in equality for all, you don’t believe in freedom. – DaShanne Stokes

From a racist point of view, the answer to the question what determines the essence of a person is their appearance and not their true self – Sunday Adelaja

From The Corner To The Corner Office – It’s Not Just A Book, It’s A Lifestyle! – James A Barlow

Games don’t cause racism. But the real-time chat makes nasty comments hard to moderate and easy to spread. – Naomi Alderman

Genealogy itself is something of a privilege, coming far more easily to those of us for whom enslavement, conquest, and dispossession of our land has not been our lot. – Tim Wise

Give the man of color an equal opportunity with the white, from the cradle to manhood, and from manhood to the grave, and you would discover the dignified statesman, the man of science, and the philosopher. – Maria W. Stewart

Given the knee-jerk patriotism of recent war movies, it’s discouraging to see ‘Windtalkers’ evade pertinent facts that could have recast the doubled-edged issues of racism and loyalty and made them relevant to contemporary times. – Elvis Mitchell

Go down to the corner store and beat the Jap up, clean all the crap up. – Ice Cube

Gone must be the days of only pointing fingers at others to fix what they may never fix. Our nation’s ills are not merely the result of corruption or racism, although these are evil. Our troubles can also be traced directly to ineffective Christians. – Tony Evans

Grassroots groups challenge the “business-as-usual” environmentalism that is generally practiced by the more privileged wildlife-and conservation-oriented groups. The focus of activists of color and their constituents reflects their life experiences of social, economic, and political disenfranchisement. – Robert D Bullard

Greatness is not measured by the walls we build but by the bridges. – DaShanne Stokes

Growing inequality is a huge problem, and of course is intimately connected to xenophobia and racism. – Adam Hochschild

Growing up as Chinese-American, as someone who experienced racism, questions of ‘otherness’ are always at the forefront of my mind. – Marjorie Liu

Growing up I sometimes imagined that for Christ’s return perhaps He would appear as ‘Black Jesus’ to white people and ‘White Jesus’ to black people just to screw with the racists. – Criss Jami, Healology

Growing up in Michigan, I can’t think of anything so explicitly communicated to me in my whole education experience as the vileness of in-your-face racism. – Kevin DeYoung

Has anyone ever noticed that when ethnic Australians excel in sport they are heralded ‘Aussies’; but when something goes wrong they are thrown the ‘go back to where you came from’ line? WAKE UP RACISTS. – Miya Yamanouchi

Hate is contagious. A few seconds after Donald Trump has told me something hateful, somebody else repeats it. He has legitimized what people only dare say in their kitchens and bedrooms. – Jorge Ramos

Hate obscures all distinctions. – C.S. Lewis

Hate speech, racism, and bigotry are intolerable realities that we must all come together to take action against. – Whitney Wolfe Herd

Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong. – Muhammad Ali

Hating skin color is contempt for God’s divine creative imagination. – F. Hodge

Hating skin color is contempt for God’s divine creative imagination. Honoring it is appreciation for conscious, beautiful-love-inspired diversity. – T.F. Hodge

Hatred of oppression seems to me so blended with hatred of the oppressor that I cannot separate them. I feel that no other injury could be so hard to bear, so very very hard to forgive, as that inflicted by cruel oppression and prejudice. – Charlotte Forten Grimke

Hatred of producers of wealth still flourishes and has become, in fact, the racism of the intelligentsia. – George Gilder

Hatred, racism, and extremism have no place in this country. – Angela Merkel

Having a strong race lens means you understand racism is threaded through and institutionalized in all of our systems and our very perceptions, threaded through how someone looks at you, treats you, thinks about you and your potential. – Pramila Jayapal

Having the liberty to have freedom of choice is the greatest thing that each and everyone of us has because that makes us who we are. Do not however use this as an excuse to discriminate, segregate and stereotype mass amounts of people on the basis of a small group of individuals who have either the power or the spotlight to do bad things – Calum Alexander Logan

He (Bob Marley) had this idea, it was kind of a virologist idea, he believed he could cure racism and hate, literally cure it by injecting music and love into people’s lives. One day he was scheduled to perform at a peace concert, gunmen came to his house and shot him down. Two days later he walked out on that stage and sang. Somebody asked him why. He said the people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking a day off. How can I? Light up the darkness. – Bob Marley

He began to talk about the fact that race was not only a construct but a scientific error along the magnitude of the error that the world was flat. . . ‘And when they discover their mistake, I mean, truly discover it, it’ll be as big as when they learned the world was, in fact, round. It’ll open up a whole new world. And nothing will ever be the same. – Danzy Senna

He began to walk back. The crowd had cleared a little, to swell again no doubt in a minute or two when the planeload arriving from Rome came through. He could make out several dark-skinned people, men and women of African, West Indian, and Indian origin. Adam had not always been a racist, but he was one now. He thought how remarkable it was that these people could afford to travel around Europe. – Barbara Vine

He did look like an Italian of the worse type, though Vic didn’t think he was, and it was an insult to the Italian race to assume that he was. He resembled no particular race, only an amalgamation of the worst elements of various Latin peoples. He looked as if he had spent all his life dodging blows that were probably aimed at him for good reason. – Patricia Highsmith

He easily gathered her in his arms; Gramma was made up of skin and bones and hate and crazy – and hate and crazy don’t weigh anything. – Barry Lyga

He fell in with the quiet revolutionaries on campus—those who felt that the disenfranchisement of half the population was ridiculous, those who did not accept that rights were predicated on skin tone—partly because he couldn’t bring himself to avoid tempting trouble. He agreed with all their points, but understood that they were freer to make them purely because they had the money to build a wall around their experiences. That was what people did, wasn’t it? Ignore the majority of experience and actively disengage from those telling them otherwise. – Thomm Quackenbush

He felt like the world didn’t want him, like he was born hated, and he was. He was smart, he was funny, he’d never done a bad deed in his life, born innocent just like all the rest of us… but he was black in a white world, and I think somewhere along the way, he stopped feeling like a human being. – Rebecca McNutt

He got a tan over break. I used to tell him he was so pale he looked like a marshmallow. He hated that I compared him to food. I told him that’s what he got for calling me caramel. It shut him up. – Angie Thomas

He got off on Lincoln and slavery and dared any man there to deny that Lincoln and the negro and Moses and the children of Israel were the same, and that the Red Sea was just the blood that had to be spilled in order that the black race might cross into the Promised Land. – William Faulkner

He has no education. He has no skills. He doesn’t know what to do, where to be. The world has been taught to be scared of him, but the reality is that he is scared of the world. – Trevor Noah

He himself felt defeated because he was fighting against something he did not hate, because he did not understand the fratricidal hatred between the sons of Araby and Israel, and because he loved and knew and appreciated and wanted to save the merits of their cultures, although not the cruelty of their powers; he knew and loved the fountains and the gardens and the patios and high towers of al-Andalus, the nature that has been made more beautiful by man for man’s pleasure, not for his mortification. – Carlos Fuentes

He seemed to hasten the retreat of departing light by his very presence; the setting sun dipped sharply, as though fleeing before our nigger; a black mist emanated from him; a subtle and dismal influence; a something cold and gloomy that floated out and settled on all the faces like a mourning veil. The circle broke up. The joy of laughter died on stiffened lips. – Joseph Conrad

He was not safe. I wasn’t angry, I was heartbroken. We couldn’t talk about the ways in which race and racism impacted my life, because he was unwilling to even acknowledge the racism that was impacting my life and he was unable to prioritize my safety over his comfort – which meant that we couldn’t talk about me. – Ijeoma Oluo

He was there below me, and, upon my word, to look at him was as edifying as seeing a dog in a parody of breeches and a featherhat, walking on his hind legs. – Joseph Conrad

Hell, let them sit whereever they want on the bus. Just don’t sit with them. Let them into our schools, the teachers will still teach from a eurocentric curriculum anyway. Let them eat with us, they’ll need the energy and strength to build our homes. – Darnell Lamont Walker

Her anger at the young woman’s stubbornness quickly prompted recollections of all the times she’d found herself on one side or another of these meaningless, bigoted demarcations; all the times she’d been made to feel alien to some stranger’s expectation of what constituted the right and normal world—the color of her skin, the ethnicity of the man she’d chosen to marry, even her tomboy daughter. – Omar El Akkad

Here was an ugly little girl asking for beauty….A little black girl who wanted to rise up out of the pit of her blackness and see the world with blue eyes. His outrage grew and felt like power. For the first time he honestly wished he could work miracles. – Toni Morrison

Here we raise his children for him, cook for him, bring up his crops, butcher his hogs – even fight his wars for him – and he still won’t acknowledge our existence. – James Sallis

Here, we are saying that we will tear your country apart, we will give birth to the terror within, and then we will leave you to drown in it. – Hanif Abdurraqib

He’s got a bad case of something I call ethnic PMS. I think it sounds nicer than ‘bloodlust. – Andrei Codrescu, Wakefield

Hillbilly stereotypes have always made it easier for middle-class whites to presume that racism is the exclusive province of ‘that kind’ of person. – Michelle Dean

Hilly raises her voice about three octaves higher when she talks to coloured people. Elizabeth smiles like she’s talking to a child, although certainly not her own. I am starting to notice things. – Kathryn Stockett

Hip-hop is contributing to American society’s misogyny and racism, hyper-sexuality anti-Black representations. Hip-Hop isn’t setting the standard for misogyny. No one reduces the presidency to misogyny, although we’ve had misogynistic presidents. No one reduces our government to being solely homophobic, although we have a government with a don’t ask, don’t tell policy for gays and lesbians in the military. – Bakari Kitwana

Hippies started the ecology movement. They combated racism. They liberated sexual stereotypes, encouraged change, individual pride, and self-confidence. They questioned robot materialism. In four years they managed to stop the Vietnam War. They got marijuana decriminalized in fourteen states during the Carter Administration. – Timothy Leary

His (Lincoln’s) patriotism was saved from idolatry by the overwhelming sense of the sovereignty of God. – Elton Trueblood

History is not the past. It is the present. We carry our history with us. We are our history. If we pretend otherwise, we are literally criminals. I attest to this: the world is not white; it never was white, cannot be white. White is a metaphor for power, and that is simply a way of describing Chase Manhattan Bank. – James Baldwin

Hitler’s Nazi mob didn’t think of themselves as the bad guys. They thought of themselves as the victims of evil foreigners. Just like Trump’s MAGA mob. – Oliver Markus Malloy

Hollywood has successfully produced many films framed by anti-racist or pro-integrationist story lines. I’m going to guess that since ‘Gone With The Wind,’ Hollywood realized films about racism and segregation pull at the heartstrings of everyone and hopefully serve to purge a sense of guilt. – Joe Morton

Holocaust survivors and their descendants are supposed to hate those who oppressed and killed them and their people. Black people are not. This is how anti-blackness works. – Darnell Lamont Walker

Home is where the heart begins, but not where the heart stays. – Hanif Abdurraqib

Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood. – Coretta Scott King

Homophobia, racism, and sexism are all rooted in the same oppression that causes a group of people to internalize the oppression they’ve experienced and then continue the cycle of abuse. Simply put, hurt people hurt people. – Karamo Brown

Honestly, racism is something learned, not something that you just pick up one day and wish to dislike someone. – Tituss Burgess

How can it be said we should use only constitutional means in our struggle, when all resistance is illegal and we have no way to change the brutal realities of the racism regime? – Oliver Tambo

How can you work in film and still see the overt racism that exists in film and not just be furious all the time? – Joaquin Phoenix

How could the eagle-eyed politicians of The Hague, who specialized in pointing out the tiniest specks in other people’s eyes, overlook someone riding a racist coach in their own neighborhood? – Mawuena Addo

How different South Africa’s cricketing achievements, and indeed the future of the country itself, might have been if racism had not denied Frank Roro the opportunity of batting with Bruce Mitchell in the Lord’s sunshine. – Richard Lloyd

How grateful I am that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has from its beginnings stood strongly against racism in any of its malignant manifestations. – Alexander B. Morrison

How I’d like to start a new life in a distant land. Not because of racism or politics. But to be in a place that I knew hardly anything about, in a place where I wouldn’t even care to know the prime minister’s name. A place where names and faces would have no meaning for me. – Sayed Kashua

How is it you can love the Creator but hate what He created? – Carlos Wallace

How remorseless must one be find pleasure in riding a Wilhelmina golden coach in the 21st century. – Mawuena Addo

How stupid she had been ever to have thought that she could marry and perhaps have children in a land where every dark child was handicapped at the start by the shroud of color! She saw, suddenly, the giving birth to little, helpless, unprotesting Negro children as a sin, an unforgivable outrage. More black folk to suffer indignities. More dark bodies for mobs to lynch. – Nella Larsen

However much history may be invoked in support of these policies (affirmative action), no policy can apply to history but can only apply to the present or the future. The past may be many things, but it is clearly irrevocable. Its sins can no more be purged than its achievements can be expunged. Those who suffered in centuries past are as much beyond our help as those who sinned are beyond our retribution. – Thomas Sowell

However, while we should certainly celebrate the demise of overt official racism, we must also critically examine where we are at this historical moment, recognize the many challenges ahead and reaffirm our commitment to making Brown v. Board a reality. – Ed Markey

Human beings are consistent with regard to codes of honor, but endlessly fickle with regard to whom those codes apply. E.N. Wilson – Andrew Zolli

Human beings are very skilled at pretending they are not what they are, and ignoring what is inside them. This includes ignoring their natural instincts, their primal instincts, because they have this notion that they are evolving faster than other life, have evolved further, and are therefore superior. Take racism for example. As abhorrent as people may consider it, human beings are essentially tribal, and racism is simply a survival instinct embedded deep inside us, born from thousands of years of survival and experience. – Robert Black

Human societies, at least the more advanced cultures, have rarely offered the individual anything but imperialism, racism, and ethnocentrism for dealing with ‘other’ cultures. – Edward W. Said

Humanity from the first has had its vultures and sharks, and representatives of the fraternity who prey upon mankind may be expected no less in America than elsewhere. That this virulence breaks out most readily and commonly against colored persons in this country, is due of course to the fact that they are, generally speaking, weak and can be imposed upon with impunity. Bullies are always cowards at heart. – Anna Julia Cooper

I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the ‘isness’ of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal ‘oughtness’ that forever confronts him. I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsom and jetsom in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. – Martin Luther King Jr.

I accepted that a new kind of hate had emerged, silent and disciplined, a racism tempered by loyalty cards and PIN numbers. Shopping was now the model for all human behaviour, drained of emotion and anger. – G. Ballard

I advance it therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments of both body and mind. – Thomas Jefferson

I advance it therefore […] that the blacks […] are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind. – Thomas Jefferson

I also believe my home state is cursed by ignorance and poverty and racism, much of it deliberately inculcated to control a vulnerable electorate. And I believe many of the politicians in Louisiana are among the most stomach-churning examples of white trash and venality I have ever known. To me, the fact that large numbers of people find them humorously picaresque is mind numbing, on a level with telling fond tales of one’s rapist. – James Lee Burke

I also often hear people say that the deck is stacked against them because of racism, sexism, or other oppressive ‘isms.’ But once you let go of the blame and excuses, you’ll see that you can alter your position on your own. – Chris Gardner

I always felt the ‘X-Men,’ in a subtle way, often touched upon the subject of racism and inequality, and I believe that subject has come up in other titles, too. But we would never pound hard on the subject, which must be handled with care and intelligence. – Stan Lee

I always looked upon the acts of racist exclusion, or insult, as pitiable, for the other person. I never absorbed that. I always thought that there was something deficient about such people. – Toni Morrison

I always looked upon the acts of racist exclusion, or insult, as pitiable, from the other person. I never absorbed that. I always thought that there was something deficient — intellectual, emotional — about such people. – Toni Morrison

I always try to individualize everything, every person. I see individuals and that’s why I’ve never fallen for racism, or any type or classification of people. – Mike Vallely

I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the U.S. government’s policy towards people of color. – Assata Shakur

I am a descendent of a whole bunch of Black folk who couldn’t be broken. – Darnell Lamont Walker

I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids- and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in a circus sideshow, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination- indeed, everything and anything except me. – Ralph Ellison

I am a Muslim and . . . my religion makes me be against all forms of racism. It keeps me from judging any man by the color of his skin. It teaches me to judge him by his deeds and his conscious behavior. And it teaches me to be for the rights of all human beings, but especially the Afro-American human being, because my religion is a natural religion, and the first law of nature is self-preservation. – Malcolm X

I am about eight years old when I first become aware of being other–foreign, outside, separate. Because this lesson comes from my own family, it resonates deeper and truer than playground taunts ever have. – Soojung Jo

I am black: I am the incarnation of a complete fusion with the world, an intuitive understanding of the earth, an abandonment of my ego in the heart of the cosmos, and no white man, no matter how intelligent he may be, can ever understand Louis Armstrong and the music of the Congo. – Frantz Fanon

I am crossing back to the opposite side — Mercy the Fearsome is not stupid — but if I let the Italian cow me, I show him and anyone watching that we can be pushed around like the dogs they think us to be. – Stacey Lee

I am determined to de-fang cheap racism, annihilate and discredit the routine, easy, available color fetish, which is reminiscent of slavery itself. – Toni Morrison

I am disappointed that after all of the struggles that we have had in this country for such a long time, trying to get through and beyond racism and bigotry and discrimination – I think it is sad. It just tells us the kind of work that we have to do as – as America, as a nation. – Bernie Sanders

I am disappointed with America. And there can be no great disappointment where there is not great love. I am disappointed with our failure to deal positively and forthrightly with the triple evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism. We are presently moving down a dead-end road that can lead to national disaster. America has strayed to the far country of racism and militarism. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am fifty-two years of age. I am a bishop in the Anglican Church, and a few people might be constrained to say that I was reasonably responsible. In the land of my birth I cannot vote… – Desmond Tutu

I am first of all a white man, and only then a socialist. – Jack London

I am just mystified by these people telling me I would think Obama was doing a great job if his skin contained less melanin. – Jonah Goldberg

I am not a skin color. I contain all of humanity in my heart and my mind, my flesh, my blood and my bones, and I am proud of that fact. You should be, too. – Laurence Overmire

I am not ashamed to use the word class. I will also plead guilty to another charge. The charge is that people belonging to my class think they’re better than other people. You’re damn right we’re better. We’re better because we do not shirk our obligations either to ourselves or to others. . . .we live by our lights, we die by our lights, and whoever the high gods may be, we’ll look them in the eye without apology. – Walker Percy

I am not naive, and I do realize that racism is alive and well in the United States of America. I am also fully aware that when segregation ended, we didn’t all live happily ever after. No one can convince me, however, that life in America would be better if blacks and whites had stayed separate and unequal. – Maysoon Zayid

I am not obliged to tackle racism wherever and whenever it occurs, nor am I qualified to do so. – Romesh Ranganathan

I am not sure that I know enough about the pre-history of 9/11 to agree or disagree. But I did think at the time that the [George W.] Bush administration took a number of cues from the Israeli government, not only by drawing on and intensifying anti-Arab racism, but by insisting that the attack on US government and financial buildings was an attack on “democracy” and by invoking “security at all costs” to wage war without a clear focus (why the Taliban?), and by suspending both constitutional rights and the regular protocol for congressional approval for declaring war. – Judith Butler

I am obliged to confess that I do not regard the abolition of slavery as a means of warding off the struggle of the two races in the Southern states. The Negroes may long remain slaves without complaining; but if they are once raised to the level of freemen, they will soon revolt at being deprived of almost all their civil rights; and as they cannot become the equals of the whites, they will speedily show themselves as enemies. – Alexis de Tocqueville

I am often asked if I think the younger generation is less racist. No, I don’t. In some ways, racism’s adaptations over time are more sinister than concrete rules such as Jim Crow. – Robin DiAngelo

I am pleased God made my skin black. I only wish He had to made it thicker. – Curt Flood

I am usually able to tolerate all kinds of victims of indoctrination except those who have been infected with xenophobia, racism, or homophobia. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

I applied for a scholarship to Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. I knew I was good enough, but they turned me down. And it took me about six months to realize it was because I was black. I never really got over that jolt of racism at the time. – Nina Simone

I banned the use of fat as a slur hurled toward myself and strangers. I’m not saying I don’t see fat; saying that is akin to the people who make grand statements about ‘not seeing color.’ Seeing color doesn’t mean you’re a racist. It means your eyes work, but that you are hopefully able to see color not for a discrepancy in normal, but as a beautiful component of diversity. – Brittany Gibbons

I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color. – Malcolm X

I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being, neither white, black, brown nor red. When you are dealing with humanity as one family, there’s no question of integration or intermarriage. It’s just one human being marrying another human being, or one human being living around and with another human being. – Malcolm X

I believe in the law. I think we have a great system of justice. But I do think that system of justice has been corrupted by racism and classism. I think it’s difficult for ‘poor people’ – poor white people, brown people – to be treated fairly before the law in the same way that upper-class people are. – Henry Louis Gates

I believe it’s incredibly important to write against [racial] stereotypes. If we give in and make sure that all black women characters are asexual, gentle, and kind we wind up with another set of stereotypes. – Justine Larbalestier

I believe racism has killed more people than speed, heroin, or cancer, and will continue to kill until it is no more. – Alice Childress

I believe that if Hindu Society has been able to stand, it is because it is founded on the caste system … To destroy the caste system and adopt the Western European social system means that Hindus must give up the principle of hereditary occupation which is the soul of the caste system. Hereditary principle is an eternal principle. To change it is to create disorder. I have no use for a Brahmin if I cannot call him a Brahmin for my life. It will be chaos if every day a Brahmin is changed into a Shudra and a Shudra is to be changed into a Brahmin. – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

I believe that racism is a problem, and we need to do something about it. – Peyton List

I believe that the truth of any subject only comes when all sides of the story are put together. – Alice Walker

I believe the NME have deliberately tried to characterise me as a racist in a recent interview in order to boost their circulation. I abhor racism and cruelty of any kind and will not let this pass. – Steven Morrissey

I believe we should work to end all racism in American society and staunchly defend the inherent rights of every person. – Rand Paul

I call for all religions, cultures, countries, crews, parties and peacemakers to unite for the sake of building a peaceful, united global village for future generations. It starts TODAY. If we stay divided, we will only remain crippled – and we will fall. It is time for everyone to see there is more for us to GAIN through unity and love than hatred and division. Get wise and unite. This is the only way. We need to start fresh with a truly united perspective. – Suzy Kassem

I came back from university thinking I knew all about politics and racism, not knowing my dad had been one of the youngest-serving Labour councillors in the town and had refused to work in South Africa years ago because of the situation there. And he’s never mentioned it – you just find out. That’s a real man to me. A sleeping lion. – Johnny Vegas

I came into this whole business by going to see Rock Against Racism gigs with the Clash. – Billy Bragg

I came to realize that this was about more than not offering up what some of his opponents craved—the picture of the angry black man, or the lectures on race that fuel a sense of grievance among white voters. Obama also didn’t want to offer up gauzy words to make well-meaning white people feel better. The fact that he was a black president wasn’t going to bring life back to an unarmed black kid who was shot, or alter structural inequities in housing, education, and incarceration in our states and cities. It wasn’t going to change the investment of powerful interests in a system that sought to deny voting rights, or to cast people on food stamps working minimum wage jobs as ‘takers,’ incapable of making it on their own. The last person who ever thought that Barack Obama’s election was going to bring racial reconciliation and some end of race in America was Barack Obama. That was a white person’s concept imposed upon his campaign. I know because I was once one of them, taking delight in writing words about American progress, concluding in the applause line ‘And that is why I can stand before you as president of the United States.’ But he couldn’t offer up absolution for America’s racial sins, or transform American society in four or eight years. – Ben Rhodes

I can conceive of no Negro native to this country who has not, by the age of puberty, been irreparably scarred by the conditions of his life. – James Baldwin

I can honestly say that in my time in America, I have not encountered any racism. When Jim Thorpe and I make fun of each other on the range, or even when a white player makes a joke about my color, I take it as what it is-a joke-and give it back accordingly. – Vijay Singh

I can only imagine that future generations will consider us to have been barbaric for our intolerance of differences. – Cathy Burnham Martin

I can testify, from my own experience and observation, that slavery is a curse to the whites as well as to the blacks. It makes white fathers cruel and sensual; the sons violent and licentious; it contaminates the daughters, and makes the wives wretched. And as for the colored race, it needs an abler pen than mine to describe the extremity of their sufferings, the depth of their degradation. – Harriet Ann Jacobs

I can think of no better reason to vote against Obama than the prospect of an administration where any criticism of the President is treated as racism. – Glenn Reynolds

I can’t bring myself to watch yet another video, not because I don’t care, but because we’re all just a few videos away from becoming completely desensitized. The public execution of Black folks will never be normal. – Andrena Sawyer

I can’t say I have enough experience with Hollywood to feel that I’ve encountered racism there. I can tell you that I did about five fruitless years of auditioning for voiceovers where I did variations on tacos and Latin accents, and my first screen role was as a bellhop on ‘The Sopranos.’ – Lin-Manuel Miranda

I cannot pinpoint a moment when I became politicized, when I knew that I would spend my life in the liberation struggle. To be an African in South Africa means that one is politicized from the moment of one’s birth, whether one acknowledges it or not…His life is circumscribed by racist laws and regulations that cripple his growth, dim his potential, and stunt his life…I had no epiphany, no singular revelation, no moment of truth, but a steady accumulation of a thousand slights, a thousand indignities, a thousand unremembered moments, produced in me an anger, a rebelliousness, a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people. There was no particular day on which I said, From henceforth I will devote myself to the liberation of my people; instead, I simply found myself doing so, and could not do otherwise. – Nelson Mandela

I care because as long as slavery is sanctioned in this world, either directly or tacitly, we are a doomed species. There is no hope for progress, no hope for a world of peace and prosperity, if some men are allowed dominion over others for as arbitrary a reason as skin color. – Alyssa Cole

I carried out my plan because I felt The Chief had some fear of those of my race, of those uncountable forebears whose culmination lies in me. I wished to prove to him that a yellow man could save his armies. – Jorge Luis Borges

I come from a family of Mississippi sharecroppers just a few generations away from slavery, and I experienced a lot of racism growing up – you can’t avoid that if you’re a person of color in this country. – Carrie Mae Weems

I condemn racism on all levels, whether personal or systemic. – Tony Evans

I consider myself an American African because we did not come by choice. – Alafia Stewart

I could help a lot of people’s kids that are going through racism or getting bullied. That’s what I wanna do. – Kane Brown

I could show fight on natural selection having done and doing more for the progress of civilization than you seem inclined to admit. Remember what risk the nations of Europe ran, not so many centuries ago of being overwhelmed by the Turks, and how ridiculous such an idea now is! The more civilised so-called Caucasian races have beaten the Turkish hollow in the struggle for existence. Looking to the world at no very distant date, what an endless number of the lower races will have been eliminated by the higher civilized races throughout the world. – Charles Darwin

I couldn’t adjust to the racism in Florida. – Sidney Poitier

I couldn’t adjust to the racism in Florida. It was so blatant… I had never been so described as Florida described me. – Sidney Poitier

I definitely think men can be leaders. I see an analogy in the case of what helped me think about racism, which was to find parallels with sexism. In other words, I don’t think I was such a great ally until I got mad on my own behalf. – Gloria Steinem

I did not tell you it would be okay because I never believed it would be okay. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

I did not tell you that it would be okay, because I have never believed it would be okay. What I told you is what your grandparents tried to tell me: that this is your country, that this is your world, that this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

I didn’t run into racism until I got into the wrestling business. – Booker T. Washington

I didn’t run into racism until we moved to Nassau when I was ten and a half, but it was vastly different from the kind of horrendous oppression that black people in Miami were under when I moved there at 15. I found Florida an antihuman place. – Sidney Poitier

I didn’t want to give the white reader an opportunity to think of racism as imaginary – a sentiment that is already a central barrier in addressing the problem. – Vivek Shraya

I didn’t really understand racism because I grew up in an all-black society, so I didn’t see how it was possible not to like me! – Jamaica Kincaid

I didn’t want to argue with my hosts. I wanted them to talk. But I felt like reminding Li that perhaps forty million Chinese people had died of starvation a half century earlier because they followed their government’s orders. It was the largest famine in history. A snapshot taken then would have given a very different picture of the supposedly essential character of Chinese people, and it would have entirely missed the point. Governments matter. Markets matter. History matters. International circumstances matter. – Howard W. French

I do not believe we can stop them, Samori, because they must ultimately stop themselves. And still I urge you to struggle. Struggle for the memory of your ancestors. Struggle for wisdom. Struggle for the warmth of The Mecca. Struggle for your grandmother and grandfather, for your name. But do not struggle for the Dreamers. Hope for them. Pray for them, if you are so moved. But do not pin your struggle on their conversion. The Dreamers will have to learn to struggle themselves, to understand that the field for their Dream, the stage where they have painted themselves white, is the deathbed of us all. The Dream is the same habit that endangers this planet, the same habit that sees our bodies stowed away in prisons and ghettos. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

I do not have the slightest bit of racism in me. I do not judge people with regards to the colour of their skin, their origin, or their religion. I defend them all, because I defend French people. And, of course, I defend the interests of France, the interests of French people. – Marine Le Pen

I do not know many Negroes who are eager to be “accepted” by white people, still less to be loved by them; they, the blacks, simply don’t wish to be beaten over the head by the whites every instant of our brief passage on this planet. – James Baldwin

I do not think it is an exaggeration at all to say to my friend from West Virginia [Sen. Robert C. Byrd, a former Ku Klux Klan recruiter] that he would have been a great senator at any moment. . . . He would have been right during the great conflict of civil war in this nation. – Christopher Dodd

I don’t believe in reverse racism. I really don’t. – Rachel Dolezal

I don’t care about any theory or any philosophy or any of that shit! Blackness is visible! The idea that someone can be black, but not look black is ridiculous! White passing and all that other nonsense about being racially ambiguous but still Black is a god damned lie! The one drop rule is a lie! – Sasha Scarr

I don’t condone racism. I don’t condone prejudice. – John Schnatter

I don’t feel that I’ve been hampered by [ racism or discrimination], and the reason why is that we reach out to people on the basis of where everyone meets, and try to build common cause on that basis. Because of that, I think we’ve cut through some of the issues that normally divide people. – Keith Ellison

I don’t give a damn if there’s any hope for them or not. But I know that I am not about to be bugged by any more white jokers who still can’t figure out whether I’m human or not. If they don’t know, baby, sad on them, and I hope they drop dead slowly, in great pain. – James Baldwin

I don’t know anywhere in the world where there is not racism against somebody. – Alex Haley

I don’t know how racists live with their racism. We need to take the road of love. I don’t think folks are born that way; it’s learned and taught out of fear. – Kenny Leon

I don’t know what to say about Asians. I think everyone is “racist,” to differing degrees, in that everyone’s brain will automatically associate information with other information, based on the information they are looking at (for example skin color, bone structure), but I think focusing on race in any manner that isn’t neutral or self-aware probably increases racism. – Tao Lin

I don’t like people who like me because I’m a Negro; neither do I like people who find in the same accident grounds for contempt. – James Baldwin

I don’t like that word ‘discovery.’ … Sinatra was the first one to call Ray Charles a genius, he spoke of ‘the genius of Ray Charles.’ And after that everybody called him a genius. They didn’t call him a genius before that though. He was a genius but they didn’t call him that. … If a white man hadn’t told them, they wouldn’t’ve seen it. … Like, you know, they say Columbus discovered America, he didn’t discover America. – Gayl Jones

I don’t like the idea of telling private business owners. I abhor racism. I think it’s a bad business decision to ever exclude anybody from your restaurant. But at the same time I do believe in private ownership. I think there should be absolutely no discrimination in anything that gets public funding. – Rand Paul

I don’t like to just talk of Africa, and south of the Sahara in general. No, I’ll talk about the Third World in general. I’ll like to say this – we in the United States would never believe that another form of goverment – I don’t care even if it’s against the racism, etc. – it is hard to get the masses of people to believe or accept that a socialist government will relieve them of most of the problems. – Huey Newton

I don’t make any notes, but I do know where to find things. Suppose I need to know where Wexford first talked about his love of the countryside or where he quotes Larkin or what was the beginning of his hatred of racism or where he first encountered domestic violence; I would be able to find it straight away. – Ruth Rendell

I don’t mean to be a racist but if you’re going to get raped by a Japanese guy, it’s not going to hurt at all. – Chelsea Handler

I don’t really know exactly how it happened but I don’t like the idea that I would ever have said I’m going to write about racism or puberty or bullying. – Judy Blume

I don’t think it’s entirely paranoid to suspect that one day, you won’t be able to so much as question the primary tenets of anti-racism without going to jail. – Jim Goad

I don’t think many people understand what racism is. The intellectuals use it like toilet paper; it’s something they can use. It’s not something they live. – Mark Fuhrman

I don’t think my films are going to get rid of racism or prejudice. I think the best thing my films can do is provoke discussion. – Spike Lee

I don’t think racism can be eliminated in my lifetime … or my children’s or grandchildren’s. But I think it’s something we have to strive for. I’m going to keep working toward that day coming. – Spike Lee

I don’t think we can rely on governments, regardless of who is in power, to do the work that only mass movements can do. I think that what is important about the sustained demonstrations that are now happening, is that they are having the effect of refusing to allow these issues to die. – Angela Davis

I don’t understand racism. I have many black friends and many others have been my opponents. Respect is basic. Unfortunately racism is a social problem, and football belongs to society. – Francesco Totti

I don’t understand racism. We are all the same and I have the perfect hypothesis to prove it. I play to all those countries and they cry in all the same places in my show. They laugh in the same places. They become hysterical in the same places. They faint in the same places and that’s the perfect hypothesis. There is a commonality that we are all the same. – Michael Jackson

I don’t wanna believe that racism exists, but the more I wish it away, the more I realize it’s in our system. – Will.I.Am

I don’t want equal rights with the white man; if I did, I’d be a thief and a murderer. – Fannie Lou Hamer

I don’t want to die and leave a few sad songs and a hump in the ground as my only monument. I want to leave a world that is liberated from trash, pollution, racism, nation-states, nation-state wars and armies, from pomp, bigotry, parochialism, a thousand different brands of untruth and licentious, usurious economics. – George Jackson

I don’t want to see trickle down racism. I don’t want to see a president of the United States saying things which change the character of the generations of Americans that are following. Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nature. And trickle down racism, trickle down bigotry, and trickle down misogyny, all these extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America. – Mitt Romney

I don’t think that the Negro problem in America can be even discussed coherently without bearing in mind its context; its context being the history, traditions, customs, the moral assumptions and preoccupations of the country; in short, the general social fabric. Appearances to the contrary, no one in America escapes its effects and everyone in America bears some responsibility for it. – James Baldwin

I encountered Newton when I was growing up, and it has kind of made me who I am, although I came to love Boston. It’s a complicated city. Some of the smartest people in the world are in Boston. How many institutions of higher learning are in that one area? It’s a pool of intelligence. It’s a great town. You can encounter racism anywhere. I have a lot of nostalgic feelings about Boston. It was a cool place to grow up. – Kasi Lemmons

I even felt a vicarious guilt, like a German meeting Jewish people in Poland who had never heard of the Holocaust, or that there were Jews in America, and trying to explain it to them. Ashea, I wished I could say. Ashea. – Neil Peart

I experienced racism in different settings: I was followed in stores, in cars. The way you experience racism depends on how you deal with it. My memories of Goodeve are good ones. – Perry Bellegarde

I feel like racism isn’t over. – Joel Embiid

I feel like racism’s more pronounced in America. – Daniel Kaluuya

I feel sorry for Obama because he’s still got to fight the innate racism of Americans. I mean, did you see his first speech, when he got made President and they put all that bullet proof glass in front of him? I think that shows you how racist America still is. Just because he’s black doesn’t mean he’s going to shoot anybody. – Frankie Boyle

I feel that for white America to understand the significance of the problem of the Negro will take a bigger and tougher America than any we have yet known. I feel that America’s past is too shallow, her national character too superficially optimistic, her very morality too suffused with color hate for her to accomplish so vast and complex a task. Culturally the Negro represents a paradox: Though he is an organic part of the nation, he is excluded by the ride and direction of American culture. Frankly, it is felt to be right to exclude him, and it if felt to be wrong to admit him freely. Therefore if, within the confines of its present culture, the nation ever seeks to purge itself of its color hate, it will find itself at war with itself, convulsed by a spasm of emotional and moral confusion. If the nation ever finds itself examining its real relation to the Negro, it will find itself doing infinitely more than that; for the anti-Negro attitude of whites represents but a tiny part – though a symbolically significant one – of the moral attitude of the nation. Our too-young and too-new America, lusty because it is lonely, aggressive because it is afraid, insists upon seeing the world in terms of good and bad, the holy and the evil, the high and the low, the white and the black; our America is frightened of fact, of history, of processes, of necessity. It hugs the easy way of damning those whom it cannot understand, of excluding those who look different, and it salves its conscience with a self-draped cloak of righteousness. Am I damning my native land? No; for I, too, share these faults of character! And I really do not think that America, adolescent and cocksure, a stranger to suffering and travail, an enemy of passion and sacrifice, is ready to probe into its most fundamental beliefs. – Richard Wright

I fell asleep and had a dream that a king was liquidated by a group of kind faces…. – Maquita Donyel Irvin

I felt like there was something I needed to do – speaking to kids and sharing my story with them and helping them understand racism has no place in the minds and hearts of children. – Ruby Bridges

I felt pretty good growing up. I didn’t feel a lot of prejudice or racism. But I do remember, if there was going to be a movie or a television show with Asian characters, I would go out of my way to avoid them, because they portrayed all Asians as either ridiculously good or ridiculously bad; you know, the whole Charlie Chan-Fu Manchu thing. – David Henry Hwang

I felt sick with hatred then for my own people. If you had asked me why I hated them, I might have said that I hated them for being so loud and for being so drunk. But now I believe I hated them for suddenly being my people, not just other people. In the United States, it is very easy for me to forget that the people around me are my people. It is easy, with all our divisions, to think of myself as an outsider in my own country. I have been taught, and I have learned well, I realize now, to think of myself as distinctly different from other white folks – more educated, more articulate, less crude. But in Mexico these distinctions became as meaningless to me as they should have always been. – Eula Biss

I find it ironic that Republicans have such disdain for the lazy, and yet their solution to every problem is do nothing. Their answer to wealth inequality, do nothing. Health care? Do nothing. Climate change? Nothing. Racism? Doesn’t exist. For a group of people so head over heels in love with self-reliance, they sure do recommend a lot of sitting on their ass. – Bill Maher

I found that my wounds begin to heal when the voices of those endangered by silence are given power. The silence of hopelessness, of despair buried in the depths of poverty, violence, racism are more deadly than bullets. The gift of light, in our compassion, our listening, our works of love is the gift of life to ourselves. – Janice Mirikitani

I found there’s a fairly blatant racism in America that’s already there, and I don’t think I noticed it when I lived here as a kid. But when I went back to South Africa, and then it’s sort of thrust in your face, and then came back here – I just see it everywhere. – Dave Matthews

I found this out over the years, that racism is a thinly veiled disguise over economics and money. It really is. – Quincy Jones

I get how it can be news to some of you that people are victimized by systems legitimated by your nation, countrymen, and god. But I’m black and female and southern. I call that Tuesday. – Tressie McMillan Cottom

I get that racism exists, but it’s not a catalyst for my content. I don’t need to talk about race to have material. My style of comedy is more self-deprecating. I think that makes me more relatable. When you deal with ‘topics’ – race, white versus black – you’re not separating from the pack. You’re doing what everybody else is doing. – Kevin Hart

I give interracial couples a look. Daggers. They get uncomfortable when they see me on the street. – Spike Lee

I go to music festivals, and people want to talk to me about racism. I’m like, ‘Bro, I’m trying to have fun!’ – Daniel Kaluuya

I got a number of very thoughtful responses to the email I sent out last night, most of which I don’t have time to respond to right now. Thanks everyone for the encouragement, questions, criticism. Daniel’s response was particularly inspiring to me and deserves to be shared. The resistance of Israeli Jewish people to the occupation and the enormous risk taken by those refusing to serve in the Israeli military offers an example, especially for those of us living in the United States, of how to behave when you discover that atrocities are being commited in your name. Thank you. – Rachel Corrie

I got agitated at the idea that racism is a Southern thing. Did you hear about the cross-burning out here? A black family moved into an upper-middle-class Los Angeles suburb and found a cross burning on their lawn. Swastikas are being painted on synagogues. I’m moving to France. I don’t think this ‘kinder, gentler nation’ bit is working too well. – Pruitt Taylor Vince

I got back from Toronto, where they had a severe outbreak of SARS – you know, Severe Asian Racism Syndrome. – Margaret Cho

I got the genetics of – not to get into racism or anything – but I’m built like a black man. – Brock Lesnar

I grew up in a predominantly white community – Hinsdale, Illinois – and given that, I feel blessed because I could still count my experiences with blatant racism on two hands. I thought racism was the substitute teacher picking on you because she assumes that you’re a delinquent, and she doesn’t know you have the highest score in the class. – Tomi Adeyemi

I grew up in a small segregated steel town 6o miles outside of Cleveland, my parents grew up in the segregated south. As a family we struggled financially, and I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s where overt racism ruled the day. – Lori Lightfoot

I grew up in the Deep South, where sexism, racism, and homophobia were and still are alive and well. I have early, early memories of words and actions of this type being very painful. – Pauley Perrette

I grew up like a neglected weed, – ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it. Then I was not happy or contented. – Harriet Tubman

I grew up poor and white. While my class oppression has been relatively visible to me, my race privilege has not. In my efforts to uncover how race has shaped my life, I have gained deeper insight by placing race in the center of my analysis and asking how each of my other group locations have socialized me to collude with racism. – Robin DiAngelo

I grow dizzy when I recall that the number of manufactured tanks seems to have been more important to me than the vanished victims of racism. – Albert Speer

I grow dizzy when I recall that the number of manufactured tanks seems to have been more important to me than the vanished victims of racism. – Albert SpeerNumbers

I guess I don’t have a candidate who makes my heart go pitter-patter the way I wish it would. I’m thinking, here’s an African American candidate – yes! And here’s a woman candidate – yes! Why can’t I get behind either one of them? Don’t tell me I have latent sexism or racism that I need to confront. I don’t believe that. I think we are so burned by the current situation that we want somebody that it isn’t possible to have. We want someone who definitely looks like the messiah. – Sara Paretsky

I guess it all depends on whom you ask and when you ask. Race, I’ve learned, is in the eye of the beholder. – Raquel Cepeda

I guess racism is sort of like a form of discrimination but it’s just that you classify people in different colours and different races. I think everyone is born with an inherent, the inherence to discriminate. – Pearl Tan

I had a funny last name, and I didn’t look like everybody else, and I got faced with a lot of racism. – Sam Esmail

I had a lot of racism growing up where I grew up. Bullied at school. It definitely encouraged me. It’s like battle wounds – you come out the other side, and it just makes you tougher. – Lewis Hamilton

I had begun to see a new map of the world, one that was frightening in its simplicity, suffocating in its implications. We were always playing on the white man’s court, Ray had told me, by the white man’s rules. If the principal, or the coach, or a teacher, or Kurt, wanted to spit in your face, he could, because he had power and you didn’t. If he decided not to, if he treated you like a man or came to your defense, it was because he knew that the words you spoke, the clothes you wore, the books you read, your ambitions and desires, were already his. Whatever he decided to do, it was his decision to make, not yours, and because of that fundamental power he held over you, because it preceded and would outlast his individual motives and inclinations, any distinction between good and bad whites held negligible meaning. – Barack Obama

I had lived too long in states where you could – for the space of one blink, one breath – pretend there was no difference between white and any other color. My mother said that this belief was more dangerous than the in-your-face racism of the South. – Claire O’Dell

I had to deal with it so often, I found ways of making a point against racism. When I played against Real Zaragoza, they chanted like monkeys and threw peanuts on the pitch. So when I scored, I danced in front of them like a monkey. When the same thing happened against Real Madrid, I scored and held my fist in a Black Power salute. – Samuel Eto’o

I had to go to England to really learn about American racism in a way that corroborated my reality. That was critical. – Carl Hart

I hate it when, after I let a white person know they’ve said something racist, I end up having to listen for hours to their life. – Toi Derricotte

I hate to tell you, but racism is alive and well in a lot of parts of the world. – Timothy Olyphant

I have a dream that one day … right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls. – Martin Luther King Jr.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have always abhorred the word ‘racism.’ I never use it. – Jim Clyburn

I have always been very concerned that Darwinism gave the basic okay to terrible racism and to the idea of murder based upon race. – Ben Stein

I have become the poster child for calling all the Trump people racists, when, in fact, I don’t think they’re all racists, but they tolerated racism. And that’s a problem. – Van Jones

I have been cheated out of being treated like a human being. In my reflection I saw an empty vessel. They had cheated me and I was desperate to make the sharp pain in my head stop. – M.B. Wilmot

I have experienced racism in this country. My children have experienced racism in this country. I wouldn’t say America is against me. It is not an either/or proposition. But there are some people who hold fast to certain religious beliefs. – James Peterson

I have known Trent Lott for 20 years, … I don’t believe he’s racist. But he must proactively send a message to his colleagues in the Senate and the American people that he is absolutely opposed to any segregation in any form and racism in any form and discrimination in any form. – John McCain

I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed. – Booker T. Washington

I have lived with a lot of racism in Spain. Unfortunately, I have had to learn to deal with it. – Dani Alves

I have never experienced racism in the feminist movement, so it concerned me to think that I was unable to see the subject clearly because I came from white, middle-class privilege. – Betty Buckley

I have no bigger goal than to eradicate racism, to grant Americans who have a different color of skin the right to disagree against the Left’s style of orthodoxy. – Andrew Breitbart

I have no protection at home, or resting place abroad. … I am an outcast from the society of my childhood, and an outlaw in the land of my birth. I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner as all my fathers were. – Frederick Douglass

I have nothing to do with racism in America; it was here when I got here. – Paul Mooney

I have often said I come from a family of unreliable narrators. I tend to believe their struggles with racism, identity, nationality do dovetail with my motivation to write. – Luis – Alberto Urrea

I have seen white settlers in Africa who had sworn that they would never sit down to table with those “smelly blacks” sit down quite happily with half-nude tribesmen once a country achieves independence. It is the context of power which changes behavior and transmutes antipathy into sympathy. – Lewis Nkosi

I have the deepest respect for those who rise above the bigotry of their families. – Wayne Gerard Trotman

I have to battle so many issues, and the biggest is racism. – Tan France

I have to stress that my duties towards victims of all sorts, be it helping, taking their side, or caring, ends the moment their status becomes a bargaining chip. The moment the victim becomes a righteous sufferer. For in my short time on this planet, history and on-going affairs are full of those competing in victimhood. – Asaad Almohammad

I have touched here on a problem that is masked if one speaks of racism. And that is the fact that the major differences between the established and outsiders group, which create tension and irritation, is not the form of the face or the skin color but the form of behavior: something learned. The form of behavior and feeling, of sentiment, is different in the immigrant groups from that of the established groups, and that may give rise to an enormous irritation. – Norbert Elias

I have visited some places where the differences between black and white are not as profound as they used to be, but I think there is a new form of racism growing in Europe and that is focused on people who are Middle Eastern. I see it. – Montel Williams

I hope that my new status will be an example of Israeli-Palestinian co-existence, I believe that the destinies of the Israeli people and the Palestinian people are inextricably linked. – Daniel Barenboim

I just don’t like when everyone stares at me. You would think they would stop thinking I’m so weird by now. – Jamie A. Triplin

I just don’t think there’s that many people who think it’s wrong to have control on our borders. That’s not racism. It’s not racism to question some of the political correctness today that’s going on, to recognize that things are going as well as – for American workers, as they’d like, because people, their frustration is arising from a deep sense of unease that Washington is fiddling while their house is burning. – Jeff Sessions

I just think racism is within each and every one of us. It’s everyone’s responsibility to figure out how they deal with this kind of obsolete instinct. – Jordan Peele

I just want to see more understanding and less racism in sports. – Samuel Eto’o

I know I’m breaking a taboo by using the term antiwhite racism, but I do so intentionally, because it’s the reality some of our fellow citizens live with, and remaining quiet about it only aggravates their trauma. – Jean-Francois Cope

I know that no matter how liberal or progressive I profess to be, no matter how successfully, how diligently I seek to be enlightened and nuanced in my understanding of the world and those around me, I know that there still is a tiny, virulent nugget, a germ of prejudice that exists deep within me — the product of those stereotypes and awful jokes of childhood and adolescence, and that it must always be powerfully held at bay by reason, understanding and love. – Michael Winship

I know that the Black emphasis must be not against white but FOR Black. – Gwendolyn Brooks

I know these dirty cops that’ll get us in if we murder some Wop. – Big Pun

I like being present in spaces where I am not welcome because you do not deserve to feel comfortable just because you’re racist or sexist or small-minded. – Scaachi Koul

I like Paris because I find something here, something of integrity, which I seem to have strangely lost in my own country. It is simplest of all to say that I like to live among people and surroundings where I am not always conscious of ‘thou shall not.’ I am colored and wish to be known as colored, but sometimes I have felt that my growth as a writer has been hampered in my own country. And so – but only temporarily – I have fled from it. – Jessie Redmon Fauset

I live in a pretty liberal place, so it’s a lot of hidden racism and things like that. If you really look up California, it’s a really shitty place when it comes to things like that. So I think it will just take time. Old people have to die. Once the generation right under my Mom dies, we’ll be fine. – Vince Staples

I live in racist America and I’m uneducated, yet a lot of people love me and like what I do, and I can make a living from it. You can’t do much better than that. – Richard Pryor

I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit. – Miriam Makeba

I look at racism as one of the social demons. And, in its worst, it’s violent and it’s a systemic commitment to oppression. – Jordan Peele

I love Canadians because I don’t see very much racism in Canada. – Patti LaBelle

I love living around black people. Home is home. We suffer under racism and the physical deprivations that come with that, but beneath that, we form cultures and traditions that are beautiful. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

I maintain that the period during the first half of the 1990s, the period in which rising inequality reached its peak, was a period in which we came very, very close to a demagogic immobilization of racism in this society. – William Julius Wilson

I marvel at the many ways we, as black people, bend but do not break. – Kristin Hunter

I may be a famous writer but when white people clinch to their wallet and stare at me with scorn I need to ask my skin why. – Daniel Marques

I may not be able to change this world. But I am in control of my own world, where everyone who loves and accept diversity, in all forms, is welcome. – Izey Victoria Odiase

I mean to ask whether there is any way of avoiding the hostility expressed by the division say, of men into ‘us’ (Westerners) and ‘they’ (Orientals). For such divisions are generalities whose use historically and actually has been to press the importance of the distinction between some men and some other men, usually towards not especially admirable ends. – Edward W. Said

I mean, we’re not talking about simply racism, we’re taking about white supremacy. – Henry Giroux

I mean, what is racism? Racism is a projection of our own fears onto another person. What is sexism? It’s our own vulnerability about our potency and masculinity projected as our need to subjugate another person, you know? Fascism, the same thing: People are trying to untidy our state, so I legislate as a way of controlling my environment. – Gary Ross

I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man. – Joe Biden

I met a woman who told me that she wasn’t attracted to Asians. ‘No worries,’ I said. ‘I’m not attracted to racists’. – Simon Tam

I missed what he said next, thinking how the villagers wanted the gypsies to be gross, so the grossness of what they’re not acts as a stencil for what the villagers are. – David Mitchell, Black Swan Green

I must at this point reiterate my strong objection to being asked to fill in forms in which I have to tick a box labelling my ‘race’ or ‘ethnicity’, and voice my strong support for Lewontin’s statement that racial classification can be actively destructive of social and human relations – especially when people use racial classification as a way of treating people differently, whether through negative or positive discrimination. To tie a racial label to somebody is informative in the sense that it tells you more than one thing about them. It might reduce your uncertainty about the colour of their hair, the colour of their skin, the straightness of their hair, the shape of their eye, the shape of their nose and how tall they are. But there is no reason to suppose that it tells you anything about how well-qualified they are for a job. And even in the unlikely event that it did reduce your statistical uncertainty about their likely suitability for some particular job, it would still be wicked to use racial labels as a basis for discrimination when hiring somebody. Choose on the basis of ability, and if, having done so, you end up with an all-black sprinting team, so be it. You have not practised racial discrimination in arriving at this conclusion… Discriminating against individuals purely on the basis of a group to which they belong is, I am inclined to think, always evil. There is near-universal agreement today that the apartheid laws of South Africa were evil. Positive discrimination in favour of ‘minority’ students on American campuses can fairly, in my opinion, be attacked on the same grounds as apartheid. Both treat people as representative of groups rather than as individuals in their own right. Positive discrimination is sometimes justified as redressing centuries of injustice. But how can it be just to pay back a single individual today for the wrongs done by long-dead members of a plural group to which he belongs? – Richard Dawkins

I never had to deal with racism as a kid, by the grace of God somehow. – Booker T. Washington

I never once believed what they wanted us to believe – that we as black people are inferior to whites… – Darcus Howe

I never see the color of a person. I never notice the color of their eyes. But the thing that always gets my attention. Is when the spout out lies – Stanley Victor Paskavich

I never suffered anti-Semitic racism because no one thought I was Jewish. – Sophie Okonedo

I no longer want to believe these problems are too complex for us to make sense of them. – Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist

I noticed that among this class of colored men the word ‘nigger’ was freely used in about the same sense as the word ‘fellow,’ and sometimes as a term of almost endearment; but I soon learned that its use was positively and absolutely prohibited to white men. – James Weldon Johnson

I obviously try to avoid racism, because that’s one thing that I should not be putting on to the Internet. – Grace Helbig

I often say never write about white people. Not many people realize what I mean by this. Its pretty simple. Some may think its unrealistic to have an ethnically diverse cast but its ten times more unrealistic to see a cast of only white people. Like I don’t know where you’ve grown up but the world isn’t that way, at least not if your reading this post in English. – Adam Snowflake

I picked up a camera because it was my choice of weapons against what I hated most about the universe: racism, intolerance, poverty. I could have just as easily picked up a knife or a gun, like many of my childhood friends did… most of whom were murdered or put in prison… but I chose not to go that way. I felt that I could somehow subdue these evils by doing something beautiful that people recognize me by, and thus make a whole different life for myself, which has proved to be so. – Gordon Parks

I realize that I’m black, but I like to be viewed as a person, and this is everybody’s wish. – Michael Jordan

I realized there was racism because people thought, ‘Oh, if you like roll ‘n’ roll, that makes you like a white kid.’ – Queen Latifah

I really hate racism because I saw people denied possibilities. – Joe R. Lansdale

I really think that discrimination and racism is a horrible thing. And I don’t want any form of it in our government, in our public sphere. – Rand Paul

I received a most amusing postcard the other morning. Unfortunately, it was not signed in a readable manner so I cannot answer it privately. But it comes from Moblie, Ala., and says: ‘Dear Mrs. Roosevelt: You have not answered my question, the amount of Negro blood you have in your veins, if any.’ I am afraid none of us know how much nor what kind of blood we have in our veins, since chemically it is all the same. And most of us cannot trace our ancestry more than a few generations. – Eleanor Roosevelt

I recollect once of having heard a gentleman from one of the northern States, of great power and ability, announce in the House of Representatives, with imposing effect, that we of the South would be compelled, ultimately, to yield upon this subject of slavery, that it was as impossible to war successfully against a principle in politics, as it was in physics or mechanics. That the principle would ultimately prevail. That we, in maintaining slavery as it exists with us, were warring against a principle, a principle founded in nature, the principle of the equality of men. The reply I made to him was, that upon his own grounds, we should, ultimately, succeed, and that he and his associates, in this crusade against our institutions, would ultimately fail. The truth announced, that it was as impossible to war successfully against a principle in politics as it was in physics and mechanics, I admitted; but told him that it was he, and those acting with him, who were warring against a principle. They were attempting to make things equal which the Creator had made unequal. – Alexander H. Stephens

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. – Martin Luther King Jr.

I remember after I dated this white man, nobody said anything but there was a couple of men in my family that joked after that. ‘Oh yeah, we had a party when y’all broke up. Hee hee hee.’ And, you know, they laughed, and it was like light and a joke. But, you know, that’s real. That was real and they let me know. And, it’s almost acceptable within our culture to be prejudiced toward whites because of our history. This country is loaded with racism. – Sanaa Lathan

I remember being suddenly snatched awake into a frightening confusion of pistol shots and shouting and smoke and flames. My father had shouted and shot at the two white men who had set the fire and were running away. Our home was burning down around us. We were lunging and bumping and tumbling all over each other trying to escape. My mother, with the baby in her arms, just made it into the yard before the house crashed in, showering sparks. I remember we were outside in the night in our underwear, crying and yelling our heads off. The white police and firemen came and stood around watching as the house burned down to the ground. – Malcolm X

I remember people saying: ‘You look funny, your hair is so black, you have a flat nose,’ but I didn’t think of it being racism, and I still don’t. But there was a sense of difference, of being an outsider. – Sadie Jones

I remember sitting there on my father’s couch or my mother’s couch, listening to this lecture about how there were two groups and we had to be separated. We’ve come a long way from this kind of open racism. And I think it’s wonderful. – James Heckman

I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera. – Gordon Parks

I say to you quite frankly that the time for racial discrimination is over. – Jimmy Carter

I see racism as a cancer. It is a cancer growing in us. Unless we stop it, it vegetates and grows bigger which hurts every one of us. – Pearl Tan

I see racism as institutional: the rules are different for me because I’m black. It’s not necessarily someone’s specific attitude against me; it’s just the fact that I, as a black man, have a much harder time making an art-house movie and getting it released than a white person does about their very white point of view. That’s racism. – Justin Simien

I shall not vote for Sen. Obama and it will not be because he—like me and like all of us—carries African genes. And I shall not be voting for Mrs. Clinton, who has the gall to inform me after a career of overweening entitlement that there is ‘a double standard’ at work for women in politics; and I assure you now that this decision of mine has only to do with the content of her character. We will know that we have put this behind us when […] we have outgrown and forgotten the original prejudice. – Christopher Hitchens

I sometimes feel that racism is getting worse. – Tahar Rahim

I sometimes think that courage is the thing that you need more than any other thing. It’s fear that cripples us. It’s fear that accounts for racism, it’s fear that accounts for sexism, for xenophobia. – Anna Quindlen

I stand for anti-bigotry, anti-Semitism, and anti-racism. – George H. W. Bush

I stand here as a black lesbian feminist, having been invited to comment within the only panel at this conference where the input of black feminists and lesbians is represented. What this says about the vision of this conference is sad, in a country where racism, sexism and homophobia are inseparable. . . . – Audre Lorde

I still think people do have racial hang-ups, but I think one of the reasons I can joke about it is people are shedding those racial hatreds. – Dave Chappelle

I struggle with racism every day. – John Grisham

I suspect unconscious bias has been far more of a factor for President Obama than overt racism and will also be a challenge for Hillary Rodham Clinton if she runs for president again. – Nicholas Kristof

I talked a lot early on in my career about intersectionality and how racism and classism and sexism and homophobia and capitalism are all connected with each other, and they’re these crazy systems that are feeding on each other and are also damaging. I can’t even go into the whole spectrum of it. But I feel like kids today are so much more savvy about that conversation. And I’m so thrilled when I get to meet younger people who are doing that so much better than I did. – Kathleen Hanna

I talked about the persecution of Algerians and told about racism in my childhood. And it was as if, after that, I wasn’t French anymore. – Isabelle Adjani

I think about the history of racism in this country all the time. – Clint Smith

I think all these pop cultural media often reflect conversations we’re having in the real world at that moment in time. I think one of the big conversations we’re having as a culture is we thought we’d solved sexism and racism, and we’re realizing more and more that we haven’t. – G. Willow Wilson

I think back to when I was growing up in Fort Worth, Texas, in the 1950s, during the [John] McCarthy era, with two parents who founded a Unitarian Church. We lived in a little frame house, and my bedroom was just down the hall from the kitchen. My favorite memories of childhood are of the smell of coffee wafting into my bedroom as my parents and their friends talked about the big, important things – about racism and about how to move our country to live its values. – Frances Moore Lappé

I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people to empower themselves.” Another “I was raised to believe that excellence is the deterrent to racism and sexism. And that’s how I operate my life.” And another “It does not matter who you are or where you came from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always. – Oprah Winfrey

I think everyone is “racist,” to differing degrees, in that everyone’s brain will automatically associate information with other information, based on the information they are looking at, but I think focusing on race in any manner that isn’t neutral or self-aware probably increases racism. – Tao Lin

I think everyone that’s racist should stop calling others racist. – Jaco Strydom

I think it’s cultural racism more than anything, which dovetails with actual racism, but the cultural racism to me is even more shocking. – Hilton Als

I think now that this obsession with identifying racism, which I saw so often among Somalis too, was really a comfort mechanism, to keep people from feeling personally inadequate and to externalize the causes of their unhappiness. – Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I think one has to even abandon the phrase ‘ally’ and understand that you are not helping someone in a particular struggle; the fight is yours. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

I think patriotism is never racism. – Marine Le Pen

I think people are just going to be people, and racism is a thing. If people have an inclination to be racist then they are going to be, and there is not a whole lot that you can do about it. – Brandi Rhodes

I think people are uncomfortable talking about the racist history of this country and what we need to do to undo the impact of racism. – DeRay Mckesson

I think race and racism is probably the most studied social, economic, and political phenomenon in this country, but it’s also the least understood. – Alicia Garza

I think racial justice – and addressing the sick and enduring legacy of structural racism – remains one of the greatest challenges of our time, and one that’s particularly important for more and more white people to speak up about. – Sally Kohn

I think racism is a bottom-line AIDS issue. And I think homophobia is a bottom-line AIDS issue, and sexism and class issues and all of this. I think that we are not going to solve the AIDS epidemic unless we deal with these issues, and vice versa. – Ann Northrop

I think racism is a terrible thing. I think we should all learn to hate each other on a individual basis. – Cathy Ladman

I think racism is something that is passed on and taught to our kids, and that’s a shame. – Ruby Bridges

I think racism is unacceptable and should not be stood for. It is not an issue just in Italy, it is around the world. – Chris Smalling

I think really the whole problem with racism and its continuing legacy in this country is that we simply love it. Who would we be without the ‘struggle?’ – Kara Walker

I think some people feel that if you question the reality of race, you’re questioning racism; you’re saying racism isn’t real. Racism is real because people actually believe race is real. We’d have to really let go of the 500-year-old idea of race as a worldview in order to undo racism. – Rachel Dolezal

I think tech lives inside of a society that still has a lot of systemic racism and doesn’t stop at the boundaries of the tech industry. But neither is it especially exacerbated by being around technology. But it is maybe exacerbated by the irrational decision making of people who are trying to make money. – Stewart Butterfield

I think that America certainly has racism, I think that any industrialized country does. But when you see how many million fans Barack Obama has who are not black, it would lead one to the conclusion that millions of Americans are in fact not burdened by the albatross of racism. – Henry Rollins

I think that if there can be considered racism it’s to do with the lack of opportunities for writers and producers and the people behind the camera. – Denzel Washington

I think that in his 39 short years of life, Malcolm X came to symbolize Black urban America, its culture, its politics, its militancy, its outrage against structural racism and at the end of his life, a broad internationalist vision of emancipatory power far better than any other single individual that he shared with DuBois and Paul Robeson, a pan-Africanist internationalist perspective. – Manning Marable

I think that racism has gotten more subtle, and it’s not even racism anymore: it’s placism. Like where you live or whether you went to community college or Harvard, and it exists within the race. – Esai Morales

I think that racism is ugly and so unfair, and I believe that we all need one another. – Ruby Bridges

I think that the agriculture system in general is rooted in racism – consider that historically black labor on plantations was the backbone of the economy. These workers didn’t reap the benefit of that system. – Bryant Terry

I think that the roots of racism have always been economic, and I think people are desperate and scared. And when you’re desperate and scared you scapegoat people. It exacerbates latent tendencies toward – well, toward racism or homophobia or anti-Semitism. – Henry Louis Gates

I think that there are some people on the so-called Left who might say we have to circle our wagons around the first African American president, and to me that is racism in reverse because his policies are actually still the racist policies of empire. – Cindy Sheehan

I think that we need to have an honest conversation in this country. This idea that somehow we’re beyond sexism, beyond racism is just wrong. And this is where having an honest conversation with white men about their issues and their concerns, and having honest conversations about the experiences that African-Americans are still having, despite who’s the president of the United States, in the criminal justice system that we see in sentencing, we see in policing and a lot of these issues. – Cory Booker

I think that what Donald Trump is doing, the way in which racism, xenophobia, anti-Muslim belief and the like are being expressed through the campaign of Donald Trump, calls for, I think, a very vigorous and aggressive response to what he’s saying. – Michael Eric Dyson

I think the argument that no whites are free of racism is quite erroneous. But then, on another level, does it really matter if anybody is free of any negative feeling about anything? No matter how much you love somebody, you know, there’s some part of him you don’t like. – Truman Capote

I think the history of western feminism is one that is fraught with racism, and I think it’s important to acknowledge that and, at the same time, to say that feminism is not the western invention, that my great-grandmother in what is now south-western Nigeria is feminist. – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I think the Negro people should feel secure enough by now to face a reasonable ridicule without terror. I am unalterably opposed to all efforts to put down free speech, whatever the excuse. – L. Mencken

I think the traditional stereotypes are loaded in institutional racism. – Daniel Kaluuya

I think the two issues, racism and chauvinism, are linked. Look at how much weaker was support for U.S. actions in Iraq among black people. – Michael Yates

I think there are universal principles that we should want to understand, but that are not necessarily good for us. We could recognise universal propensities which current cultures can’t fully eradicate, which we would want to eradicate if we could. Let’s say, a tendency for tribal violence. Or racism. – Sam Harris

I think there is no racism in this film industry. They are only in need of talent, though it takes time; but, if you are talented, you will get your due. I am thankful to be part of this industry. – Nawazuddin Siddiqui

I think there’s always going to be some kind of bigotry or some kind of racism. There has to be, because people can’t feel that they have any hero qualities unless there’s someone beneath them. – Dustin Hoffman

I think there’s institutionalised racism in this country. – Linford Christie

I think we can continue to do as much protesting as we want. Systemic racism needs to be changed from within. – Michael Ealy

I think we need to develop a powerful dose of tolerance to understand each other’s humanness. None of us is perfect. – Cathy Burnham Martin

I think we should not accept and tolerate racism anywhere, in any game, whether it’s a friendly game or a World Cup final, or it’s a Champions League final. – Kevin-Prince Boateng

I think we’ve made tremendous progress on racism. We’ve even made progress on war. We’ve made almost no progress on poverty. – Andrew Young

I think, at some level, we see young people all over the country mobilizing around different issues, in which they’re doing something that I haven’t seen for a long time. And that is, they’re linking issues together. You can’t talk about police violence without talking about the militarization of society in general. You can’t talk about the assault on public education unless you talk about the way in which capitalism defunds all public goods. You can’t talk about the prison system without talking about widespread racism. You can’t do that. They’re making those connections. – Henry Giroux

I truly believe that one of the things that has been lacking in America is a spirit of repentance about the injustices of slavery and the injustices of segregation and racism generally. I truly believe that we cannot come to a place of reconciliation until there is individual repentance and corporate repentance. – David Oyelowo

I try to look at it like an angry optimist. In other words, I’m not happy with the state of affairs that we have. The rise of nationalism under the guise of patriotism is so effed up, and underneath this banner of “patriotism” is the worst of nationalist rhetoric: racism, xenophobia, sexism, pitting communities against each other, implicitly inciting race wars and stuff like that. So that’s the angry part of it, but I’m incredibly optimistic about the potential to redefine what it means to be a “patriotic American”. – Hasan Minhaj

I understood ‘microaggressions’ to mean ‘little bullshit acts of racism. – Gabby Rivera

I used to think if I could be free I should be the happiest woman, a young Mississippi woman recalled. But when my master come to me, and says ‘Lizzie, you is free!’ it seems like I was in a kind of daze. And when I would wake up in the morning I would think to myself, Is I free? Hasn’t I got to get up before daylight and go into the field and work? – Leon F. Litwack

I vividly remember the summer of 1964 with its voter registration drives, boiling racial tensions, and the erupting awareness of the cruelty of racism. I was never the same after that summer. – Sue Monk Kidd

I wanna say I am somebody. I wanna say it on subway, TV, movie, LOUD. I see the pink faces in suits look over top of my head. I watch myself disappear in their eyes, their tesses. I talk loud but still I don’t exist. – Sapphire

I want a hairy little Jewish Princess with a brand new nose, who knows where it goes. – Frank Zappa

I want all the books on the shelves. I want the books with dinosaur words like nigger that show the skeletons in our national closet. I want books with the word cunt as well as the word kike. Words don’t scare me. Suppressing them does. – E.L. Konigsburg

I want it said loudly and clearly that we can define racism in many ways, but it is, in my opinion, intellectually disingenuous to define it in a way that trivializes the role that racial hatred plays. Certainly, not all racism is hate-driven, but to ignore the connection between racial hate and racism is to reduce the concept of racism to a useless theoretical abstraction. – David Pilgrim

I want to be on a show that’s not sensitive to racial jokes; I want to be on one where they call me everything and I call them right back. There’s blatant racism going both ways. That’s what we need. – Wale

I want to go up to the closest white person and say: ‘You can’t understand this, it’s a black thing’ and then slap him, just for my mental health. – Charles Barron

I want to stay in the European Union which is the best trade deal we could possibly have, but we need to call out racism. – Jo Swinson

I want to yell so loud that Baby Girl can hear me that dirty ain’t a color, disease ain’t the Negro side a town. I want to stop that moment from coming – and it come in ever white child’s life – when they start to think that colored folks ain’t as good as whites. … I pray that wasn’t her moment, Pray I still got time. – Kathryn Stockett

I wanted people to begin dialogue about racism, about colorism. I wanted people to really become honest about our beliefs, about racism and how it exists in America today. – Mathew Knowles

I wanted to have a body of work behind me before I wrote about racism. – Malorie Blackman

I wanted to use my experience to teach kids that racism has no place in hearts and minds. – Ruby Bridges

I wanted to write about racism and xenophobia in 21st Century England and Ireland, but I wanted to do it in an exciting way so that I could reach more readers. Zombies seemed like a good way to do that. – Darren Shan

I warn young people that I interact with about this – you get into unrealistic expectations where you think that, “Oh, we’re gonna eliminate racism like that. After Obama’s elected how could there be any racism?” – Barack Obama

I was born and raised in the oldest settled part of the nation and in an environment in which racism was officially mooted. – Constance Baker Motley

I was born in the late ’70s and grew up in the deep South, and I was very much still of an era where racism was a casual part of white people’s public and private lives, though it had been pushed more into its own little echo chamber by then. As a five year old, I saw a fully costumed Klan circle, complete with burning cross, on a town square in rural Alabama at high noon. – Nate Powell

I was fortunate enough to have been raised to a certain point before I got into the race thing. I had other views of what a human is, so I was never able to see racism as the big question. Racism was horrendous, but there were other aspects to life. – Sidney Poitier

I was in an organization called Progressive Labor Party and International Committee Against Racism. And I was – I started out helping to organize a farm workers’ union in Central California. – Boots Riley

I was in Toronto when they had a severe outbreak of SARS – you know, Severe Asian Racism Syndrome. I was in the airport and there were these big snowboarder guys and they had white masks around their necks, and as soon as they saw me, they put their masks on. So I went “cough, cough, cough… You wanna egg rorr? – Margaret Cho

I was literally the black sheep of the family, and there were definitely moments of discomfort while my grandmother was working through her racism. – Lisa Bonet

I was lucky I had a mom who had seen it all. From seeing my grandfather march in the Civil Rights era, she understood the depth, character, and stability you need to go through racism. She taught me not to accept it to but deal with it and be better than it. – Malcolm Brogdon

I was never exposed to a great deal of racism, but the Chicago I grew up in was very, very segregated. – Don Cornelius

I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that’s how I operate my life. – Oprah Winfrey

I was so raw from repeated exposure to cruelty that now even the most minor abrasions left a mark. – Tahereh Mafi

I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group. – Peggy McIntosh

I was teasing my brother that he was penniless, homeless, jobless. Right now in his life, racism isn’t the central highlighting force: it’s the world of work and economics. It doesn’t mean that he isn’t influenced by racism, but when he wakes up in the morning the thing that’s driving his world is really issues of class, economics and power as they articulate themselves. – Bell Hooks

I was the only white kid in my neighborhood for most of my youth even in high school, so reverse racism was just as apparent as racism. – Shia LaBeouf

I wasn’t always black… there was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger. – Bill Cosby

I wasn’t taught to hate white people. That dead body hanging from the platform broke the heart and wounded the spirit of every black man and woman who passed by. But I suspected that it also hurt right-thinking white people. Both parents had spoken well of fair-minded white people – my namesake, Jim O’Reilly, and Flake Cartledge – so I knew better than to blame a whole race for the rotten deeds of a few. When some blacks talked about whites as devils, I could see the source of their wrath. I could still see the dead man outside the courthouse on the square. But I couldn’t turn the fury into hatred. Blind hatred, my mother had taught me, poisons the soul. I kept hearing her say, ‘If you’re kind to people, they’ll be kind to you. – B.B. King

I wasn’t a person after all. I was simply this exotic thing for people to observe and investigate, an alien in any environment I was in. – M.B. Wilmot, Quixote in Ramadi: An Indigenous Account of Imperialism

I went to an all white school where I dealt with racism. – Chaske Spencer

I went to Catholic school and experienced racism firsthand from nuns and priests. – Anthea Butler

I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories… We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust… We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better. – Thurgood Marshall

I wish I could say to all those people who consider themselves anarchists or radicals: Please join the nonviolent movement. This is how Gandhi freed India. If Gandhi freed India, we can certainly free the United States from our racism, misogyny, and bigotry. – Dolores Huerta

I wish she’d said something different, but patriarchy is as prevalent around the world as racism and xenophobia are. We can’t hide from it, not even here. – Raquel Cepeda

I wished that well-meaning white liberals would think before they said things that they thought were perfectly innocent. – Candice Carty-Williams

I wondered if there had been a more corroding and devastating attack upon the personalities of men than the idea of racial discrimination. – Richard Wright

I would argue that racism, for example, is a feature of machine learning – it’s not a bug. – Trevor Paglen

I would be guilty only if I were innocent of working to destroy racism in my country. – Nadine Gordimer

I would even say that my parents, and their friends in our community, thought of education as a kind of armor against racism. – Condoleezza Rice

I would get bullied a lot. You know, it was the ’70s and ’80s, so it was a lot of racism back then towards Indian people. And it wasn’t actual hatred, it was just that blind, ‘Let’s pick on that guy.’ You know, and you’ve got to figure that I was a very small kid. And I had a big mouth, so I’m sure that didn’t help. – Russell Peters

I would guess, perhaps too optimistically, that nearly ever racist believes it is morally wrong to be racist. And since nearly every person thinks of themselves as being moral, then a racist must consciously and subconsciously employ tortured logic in order to explain away their racism–in order to believe themselves to be nonracist. – Sherman Alexie

I would much rather my kids leave my class with the strength of character and courage to fight racism when they find it, than have memorized some facts about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. I’m not saying you can’t have both, I’m just pointing out that only one of those things will be measured on the test — and it isn’t the most important one. – Dave Burgess

I would not be standing here today if my skin were white or my religion were Presbyterian. I am here today only because my skin is yellow and my religion is Unification Church. The ugliest things in this beautiful country of America are religious bigotry and racism. – Sun Myung Moon

I’d argue that in the last few decades in America, when people are asked what they hope the future will look like, they still turn to ‘Star Trek.’ They hope we put aside our differences and come together as humanity, that we rise above war, poverty, racism, and other problems that have beset us. – Ronald D. Moore

I’d be lying to say I’ve not experienced a lot of racism in my life; it’s very much alive. I don’t let it bother me. I couldn’t be the singer I am if I didn’t let it go. – Darius Rucker

I’d hasten to say that the prejudice in Dust City isn’t completely analogous to racism in the real world. – Robert Paul Weston

I’d have wasted a lot of time and trouble before I learned that the best way to take all people, black or white, is to take them for what they think they are, then leave them alone. – William Faulkner

I’d like to change the world. Eradicate poverty, racism, and sexism… all the usual things. – Ian Brown

I’d like to make one thing very clear: Muhammad Ali loved people, and he had white friend as well as black friends – and the only thing that he hated was discrimination and racism. – Jim Brown

I’ll always remember the phrase of my husband: “Racism is never surprising, but it is always disappointing.” Anytime I see it or I feel it, that quote comes back. This is something that has to be constantly talked about in order to be changed. – Ashley Graham

I’m a believer of destiny and I believe I’m destiny’s child. I’ve seen the highs and I’ve seen the lows and I believe things happen for a reason and always for the best. Maybe this was all meant to be and maybe Big Brother worked as a catalyst in a bigger issue like racism, which was important to be broached. Maybe it had to happen this way and I’m glad that I could help it. – Shilpa Shetty

I’m a multi-racial person – I’m black and white – and growing up in North Carolina, I’ve dealt with a lot of racism. Growing up as a kid, I’ve seen it. I’ve been through it in many forms and fashions. – Jimmy Graham

I’m a real person, and I’m angry. I’m trying to use this celebrity thing to get people some help. AIDS, poverty, racism – I want to be one of the hands that helps stop all that. I’ll put it on my shoulders. I’ll charge it to my account. – Jamie Foxx

I’m an Yoruba man born and raised in Ghana. Practically I’m a Ghanaian. But first and for most I’m a human being. And I have no prejudice about myself, I have no prejudice about people either. I’m free from all prejudices. I hate no one, I treat people equally. That being said, indeed, I know I can stand all people, and I can fit in any society. – Nurudeen Ushawu

  • I’M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes. – Benjamin Watson
  • I’M CONFUSED, because I don’t know why it’s so hard to obey a policeman. You will not win!!! And I don’t know why some policeman abuse their power. Power is a responsibility, not a weapon to brandish and lord over the populace. – Benjamin Watson
  • I’M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment. – Benjamin Watson
  • I’M FEARFUL because in the back of my mind I know that although I’m a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a “threat” to those who don’t know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt. – Benjamin Watson
  • I’M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios. – Benjamin Watson
  • I’M HOPEFUL because I know that while we still have race issues in America, we enjoy a much different normal than those of our parents and grandparents. I see it in my personal relationships with teammates, friends and mentors. And it’s a beautiful thing. – Benjamin Watson
  • I’M HOPELESS, because I’ve lived long enough to expect things like this to continue to happen. I’m not surprised and at some point my little children are going to inherit the weight of being a minority and all that it entails. – Benjamin Watson
  • I’M INTROSPECTIVE because sometimes I want to take “our” side without looking at the facts in situations like these. Sometimes I feel like it’s us against them. Sometimes I’m just as prejudiced as people I point fingers at. And that’s not right. How can I look at white skin and make assumptions but not want assumptions made about me? That’s not right. – Benjamin Watson
  • I’M OFFENDED, because of the insulting comments I’ve seen that are not only insensitive but dismissive to the painful experiences of others. – Benjamin Watson
  • I’M SAD, because another young life was lost from his family, the racial divide has widened, a community is in shambles, accusations, insensitivity hurt and hatred are boiling over, and we may never know the truth about what happened that day. – Benjamin Watson
  • I’M SYMPATHETIC, because I wasn’t there so I don’t know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance. Now he has to fear the backlash against himself and his loved ones when he was only doing his job. What a horrible thing to endure. OR maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led to him eventually murdering the young man to prove a point. – Benjamin Watson

I’m filled with despair. We live in a pathological culture filled with rage and bitterness and greed. The hate-mongering and racism is reaching a frightening pitch. – Alison Hawthorne Deming

I’m from the South; there’s been such progress since I was young, with racism, with feminism. The environment is next. – Marilyn Minter

I’m inspired by people like Nelson Mandela. Can you imagine – you know how racist America was back then – imagine how racism was in South Africa when he had to stand up and say what he had to say. That’s bravery beyond comprehension. – Nas

I’m guessing there were plenty of classes in which Ms. Phillips had to separate two white students for being disruptive. However, by her own admission, this tendency toward disruption was never attributed to their race. Only when the disruptive students were Black did race become a defining factor. – Austin Channing Brown

I’m just a young guy with big dreams who is working hard to make it on top while many people are waiting for my downfall, they don’t support but hate and talk negativity. – Werley Nortreus

I’m more interested in a feminism that ends discrimination for all people. It’s not just about a woman becoming the CEO of a company or something. It’s connected to racism and classism and gender issues that go beyond the binary. – Kathleen Hanna

I’m most biased about how white people have to learn to shut up when the conversation of racism comes up. White people have to learn to listen. Whether they agree with what they’re hearing or not, they have to know to shut up and listen. – Kamau Bell

I’m not a racist or misogynist person, but I find these jokes funny, so I say them. – Daniel Tosh

I’m not a racist, it’s my principle: despite the fact that I’m on a diet and I should eat only white meat I eat also red and dark (I hope this is not a racist words?) with great relish, enjoying every bite. – Bryanna Reid

I’m not a racist. I made a terrible, terrible mistake. – Donald Sterling

I’m not afraid of death but I am afraid of dying. Pain can be alleviated by morphine but the pain of social ostracism cannot be taken away. – Derek Jarman

I’m not black, but there’s a whole lot of times I wish I could say I’m not white. – Frank Zappa

I’m not going to sit here now and say ‘do this,’ or ‘do that.’ But you must – must – expunge any vestige of racism. – Bartlett Giamatti

I’m not one to spend my life asking the question, ‘Is there racism in America?’ Certainly there is. But I want to do something about it. – Kenny Leon

I’m not sure that there are days of my life when I’m not confronted with racism. For some, that may seem hyperbolic, but it’s true. – Clint Smith

I’m not the authority on the subject. I’m a middle-aged white guy speaking about racism. I’m just finding it a really difficult subject to broach. – Gareth Southgate

I’m not the kind of person who come here to say what you like. I’m going to tell you the truth whether you like it or not. – Malcolm X

I’m not trying to say that it never hurt or that I never felt its sting, but I can honestly say that I never blamed anybody for racism. I have considered it more of a manifestation of humanity’s problem rather than my personal problem. – Robert Guillaume

I’m not white, no, but I’m just close enough that I could be, and just far enough that you know I’m not. I can check off a diversity box for you and I don’t make you nervous – at least not on the surface. I’m the whole package! – Scaachi Koul

I’m proud to be next to the Confederate flag. That flag is not – it is not about racism folks. It’s not about hatred. It’s not about slavery. It’s about our heritage. – Corey Stewart

I’m saying that I want to be in love, but sometimes I just don’t want to be alone, and I don’t want to do the work of balancing what that means in what hour of whatever darkness I’m sitting in. – Hanif Abdurraqib

I’m writing about the things I see all around me. Growing up in Mississippi, I’ve seen how these backward ideas about class and race and healthcare and education and housing and racism impact everyday lives. For example, my mother wouldn’t let me go to my homecoming dance because the yacht club where they were having the dance threw a fundraiser for David Duke, an ex-Klan member, when he was running for governor of Louisiana. So I grew up seeing how personal politics could be. – Jesmyn Ward

I’m your typical highly educated, progressive white dude. I’ve lived my life resisting racism both within myself and in the society around me. – Mark Manson

I’ve always been raised to love everyone, to accept everyone for their differences, and to just be open. But at a young, a very young age, I realized what racism was all about. – Nia Long

I’ve always looked at America like a foster mother doing it only for the check. At any minute, I just knew she’d be ready to give up on me. – Darnell Lamont Walker

I’ve always said that the greatest racism in Hollywood has to do with what color ink you produce: Black or red. – Suzanne de Passe

I’ve certainly experienced racism, but it has not made a great impact on me. I have always thought, as I got older and older, I was more in charge of who I was. What someone thought about me or said about me made less of an impression on me at very vulnerable times. – Robert Guillaume

I’ve experienced racism and homophobia my whole life, so I’ve trained myself to just deal with it calmly, to not cause a scene, and to find a way to calm the situation down. – Tan France

I’ve experienced racism and run-ins with the law, and it’s a real thing, and it happens where I grew up. It’s something that not a lot of people want to talk about. I feel like I have a duty, and I wouldn’t be honest or true to myself if I didn’t speak about it. – Little Simz

I’ve gotten in trouble with every race you can imagine. They say, ‘I can’t believe you talked about this – you’re racist.’ And I say, ‘How can I be racist? Isn’t racism exclusionary? If all of you are offended, that means I’m including every race in my jokes.’ – Carlos Mencia

I’ve grown up feeling very American but being constantly bothered by people – there’s internalized racism and feeling weird about being second-generation. – Kelela

I’ve grown up with racism my entire life. I’ve been bullied, sent to the hospital, beat up, I’ve been called a Chink and a Gook. Every single racial slur an Asian person can be called, I’ve been called it. – Arden Cho

I’ve had many incidents in my life of racism. I’ve been thrown on the ground. I’ve been frisked. I’ve been arrested so many times I couldn’t tell you. I have no need to talk about it. – Forest Whitaker

I’ve heard things said on football pitches that players clearly don’t mean, whether it’s racism or just an abusive comment in the heat of the moment. – Gary Lineker

I’ve lived my life doing what everyone else expects me to do. And I’ve had enough! – Vivienne Cleven

I’ve said many times – I told William Buckley, I said, “You warped my mind and I never recovered from it.” That was a principled, lawful understanding of the role of government, the Constitution. It was not based on racism, on demagoguery, but on strong principles that – which, consistent with the American heritage and our strength for the future. – Jeff Sessions

I’ve seen people glaze over when they’re confronted with racism, and there’s nothing more, you know, damning and demeaning to having any kind of ideology than people just walking the walk and saying what they’re supposed to say and nodding, and nobody feels anything. – Kara Walker

I’ve seen racism in my audiences. For example, I’ve seen people laugh at every other group, but then clam up when it comes to their community. You can’t laugh at everyone else and then not laugh at yourself. You shouldn’t be at my show if you can’t laugh at yourself. – Russell Peters

I, for one, would think both about how far we have come as a country and how much further we need to go to erase racism and discrimination from our society. – Charles Rangel

If a man like Malcolm X could change and repudiate racism, if I myself and other former Muslims can change, if young whites can change, then there is hope for America. – Eldridge Cleaver

If a man, woman, or child of color dies in this dizzying world of theirs, trust that OUR reincarnation wouldn’t come in the form of no goddamn tree. We would be buried as cannabis. A beautiful people with the perfect hue, doomed to be routinely smoked by those with seeming unfettered impunity, the… – A.K. Kuykendall

If a white man falls off a chair drunk, it’s just a drunk. If a Negro does, it’s the whole damn. Negro race. – Bill Cosby

If a white man wants to lynch me, that’s his problem. If he’s got the power to lynch me, that’s my problem. Racism is not a question of attitude; it’s a question of power. – Stokely Carmichael

If all men are made in God’s reflection, then why do some people continue to acknowledge only what is in their part of the mirror? If every man was created equal and in the image of God, then how can any man claim that one race is better than another? – Suzy Kassem

If American misjudgments and actions that evolved into human tragedies—i.e., racism, sexism, and other bigotries—are guiding lights, the Chinese leadership must ultimately yield its power to the sovereignty of its people. – Patrick Mendis

If anti-Semitism is a variety of racism, it is a most peculiar variety, with many unique characteristics. In my view as a historian, it is so peculiar that it deserves to be placed in a quite different category. I would call it an intellectual disease, a disease of the mind, extremely infectious and massively destructive. – Paul Johnson

If anyone had told us in 1945 that there are certain battles we’ll have to fight again we wouldn’t have believed it. Racism, anti-Semitism, starvation of children and, who would have believed that? At least I was convinced then, naively, that at least something happened in history that, because of myself, certain things cannot happen again. – Elie Wiesel

If anyone makes you feel less than you are, for the color of you skin, for where you come from, for the gender of the person you love, for the religion you have faith in, stand up, speak up, roar. No silence till we are equal. – Thisuri Wanniarachchi

If anyone thinks interracial ‘anything’ is a big deal, they’re probably inbred. – M.B. Wilmot

If Asian America exists, it is because of systemic racism. – Karan Mahajan

If black people mistrust white people, they are mistrusting racism, and that is appropriate. – Jasmine Guy

If education were the same as information, the encyclopedias would be the greatest sages in the world. – Abhijit Naskar

If God wanted humans to play chess, he would have made us black or white. – Zenna Henderson

If he were allowed contact with foreigners he would discover that they are creatures similar to himself and that most of what he has been told about them is lies. The sealed world in which he lives would be broken, and the fear, hatred, and self-righteousness on which his morale depends might evaporate. It is therefore realized on all sides that however ofter Persia, or Egypt, or Java, or Ceylon may change hands, the main frontiers must never be crossed by anything except bombs. – George Orwell, 1984

If human beings are the most intelligent creatures on earth, why is it that the other less intelligent creatures realise themselves in their group of spieces that they are the same despite the difference in colour or condition, while humam beings don’t – Nathanael Kanyinga

If I had to guess and put a name on it, I’d say that at some point, the drug war was as much a function of class and social control as it was of racism. – David Simon

If I have to jump six feet to get the same thing that you have to jump two feet for – that’s how racism works. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

If I was in a room with a bunch of skinheads talking about racism, then I would be disturbed, but after we finished a take, we were normal people again. – Edward Furlong

If I’m walking down an American street and anyone darker than a peanut shell approaches, I’ll say, ‘Hello.’ This because, if I don’t say it, he or she might think that I’m anxious. Which, of course, I must be, otherwise I’d walk by in silence, just as I do with my fellow Caucasians. Does this make me racist, or simply race conscious? Either way, I’m more afraid of conservatives than I am of black people. – David Sedaris

If kids have the opportunity to come together to get to know one another, they can judge for themselves who they want their friends to be. All children should have that choice. We, as adults, shouldn’t make those choices for children. That’s how racism starts. – Ruby Bridges

If men disappeared tomorrow, we’d still be having the abortion debate. If men disappeared tomorrow, there would still be racism and conflicts over religion. – Marjorie Liu

If not as a true human, let me tell you as a Biologist, color of the skin does not define an individual’s intelligence – it does not define an individual’s ambitions – it does not define an individual’s dreams – and above all, it does not define an individual’s character. – Abhijit Naskar

If one holds power, one can withstand or buffer misrepresentation at a group level and often at the individual level. Marginalized and oppressed people are linked to the status of their group and are less likely to be afforded individual status and insulation… – Safiya Umoja Noble

If one lives in a country where racism is held valid and practiced in all ways of life eventually, no matter whether one is a racist or a victim, one comes to feel the absurdity of life….Racism generated from whites is first of all absurd. Racism creates absurdity among blacks as a defense mechanism. – Chester Himes

If one looks at the history of struggles against racism in the US, no change has ever happened simply because the president chose to move in a more progressive direction. Every change that has happened has come as a result of mass movements. – Angela Davis

If one thinks about racism by examining only one wire of the cage, or one form of disadvantage, it is difficult to understand how and why the bird is trapped. Only a large number of wires arranged in a specific way, and connected to one another, serve to enclose the bird and to ensure that it cannot escape. – Iris Marion Young

If origin defines race, then the entire human race is African. – Abhijit Naskar

If origin defines race, then we are all Africans – we are all black. – Abhijit Naskar

If parents snicker at racial and gender jokes, another generation will pass on the poison adults still have not had the courage to snuff out. – Marian Wright Edelman

If people in Indonesia look ‘different’, they are afraid. Racist insults fly if someone does not look like part of the majority. Indonesia is one of the most racist countries on earth, and it has proven it during several of the genocides that have taken place here. But there is no perception, no clue, and no understanding of what racism actually is. And there is zero self-criticism. – Andre Vltchek

If political correctness has achieved one thing, it’s that it has made the Conservative party cloak their inherent racism behind more creative language. – Stewart Lee

If racism can’t be shown to be natural then it is the result of certain conditions, and we are impelled to eliminate those conditions. – Howard Zinn

If racism is not the whole of the Tea Party, it is in its heart, along with blind hatred, a total disinterest in the welfare of others, and a full-flowered self-rationalizing refusal to accept the outcomes of elections, or the reality of democracy, or the narrowness of their minds and the equal narrowness of their public support. – Keith Olbermann

if some folks have buried their racial prejudices, the chances are that they’ve got the graves marked and will have no trouble disinterring their pet hates. – Josephine Lawrence

If someone’s a racist, punch them in the mouth so they will be sadder, and therefore less likely to stereotype. (Even if Fargas’s theory is flawed, on the upside, at least you’ve punched a racist in the mouth.) – Jeff Wilser

If the first words out of your mouth are to cry ‘political correctness!’, … chances are very, very high that you are in fact part of the problem. – N.K. Jemisin

If the Negro or any other type of citizen needs to be kept in his place, what is that place and please define it? If it means that people who have not yet attained a certain degree of culture must put up with the consequences of their own backwardness, we can naturally agree. But it is entirely illogical if it means that they are to be permanently consigned to an inferior status regardless of what degree of culture they may have attained. It is contrary to the entire tradition of American democracy to hold, even implicitly, that persons should be discouraged from emerging from a lower degree of culture or from developing the talents which they have received from the Creator. – John LaFarge S.J.

If the problem of the twentieth century was, in W. E. B. Du Bois’s famous words, ‘the problem of the color line,’ then the problem of the twenty-first century is the problem of colorblindness, the refusal to acknowledge the causes and consequences of enduring racial stratification. – Naomi Murakawa

If the truth be told, we are a society that is dripping in racism. This is not in the least surprising. For the best part of two centuries, we British ruled the waves, controlled two-fifths of the planet, and believed it was our responsibility to bring civilisation to those who allegedly lacked it. – Martin Jacques

If the white man has inflicted the wound of racism upon black men, the cost has been that he would receive the mirror image of that wound into himself. As the master, or as a member of the dominant race, he has felt little compulsion to acknowledge or speak of it; the more painful it has grown the more deeply he has hidden it within himself. But the wound is there, and is a profound disorder, as great a damage in his mind as it is in his society. – Wendell Berry

If there had been a charismatic figure in the United States who could mobilize fears, anger, racism, a sense of loss of the future that belongs to us, this country could be in real danger. We’re lucky that there never has been an honest, charismatic figure. McCarthy was too much of a thug, you know? Nixon was too crooked. Trump, I think, is too much of a clown. So, we’ve been lucky. – Noam Chomsky

If there was an implicit self-hatred in trusting only your own, then how much deeper was the self-loathing that led a group of men to distrust someone for no reason other than that he was one of them? – Amitav Ghosh

If this society ascribes roles to Black men which they are not allowed to fulfill, is it Black women who must bend and alter our lives to compensate, or is it society that needs changing? – Audre Lorde

If trees can create art, if they can encircle the globe seven times in one year, if prisoners can grow plants and raise frogs, then perhaps there are other static entities that we hold inside ourselves, like grief, like addictions, like racism, that can also change. – Nalini Nadkarni

If we are to be honest with ourselves, we must admit that the ‘Negro’ has been inviting whites, as well as civil society’s junior partners, to the dance of social death for hundreds of years, but few have wanted to learn the steps. They have been, and remain today – even in the most anti-racist movements, like the prison abolition movement – invested elsewhere. This is not to say that all oppositional political desire today is pro-white, but it is usually anti-Black, meaning it will not dance with death. – Frank B. Wilderson III

If we are to have that harmony and tranquility, that union of spirit which is the foundation of real national genius and national progress, we must all realize that there are true Americans who did not happen to be born in our section of the country, who do not attend our place of religious worship, who are not of our racial stock, or who are not proficient in our language. If we are to create on this continent a free republic and an enlightened civilization that will be capable of reflecting the true greatness and glory of mankind, it will be necessary to regard these differences as accidental and unessential. We shall have to look beyond the outward manifestations of race and creed. Divine providence has not bestowed upon any race a monopoly of patriotism and character. – Calvin Coolidge

If we are to open employment opportunities in this country for members of all races and creeds, then the Federal Government must set an example … I am not going to promise a Cabinet post or any other post to any race or ethnic group. That is racism in reverse at its worst. So I do not promise to consider race or religion in my appointments if I am successful. I promise only that I will not consider them. – John Fitzgerald Kennedy

If we can move from the mentality where ? When you are white you are right, to where you right you are right. – De philosopher DJ Kyos

If we could create the conditions that make racism difficult, or discourage it, then there would be less stress and less need for affirmative action programs. One of those conditions would be an economic policy that would create tight labor markets over long periods of time. Now does that mean that affirmative action is here only temporarily? I think the ultimate goal should be to remove it. – William Julius Wilson

If we do not know how to meaningfully talk about racism, our actions will move in misleading directions. – Angela Y. Davis

If we take the position that an assessment that veganism is morally preferable to vegetarianism is not possible because we are all ‘on our own journey,’ then moral assessment becomes completely impossible or is speciesist. It is impossible because if we are all ‘on our own journey,’ then there is nothing to say to the racist, sexist, anti-semite, homophobe, etc. If we say that those forms of discrimination are morally bad, but, with respect to animals, we are all ‘on our own journey’ and we cannot make moral assessments about, for instance, dairy consumption, then we are simply being speciesist and not applying the same moral analysis to nonhumans that we apply to the human context. – Gary L. Francione

If we want to think about racism and how it might play out in drug policy, we have to think about the trial of George Zimmerman. We think about the prosecution, when they said “race is not a factor.” It’s so dishonest. – Carl Hart

If we want truth and justice to rule our global village, there must be no hypocrisy. If there is no truth, then there will be no equality. No equality, no justice. No justice, no peace. No peace, no love. No love, only darkness. – Suzy Kassem

If we’re going to address trafficking in our country we have to address poverty, racism & gender based violence. – Rachel Lloyd

If we—and now I mean the relatively conscious whites and the relatively conscious blacks, who must, like lovers, insist on, or create, the consciousness of the others—do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world. If we do not dare everything, the fulfillment of that prophecy, re-created from the Bible in song by a slave, is upon us: God gave Noah the rainbow sign, No more water, the fire next time! – James Baldwin

If whites would vote their economic interests, not their racial fears, we the people who have the most need for change have the power to bring about that change nonviolently. – Jesse Jackson

If you are a white person who would like to treat black people as equals in every way—who would like to have a set of associations with blacks that are as positive as those that you have with whites—it requires more than a simple commitment to equality. It requires that you change your life so that you are exposed to minorities on a regular basis and become comfortable with them and familiar with the best of their culture, so that when you want to meet, hire, date, or talk with a member of a minority, you aren’t betrayed by your hesitation and discomfort. Taking rapid cognition seriously–acknowledging the incredible power, for good and ill, that first impression play in our lives–requires that we take active steps to manage and control those impressions. – Malcolm Gladwell

If you are accused of racism, to deny racism is proof of racism. – Amy Wax

If you are born in America with a black skin, you’re in prison – Malcolm X

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. – Desmond Tutu

If you are religious, you believe that your religion is the ‘right’ one—and, in many cases, all others will be sent to hell. Similarly, a nationalist believes his or her nation is better or more advanced—and a racist believes that an inherent difference between each race make his or her ethnicity superior. All of these ideologies spawn the hate, philosophical disagreements, and prejudices that have been the catalysts for various atrocious acts throughout history. – David G. McAfee

If you are white, racism is too easily ignored and forgiven, regarded as of burning concern only to the ethnic minorities, and therefore of relatively marginal significance. – Martin Jacques

If you believe that I’m a cop killer, you believe David Bowie is an astronaut. – Ice-T

If you can only be tall because someone else is on their knees, then you have serious problem. And white people have a very, very serious problem. – Toni Morrison

If you can’t see past my name, you can’t see me. – DaShanne Stokes

If you defend free speech for bigots but not to combat bigotry, then you believe in bigotry, not free speech. – DaShanne Stokes

If you do finish the book and are still scared of me and people of my ilk, then I recommend you schedule an appointment with a therapist. Either that, or try writing your own book – Maz Jobrani

If you don’t have an anti-racism plan, you plan to be racist. – Catrice Jackson

If you kill a black man, the world is silent. You can hear a garage door opening from twenty blocks away. You can pick up a pay phone and only hear the dial tone. Shooting stars sound exactly like the soft laughter of a little girl in Gasworks Park. If you kill a white man, the world erupts with noise: fireworks, sirens, a gavel pounding a desk, the slamming of doors. – Sherman Alexie

If you live in the elite world of dance, you find yourself in a world rife with racism. Let’s face it. – Alvin Ailey

If you look hard enough, you can find race issues and racism in everything. I know people who say, ‘See, I don’t play pool ‘cuz that’s where the white ball chase the black ball off the table. So I prefer bowling, where the big black ball knock down the white pins with the red necks.’ – Chi McBride

If you love your country, you must be willing to defend it from fraud, bigotry, and recklessness–even from a president. – DaShanne Stokes

If you read Martin Luther King speeches and sermons in the last two years of his life – you might want to – –when I read these to my students, they think it’s Malcom X because it’s so radical. And if you read nothing else – if your viewers read nothing else – then the April 4, 1967, speech at Riverside Church called “Beyond Vietnam,” that’s where he says the greatest purveyor of violence on earth is my country. And he connects the triplets of evil, racism, militarism, and materialism, and that connection makes him a radical. – Bill Ayers

If you see a group of people struggling over generations and you attribute those struggles to bad character, then you do not truly believe we are all created equally. – Jonathan R. Miller

If you see something is going wrong within politics and the world today, then some Hip Hop artist is gonna come along and get straight with it. If they think that there’s a lot of racism going on then there’s another Hip Hop artist who’s gonna come out and speak their mind. – Afrika Bambaataa

If you take racism away from certain people – I mean, vitriolic racism as well as the sort of social racist – if you take that away, they may have to face something really terrible, misery, self-misery, and deep pain about who they are. – Toni Morrison

If you think about a child that is born and how it’s born, if it has racism in his genes, every child that is raised up to hit or beat someone up with anger and resentments. – John Assaraf

If you think about it, there’s not a religious group, there’s not a nationalistic group, there’s not a tribe, there is no grouping of people to my knowledge, of any consequence, who have not, at one or another time, been the object of hatred, racism, or who has not had people against them just because they were them. – Alex Haley

If you think taking the master’s tools away from the slave is a difficult task, try taking away the master. – Darnell Lamont Walker

If you think the country is a bastion only of nasty tendencies and racism and oppression, that is anti-American. – Rich Lowry

If you thought taking the master’s tools away from the slave is a difficult task, try taking away the master. – Darnell Lamont Walker

If you want to know if racism is a problem in your country, you might not want to ask white people. – Tim Wise

If you’d combat bigotry, use honest language and call things out for what they really are. – DaShanne Stokes

If you’re getting harassed, it’s not helpful to know that racism has generally declined in America, when you’re still experiencing it. That is a reality that we’re still vulnerable to. – Shelby Steele

If you’re quiet, knowing that there’s a culture of racism inside most police departments, and you’re not saying anything, you are on the wrong side of history. – Alicia Garza

If your house ain’t in order, you ain’t in order. It is so much easier to be out there than right here. – Toni Cada Bambara

If your social consciousness seems stuck in 1975, 2014 is gonna be a rough ride. – John Scalzi

If your understanding of the cage is based on this myopic view, you may not understand why the bird doesn’t just go around the single wire and fly away. You might even assume that the bird liked or chose its place in the cage. But if you stepped back and took a wider view, you would begin to see that the wires come together in an interlocking pattern – a pattern that works to hold the bird firmly in place. – Robin DiAngelo

If you’re in America and you think Jesus was white, then I’m here to tell you today, you don’t understand the cross and you don’t understand the color. If they string you up, if they hang you from a big old tree, if they ASSASSINATE you in the name of your brothers, then: You. Are. Black. Abraham Lincoln? Cracker most his days, black in the end. Young Brother Emmett? Black. All them dead Jewboys scattered through the Southland? Even them, black. Reverend King? Black. Malcolm? Black. JFK? Black. – C.E. Morgan

If, as a white person, I conceptualize racism as a binary and I see myself on the ‘not racist’ side, what further action is required of me? No action is required at all, because I am not a racist. Therefore racism is not my problem; it doesn’t concern me and there is nothing further I need to do. This guarantees that, as a member of the dominant group, I will not build my skills in thinking critically about racism or use my position to challenge racial inequality. – Robin DiAngelo

Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated. – Kofi Annan

Ignorance of how we are shaped racially is the first sign of privilege. In other words. It is a privilege to ignore the consequences of race in America. – Tim Wise

Imagine a judicial nominee said ‘my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latina woman.’ Wouldn’t they have to withdraw? New racism is no better than old racism. – Newt Gingrich

Imagine hating a complete stranger because their skin tone is lighter or darker than yours. – Wayne Gerard Trotman

Imagine the world as a crayon box, and it took every colour to draw each of us. Adding a shade lighter and darker with each interaction. None would be black or white, either purely absorbing all, or reflecting each. #ColourMeSpotless – Nikhil Sharda

In 1924 Mao took a Chinese friend, newly arrived from Europe, to see the notorious sign in the Shanghai park, ‘Chinese and Dogs Not Allowed’. – Paul Johnson

In 1967, I had my first black girlfriend, and a lot more ever since then. I just don’t understand racism. I never thought it was an option. – Lemmy

In 2006, I entered the presidential palace in the main square of La Paz as the first indigenous president of Bolivia. Our government, under the slogan ‘Bolivia Changes,’ is committed to ending the colonialism, racism and exclusion that many of our people lived under for many centuries. – Evo Morales

In 2016, Trump, with his outsized ego, his anti-immigrant and anti-trade positions, coupled with barely disguised racism and deep-seated sexism and a willingness to lie whenever it suited him, was a near perfect fit. – Bob Beckel

In a deck of playing cards, the reds are as important as the blacks. – Yohann Dafeu

In a manner akin to the influence of Tiger Woods on the other side of the Atlantic, Thierry Henry has helped kick down a few of the remaining bigoted stereotypes. Through his undisputable class and dignity, Henry has made a deep-seated difference to race relations in this country. Racism will flounder whenever white children grow up with a black man as their hero. That so few comment on Henry’s colour is a silent tribute to his impact. – Pete Gill

In a racially divided society, majority rule is not a reliable instrument of democracy. – Lani Guinier

In a racially separated world, it’s possible to have racial disadvantage without racial prejudice. Whites can turn for help to white neighbors with good connections in the plant. Blacks turn to black neighbors without them. – Arlie Russell Hochschild

In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist. – Angela Y. Davis

In a sense, we are all victims of the misogyny and racism that exist in the world, no matter what our gender or race happens to be. – Kehinde Wiley

In a society in which equality is a fact, not merely a word, words of racial or sexual assault and humiliation will be nonsense syllables. – Catharine A. MacKinnon

In all manifestations of racism from the mildest to the most severe, what is being denied is the possibility that the racializers and the racialized can coexist in the same society, except perhaps on the basis of domination and subordination. – George M. Fredrickson

In all my interviews with Mr. Lincoln I was impressed with his entire freedom from popular prejudice against the colored race. He was the first great man that I talked with in the United States freely, who in no single instance reminded me of the difference between himself and myself, of the difference of color… – Frederick Douglass

In America right now, the people who talk about race the most are people of color – and if we are going to move the needle forward, it’s WHITE people who need to acknowledge their role in racism. – Jodi Picoult

In America there is institutional racism that we all inherit and participate in, like breathing the air in this room – and we have to become sensitive to it. – Henry Louis Gates

In America, racism exists but racists are all gone. – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In America, racism exists but racists are all gone. Racists belong to the past. Racists are the thin-lipped mean white people in the movies about the civil rights era. Here’s the thing: the manifestation of racism has changed but the language has not. So if you haven’t lynched somebody then you can’t be called a racist. If you’re not a bloodsucking monster, then you can’t be called a racist. Somebody has to be able to say that racists are not monsters. – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In America, racism exists but racists are all gone. Racists belong to the past. Racists are the thin-lipped mean white people in the movies about the civil rights era. Here’s the thing: the manifestation of racism has changed but the language has not. So if you haven’t lynched somebody then you can’t be called a racist. Somebody has to be able to say that racists are not monsters. They are people with loving families, regular folk who pay taxes. Somebody needs to get the job of deciding who is racist and who isn’t. Or maybe it’s time to just scrap the word ‘racist.’ Find something new. Like Racial Disorder Syndrome. And we could have different categories for sufferers of this syndrome: mild, medium, and acute. – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In America, the role of blacks, as for humans everywhere, is to live and flourish and to be fit progenitors for generations to come. To do so, they must oppose racism in an unrelenting way. Psychiatry for such warriors aims to keep them fit for the duty at hand and healthy enough to enjoy the victories that are certain to come. – William H. Grier

In America, we have struggled too much, too long as a country trying to overcome racism and sexism and homophobia. We cannot go back to a more discriminatory society. – Bernie Sanders

In American, the history of racism is taught like this: ‘There was slavery and then there was Jim Crow and then there was Martin Luther King Jr. and now it’s done. – Trevor Noah

In any society built on institutionalized racism, race-mixing doesn’t merely challenge the system as unjust, it reveals the system as unsustainable and incoherent. – Trevor Noah

In aversive racism, the concept of racism is abhorrent to that person. But they’re filled with racist conditioning and bias, as we all are. Because that conflicts with their identity as good people, they suppress it and are even more in denial about it. They are even more likely to erupt in defensiveness if it gets called out. – Robin DiAngelo

In Baltimore they can’t do police work to save their lives. Now because of Freddie Gray they’re not even getting out of the car and policing corners – they’re on a job slowdown, basically. Right now if the police stopped being brutal, if we got police shooting under control, and the use of excessive force, if we have a meaningful societal response to all that stuff, and the racism that underlies it, the question still remains: what are they policing, and why? – David Simon

In both cases, it is the prejudice, not the condition, that does the harm. It may be, as some would have it, that blacks are inherently inferior to whites or that homosexuals are all, by definition, sick. So what? Even if either condition truly is inherently undesirable, no manner of social pressure will turn blacks into whites or gays into straights. Social pressure will only exaggerate the handicap. It is still the prejudice, more than the condition, that does the harm. – Andrew Tobias

In Detroit, we all talked the race game. It is a way of life. – Charlie LeDuff

In division others see opportunity, In division I see suffering. In love it does not exist. – John J. Willard

In England, I’ve never really had a problem with racism. – Didier Drogba

In essence, [David Duke] mainstreamed the Klan, making it seem an acceptable and viable alternative for those looking for a means to express their displeasure with the status quo of their lives and government representatives. – Ron Stallworth

In graduate school, early on, I once overheard a classmate talking in her office as I walked by. She didn’t know I was there. She was gossiping about me to a group of our classmates & said I was the affirmative-action student…Rationally, I know it was absurd, but hearing how she & maybe others saw me hurt real bad…I stopped joking about being a slacker. I tripled the number of projects I was involved with. I was excellent most of the time. I fell short some of the time. I made sure I got good grades. I made sure my comprehensive exams were solid. I wrote conference proposals & had them accepted. I published. I designed an overly ambitious research project for my dissertation that kind of made me want to die. No matter what I did, I heard that girl, that girl who had accomplished a fraction of a fraction of what I had, telling a group of our peers I was the one who did not deserve to be in our program. – Roxane Gay

In Italy, especially in ’70s and ’80s, there was a lot of racism between north and south. And my mom immigrated from the south to the north, from Puglia, the heel of Italy. But what made me feel different was society, not my family. – Riccardo Tisci

In light of my distanced telescopic exposure to the mayhem, I refused to plagiarise others’ personal tragedies as my own. There is an authorship in misery that costs more than empathy. Often I’d found myself dumbstruck in failed attempts to simulate that particular unfamiliar dolour. After all, no one takes pleasure in being possessed by a wailing father collecting the decapitated head of his innocent six year old. Even on the hinge of a willing attempt at full empathy with those cursed with such catastrophes, one had to have a superhuman emotional powers. I could not, in any way, claim the ability to relate to those who have been forced to swallow the never-ending bitter and poisonous pills of our inherited misfortune. Yet that excruciating pain in my chest seemed to elicit a state of agony in me, even from far behind the telescope. It could have been my tribal gene amplified by the ripple effect of the falling, moving in me what was left of my humanity. – Asaad Almohammad

In many ways, everything about my upbringing decreed that I wouldn’t write a memoir because in the world where I grew up, in Chicago in the Fifties and Sixties, one key way of protesting ourselves – ‘we’ meaning black people – against racism, against its stereotypes and its insults, was to curate and narrate very carefully the story of the people. – Margo Jefferson

In music, the Specials brought a city, Coventry, bombed out for a second time and riven with racism, to a celebration between black and white musicians and their music. – Melvyn Bragg

In my earliest of years, my mother was a huge force in my life. She was for all intents and purposes, a single parent. My father had abandoned us. He was an alcoholic and a physical abuser. My mother lived through that tyranny and made her living as a domestic worker. She was uneducated but she brought high principles and decent values into our existence, and she set lofty goals for herself and for her children. We were forever inspired by her strength and by her resistance to racism and to fascism. – Harry Belafonte

In my thirties, I have felt a greater urgency to make art that highlights what it feels like to be racialized, likely due to living in a country that obscures our racism with the idea of “multiculturalism.” – Vivek Shraya

In one sense, Obama’s point couldn’t be clearer: race is a distraction from class-based inequities. And if we dismiss working-class resentment as camouflaged racism, we will continue to be distracted by the spectre of race. – Sarah Churchwell

In order for slavery to work, in order for us to buy, sell, beat, and trade people like animals, Americans had to completely dehumanize slaves. And whether we directly participated in that or were simply a member of a culture that at one time normalized that behavior, it shaped us. We can’t undo that level of dehumanizing in one or two generations. I believe Black Lives Matter is a movement to rehumanize black citizens. All lives matter, but not all lives need to be pulled back into moral inclusion. Not all people were subjected to the psychological process of demonizing and being made less than human so we could justify the inhumane practice of slavery. – Brené Brown

In order for us, black and white, to disenthrall ourselves from the harshest slavemaster, racism, we must disinter our buried history…. We are all the Pilgrim

In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently. – Harry A. Blackmun

In other words, I’m against cheating, greed, cruelty, racism, imperialism, religious fundamentalism, treason, and the seemingly limitless capacity for hypocrisy shown by Bush and his administration. – Viggo Mortensen

In our country, racism is never far below the surface. – Mazie Hirono

In our own generation, as never before, there is need to demonstrate that Christianity is capable of bringing mankind into a truly universal society based not on fear and compulsion but on mutual love. To manifest the unitive power of Christian charity we must make faithful use of the means of unity which Christ has provided for His church. Among these the Eucharist holds a place of honor as the supreme source and symbol of Catholic unity. – John LaFarge S.J.

In our struggle against racial segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, I came to see at a very early stage that a synthesis of Gandhi’s method of nonviolence and the Christian ethic of love is the best weapon available to Negroes for this struggle for freedom and human dignity. It may well be that the Gandhian approach will bring about a solution to the race problem in America. His spirit is a continual reminder to oppressed people that it is possible to resist evil and yet not resort to violence. – Martin Luther King, Jr

in race relations, the single gesture and the single individual are more often than not doomed to failure. Only the group and the long-term, undeviating policy make much headway. … if you want to make the world a better place, the first thing you must accept is the fact that you cannot transcend your limitations as an individual. – Margaret Halsey

In recent history the Democrat Party has created the illusion that their agenda and their policies are what’s best for black people. Somehow it’s been forgotten that the Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an abolitionist movement with one simple creed: that slavery is a violation of the rights of man. – Elbert Guillory

In some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

In spite of good intentions, the net effect of Negro solidarity proved to be a tremendous obstacle to integration in Catholic life. A separatist organization was not in a very strategic position to protest against separatism. – John LaFarge S.J.

In Stamps the segregation was so complete that most Black children didn’t really, absolutely know what whites looked like. Other than that they were different, to be dreaded, and in that dread was included the hostility of the powerless against the powerful, the poor against the rich, the worker against the worked for and the ragged against the well dressed. I remember never believing that whites were really real. – Maya Angelou

In terms of activism, the Trump-era transformation of news into entertainment has had a deep effect on the way that collegiate politics are perceived. Campuses are a main flashpoint of the post-2016 culture wars about free speech, racism, and elite privilege. That’s undeniable. – Vanessa Grigoriadis

In terms of the contemporary food system we see a lot of racism currently. Obviously we have a large supply of food. A lot of people don’t examine why that is the case, but there are a number of nonwhite migrant workers being exploited every day. – Bryant Terry

In the 1950s and 1960s, civil rights activism and new federal laws inspired the same resistance to racial progress and once again led to a spike in the use of Confederate imagery. In fact, it was in the 1950s, after racial segregation in public schools was declared unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, that many Southern states erected Confederate flags atop their state government buildings. – Bryan StevensonIn the absence of ancient hatreds, chauvinism can easily rustle up modern ones. – Samanth Subramanian

In the beginning–and neither can this be overstated–a Negro just cannot believe that white people are treating him as they do; he does not know what he has done to merit it. And when he realizes that the treatment accorded him has nothing to do with anything he has done, that the attempt of white people to destroy him–for that is what it is–is utterly gratuitous, it is not hard for him to think of white people as devils. – James Baldwin

In the beginning—and neither can this be overstated—a Negro just cannot believe that white people are treating him as they do; he does not know what he has done to merit it. And when he realizes that the treatment accorded him has nothing to do with anything he has done, that the attempt of white people to destroy him—for that is what it is—is utterly gratuitous, it is not hard for him to think of white people as devils. – James Baldwin

In the city Maiguru’s brother immediately made an appointment with a psychiatrist. We felt better—help was at hand. But the psychiatrist said that Nyasha could not be ill, that Africans did not suffer in the way we had described. She was making a scene. We should take her home and be firm with her. – Tsitsi Dangarembga

In the coming years, we will hear, again, that anger is a destructive force, to be controlled. Watch carefully, because not everyone is asked to do this in equal measure. – Soraya Chemaly

In the common esteem, not only are the only good aboriginals dead ones, but all aboriginals are either sacred or contemptible according to the length of time they have been dead. – Mary Hunter Austin

In the context of the Negro problem neither whites nor blacks, for excellent reasons of their own, have the faintest desire to look back; but I think that the past is all that makes the present coherent, and further, that the past will remain horrible for exactly as long as we refuse to assess it honestly. – James Baldwin

In the course of his long, turbulent career, W. E. B. Du Bois attempted virtually every possible solution to the problem of twentieth-century racism…scholarship, propaganda, integration, national self-determination, human rights, cultural and economic separatism, politics, international communism, expatriation, third world solidarity. – David Levering Lewis

In the end the recrudescence of racism on the right is conservatism’s problem to solve, and it has to be solved independently of whatever liberals and leftists happen to be saying. But the task of solving it still gets a little harder with every nonsense charge or bad-faith accusation. – Ross Douthat

In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. So we don’t. Rather than rely on race, we use our criminal justice system to label people of color ‘criminals’ and then engage in all the practices we supposedly left behind. – Michelle Alexander

In the fantasy of the races conceived in my mind, all blacks were noble people who had struggled against a repressive social order for years and who were finally reaping the tangible rewards of this struggle. All whites, especially myself, were guilty of heinous, extraordinarily brutal crimes against humanity. – Pat Conroy

In the land of my birth I cannot vote, whereas a young person of eighteen can vote. And why? Because he or she possesses that wonderful biological attribute – a white skin. – Desmond Tutu

In the last few years, race relations in America have entered upon a period of intensified craziness wherein fear of being called a racist has so thoroughly overwhelmed fear of being a racist that we are in danger of losing sight of the distinction. – Florence King

In the mantra of shared hatred and placing the blame on Israel, our cowardice to face the barbarity of our heads of states was replaced with a divine purpose. Contemplating the manifestation of the eradication of hatred I often concluded, the entirety of the Middle East’s theocracies and dictatorships would be replaced by total anarchy. We would be left with nothing, as our brotherhood of hatred was the only bond known to us. Enculturated in the malarkey of that demagoguery, forces beyond our control and comprehension seem to deceive us into a less harmful and satisfactory logic as opposed to placing some blame on ourselves and thus, having to act to reverse that state of affairs. – Asaad Almohammad

In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever. – George C. Wallace

In the past quarter century, we exposed biases against other races and called it racism, and we exposed biases against women and called it sexism. Biases against men we call humor. – Warren Farrell

In the racialized space of capitalist gentrification, police are not only arbiters of the peace, they are the muscle of retail racism: You can only be in this space if you transcend your blackness by showing us some green dollars. Even then, there is no guarantee that green will transcend your black skin. – Anthea Butler

In the racist, sexist United States, nonwhite racialized minorities—and women in particular—are subjected to more than their share of horrific violence, but no human being would wish to trade places with nonhuman animals in factory farms or laboratories. . . . The legal status of women and nonwhite racialized minorities has improved markedly in the past fifty years; matters have grown considerably worse for nonhuman animals. – Lisa Kemmerer

In the real world, there’s probably nothing more horrifying than racism. Living racism is a horrifying experience. And then, having to normalize it and internalize it. – Daniel Kaluuya

In the segregated South, education was almost like armor. It was a way to put yourself in a category where even with the slings and arrows and humiliations of racism and segregation, somehow you had better control of the situation. I always said my parents understood that you might not be able to control your circumstances, but they and their parents believed that you could control your reaction to your circumstances. – Condoleezza Rice

In the South, there is more overt racism. It’s more willfully ignorant and brazen. But it’s not as if by moving I’m going to be able to escape institutionalized racism. It’s not as though my life won’t be twisted and impacted by racism anymore. It will. – Jesmyn Ward

In the story [“The Pyramid and the Ass”] there’s this war against the so-called Buddhist Terrorists. As we find out, they’re not really terrorists at all, just good folks trying to liberate people from technology and fight against an American government/corporation trying to coopt our souls. The inherent racism and Buddhist-phobia in the story plays into the present demonizing of Islam – and of our loss of knowledge about the great, spiritual history of the Sufis, for example, or the cultural heritage from the middle east. – Alexander Weinstein

In the time when my mother began standing up against prejudice and racism, the vast majority of white Americans rarely thought about civil rights. – Ezekiel Emanuel

In the Trump era, it’s way more obvious extreme racism exists. But there are still a lot of people who think, ‘We don’t have a racist bone in our bodies.’ We have to face the racism in ourselves. – Jordan Peele

In the U.S., while individual whites might be against racism, they still benefit from their group’s control. Yes, an individual person of color can sit at the tables of power, but the overwhelming majority of decision-makers will be white. Yes, white people can have problems and face barriers, but systematic racism won’t be one of them. – Robin DiAngelo

In the United States the whites speak well of the Blacks but think bad about them, whereas the Blacks talk bad and think bad about the whites. Whites fear Blacks, because they have a bad conscience, and Blacks hate whites because they need not have a bad conscience. – Friedrich Durrenmatt

In the West or anywhere else, the treatment of people in an undignified way (structural and institutionalized racism against Latinos or African American citizens) as well as a dangerous dehumanization of some people (in Palestine, Iraq, Africa or Asia) are simply unacceptable. – Tariq Ramadan

In the white newspapers, they use it against us. They make the Panthers look like we all just want to rip the throats out of some white folks for no good reason. We have good reasons, but we still don’t want to do that. – Kekla Magoon

In the. Middle Ages and afterwards, Jews, like members of other marginalized groups, were denied the legal protections that England afforded the archetypal citizen: the free white native-born law-abiding Christian adult male. – Margalit Fox

In this becalmed zone the sea has a smooth surface, the palm-tree stirs gently in the breeze, the waves lap against the pebbles and raw materials are ceaselessly transported, justifying the presence of the settler; and all the while the native, bent double, near dead than alive, exists interminably in an unchanging dream. The settler makes history; his life is an epoch, an Odyssey… Over against him torpid creatures, wasted by fever, obsessed by ancestral customs, form an almost inorganic background for the innovating dynamism of colonial mercantilism. – Frantz Fanon

In this century of knowledge, being racist only proves how low in society you really are. – Anonymous

In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate. – Toni Morrison

In this cultural moment, many of us are feeling inadequate to solve societal problems – fascism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, anti-Semitism, the list goes on – and are unsure of how individuals can affect real change. We don’t know what effect we will have on the current political climate as we strive to effect change. All large historical decision draw from a sea of smaller decisions. One never knows what will make the difference in the long run. – Sabina Murray

In this world we live in, racism is alive and well in all venues. We immediately categorize people, and that’s just not right. – Leigh Anne Tuohy

In Waquant’s words: ‘Racial division was a consequence, not a precondition of slavery, but once it was instituted it became detached from its initial function and acquired a social potency all its own.’ After the death of slavery, the idea of race lived on. – Michelle Alexander,

Increasingly, a ‘racist’ is someone who dares to even notice general patterns of difference among groups of different continental origins. I stress the terms ‘general patterns’ and ‘different continental origins’ because a semantic trick some people play is to insist that no race is ‘pure’ and therefore race is a meaningless term, but I’ve never suggested this ‘purity’ concept and I’m not sure that anyone has. To deny that Kenyans are generally better long-distance runners than Samoans, or that Japanese students consistently score higher than Australian aborigines on intelligence tests, or that Germans have contributed more to science than Guatemalans, is to deny reality. – Jim Goad

Indeed, having the privilege of connecting and engaging with other people from different walks of life, different nationalities and different race, I became more than convinced that human beings are just human beings. You will either find someone who’s good or bad, black or white. And so, there’s nothing like superior or inferior in the human race as the world may want us to believe. – Nurudeen Ushawu

Indians in America are yet to be considered human beings, even though the Pope issued a papal bull in 1898 that declared us to be human beings. But to show you the institutional racism, the sports teams are still using the Indians as mascots. – Russell Means

Individual intent is not necessary for systemic evil. – Jamie Arpin-Ricci

Inequality is one of the pillars of the world economy. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Inevitably it’s going to cause some terrible misogynist backlash, and I assume we’ll look forward to eight years of jaw-droppingly sexist statements – the way we listened to eight years of racism around the presidency. It will be an argument before it’s a conversation. But at least it’s being had. – Joss Whedon

Initially, the purveyors of racism need no more than the silent acquiescence of the public … [I]t is never too soon to confront bigotry and racism whenever, wherever, and in whatever form it raises its ugly head. It is incumbent upon all people to confront even the slightest hint of racist thought or action with zero tolerance. – Hans J. Massaquoi

Injustice coupled with racism is a highly explosive mixture, in which the world, threatens to suffocate. – Sir Kristian Goldmund Aumann

Institutionalized racism has been with us pre-Obama, and it obviously will be with us post-Obama. – Bernice King

Institutionalized racism is an imaginary enemy. – Bret Stephens

Ironically, there is a history of black/Irish communion here in the states; Irish and African American brothers and sisters have often found common cause in fighting the bigotry both communities faced earlier in the 20th century. However, white skin privilege among the Irish separated them from blacks, who had no such advantage to fall back upon. The solution is to fight bigotry and racism wherever they appear, and to root out the forces of oppression as conscientiously as possible. – Michael Eric Dyson

Ironically, white America will catapult books about race to the top of the best-seller list, even as racism remains a national open wound. Obsession ain’t solution, however, because reading even at its most intense and verisimilitudinous is vicarious, and once you close the book you’re off the hook. – Marita Golden

Is Chris Rock still gonna host the Oscars after this blatant racism?? Is everyone still gonna show up?? – Tyrese Gibson

Is distinctive black culture the cause of economic disparity between whites and blacks or merely the reflection of it? – Steven D. Levitt

Is it different to come out now than it was to come out thirty-five years ago? Sometimes. But if you come out now and you come from poverty and you come from racism, you come from the terror of communities that are immigrant communities or communities where you’re already a moving target because of who you are, this is not a place where it’s any easier to be LGBT even if there’s a community center in every single borough. – Amber Hollibaugh

Is it not the interest of the human race, that every one should be so taught and placed, that he would find his highest enjoyment to arise from the continued practice of doing all in his power to promote the well-being, and happiness, of every man, woman, and child, without regard to their class, sect, party, country or colour. – Robert Owen

Is racial violence is the answer for happened racial violence? Which planet am I? Where are the people who taught me there is no difference? Why? – Csaba Gabor-B.

Is Zionism racism? I would say yes. It’s a policy that to me looks like it has very many parallels with racism. The effect is the same. Whether you call it that or not is in a sense irrelevant. – Desmond Tutu

Isn’t it…dicey? people our parents’ age would say, grimacing, when we told them where we lived, and it took all my willpower not to say, Do you mean black, or just poor? Because it was both. – Lauren Groff

Issues can only be resolved if each person accepts accountability in the problem. – Carlos Wallace

Issues such as gender discrimination, racism, and national chauvinism must be recast not only as cultural and social regressions but as evidence of the ills produced by hierarchy. A growing public awareness must be fostered in order to recognize that oppression includes not only exploitation but also domination, and that it is based not only on economic causes but on cultural particularisms that divide people according to sexual, ethnic, and similar traits. – Murray Bookchin

It always seemed to me that white people were judged as individuals. But if a Negro did something stupid or wrong, it was held against all of us. – Annie Elizabeth Delany

It began to strike me that the point of my education was a kind of discomfort, was the process that would not award me my own especial Dream but would break all the dreams, all the comforting myths of Africa, of America, and everywhere, and would leave me only with humanity in all its terribleness. And there was so much terrible out there, even among us. You must understand this. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

It comforts everybody to think of all Negroes as dirt poor, and to regard those who were not, who earned good money and kept it, as some kind of shameful miracle. White people liked that idea because Negroes with money and sense made them nervous. Colored people liked it because, in those days, they trusted poverty, believed it was a virtue and a sure sign of honesty. Too much money had a whiff of evil and somebody else’s blood. – Toni Morrison

It didn’t matter how unaccented my English was. It didn’t matter that I told people, over and over again, that I was born here, in America, that English was my first language, that my cousins in Iran made fun of me for speaking mediocre Farsi with an American accent—it didn’t matter. Everyone assumed I was fresh off the boat from a foreign land. – Tahereh Mafi

It doesn’t even feel like racism is real. It just feels like the weirdest ploy, like we’re just being had on so many levels. It’s even kind of funny when you think about it. A reason not to like someone is ‘because you’re black.’ C’mon, man. How dumb is that? – Thundercat

It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you’re doing something. – Renni Eddo-Lodge

It feels like a cliché to say, but if anyone feeling resentful about their immigrant neighbours took the time to talk to them and find out a bit about their lives, they would almost certainly find that these people do not have everything handed to them on a plate, but instead are living in poor, cramped conditions, likely having left even worse conditions from wherever they’ve moved from. – Reni Eddo-Lodge

It frightens me to realize that, if I had died before the age of fifty, I would have died a ‘Negro’ fraction. – Gwendolyn Brooks

It has taken me many years of intensive study and practice to be able to recognize and articulate how I am shaped by being white, and this in itself is an example of whiteness (while there are exceptions, most people of color do not find it anywhere near as difficult to articulate how race shapes their lives.) – Robin DiAngelo

It is a difficult thing for a white man to learn what a colored man really thinks; because, generally, with the latter an additional and different light must be brought to bear on what he thinks; and his thoughts are often influenced by considerations so delicate and subtle that it would be impossible for him to confess or explain them to one of the opposite race. – James Weldon Johnson

It is an absolute impossibility in this society to reversely sexually objectify heterosexual men, just as it is impossible for a poor person of color to be a racist. Such extreme prejudice must be accompanied by the power of society’s approval and legislation. While women and poor people of color may become intolerant, personally abusive, even hateful, they do not have enough power to be racist or sexist. – Ana Castillo

It is an anomaly, for instance, that in a democracy like ours a newly landed immigrant in this country who has been with us only a few hours has more civil rights to his credit, even though still an alien, than one whose citizenship is rooted for several generations back. Yet an American citizen, a product of our schools, our culture, our entire United States civilization, an old American, in a very true sense, must still struggle for elementary rights, simply because he is identified in the popular mind with people who were once in a condition of servitude. – John LaFarge S.J.

It is anomalous, for instance, that in our big cities we think nothing of living next door, possibly in the same apartment house, to person whose family life is completely reprehensible according to our Catholic or Christian standards, as long as they do not molest us personally. Yet we become acutely disturbed at the presence of a well-bred, educated, law-abiding, neighborly family, merely because of the color of their skin. – John LaFarge S.J.

It is character that should be the sole measure of judgement in the society of thinking humanity, and nothing short of that would do. – Abhijit Naskar

It is clear to me that the racism was on the other foot, that really, society in Europe was much more racist – vis-à-vis Arabs at least and black Africans – than American society. – Michael Scheuer

It is commonly observed how people can participate in impersonal situations where racial justice prevails, yet in other situations still hold the most unjust racial attitudes. It is almost impossible, however, to conceive of practising racial justice in the intimate institutions of home and neighborhood and at the same time harboring unjust racial attitudes. – John LaFarge S.J.

It is easier to be an insider as an outsider than to be an outsider as an insider…You will face more hate and ridicule and ostracism than you can even begin to fathom. People are willing to accept you if they see you as an outsider trying to assimilate into their world. But when they see you as a fellow tribe member attempting to disavow the tribe, that is something they will never forgive. – Trevor Noah

It is easy to take a stand about a remote issue, but speciesists, like racists, reveal their true nature when the issue comes nearer home. To protest about bullfighting in Spain, the eating of dogs in South Korea, or the slaughter of baby seals in Canada, while continuing to eat eggs from hens who have spent their lives crammed into cages, or veal from calves who have been deprived of their mothers, their proper diet, or the freedom to lie down with their legs extended, is like denouncing apartheid in South Africa while asking your neighbors not to sell their houses to blacks. – Peter Singer

it is embarrassing for Coca-Cola to be located in a city that refuses to honor its Nobel Prize winner. We are an international business. The Coca-Cola Company does not need Atlanta. You all need to decide whether Atlanta needs the Coca-Cola Company. – J. Paul Austin

It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as [inherently] exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal. – Vladimir Putin

It is important to understand that the system of advantage is perpetuated when we do not acknowledge its existence. – Beverly Daniel Tatum

It is in racists’ best interest to maintain white supremacy at all costs. They will defend it with their lives, but ONLY after they’ve defended it with ours. – Darnell Lamont Walker

It is indeed very grand to conquer the external nature, but grander still is to conquer our internal nature. – Abhijit Naskar

It is just as reprehensible to practise a racism in reverse as it is to show the more familiar type of racial prejudice. The individual must lay aside not only his dislike of people of another culture or appearance but his own sensitiveness and clannishness as well. – John LaFarge S.J.

It is not a racial problem. It is a problem of whether or not you’re willing to look at your life and be responsible for it, and then begin to change it. – James Baldwin

It is not enough for the Negroes to declare that color-prejudice is the sole cause of their social condition, nor for the white South to reply that their social condition is the main cause of prejudice. They both act as reciprocal cause and effect, and a change in neither alone will bring the desired effect. Both must change, or neither can improve to any great extent.(p.88)….Only by a union of intelligence and sympathy across the color-line in this critical period of the Republic shall justice and right triumph, – W.E.B. Du Bois

It is not improbable that in hot countries, monkeys may have enslaved girls. – Voltaire

It is not intelligence but ignorance and insecurity that causes arrogance and other delusions of superiority. – Arne Klingenberg

It is not what you can do for your country, but what you can do for all of mankind. – Mike Norton

It is not, I think, a question of when and how the white people will ‘free’ the black and the red people. It is a condescension to believe that we have the power to do that. Until we have recognized in them the full strength and grace of their distinctive humanity we will be able to set no one free, for we will not be free ourselves. When we realize that they possess a knowledge for the lack of which we are incomplete and in pain, then the wound in our history will be healed. Then they will simply be free, among us–and so will we, among ourselves for the first time, and among them. – Wendell Berry

It is notable how little empathy is cultivated or valued in our society. I put this down to our traditional racism and obsessive sectarianism. Even so, one would think that we would be encouraged to project ourselves into the character of someone of a different race or class, if only to be able to control him. But no effort is made. – Gore Vidal

It is often easier to become outraged by injustice half a world away than by oppression and Discrimination half a block from home. – Carl Thomas Rowan

It is often said that Islam is an egalitarian religion. There is much truth in this assertion. If we compare Islam at the time of its advent with the societies that surrounded it—the stratified feudalism of Iran and the caste system of India to the east, the privileged aristocracies of both Byzantine and Latin Europe to the west—the Islamic dispensation does indeed bring a message of equality. Not only does Islam not endorse such systems of social differentiation; it explicitly and resolutely rejects them. The actions and utterances of the Prophet, the honored precedents of the early rulers of Islam as preserved by tradition, are overwhelmingly against privilege by descent, by birth, by status, by wealth, or even by race, and insist that rank and honor are determined only by piety and merit in Islam. – Bernard Lewis

It is only human supremacy, which is as unacceptable as racism and sexism, that makes us afraid of being more inclusive. – Ingrid Newkirk

It is sad to witness the persistence in our society of the racism and xenophobia that seems to be a permanent part of our political culture. It is shameful to see politicians exploiting these human weaknesses in order to gain political power. It is most depressing of all to contemplate a future in which politicians who do this will continue to have influence over people’s lives. – Allen W. Wood

It is said that the Negro is ignorant. But why is he ignorant? It comes with ill grace from a man who has put out my eyes to makea parade of my blindness,–to reproach me for my poverty when he has wronged me of my money…. If he is poor, what has become of the money he has been earning for the last two hundred and fifty years? Years ago it was said cotton fights and cotton conquers for American slavery. The Negro helped build up that great cotton power in the South, and in the North his sigh was in the whir of its machinery, and his blood and tears upon the warp and woof of its manufactures. – Frances Harper

It is scarcely the same thing to put a man on the Moon as to put a bone in your nose. – William A. Henry III

It is shameful, I feel, that we even have to make this point. That it is necessary to say, even once, that Black lives matter is itself a testimony to the racism of our society. It ought to be obvious that Black lives matter, that Black people matter, and by implication, that their murder, especially at the hands of the state, cannot go unanswered. And yet it is not obvious. It the context of the legal system, the recent evidence suggests that it is not even true. The slogan represents, then, not simply a fact, but more importantly a challenge. If we believe it, we must make it real. – Kristian Williams

It is the first time I have felt truly South African. When the orchestra strikes up the opening chords of the national anthem, and the entire stadium stands, I have found my voice and I sing ‘Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika!’ I look to the gogo who had earlier taken my arm and I put my hand in hers. My people, I think to myself. My people. – Sara-Jayne King

It is truly horrible to understand yourself as the essential below of your country. It breaks too much of what we would like to think about ourselves, our lives, the world we move through and the people who surround us. The struggle to understand is our only advantage over this madness. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

It is unfortunate that demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham, but it is even more unfortunate that the city’s white power structure left the Negro community with no alternative. – Martin Luther King Jr.

It is unlikely that we will hit a home run anytime soon but if we are unable to get rid of offensive sports team nicknames, we will strike out. – Adam Dodek

It is utterly exhausting being Black in America – physically, mentally, and emotionally. While many minority groups and women feel similar stress, there is no respite or escape from your badge of color. – Marian Wright Edelman

It is when you start to have the interest of people in your heart that when you start to make a change. – Peter Adejimi

It is with great satisfaction that I learned of the adoption by consensus of the Durban Declaration against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and the intolerance associated with it. – Lionel Jospin

It is, then, not simply a question of black power or white power, but of how meaningfully to reenfranchise human power. This, as I think Martin Luther King understood, is the real point, the real gift to America, of the struggle of the black people. In accepting the humanity of the black race, the white people will not be giving accommodation to an alien people; it will be receiving into itself half of its own experience, vital and indispensable to it, which it has so far denied at great cost. – Wendell Berry

It isn’t only Republicans, it seems, who traffic in alternative facts. Since Donald Trump’s shock election victory, leading Democrats have worked hard to convince themselves, and the rest of us, that his triumph had less to do with racism and much more to do with economic anxiety – despite almost all of the available evidence suggesting otherwise. – Mehdi Hasan

It may sound exaggerated to say that the clash of civilizations and cultures as what we’re witnessing in Europe between muslims and christians is necessary, but the alternative, an extremely arrogant and suppressive Europe, would eventually self-destroy itself, as it nearly did several times in the past centuries. The forced discipline on Europeans is violent for the present generation, unaware of its moral weaknesses and delusional supremacy, but necessary for future generations, that need to witness a more peaceful world, one where racism doesn’t dictate their opportunities in life. And that, at present moment, is still a dream in most European countries, that despite their history, show such a level of aggression and segregation, that make one of darker skin wonder if slavery has not yet ended. – Robin Sacredfire

It must be remembered that in those great days I was considered to be an ‘integrationist’ – this was never, quite, my own idea of myself – and Malcolm was considered to be a ‘racist in reverse.’ This formulation, in terms of power – and power is the arena in which racism is acted out – means absolutely nothing: it may even be described as a cowardly formulation. The powerless, by definition, can never be ‘racists,’ for they can never make the world pay for what they feel or fear except by the suicidal endeavor which makes them fanatics or revolutionaries, or both. – James Baldwin

It neither kills outright nor inflicts apparent physical harm, yet the extent of its destructive toll is already greater than that of any war, plague, famine, or natural calamity on record – and its potential damage to the quality of human life and the fabric of civilized society is beyond calculation. For that reason this sickness of the soul might well be called the ‘Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse.’ Its more conventional name, of course, is dehumanization. – Ashley Montagu

It reaffirmed my long-held belief that education was the enemy of prejudice. These were men and women of science, and science had no room for racism. – Nelson Mandela

It seems like racism in the United States is overflowing. – KRS-One

It seems to be the heart of much of my work. I grew up seeing a lot of racism in the South, but I’ve seen it all over the world. Don’t care for it at all. I was poor, so I’m used to the underdog position. – Joe R. Lansdale

It seems to me that obliviousness about white advantage, like obliviousness about male advantage, is kept strongly inculturated in the United States so as to maintain the myth of meritocracy, the myth that democratic choice is equally available to all. Keeping most people unaware that freedom of confident action is there for just a small number of people props up those in power and serves to keep power in the hands of the same groups that have most of it already. – Peggy McIntosh

It speaks volumes when people who are discriminated against go on to discriminate against others. – DaShanne Stokes

It took me a long time to realize when you fill out a job application and it ask you ‘what race are you?’ They are putting color down as if we are in a leg race. The people who created those applications look at life as if what lane are you in, the white lane, the black lane, the Indian lane and so on and so forth. That means if we are in lanes in this race someone is supposed to be in front winning and there will be others in the back loosing instead of looking at it as we are all humans. If we continue to look at this life as a race of color then we will never get past being prejudice as a human race. So even our applications for employment suggest racism. Unless some other race of beings come to destroy the earth forcing humans to to unite, humans will always be prejudice which means Armageddon is inevitable. – Marlan Rico Lee

It was awful to be Negro and have no control over my life. It was brutal to be young and already trained to sit quietly and listen to charges brought against my color with no chance of defense. We should all be dead. I thought I should like to see us all dead, one on top of the other. A pyramid of flesh with the whitefolks on the bottom, as the broad base, then the Indians with their silly tomahawks and teepees and wigwams and treaties, the Negroes with their mops and recipes and cotton sacks and spirituals sticking out of their mouths. The Dutch children should all stumble in their wooden shoes and break their necks. The French should choke to death on the Louisiana Purchase (1803) while silkworms ate all the Chinese with their stupid pigtails. As a species, we were an abomination. All of us. – Maya Angelou

It was civil disobedience that won them their civil rights. – Tariq Ali

It was definitely during the Obama administration that talking about racism, or calling it out, suddenly seemed taboo. It seemed like talking about race was somehow summoning the evil of racism. – Jordan Peele

It was just a wonderful experience, one for the memory book for sure. The sad thing about it was that the picture came under this absurd cloud of controversy. Here was a movie based on the central theme that racism is something that is taught, and it’s illustrated by this story of a dog and the efforts of humans to re-train it after it had been trained to go after black people. And it created this ridiculous controversy and wound up being the last Hollywood movie that Sam [Fuller] made. – Curtis Hanson

It was just the wrong race at the wrong time. – Tayari Jones

It was like a disease, and these children whom I loved without caring about their skins or their backgrounds, they were tainted with the hateful virus which attacked their vision, distorting everything that was not white or English. – E.R. Braithwaite

It was not only colored people who praised John, since they could not, John felt, in any case really know; but white people also said it, in fact had said it first and said it still. It was when John was five years old and in the first grade that he was first noticed; and since he was noticed by an eye altogether alien and impersonal, he began to perceive, in wild uneasiness, his individual existence. – James Baldwin

It was obvious that bigotry was never a one-way operation, that hatred bred hatred! – Isaac Asimov

It was stupid not to let MacArthur finish off those rice eaters. Push ’em back. – H.G. Bissinger

It was the midwife that tried to do me in. Truth be told, it wasn’t really her fault. What else is a good Christian woman going to do when a Negro comes flying out from between the legs of the richest white woman in Haller County, Kentucky? – Justina Ireland

It wasn’t the intention to do something important, or to even relate about social issues. The ground is so fertile in the justice world, dealing with the death penalty and the Innocence Project, for characters that have a moral ambiguity, which we were both attracted to. It’s the idea that everybody has their reasons. Whatever their actions are, whether you agree with them or not, you can understand why they’re feeling that way, in terms of racism or even the death penalty. – Richard LaGravenese

It would be a great mistake to look upon racism as an irrational doctrine: racism is not a doctrine of irrationalism, it is the very surging up of irrationalism as an elemental force, getting rid of all doctrine, truth and rational structure. – Jacques Maritain

It would be very heard, for example, a basketball owner, no matter how racist he was, to try to operate without Blacks. It would be suicidal. – Thomas Sowell

It’s a cause for great concern because a lot of people have said and done repulsive things in terms of racism and misogyny and marginalizing people – it’s really come to fruition, something I’ve spent the last 21 years of my life trying to expose and educate people on. This really is kind of a dream scenario for white nationalists at the moment. – Christian Picciolini

It’s a life issue more than anything when you’re dealing with racism anywhere… It’s a life issue – bigger than sports, bigger than football. – Bob Stoops

It’s a myth that people who live in cities are naturally more open-minded, more accepting and tolerant of difference. The truth is, whatever people are, be it saints or bigots, they simply are these things, and the city – by smashing all those different kinds of people up against one another – just makes people’s tolerance (or lack of it) all that much more pronounced. – Suzanne Rindell

It’s a scary world we live in when a person of color endorses a racist for president. – DaShanne Stokes

It’s a totally different spiel when I talk at Morehouse. But when I’m talking at MIT? At the University of Cincinnati? I’m telling white people, in order to stop systemic racism, you must first befriend, become a colleague of, get to know intimately, put yourself culturally in the framework of someone who doesn’t look like you. – Killer Mike

It’s almost like a renaissance of racism we have. – Donna Brazile

It’s becoming much more common to see yoga studios offer classes aimed exclusively at people of color who are searching for ways to cope with racism and fears around police brutality. – Jenna Wortham

It’s bizarre: I’ve tried to understand why people are into Trump. I really don’t think I can. I don’t think it’s as simple as just racism. I do think there’s a fear that white people have, even if they don’t have a vicious desire to do harm to black people, they fear losing their top spot. – Mary Gaitskill

It’s hard to say when or if we will actually arrive at that place called ‘post-racial’, or, better yet, post-racism. – Tim Wise

It’s illegal to deny people their records due to race or gender. Adoptees deserve the same rights and protections. – DaShanne Stokes

It’s important to acknowledge the danger when we provide an academic venue for racism. It’s interesting to hear people push the, quote, ‘free speech’ narrative in this way. They deny the speech of the people who disagree. – DeRay Mckesson

It’s in the spirit of male loneliness to imagine that someone has to suffer for it. – Hanif Abdurraqib

It’s ironic, people claim to love nature, the plants, the trees and the animals. But then hating humankind because of their skin. Indeed, this very idea is a big disgrace to the entire human race. – Nurudeen Ushawu

It’s just a fact that if you’re a young African-American man and you do the same thing as a young white man, you are more likely to be arrested, charged, convicted, and incarcerated. So we’ve got to address the systemic racism in our criminal justice system. – Hillary Clinton

It’s like the Negro in America seeing the white man win all the time. He’s a professional gambler; he has all the cards and the odds stacked on his side, and he has always dealt to our people from the bottom of the deck. – Malcolm X

It’s much easier to talk about racism when you’re able to use mutants as a metaphor. People would much rather talk about Charles Xavier and Magneto than they would about Martin Luther King or Malcolm X. – Cheo Hodari Coker

It’s not ‘over-sensitivity’ to ask to be treated with the same dignity and respect shown to others. – DaShanne Stokes

It’s not a matter of whether the reviews of your books are good or bad, it’s about being taken seriously, both as a woman writer and as a writer of color. Also, it worries me when people point to a couple of women writers or writers of color who get some attention – and I am sometimes pulled into that category – to prove that others are getting a fair shot. It’s like those people who keep saying that racism no longer exists in this country because Barack Obama was a President of the United States. – Edwidge Danticat

It’s not racism per se but the tyranny of normalcy – no: the tyranny of attractive normalcy. Which leads to loveable white models who are supposed to be playing ordinary, adorably flawed professionals just like you and me with their brilliant minority friends (with vastly less camera time) who are surgeons. But it’s not just ethnicity. That narrow vision also extends to, say, things like women leads. Women leads have to be good-hearted and nice, with a Slutty Best Friend. The main character can’t be slutty. Because that’s not attractively normal etc. – Sandra Tsing Loh

It’s not that racism doesn’t exist. Lots of people in New York, and elsewhere, hate because of color and gender, religion and national origin. It’s just that I rarely worry about those things because there’s a real world underneath all that nonsense; a world that demands my attention almost every second of the day. Racism is a luxury in a world where resources are scarce, where economic competition is an armed sport, in a world where even the atmosphere is plotting against you. In an arena like that racism is more of a halftime entertainment, a favorite sitcom when the day is done. – Walter Mosley

It’s not the fact that some people disagree with the protests. That is as much a right as the protests themselves. It is the hateful, profane, condescending way some have expressed their discontent that baffles me. How do you criticize actions you’ve deemed disrespectful and divisive and an affront to civilized behavior with rhetoric to the same end? That’s like the devil judging the Grim Reaper for harvesting souls. – Carlos Wallace

It’s not the skin that doesn’t fit in, It’s your mind – Meeran W. Malik

It’s only his outside; a man can be honest in any sort of skin. – Herman Melville

It’s so hard for me to even acknowledge America without talking about race. If you look at our society, if you look at the prisons, if you look at the poverty and which side of the line the majority of people are, we have to acknowledge how we divide ourselves up, that there’s racism alive in this country. And it’s not in the law. It’s in our minds. And that’s what we have to actively battle. – Dave Matthews

It’s terrifying to think you could become the next statistic. – DaShanne Stokes

It’s the easiest thing in the world to be kind to someone, to show love, to forgive. You are born with this instinct – it should be your first reaction. NOT violence, anger and hatred! That is something we are taught, it’s a Choice You Make. – Michelle Horst

It’s the last best trick of a losing Democrat, is to accuse the Republicans of racism. – Erick Erickson

It’s the people who don’t recognize the racism within themselves that can be the most damaging because they don’t see it. – Sterling K. Brown

It’s time we become comfortable with the uncomfortable conversations about race…Instead of being color blind, we need to be color brave. – Mellody Hobson

It’s truly a lifetime of self-censorship that people of colour have to live. The options are: speak your truth and face the reprisals, or bite your tongue and get ahead in life. – Reni Eddo-Lodge

It’s very difficult not to come across as a white supremacist when there are so many black inferiorists around. – David Bullard

It’s very seldom that we see the good of the South. There is a perception that Southerners are racists and everyone else in the nation is ‘enlightened.’ There is racism everywhere, and there is good everywhere. – Octavia Spencer

It’s different when people who’ve been living under somebody’s boot hate the foot the boot’s on. An oppressed people can’t be racist. They can be bigots, but not racist. You have to have power to be a racist… – Susan Fanetti

It’s got fuck all to do with being racist. I don’t care if he’s purple or orange or fucking yellow with pink spots! Although if he’s yellow with pink spots perhaps we should call a first aider. All I care about is his CSCS card and this Home Office card that is now in my possession – Karl Wiggins

It’s illegal to yell ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater, right? It is. Well, I’ve whispered ‘Racism’ in a post-racial world. – Paul Beatty

It’s no disgrace to be black, but it’s often very inconvenient. – James Weldon Johnson

It’s not loving a man that makes life harder for gay guys, it’s homophobia. It’s not the color of their skin that makes life harder for people of color; it’s racism. It’s not having vaginas that makes life harder for women, it’s sexism. And it’s ageism, far more than the passage of time, that makes growing older harder for all of us. – Ashton Applewhite

I’m a real person, and I’m angry. I’m trying to use this celebrity thing to get people some help. AIDS, poverty, racism – I want to be one of the hands that helps stop all that. I’ll put it on my shoulders. I’ll charge it to my account. – Jamie Foxx

I’m no longer engaging with white people on the topic of race. Not all white people, just the vast majority who refuse to accept the existence of structural racism and its symptoms. I can no longer engage with the gulf of an emotional disconnect that white people display when a person of colour articulates their experience. You can see their eyes shut down and harden. It’s like treacle is poured into their ears, blocking up their ear canals. It’s like they can no longer hear us. – Reni Eddo-Lodge

I’m not advocating a competition for who has it toughest. The caste systems of sex and race are interdependent and can only be uprooted together. It’s time to take equal pride in breaking all the barriers. – Gloria Steinem

I’m saying that sometimes we don’t want to see the ugliness in others because it means seeing what’s ugly in ourselves. – Brian F. Walker

I’ve been trying to educate people for years and it’s exhausting. I’m tired of being patient with bigots. I’m tired of trying to explain why I don’t deserve to be treated like a piece of shit all the time. I’m tired of begging everyone to understand that people of color aren’t all the same, that we don’t all believe the same things or feel the same things or experience the world the same way.’ I shook my head, hard. ‘I’m just– I’m sick and tired of trying to explain to the world why racism is bad, okay? Why is that my job? – Tahereh Mafi

I’ve seen it over and over again; a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed very petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody. I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak. – Angie Thomas

Jeremy Clarkson is rather charming, but I can’t stomach his public persona. I don’t like his casual racism and casual misogyny. – Jo Brand

Jeremy Corbyn had shown a catastrophic failure of leadership and must step down to make way for someone with the backbone to confront racism and anti-Semitism. – Ruth Smeeth

Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things – he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies. – Jimmy Carter

Jewish guy did not know this, but ‘oppression olympics’ is what smart liberal Americans say, to make you feel stupid and to make you shut up. – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Jews were expelled to Israel, Protestants were expelled to the USA and where should the Muslims go? – Daniel Marques

Jim Crow laws stripped blacks of basic rights. Despite landmark civil rights laws, many public schools were still segregated, blacks still faced barriers to voting, and violence by white racists continued. Such open racism is mostly gone in America, but covert racism is alive and well. – Bob Beckel

Jingoism, racism, fear, religious fundamentalism: these are the ways of appealing to people if you’re trying to organize a mass base of support for policies that are really intended to crush them. – Noam Chomsky

Joblessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Hunger is a weapon of mass destruction. Poor health care is a weapon of mass destruction. Poor education is a weapon of mass destruction. Discrimination is a weapon of mass destruction. Let us abolish such weapons of mass destruction here at home. – Dennis Kucinich

Jonestown was supposed to be a great socialist experiment, a place where all the evil “isms” would be eradicated: racism, sexism, elitism. This appealed to blacks and white progressives alike. Fed up with racist “AmeriKKKa,” they were going to start their own society, on their own terms. – Julia Scheeres

Joseph Conrad was a thoroughgoing racist. That this simple truth is glossed over in criticisms of his work is due to the fact that white racism against Africa is such a normal way of thinking that its manifestations go completely unremarked. – Chinua Achebe

Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances. – Dr. Wanye W. Dyer

Judicial systems that enforce inequality as law are tools of subjugation. – Wayne Gerard Trotman

Just as we reject racism, sexism, ageism, and heterosexism, we reject speciesism. The species of a sentient being is no more reason to deny the protection of this basic right than race, sex, age, or sexual orientation is a reason to deny membership in the human moral community to other humans. – Gary L. Francione

Just having people saying no to racism on a commercial changes nothing. – Kevin-Prince Boateng

Just like ‘All American’ means ‘White,’ ‘All Lives’ means ‘White’. – Darnell Lamont Walker

Justification by faith is the key to eliminating racism. – Shai Linne

Kids know nothing about racism. They’re taught that by adults. – Ruby Bridges

Labelling is no longer a liberating political act but a necessity in order to gain entrance into the academic industrial complex and other discussions and spaces. For example, if so called ‘radical’ or ‘progressive’ people don’t hear enough ‘buzz’ words (like feminist, anti-oppression, anti-racist, social justice, etc.) in your introduction, then you are deemed unworthy and not knowledgeable enough to speak with authority on issues that you have lived experience with. The criteria for identifying as a feminist by academic institutions, peer reviewed journals, national bodies, conferences, and other knowledge gatekeepers is very exclusive. It is based on academic theory instead of based on lived experiences or values. Name-dropping is so elitist! You’re not a ‘real’ feminist unless you can quote, or have read the following white women: (insert Women’s Studies 101 readings). – Krysta Williams

Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Lampooning racism by reproducing brazenly racist imagery is a pretty dubious satirical tactic. – Mehdi Hasan

Large technologies such as Google need to be broken up and regulated, because their consolidated power and cultural influence make competition largely impossible. This monopoly in the information sector is a threat to democracy… – Safiya Umoja Noble

Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant, and this white waitress came up to me and said: ‘We don’t serve colored people here.’ I said: ‘that’s all right, I don’t eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken’. – Dick Gregory

Later in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, progressive Cubans were happy to downplay the survival of the Indians since those who promoted indigenismo, and sought to praise and promote Cuba’s Indian heritage, were usually conservative racists who wanted to glorify the Indian past and downgrade the contribution of the black African element in the population. Novelists in the nineteeth century, anxios to preserve Hispanic culture, often sought Indian images for their historical fiction as a counterweight to the arguments of those who exalted Cuba’s African heritage. – Richard Gott

Latinos come from different countries, and they tend to segregate with only their country instead of embracing all the other countries, because in reality, all the Latinos are going through the same experiences of discrimination and racism. – Andrea Navedo

Laws on hate speech and hate crimes do important work in a world that has been rooted in racism and bigotry since the inception of this country, which was not founded on ideals of justice. – DeRay Mckesson

Laws ostensibly directed at undocumented immigrants inevitably affect the treatment of lawfully present immigrants and citizens who share the ethnic, racial, or national origin characteristics of undocumented immigrants. – Pratheepan Gulasekaram

Leftist, anti-fascist activists known as Antifa, whose stated goals are to stamp out racism, white supremacy and authoritarianism, sometimes do use violence. – Elizabeth Flock

Let it never be said by future generations that indifference, cynicism or selfishness made us fail to live up to the ideals of humanism which the Nobel Peace Prize encapsulates. Let the strivings of us all, prove Martin Luther King Jr. to have been correct, when he said that humanity can no longer be tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war. – Nelson Mandela

Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists. And the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin. And that’s despicable. – Colin Powell

Let me just say that to imagine racism does not exist is imagination. And to imagine that it does not create its own set of problems is true imagination. So let’s not imagine that racism is gone, extinguished, because it’s not. We are seeing this in the top levels of the political arena, and we are seeing it very, very plainly. – Phylicia Rashad

Let me offer you, metaphorically, two magic wands that have sweeping powers to change society. With one wand you could wipe out all racism and discrimination from the hearts and minds of white America. The other wand you could wave across the ghettoes and barrios of America and infuse the inhabitants with Japanese or Jewish values, respect for learning, and ambition. … I suggest that the best wand for society and for those who live in the ghettoes and barrios would be the second wand. – Richard Lamm

Let no man be the master of your soul by making you hate another man that you don’t know. – Henry Johnson Jr

Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away, and that in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty. – Martin Luther King

Let us be reminded that before there is a final solution, there must be a first solution, a second one, even a third. The move toward a final solution is not a jump. It takes one step, then another, then another, – Toni Morrison

Let us forget such words, and all they mean, as Hatred, Bitterness and Rancor, Greed, Intolerance, Bigotry. Let us renew our faith and pledge to Man, his right to be Himself, and free. – Edna St. Vincent Millay

Let’s face it: there’s still a certain amount of racism in human beings, so that shows up in Hollywood. – James Gunn

Let’s make justice a process, not an afterthought. – Simon Tam

Let’s make progress justice a process, not an afterthought. – Simon S. Tam

Let’s be very honest about what this is about. It’s not about bashing Democrats, it’s not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston tea party was about, they don’t know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. – Janeane Garofalo

Let’s practice motivation and love, not discrimination and hate. – Zendaya

Liberal Christianity, of course, has enemies, but they are everyone’s enemies – sexism, racism, homophobia. But liberal versions of Christianity, which can be both theologically and politically conservative, assume that what it means to be Christian qua Christian is to have no enemies peculiar to being Christian. – Stanley Hauerwas

Liberals instinctively cling to racism or bigotry or hate or narrow-mindedness whenever they can. – Mike Gallagher

Liberals see racism where it doesn’t exist, fabricate it when they can’t find it and ignore it within their own ranks. – Michelle Malkin

Libertarians are incapable of being a racist, because racism is a collectivist idea. – Ron Paul

Liberty is no less a blessing because oppression has so long darkened the mind that it can not appreciate it. – Lucretia Mott

Life has only one color that matters – humanity has only one character that matters – world has only one religion that matters – and that color, that character, that religion is love. All colors, characters and religions can exist either as reflections of love, or not at all. – Abhijit Naskar

Like Hipster Racism, Hipster Sexism is a distancing gesture, a belief that, simply by applying quotations, uncool, questionable, and even offensive material about women can be alchemically transformed. – Alissa Quart

Like my father, I believe that nonviolence is the antidote to what he called ‘the triple evils of racism, poverty and militarism.’ These three evils were consuming our hopes for community in 1964, and, fifty years later, we remain divided because of their festering effects. – Bernice King

Like the Nazis, the cadres of jihad have a death wish that sets the seal on their nihilism. The goal of a world run by an oligarchy in possession of Teutonic genes, who may kill or enslave other ‘races’ according to need, is not more unrealizable than the idea that a single state, let alone the globe itself, could be governed according to the dictates of an allegedly holy book. This mad scheme begins by denying itself the talents (and the rights) of half the population, views with superstitious horror the charging of interest, and invokes the right of Muslims to subject nonbelievers to special taxes and confiscations. Not even Afghanistan or Somalia, scenes of the furthest advances yet made by pro-caliphate forces, could be governed for long in this way without setting new standards for beggary and decline. – Christopher Hitchens

Living under the perpetual and pervasive threat of racism seems, for black men and black women, to quite literally reduce lifespans. – Clint Smith

Look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Look, people need to conform the external reality they face daily with this subjective feeling they likewise experience constantly. To do this they have two options. First, they can achieve what passes for great things. Now the external reality matches their feeling; they really are better than the rest and maybe they’ll even be remembered as such. These are the ambitious people, the overachievers. These are also, however, the people who go on these abominable talk shows where they can trade their psychoses for exposure on that box, modernity’s ultimate achievement. Not that this tact, being ambitious, is not the preferred course of action. The reason is it’s the equivalent of sticking your neck out which we all know is dangerous. Instead many act like they have no ambition whatsoever. Their necks come back in and they’re safe. Only problem is now they’re at everyone else’s level, which we’ve seen is untenable. The remedy of course is that everyone else needs to be sunk. This helps explain racism’s enduring popularity. If I myself don’t appear to be markedly superior to everyone else at least I’m part of the better race, country, religion et cetera. This in turn reflects well on my individual worth. There are other options, of course. For example, you can constantly bemoan others’ lack of moral worth by extension elevating yourself. Think of the average person’s reaction to our clients. Do these people strike you as so truly righteous that they are viscerally pained by our clients’ misdeeds or are they similarly flawed people looking for anything to hang their hat on? The latter obviously, they’re vermin. – Sergio De La Pava

Looking out the window, Moist saw a small swarm of goblins leave the train and at first he thought, ha! Trust the buggers to run away, and then he mentally corrected himself: that was storybook thinking and with clearer eyesight and a bit of understanding he realized that the goblins were scrambling up to the delvers on the rocks and beating the shit out of them by diving into the multiple layers of dwarf clothing. The delvers discovered all too rapidly that trying to fight while a busy goblin was in your underwear was very bad for the concentration. – Terry Pratchett

Looks like somebody’s got jungle fever.’ ‘That’s not even the right kind of racist. – Rainbow Rowell

Love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. – Nelson Mandela

Love is an awfully personal thing for most of us, so why isn’t hate? – Ashly Lorenzana

Lukewarm acceptance is more bewildering than outright rejection. – Martin Luther King

Madeleine L’Engle’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ has been targeted by censors for promoting New Ageism, and Mark Twain’s ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ for promoting racism. Gee, where does that leave the kids? – Judy Blume

Mainstream Canadians, what some might call the dominant culture, like to think this racism doesn’t happen. It’s important to remind people that it does and that we have work to do to end it. – Don Iveson

Mainstream dictionary definitions reduce racism to racial prejudice and the personal actions that result. But this definition does little to explain how racial hierarchies are consistently reproduced. – Robin DiAngelo

Make racism wrong again. – Oliver Markus Malloy

Making space to deal with the psychological toll of racism is absolutely necessary. – Jenna Wortham

Malcolm Fraser, in the marrow of his bones, despised racism. He despised people who discriminated against other people because they were different and in particular because of the colour of their skin, and I don’t think there has been a time in Australian politics where there has been more attention to the importance of that value. – George Brandis

Malcolm X finally became the person he was meant and raised to be. He fought against the forces of racism to return to that. Malcolm wanted to inspire other people to find their own strength. – Kekla Magoon

Man is the bridge of good as much as evil. He hurts and he loves. He divides and he unites. He destroys and he rebuilds. He kills and he saves lives. Yet, he denies or pretends that he does not know the other side of him. He only knows of himself as the protagonist, the righteous, and the honorable one. Others, who do not belong to his fold, are the villains, the devils, and the low-life beings. Ironically, the less he knows of his other self the more he becomes what he derides and denigrates. He is the tragic paradox of what he claims to be despite the evidence of his action that proves otherwise. (Danny Castillones Sillada, Man: The Paragon of All Paradoxes) – Danny Castillones Sillada

Man kept control over the machines he created, I wish God would have done the same with the man he created. – Amit Kalantri

Mandy Sutter’s ‘Bush Meat’ triumphs in its lean prose and true dialogue, in its disarming humour, in its evocation of a family divided by sexism and racism in 1960s Nigeria. – Rory MacLean

Manufacturers use names like ‘Apache’ and ‘Cherokee’ to conjure up images of the wild freebooting warrior. (Would you fly an Aborigine into battle? Drive a Swede across the desert?) In the same vein, there are still sports teams called ‘the Braves’ and ‘the Redskins’ – roughly the equivalent, as several Native Americans have pointed out, of calling a team ‘the Buck Niggers’ or ‘the Jewboys’. – James Wilson

Many European countries are fascinated with minorities from the United States. They still see this country as a world power and they covet that power…I was approached by a professor once at the Sorbonne in Paris and asked about racism in this country, and when I reflected on racism on the streets of Paris – you know, I’d be considered an Arab there -well, she didn’t want to address that…It just goes to show it was easier for Europeans to study racism in the United States than it is from within the belly of the beast. – Ana Castillo

Many governments have been founded upon the principle of the subordination and serfdom of certain classes of the same race; such were and are in violation of the laws of nature. Our system commits no such violation of nature’s laws. With us, all of the white race, however high or low, rich or poor, are equal in the eye of the law. Not so with the negro. Subordination is his place. He, by nature, or by the curse against Canaan, is fitted for that condition which he occupies in our system. The architect, in the construction of buildings, lays the foundation with the proper material-the granite; then comes the brick or the marble. The substratum of our society is made of the material fitted by nature for it, and by experience we know that it is best, not only for the superior, but for the inferior race, that it should be so. It is, indeed, in conformity with the ordinance of the Creator. It is not for us to inquire into the wisdom of His ordinances, or to question them. – Alexander H. Stephens

Many humans make the mistake of fighting for race when it’s the species driving our genes. And there is only one weapon to fight for species: the brain. – Anthony Marais

Many members of that early band of twentieth-century pilgrims must have yearned for the honesty of Southern landscapes where even if they were the targets of hate mongers who wanted them dead, they were at least credited with being alive. Northern whites with their public smiles of liberal acceptance and their private behavior of utter rejection wearied and angered the immigrants. – Maya Angelou

Many of them who belong to these countries that were former colonial powers have racist attitudes, but their racist attitude is never displayed to the degree that the America’s attitude of racism is displayed. Never. – Malcolm X

Many of us actively working to interrupt racism continually hear complaints about the ‘gotcha’ culture of white anti-racism. There is a stereotype that we are looking for every incident we can find so we can spring out, point our fingers, and shout, ‘You’re a racist!’ – Robin DiAngelo

Many of us believed that Black Lives Matter would move this country to not only reckon with white racism but to usher in new laws and practices that would curb vigilantism and law enforcement violence. But, instead, white nationalism was nurtured and began to take root among the American people. – Patrisse Cullors

Many of us persons of the tinted persuasion care about human rights and artistic freedom too. – Salman Rushdie

Many people in this country who want to see us the minority, and who don’t want to see us taking too militant or too uncompromising a stand, are absolutely against the successful regrouping or organising of any faction in this country whose thought and whose thinking pattern is international rather than national… There’s a world wide revolution going on, it goes beyond Mississippi, it goes beyond Alabama, it goes beyond Harlem. What is it revolting against? The power structure. The American power structure? No. The French power structure? No. The English power structure? No. Then, what power structure? An international Western power structure. – Malcolm X

Many races as well as cultural influences of men of all kinds have mixed into any man. To select, for approbation the peculiar elements that come from some supposedly Jewish heredity is to open the door to all kinds of nonsense on racial theory. – Richard Feynman

Many social justice activists–many feminists–continue to work against one form of oppression while feeding the flames of another, without noticing that the blow torch behind the flames must be tuned off before we can have any hope of putting out the resultant fires. – Lisa Kemmerer

Many think, because your skins are tinged with a sable hue, that you are an inferior race of beings; but God does not consider you as such. … he hath made all men free and equal. Then why should one worm say to another, ‘Keep you down there, while I sit up yonder; for I am better than thou? – Maria W. Stewart

Many voted in 2008 with the desire to see racism and racists humiliated by having a qualified black man elected president. – Douglas Wilder

Many white people experience themselves as powerless, even in the face of privilege. But the fact is that we all have a sphere of influence, some domain in which we exercise some level of power and control. The task for each of us, White and of color, is to identify what our own sphere of influence is (however large or small) and to consider how it might be used to interrupt the cycle of racism. – Beverly Daniel Tatum

Many, including my late grandfather, fled the mother country because of economic hardship from the Opium Wars. England coerced China into accepting the black tar in payment for tea and cracked China open like a ginkgo nut. Old injuries still itch. – Stacey Lee, Outrun the Moon

Marie felt a sudden urge to smash the glass, break down the door, pull down the building. She wanted to tear apart the world. Mather would have never treated a white student that badly, nor would he have shut the door in the face of a man. At that moment, she wanted Dr. Mather to disappear. She wanted every white man to disappear. She wanted to burn them all down to ash and feast on their smoke. Hateful, powerful thoughts. She wondered what those hateful, powerful thoughts could create. – Sherman Alexie

Mark, trying his best to distance himself from the cruel and pathetic 21st century, hadn’t listened to the news reports, not even when the dark green jeeps and helicopters showed up in town, men dressed in identical uniforms, just like in school, always standing with stony faces, setting up shelters and warning signals and food storage boxes. And as the public service announcements and racist propaganda bloomed onto the screens in every classroom, Mark’s only observation was that the United States still had such a long way to go. When times were dire, they resorted to using inaccurate stereotypes and ignorance as a weapon, with an impressionable society always willing to believe without further question. – Rebecca McNutt

Martin Luther King wanted to be morally consistent and speak out against various things that were wrong, not just racism. – Cornel West

Martin Luther King was talking about racism, war and poverty. I think we have made progress enormous progress in racism and war, but we have made little or no progress in poverty. And it’s because the economy has gotten more and more complex as we have globalized. – Andrew Young

Mass incarceration is a policy that’s kind of built up over the last four decades and it’s destroyed families and communities, and something we need to change. And it’s fallen disproportionally on black and brown communities, especially black communities, and it’s kind of a manifestation of structural racism. – John Legend

May I say just a word to those of you who are struggling against this evil. Always be sure that you struggle with Christian methods and Christian weapons. Never succumb to the temptation of becoming bitter. As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. Let no man pull you so low as to hate him – Martin Luther King Jr.

Maybe it’s time to just scrap the word ‘racist.’ Find something new. Like Racial Disorder Syndrome. And we could have different categories for sufferers of this syndrome: mild, medium, and acute. – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Maybe Pope Francis will say something on his visit to the US, maybe he’ll rebuke Donald Trump and anti-immigrant racism and demagoguery beautifully, in a way that illuminates hearts and makes people begin to turn away. That would be miracle enough for me. – Francisco Goldman

Maybe that’s one of the virtues of the 2016 election that we’re going through is all of this racism and xenophobia and sexism and whatever else you want to say is being exposed, maybe that’s a blessing. I’m trying to look at the positive side of what’s been happening in our country, which is frightening. – Annette Bening

Media are focused on comments Michael Jordan made about race which appear in my book. He made those comments years ago, talking of his youth. – Roland Lazenby

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. – Joseph Fort Newton

Men du måste lära dig att utan rättvisa för alla människor i Sverige kan du inte ha fred. Därför måste ni i Sverige bekämpa och slåss mot rasismen. Bevara Sverige blandat för en fredlig framtid för barnen. – Don Mattera

Mena wondered if her grandmother, the djinn, had ever thought of reshaping the world so it was more amenable to her. A world of hot wind and bursting stars, where women walked strong and brown and proud over land that sang to their bones, where the fires that burned in their veins were lights in the firmament and not threats to be smothered into nothingness at all costs. – J.Y. Yang

Michael Derrick Hudson is not the first person to slip into the identity of a person of color to give himself some perceived advantage. He can slip back into his life and not walk around in this world as a person of color who endures racism. – Jenny Zhang

Millions of people of color still experience racism daily. – William J. Clinton

Millions of tears have fallen for black sons, brothers, lovers, and friends whose assailants took or maimed their lives and then simply went on their way. – Aberjhani

Misogyny – and racism – are ‘hidden in plain sight,’ and the burden of eliminating them should fall on the institutions, not the victims. – Nell Scovell

Mom says crap like that comes from people who’ve accomplished so little in life that they feel the need to lift themselves above someone, anyone. So they pick skin color or religion or sexual orientation and say, ‘Well, I might not be much, but at least I’m not a…’ I’d look at those guys, and see the truth of her words. – Kelley Armstrong

Mom talks about moving to Canada as though my father had requested she start wearing fun hats. ‘Why not try it?’ she thought, instead of ‘This fucking lunatic wants me to go to a country made of ice and casual racism’. – Scaachi Koul

Money is the root of all evil. Yeah, money is the root. It’s not racism and “this-ism” and “that-ism”; it’s our thirst and hunger for money. And that’s where all the bodies are buried. – Ice Cube

Monocultural society nurtures a subconscious racist – Sunday Adelaja

More people are aware of the consequences of hatred. People are aware. Therefore more people are engaged in fighting … racism and so forth. – Elie Wiesel

More than 2 million people found themselves behind bars at the turn of the twenty-first century, and millions more were relegated to the margins of mainstream society, banished to a political and social space not unlike Jim Crow, where discrimination in employment, housing, and access to education was perfectly legal, and where they could be denied the right to vote. The system functioned relatively automatically, and the prevailing system of racial meanings, identities, and ideologies already seemed natural. Ninety percent of those admitted to prison for drug offenses in many states were black or Latino, yet the mass incarceration of communities of color was explained in race-neutral terms, an adaptation to the needs and demands of the current political climate. – Michelle Alexander

More whites believe in ghosts than believe in racism. – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Morrison read a news clipping about Margaret Garner while doing research for another book, and she decided to try to imagine what caused a woman to commit infanticide. What does it mean to be a mother to children who literally belong to another person?… What she created was a novel in the tradition of ghost stories, but in which the ghost represents more than just a person returning from the afterlife. The spirit also stands for the estimated sixty million people who died in the so-called land of the free during the time of enslavement. – Lisa Kröger, Monster

Most Black lesbians were closeted, correctly recognizing the Black community’s lack of interest in our position, as well as the many more immediate threats to our survival as Black people in a racist society. It was hard enough to be Black, to be Black and female, to be Black and female, and gay. To be Black, female, gay, and out of the closet in a white environment, even to the extent of dancing in the Bagatelle, was considered by many Black lesbians to be simply suicidal. – Audre Lorde

Most Christian ‘believers’ tend to echo the cultural prejudices and worldviews of the dominant group in their country, with only a minority revealing any real transformation of attitudes or consciousness. It has been true of slavery and racism, classism and consumerism and issues of immigration and health care for the poor. – Richard Rohr

Most educated White people, by virtue of their interaction with consumer electronics built by slaves, demonstrated that they didn’t believe in inclusion or fairness or justice. Fifty years ago, they had been ignorant in their unexamined racism and now they were ignorant in their unexamined anti-racism. They could switch back at any time. Expressing concern about racism was a new religion and focusing on language rather than political mechanics was an effortless, and meaningless, way of making sure one was seen in a front-row pew of the new church. They prayed not from any hard-earned process of thought or genuine faith but because failing to bow and scrap before the shibboleths of the moneyed political Left might hurt their job prospects. And poor job prospects meant less money to buy consumer electronics built by slaves. – Jarett Kobek

Most liberal-minded folk would like to think that since they are not hostile to people of a different race, racism is a disease of the uneducated, unenlightened and socially backward – football hooligans, British National Party supporters, policemen. You could call this the Bad Guy Theory. But the Bad Guy Theory does not explain why Indian-heritage children do nearly twice as well as Pakistani-heritage children at GCSE. – Trevor Phillips

Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal. – Dr. Benjamin Spock

Most Nazis, KKK members, MAGA minions, and other deplorable racists don’t even know they’re racists, because they don’t know that the malicious lies they believe about other races aren’t actually true. – Oliver Markus Malloy

Most of the White people I talk to either have not thought about their race and so don’t feel anything, or have thought about it and felt guilt and shame. These feelings of guilty and shame are part of the hidden costs of racism. – Beverly Daniel Tatum

Most people are not naturally reflective any more than they are naturally malicious, and the white man prefers to keep the black man at a certain human remove because it is easier for him thus to preserve his simplicity and avoid being called to account for crimes committed by his forefathers, or his neighbors. – James Baldwin

Most people can’t tell if I’m European, Asian, African or American. Isn’t it good to know my ancestors weren’t racist motherfuckers? – Daniel Marques

Most people divorce because one in the couple falls in love with someone else: it’s a common cause of divorce. I still think that it’s tinted – this is my opinion – with a veil of racism and American puritanism. – Isabella Rossellini

Most people will agree that they would like if they were treated by other people based on what they have concretely done in their life, not what other people have done, with their lives. Focusing on being a person instead of an Asian or an anything seems to promote a worldview that encourages people to treat others based on what each person has specifically done in their life, which seems like it would reduce such things as war, racism, unfairness, “hate crimes”. – Tao Lin

Most sociopolitical hierarchies lack a logical or biological basis – they are nothing but the perpetuation of chance events supported by myths. – Yuval Noah Harari

Most talk by whites about equal opportunity seems to me now to be about equal opportunity to try to get into a position of dominance while denying that systems of dominance exist. – Peggy McIntosh

Most white Americans were willing to sacrifice civil liberties in the name of national security as long as they were the civil liberties of someone else. – Neil Nakadate

Motherfuckers will read a book that’s one third Elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and they [white people] think we’re taking over. – Junot Díaz

Mozart, Pascal, Boolean algebra, Shakespeare, parliamentary government, baroque churches, Newton, the emancipation of women, Kant, Balanchine ballets, et al. don’t redeem what this particular civilization has wrought upon the world. The white race is the cancer of human history. – Susan Sontag

Mr Jellyband was indeed a typical rural John Bull of those days — the days when our prejudiced insularity was at its height, when to an Englishman, be he lord, yeoman, or peasant, the whole of the continent of Europe was a den of immorality and the rest of the world an unexploited land of savages and cannibals. – Baroness Orczy

Mr. Douglass talks about the wrongs of the negro; but with all the outrages that he to-day suffers, he would not exchange his sex and take the place of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. – Susan B. Anthony

Much ink has been dedicated to determining Charles Darwin’s role in ‘scientific racism.’ The only way to empirically and scientifically determine his role is to organize the events as a timeline, and thus placing them into context of historical events. Political analysis without historical context is all sail and no rudder. In America we are constantly made aware that both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on the same day, in the same year, February 12, 1809. Adrian Desmond and James Moore famous 2009 book, ‘Darwin’s Sacred Cause,’ leverages this factoid in an effort to place Charles Darwin at par with Abraham Lincoln in the abolition of slavery. This fraudulently steals away credit from Abraham Lincoln, who took a bullet to the head for the cause, and transfers it by inference to an aristocrat whom remained in his plush abode throughout the conflict and never lifted a finger for the cause. – A.E. Samaan

Music can be a very effective weapon in the war against racism. – Wayne Gerard Trotman

Music documentaries are hard to tell, but I think they’re an amazing vehicle to look at racism, our attitude to sex, the way we judge drugs. There’s the ability to get a big audience because of these incredible, iconic, charismatic people. You can look at a number of issues – the challenge is to make sure you choose something that has all those issues. Popular music is like a mirror of culture, of who we are. – Nick Broomfield

My belief system is that you laugh at racism, and that’s how it goes away. – Sung Kang

My body knew things my mouth and my mind couldn’t, or maybe wouldn’t, express. It knew that all over my neighborhood, boys were trained to harm girls in ways girls could never harm boys, straight kids were trained to harm queer kids in ways queer kids could never harm straight kids, men were trained to harm women in ways women could never harm men, parents were trained to harm children in ways children would never harm parents, babysitters were trained to harm kids in ways kids could never harm babysitters. My body knew white folk were trained to harm us in ways we could never harm them. – Kiese Laymon

My brother and sister had a much worse childhood, I think, because they were older, and they had to deal with a lot more racism because they grew up in the ’70s and I grew up more in the ’80s. So they had to deal with crosses being burned on their lawn and their dogs being poisoned. – Mariah Carey

My dad prepared me for the worst of times while also enabling me to succeed in the best. He taught me to confront the insidiousness of racism head on, no matter what the ramification, so it will not fester. Defeat it and get past it. That was The Talk. Nothing scared me after that. – Wendell Pierce

My dad worked two jobs and moved us to the suburbs, and just being a black person, I went through a lot of racism and being called names and being bullied every single day. And it was hard. I didn’t have any friends. – Sherri Shepherd

My definition of good is that you understand that this is a question of power. That you be willing to give up some power. That you be willing to give up some resources. That you be willing to pay Black people reparations for our years and years of service in this country. That you be willing to go home and tell your white mother and father about white racism and how it affects and kills Black people in our communities. That’s my definition of good white people, and I haven’t met any like that. – Sister Souljah

My dream was I was going to be an actor. Racism occurred to me. It dawned on me that I would not be an actor. It occurred to me that I was not white. It occurred to me that being what they call colored, being a Negro, was some kind of a disadvantage. – Ruby Dee

My encounters with racism are sort of second-hand situations where I might be standing around with a group of white friends and someone makes a comment that they wouldn’t make at my family reunion. – Wentworth Miller

My generation of Americans was the first to really care about racism and sexism, not to mention the I Ching, plus, of course, the Earth.J. – O’Rourke

My generation’s apathy. I’m disgusted with it. I’m disgusted with my own apathy too, for being spineless and not always standing up against racism, sexism and all those other -isms the counterculture has been whining about for years. – Kurt Cobain

My goal has always been to muster the courage to think critically for myself, even if that means going against the grain. For me, arguing with a racist and exposing the flaws in their argument is about gaining a better understanding of views that offend you; it’s about improving your ability to argue and defend your opinion. – Zachary R. Wood

My grandmother though, began to prepare in her own neurotic – and I think psychotic – way to face racism. So she taught us to be racist, which is something I had to undo later when I got to Michigan, you know. – James Earl Jones

My heart isn’t big enough to care for the oppressors. – Darnell Lamont Walker

My humaness doesn’t insulate me from racism or sexism. – Gabrielle Union

My kids speak of both subtle slights and blatant racism. It’s a narrative I never imagined for them. – Jacqueline Woodson

My message is really that racism has no place in the hearts and minds of our children. – Ruby Bridges

My mom experienced racism. She was harassed by the KKK several times. And I experienced racism myself, growing up. In New Jersey, we had trash thrown on our lawn every day. And we had the lines to our Christmas lights cut three years in a row. We just stopped putting up Christmas lights after that. That’s probably why I still don’t put up any lights during the holidays. – Aldis Hodge

My mom raised me as if there were no limitations on where I could go or what I could do. When I look back I realize she raised me like a white kid – not white culturally, but in the sense of believing that the world was my oyster, that I should speak up for myself, that my ideas and thoughts and decisions mattered. – Trevor Noah

My mother and father taught me about black excellence and dynasty. They experienced racism personally, and when something like that happens to you and not around you, you develop a different perception than someone who has never experienced racism a day in their lives. – Lizzo

My mother calls it ‘the black tax.’ Because the generations who came before you have been pillaged, rather than being free to use your skills and education to move forward, you lose everything just trying to bring everyone behind you back up from zero. – Trevor Noah

My mother is an African-American from the South Side of Chicago who married a white guy in 1978. She was hyper aware of racism and made me aware of that. – Hannah Bronfman

My name had lost its ring of familiarity and I had to be nudged to go and receive my diploma. – Maya Angelou

My passport just identifies me; my behavior shows my real identity. – Rodolfo Peon

My point is you can fight racism and sexism and homophobia more effectively if you’re doing it from the position that you’re standing for the dignity of all people, and that you’re actually standing for the underdog in the red states and the blue states. I think it’s more effective when you’re anti-racism and anti-sexism and anti-homophobia and that is the centerpiece for a project to uplift all humanity, and frankly to defend and uplift the children of all species. – Van Jones

My race is not a better race, it is simply a different race. – Donald L. Hicks

My religion is the best – my nation is the best – my language is the best – my skin color is the best – and so on. One may feel proud saying all these things, but that very pride ends up becoming the cause of all interhuman conflicts in the human society. – Abhijit Naskar

My values – going back to my childhood – were always based on respect for all people and rejection of bigotry and racism. – Keith Ellison

My whiteness, economic privilege, able-bodied privilege, family support, and so many other factors shield me from some of the worst possible consequences – often fatal ones – that result from the toxic combination of misogyny, racism, and anti-trans sentiment. – Sarah McBride

n sum, let us enter a plea for clinical clinicians who can distinguish unconscious depression from conscious despair, paranoia from adaptive wariness, and who can tell the difference between a sick man and a sick nation. – William H. Grier

Narratives of racial exceptionality obscure the reality of ongoing institutional white control while reinforcing the ideologies of individualism and meritocracy. They also do whites a disservice by obscuring the white allies who, behind the scenes, worked hard and long to open the field to African American players. These allies could serve as much-needed role models for other whites (although we also need to acknowledge that in the case of the desegregation of baseball, there was an economic incentive for these allies). – Robin DiAngelo

Nationalism, tribalism & patriotism are the playthings of the ignorant and abhorrent. – R.Patient

Needless to say, there are people who hate Arabs, Somalis, and other immigrants from predominantly Muslim societies for racist reasons. But if you can’t distinguish that sort of blind bigotry from a hatred and concern for dangerous, divisive, and irrational ideas—like a belief in martyrdom, or a notion of male ‘honor’ that entails the virtual enslavement of women and girls—you are doing real harm to our public conversation. Everything I have ever said about Islam refers to the content and consequences of its doctrine. And, again, I have always emphasized that its primary victims are innocent Muslims—especially women and girls. – Sam Harris

Negro poverty is not white poverty. Many of its causes and many of its cures are the same. But there are differences – deep, corrosive, obstinate differences – radiating painful roots into the community and into the family, and the nature of the individual. These differences are not racial differences. They are solely and simply the consequence of ancient brutality, past injustice, and present prejudice. – Lyndon B. Johnson

Negro servants have been smuggling odds and ends out of white homes for generations, and white people have been delighted to have them do it, because it has assuaged a dim guilt and testified to the intrinsic superiority of white people. – James A. Baldwin

Negroes were constantly being arrested in the city, for crimes they committed and for crimes they did not, for rudeness or talking back or looking at a white woman, for being in the wrong neighborhood or being suspected of being in the vicinity of the wrong neighborhood. Upon conviction, many of these men were, in the words of one historian, ‘literally sold to the highest bidders.’ Convicts were much in demand as workers, and the state, not the convict, got the wage. – Stephen L. Carter

Never be content to sit back and watch as others’ rights are trampled upon. Your rights could be next. – DaShanne Stokes

Never forget that we were enslaved in this country longer than we have been free. Never forget that for 250 years black people were born into chains — whole generations followed by more generations who knew nothing but chains. . . . The enslaved were not bricks in your road, and their lives were not chapters in your redemptive history. They were people turned to fuel for the American machine. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Never judge someone’s character based on the words of another. Instead, study the motives behind the words of the person casting the bad judgment. – Suzy Kassem

Never mind that she’s been hearing this soliloquy from strangers since she was born, in the Year of the Fire Horse, twin sixes after the nineteen. Never mind the order of questions invariably changes even if the questions themselves do not: ‘How long have y’all lived here? Do you even speak English? Oh, well. Your English is so good. Bless your heart, you must miss your people. You stick out like a raisin in a big bowl of oatmeal. Is it true that you worship cows? . . . Have you even heard of the Bible? Don’t get all uppity on me, don’t turn away. I know you think you don’t have to listen. But this is my country. You do. When are y’all heading back? Y’all best be getting back to where you came from, you hear? No need to overstay your welcome. – Devi S. Laskar

Never trust anyone who says they do not see color. This means to them, you are invisible. – Nayyirah Waheed

New York City is a tinderbox. The Sons of the Serpent – a white supremacist group with a twisted history, deep pockets, and long reach – declared it a combat zone. As they have many times before, they’re unashamedly ginning bigotry and hatred into violence and bloodshed. But this time, they’ve gotten smart about it. Instead of parading through the streets in hoods and robes… they’ve gone undercover. Dozens upon dozens of them, hiding inside the New York justice system so they can control the law. Control the people. And as God is my witness, I will drive them out and strike them down… no matter what the cost. – Mark Waid

News footage came on the TV during dinner of bloody bodies coming back from battle in Vietnam, or the race riots in the South, people getting hosed in Selma, Alabama, or the Biafra war, where I got my name. In my household, it was explained and discussed with the children, as a way of educating us from when we first started grade school why racism and war were wrong, what this all really means. – Jello Biafra

Nigeria has divided itself into PDP and APC. The PDP is to go on making mistakes while APC is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. – Saminu Kanti

Night, the subduer, finds the vessel to unveil long-forgotten truths ~ ‘Wandering The Earth – Mala Naidoo

No American is UnAmerican. – Abhijit Naskar

No amount of outer technology, no amount of computers and biotechnology and nanotechnology is going to stop the continuation of warfare and racism and environmental destruction. What’s called for on the Earth at this time is really a change of heart … the question is really not the future of humanity, but the presence of eternity. – Jack Kornfield

No case of libel by a negro against a white would even reach a southern court. – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

No child is born filled with hate. No child is born crippled by fear. No child is born inflamed by rage. Each life is a chance to make things better. Each generation has a chance to do things better. This is our time, our turn, our chance. Let’s do better. – L.R. Knost

No God, Religion, Race or Nation is higher than the humans. – Abhijit Naskar, Principia Humanitas

No group wants to be known locally or widely as the group that is thoughtlessly, carelessly or intentionally unwelcoming to people of color. – Kevin A. Patterson

No human being would wish to trade places with nonhuman animals in factory farms or laboratories. . . . The legal status of women and nonwhite racialized minorities has improved markedly in the past fifty years; matters have grown considerably worse for nonhuman animals. – Lisa Kemmerer

No human is responsible for a wrong deed. The fault lies in the entire society, because underneath this wrong deed there are other wrong deeds against the human that did the wrong deed. If the society was fair, no wrong at all would have occurred. – Maria Karvouni

No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them – Elie Wiesel

No man will ever be whole and dignified and free except in the knowledge that the men around him are whole and dignified and free, and that the world itself is free of contempt and misuse. – Wendell Berry

No matter what I suffered in my pursuit of freedom, I always took strength from the fact that I was fighting with and for my own people. Bram was a free man who fought against his own people to ensure the freedom of others. – Nelson Mandela

No matter what vision one has of South Africa, the first thing that must be done is to destroy racism. – Joe Slovo

No one ever said you’ve got to prepare to be hated. You’ve got to prepare for the yelling and the anger. You have got to prepare how to survive being the guilty one, even in innocence. – Tiffany McDaniel

No one is an outside observer of nature, we’re defined by our environment and our interaction with that environment — by our ecology. And that ecology is necessarily relative, historical and empirical. – Beau Lotto

No one needs to be reminded of racism in soccer: the xenophobia, the nativism and, yes, nationalism. – Rabih Alameddine

No one then considered the privilege implied in the fact that white literature was the core curriculum and black literature was the elective. And with no people of color in the student body, it was as if we were studying an ancient civilization with no connection to our lives. – JoeAnn Hart

No other creative field is as closed to those who are not white and male as is the visual arts. After I decided to be an artist, the first thing that I had to believe was that I, a black woman, could penetrate the art scene, and that, further, I could do so without sacrificing one iota of my blackness or my femaleness or my humanity. – Faith Ringgold

No truth, no equality. No equality, no justice. No justice, no peace. No peace, no love. No love, only darkness. – Suzy Kassem

No white American ever thinks that any other race is wholly civilized until he wears the white man’s clothes, eats the white man’s food, speaks the white man’s language, and professes the white man’s religion. – Booker T. Washington

No, I do not weep at the world – I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife. – Zora Neale Hurston

No, there is plenty wrong with Negroes. They have no society. They’re robots, automatons. No minds of their own. I hate to say that about us, but it’s the truth. They are a black body with a white brain. – Malcolm X

Nobody loves the head of a dandelion. Maybe because they are so many, strong, and soon. – Toni Morrison

Non Violence and Religion: Both designed to keep the oppressed from murdering their oppressors. – Darnell Lamont Walker

Nonviolence is an inherently privileged position in the modern context. Besides the fact that the typical pacifist is quite clearly white and middle class, pacifism as an ideology comes from a privileged context. It ignores that violence is already here; that violence is an unavoidable, structurally integral part of the current social hierarchy; and that it is people of color who are most affected by that violence. Pacifism assumes that white people who grew up in the suburbs with all their basic needs met can counsel oppressed people, many of whom are people of color, to suffer patiently under an inconceivably greater violence, until such time as the Great White Father is swayed by the movement’s demands or the pacifists achieve that legendary critical mass. – Peter Gelderloos

Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. – Martin Luther King Jr.,

Nor will arguments be of any use against a fascist who is narcissistically convinced of the supreme superiority of his Teutonism, if only because he operates with irrational feelings and not with arguments. Hence, it would be hopeless to try to prove to a fascist that black people and Italians are not racially ‘inferior’ to the Teutons. He feels himself to be ‘superior,’ and that’s the end of it. The race theory can be refuted only by exposing its irrational functions, of which there are essentially two: that of giving expression to certain unconscious and emotional currents prevalent in the nationalistically disposed man and of concealing certain psychic tendencies. – Wilhelm Reich

Norwegian racism is always a kind of racism that is not prepared to accept it being qualified as such. Because we’re the good guys, and racism is what bad people do. – Michael Booth

Not all police are bad. Not all black people are criminals, not all white people are racist. – Anonymous

Not all ‘whites’ are racists. Not all racists are ‘white. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Not being a racist is definitely not enough. You have to always stand up and speak against it; whether it’s coming from your siblings, parents, relatives or friends. Keeping quiet about racism makes you a part of the problem. – Edmond Mbiaka

Not every alt-right thinker or activist is a white nationalist, by far, but there’s a sense that political correctness is a bigger problem than racism, and that racism is used as a cudgel for silencing. – David Weigel

Not long ago, having expressed some disagreements in print with an old comrade of long standing, I was sent a response that he had published in an obscure newspaper. This riposte referred to my opinions as ‘racist.’ I would obviously scorn to deny such an allegation on my own behalf. I would, rather, prefer to repudiate it on behalf of my former friend. He had known me for many years and cooperated with me on numerous projects, and I am quite confident that he would never have as a collaborator anyone he suspected of racial prejudice. But it does remind me, and not for the first time, that quarrels on the left have a tendency to become miniature treason trials, replete with all kinds of denunciation. There’s a general tendency—not by any means confined to radicals but in some way specially associated with them—to believe that once the lowest motive for a dissenting position has been found, it must in some way be the real one. – Christopher Hitchens

Not only did we survive AIDS, Reaganomics, poverty, racism, gang violence, police brutality, substance abuse – not only did we survive that, we created something endured. And whatever you might think of commercial hip hop now, there’s a lot there to like and there’s a lot there to critique and there’s a lot of things you could say both about. But we created something that endured when we ourselves were not supposed to endure. When we ourselves were not supposed to survive and thrive. So I think that is worthy of respect and preservation and it’s US history. – Sofia Quintero

Not only do we suffer from racism and sexism, but we also suffer from ageism. And that is that once you reach a certain age, you’re not allowed to be adventurous, you’re not allowed to be sexual and I think that’s rather hideous. […] I mean, is there a rule? Are you just supposed to die when you’re 40? – Madonna Ciccone

Not only had he lived where they told him to live, not only had he done what they told him to do, not only had he done these things until he had killed to be quit of them ; but even after obeying, after killing, they still ruled him. He was their property, heart and soul, body and blood ; what they did claimed every atom of him, sleeping and waking… – Richard Wright

Nothing better protects a human being against the stupidity of prejudice, racism, religious or political sectarianism, and exclusivist nationalism than this truth that invariably appears in great literature: that men and women of all nations and places are essentially equal, and only injustice sows among them discrimination, fear, and exploitation. – Mario Vargas Llosa

Nothing is as unique as sex in nature; it is full of enjoyment, pleasure and happiness. There is no discrimination, no exclusion, no inequality and no racism. – M.F. Moonzajer

Now Fonny knows why he is here – why he is where he is; now, he dares to look around him. He is not here for anything he has done. He has always known that, but now he knows it with a difference. At meals, in the showers, up and down the stairs, in the evening, just before everyone is locked in again, he looks at the others, he listens: What have they done? Not much. To do much is to have the power to place these people where they are, and keep them where they are. These captive men are the hidden price for a hidden lie: the righteous must be able to locate the damned. To do much is to have the power and the necessity to dictated to the damned. – James Baldwin Brown

Now I had won the gold medal. But it didn’t mean anything, because I didn’t have the right color skin. – Muhammad Ali

Now is not the time for bigots and racists. No time for sexists and homophobes. Now, more than ever, is the time for ARTISTS. It’s time for us to rise above and to create. To show humanity. To spread hope. We must prevent society from destroying itself, from losing its way. Now is the time for love. – Kamand Kojouri

Now that I have been brought home by carriage and climbed into my bed, my fury has burned out, and I am left cold and tired. Why do we insist on inflicting more suffering on a world that is already fraught with it? It is here that I must part ways with Father’s romantic spirit, for I suspect that it is a curse of nature, some original instinct that we have failed to shed. And I am no better than others, for in the face of it, I would keep quiet and retreat. – Eowyn Ivey

Nowadays, a simple faulty brake light traffic stop, can get a black person killed. It’s better to fix the broken light bulb, then having to face and cooperate with a senseless police officer. – Anthony Liccione

O my brave Almighty Human, with the ever-effulgent flow of courage, conscience and compassion, turn yourself into a vivacious humanizer, and start walking with bold footsteps while eliminating racism, terminating misogyny, destroying homophobia and all other primitiveness that have turned humanity into the most inhuman species on earth. – Abhijit Naskar

Obama a ‘light-skinned’ African-American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one. – Harry Reid

Obama’s a nice person, he’s very articulate this is what’s been used against him, but he couldn’t sell watermelons if it, you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic. – Dan Rather

Oddly, I had never thought of myself as a feminist. I had been denounced by certain radical feminist collectives as a ‘lackey’ for men. That charge was based on my having written and sung two albums of songs that my female accusers claimed elevated and praised men. Resenting that label, I had joined the majority of black women in America in denouncing feminism… . The feminists were right. The value of my life had been obliterated as much by being female as by being black and poor. Racism and sexism in America were equal partners in my oppression. – Elaine Brown

Of all the injuries inflicted by racism on people of colour, the most corrosive is the wound within, the internalized racism that leads some victims, at unspeakable cost to their own sense of self, to embrace the values of their oppressors. – H. Jack Geiger

Of all the problems which will have to be faced in the future, in my opinion, the most difficult will be those concerning the treatment of the inferior races of mankind. – Leonard Darwin

Of course I’ve felt racism. – John David Washington

Of course there’s racism in this country, and we have a terrible history of that in this nation. – Kellyanne Conway

Of course there’s systemic misogyny in certain parts of our culture and systemic racism and a wider range of insults women have to face. – Jon Ronson

Of course, hate speech and racism have no place on Facebook. – Mark Zuckerberg

Often in red states you find racism, and where you find racism, you also find sexism. – Lynda Carter

Often their rage erupts because they believe that all ways of looking that highlight difference subvert the liberal belief in a universal subjectivity (we are all just people) that they think will make racism disappear. They have a deep emotional investment in the myth of sameness even as their actions reflect the primacy of whiteness as a sign informing who they are and how they think. – Bell Hooks

Often white people hear blame whenever the issue of racism is brought up, whether or not blame has been placed on whites. As beneficiaries of racism and white privilege, you sometimes take a defensive posture even when you are not being individually blamed. You may personalize the remarks, not directed personally at you. It is the arrogance of your privilege that drags the focus back to whites. When whites are being blamed or personally accused of racist behavior, this defensiveness and denial further alienate you and may preclude you from examining your possible racist behavior. – Debra Leigh

Oh Maker, what did they really say about your black creation? I think you made a beautiful work of art on a canvass of rebellion. Hey, Maker! We are still selling out! – Chinonye J. Chidolue

Oh, sure, they all went through the motions. For almost two weeks, they paraded out witnesses and experts and walked us through a chain of custody and exhibits A to Z, all of which I guess gave legitimacy to what was already a foregone conclusion. I was guilty. Hell, as far as the police and the prosecutor and the judge and even my own defense attorney were concerned, I was born guilty. Black, poor, without a father most of my life, one of ten children—it was actually pretty amazing I had made it to the age of twenty-nine without a noose around my neck. But justice is a funny thing, and in Alabama, justice isn’t blind. She knows the color of your skin, your education level, and how much money you have in the bank. I may not have had any money, but I had enough education to understand exactly how justice was working in this trial and exactly how it was going to turn out. The good old boys had traded in their white robes for black robes, but it was still a lynching. – Anthony Ray Hinton

Okay. I’m not a white male. At least, not predominantly so. And as I mentioned before, I’m in an environment right now where race is really important. See, Chinese men are not that physically intimidating. We’re not that tall. We’re not that built. We have exactly one thing going for us in a fight — that our opponent recognizes that there’s a possibility, no matter how remote, that we might know kung-fu. – Phillip Andrew Bennett Low

On my more difficult days, I’m not sure what’s more of a pain in my ass — being black or being a woman. I’m happy to be both of these things, but the world keeps intervening. – Roxane Gay

On the field, blacks have been able to be super giants. But, once our playing days are over, this is the end of it and we go back to the back of the bus again. – Hank Aaron

Once value-laden facts become acceptable, then things like ‘racist facts’ become acceptable, too – and then it becomes acceptable to reject any factual statement not because it is false, but because it is ‘racist’. Thus, any Obama-esque ‘national conversation about race’ becomes impossible. – Mike Klepper

One cannot understand how racism functions in the U.S. today if one ignores group power relations. – Robin DiAngelo

One consequence of racism and segregation is that many American whites know little or nothing about the daily lives of African Americans. Black America’s least-understood communities are those poor, hyper-segregated places we once called ghettos. These neighborhoods are not far away, but they might as well be on the moon. – James Forman, Jr.

One day blacks and whites will come together like the keys of a piano, and be as beautiful as the it makes – O. S. Hickman

One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings. – Franklin Thomas

One night, I was out driving with a few friends of mine when the police pulled us over. We were told we fit the description of someone who had committed a robbery or stolen a car, though I don’t really know what kind of description that could have been: three black kids in a Hyundai blasting U2’s Joshua Tree on their way back from Bible study? – Ahmir Questlove Thompson

One of my greatest pleasures there was enjoying the smell of bacon frying and coffee brewing and knowing that white folks were doing the preparing instead of me. There was swimming in the man-made lake, volleyball, square dancing. It was quite enjoyable to be with at Highlander. We forgot what color anybody was. I was forty-two years old, and it was one of the few times in my life up to that point when I did not feel any hostility from white people. – Rosa Parks

One of the best ways you can fight discrimination is by taking good care of yourself. Your survival is not just important; it’s an act of revolution. – DaShanne Stokes

One of the big mistakes they made in Europe is that the circumstances in which you most frequently read or hear the word “race” or “racism” in Europe applies to Muslims. Which is not a race. It is a religion. You can convert to this. You cannot convert your race. I could become a Muslim. I could not become a Chinese person or a black person. So they constantly use that in Europe. – Fran Lebowitz

One of the clearest indications of privilege is the freedom to opt out. – Jamie Arpin-Ricci

One of the founding tenets of racism: a society that will never allow white people to think that because they are white, they won’t succeed. – Jenny Zhang

One of the funny things about the racism of the system, when I started 30 years ago, I’m in an area called Koreatown and most of the kids were Asian. And when the kids did well, people said, “Well, of course, they did well. They’re Asians.” But when we had this huge influx of Latino children from Central America, they said, “Oh, you’re gonna have problems now.” – Rafe Esquith

One of the less dismaying aspects of race relations in the United States is that their improvement is not a matter of a few people having a great deal of courage. It is a matter of a great many people having just a little courage. – Margaret Halsey

One of the more pernicious effects of racism on the psyche is the constant questioning of one’s worth and purpose. – Mychal Denzel Smith

One of the most important misunderstandings for white people to get over to move forward is this idea that racism is a good-bad proposition – that if we’re good we can’t be part of it, that being uncomfortable means you’re a terrible person. We have to let go of that and understand it as a system we all live in. – Robin DiAngelo

One of the most subtle but aggressive ways racism exists is through our education system. – Jaylen Brown

One of the ongoing crises in America is institutional racism. We have a very broken criminal justice system. We live in a country where there are more people in jail than any other country on Earth. There are some 2.2 million people currently incarcerated and they are disproportionally African American and Hispanic. Unarmed African Americans have been abused and sometimes killed while in police custody. Clearly these are issues that must be dealt with and changed. – Bernie Sanders

One of the popular views in the liberal circles of the West is that we are actually ‘all victims of capitalism’. I disagree. This savage global capitalism is only one of the most terrible bi-products of the dominant Western culture of racism, greed, brutality and unbridled desire to control the world. – Andre Vltchek

One of the privileges of not being a part of a marginalized group is believing you can set your own benchmarks for bigotry. – Mychal Denzel Smith

One of the tragedies of the struggle against racism is that up to now there has been no national organization which could speak to the growing militancy of young black people in the urban ghetto. – Stokely Carmichael

One of the ways [racism] pops up is when they turn a comic into a live-action movie and there’s this temptation to make Asian characters white. – Gene Luen Yang

One of the worst things about racism is what it does to young people. – Alvin Ailey

One ought to be against racism and sexism because they are wrong, not because one is black or one is female. – Eleanor Holmes Norton

One question for me and others like me is whether … we will get truly distressed, even outraged, about unearned race advantage and conferred dominance and, if so, what we will do to lessen them. – Peggy McIntosh

One reads the truer deeper facts of Reconstruction with a great despair. It is at once so simple and human, and yet so futile. There is no villain, no idiot, no saint. There are just men; men who crave ease and power, men who know want and hunger, men who have crawled. They all dream and strive with ecstasy of fear and strain of effort, balked of hope and hate. Yet the rich world is wide enough for all, wants all, needs all. So slight a gesture, a word, might set the strife in order, not with full content, but with growing dawn of fulfillment. Instead roars the crash of hell… – W.E.B. Du Bois

One Saturday morning last May, I joined the presidential motorcade as it slipped out of the southern gate of the White House. A mostly white crowd had assembled. As the motorcade drove by, people cheered, held up their smartphones to record the procession, and waved American flags. To be within feet of the president seemed like the thrill of their lives. I was astounded. An old euphoria, which I could not immediately place, gathered up in me. And then I remembered, it was what I felt through much of 2008, as I watched Barack Obama’s star shoot across the political sky. I had never seen so many white people cheer on a black man who was neither an athlete nor an entertainer. And it seemed that they loved him for this, and I thought in those days, which now feel so long ago, that they might then love me, too, and love my wife, and love my child, and love us all in the manner that the God they so fervently cited had commanded. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

One strain of African American thought holds that it is a violent black recklessness—the black gangster, the black rioter—that strikes the ultimate terror in white America. Perhaps it does, in the most individual sense. But in the collective sense, what this country really fears is black respectability, Good Negro Government. It applauds, even celebrates, Good Negro Government in the unthreatening abstract—The Cosby Show, for instance. But when it becomes clear that Good Negro Government might, in any way, empower actual Negroes over actual whites, then the fear sets in, the affirmative-action charges begin, and birtherism emerges. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

One would expect Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, who is said to have studied history, to know better and act better, but he too rejects all advice and criticism and runs around obliviously in a coach plastered with pictures of his grandmother abusing her captives, including women and children. You might imagine the bigoted Donald Trump to be riding a coach like that in a mock presidential parade in his dreams, but certainly not a twenty first century Dutch royal. I wonder if he ever considered how their Calvinist pomposity affected the psyche of black and white children. – Mawuena Addo

One would never defeat one’s circumstances by working and saving one’s pennies; one would never, by working, acquire that many pennies, and, besides, the social treatment accorded even the most successful Negroes proved that one needed, in order to be free, something more than a bank account. One needed a handle, a lever, a means of inspiring fear. It was absolutely clear that the police would whip you and take you in as long as they could get away with it, and that everyone else—housewives, taxi-drivers, elevator boys, dishwashers, bartenders, lawyers, judges, doctors, and grocers—would never, by the operation of any generous human feeling, cease to use you as an outlet for his frustrations and hostilities. – James Baldwin

Only the illiterate, unenlightened & insecure people are highly susceptible to the race, ethnicity, religion, caste or creed cards that the manipulators have been playing since centuries to invoke their prejudices in order to control their social behaviors to exercise full control over them. – Mamur Mustapha

Only those who are color blind speak of black and white. – Giovannie de Sadeleer

Oppressions are by definition linked–linked by common ideologies, by institutional forces, and by socialization that makes oppressions normative and invisible. – Lisa Kemmerer

Other unsolved murders or untimely deaths were readily blamed on the supposedly sinister Jews: If a Jewish doctor failed to save a life, the whole Jewish community might be attacked and fined. – Robert Winder

Our babies know nothing about hate or racism. But soon they begin to learn – and only from us. – Ruby Bridges

Our Christian faith stands fundamentally opposed to racism in all its forms, which contradict the good news of the gospel. The ultimate answer to the question of race is our identity as children of God, which we so easily forget applies to us all. . . . It’s time for white Christians to be more Christian than white — which is necessary to make racial reconciliation and healing possible. – Jim Wallis in America’s Original Sin

Our country has an incurable disease called hate. – Lorin Morgan-Richards

Our country must abandon all the habits of racism because we cannot carry the message of freedom and the baggage of bigotry at the same time. – George W. Bush

Our fight against racism should not be a matter of black and white, but good and evil. – Kathy McClary

Our global community has come a long way in helping to eliminate discrimination, but we still have far to go. – Robert Alan Silverstein

Our goal is to have a country that’s not divided by race. And my impression, as I travel around the country, is that that’s the kind of country that most people want, as well, and that we all have prejudice, we all have certain suspicions or stereotypes about people who are different from us, whether it’s religious or racial or ethnic, but what I think I found in the American people, I think there’s a core decency there, where if they take the time, if they get the time to know individuals, then they want to judge those individuals by their character. – Barack Obama

Our humanity is contingent on the humanity of our fellows. No person or group can be human alone. We rise above the animal together, or not at all. If we learned that lesson even this late in the day, we would have taken a truly millennial step forward. – Chinua Achebe

Our love for our country is worth nothing if it deprives us of our sense of humanity, if it destroys positive consensus. – Janvier Chouteu-Chando

Our love of lockstep is our greatest curse, the source of all that bedevils us. It is the source of homophobia, xenophobia, racism, sexism, terrorism, bigotry of every variety and hue, because it tells us there is one right way to do things, to look, to behave, to feel, when the only right way is to feel your heart hammering inside you and to listen to what its timpani is saying. – Anna Quindlen

Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it, ‘all men are created equal, except negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read, ‘all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.’ When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty—to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy. – Abraham Lincoln

Our theme for this year’s festivities, Dreams and Challenges of Asian Pacific Americans, speaks to the many generations of Asian Pacific Americans who worked hard to overcome economic hardship, racism and other barriers in their pursuit of the American dream. – Lucille Roybal-Allard

Our thoughts are unseen hands shaping the people we meet. Whatever we truly think them to be, that’s what they’ll become for us. – Richard Cowper

Our true nationality is mankind. – H.G. Wells

Ours was a love story, the kind that’s not supposed to happen to black girls anymore. This was vintage romance made scarce after Dr. King, along with Negro-owned dress shops, drugstores, and cafeterias. – Tayari Jones

Out of the counterfeiting of the black American’s identity [in blackface minstrelsy] there arises a profound doubt in the white man’s mind as to the authenticity of his own image of himself. He, after all, went into the business when he refused the king’s shilling and revolted. He had put on a mask of his own, as it were…For the ex-colonials, the declaration of an American identity meant the assumption of a mask, and it imposed not only the discipline of national self-consciousness, it gave Americans an ironic awareness of the joke that always lies between appearance and reality, between the discontinuity of social tradition and that sense of the past which clings to the mind. And perhaps even an awareness of the joke that society is man’s creation, not God’s. Americans began their revolt from the English fatherland when they dumped the tea into Boston Harbor, masked as Indians, and the mobility of the society created in this limitless space has encouraged the use of the mask for good and evil ever since. – Ralph Ellison

Paranoia is transmissible from mind to mind, but it does not go by the route of reason. It can therefore change its rationalization while remaining essentially the same. – William Nicholls

Parents and schools should place great emphasis on the idea that it is all right to be different. Racism and all the other ‘isms’ grow from primitive tribalism, the instinctive hostility against those of another tribe, race, religion, nationality, class or whatever. You are a lucky child if your parents taught you to accept diversity. – Roger Ebert

Parents and schoolteachers counsel black children that, if they ever hope to escape this system and avoid prison time, they must be on their best behavior, raise their arms and spread their legs for the police without complaint, stay in failing schools, pull up their pants, and refuse all forms of illegal work and moneymaking activity, even if jobs in the legal economy are impossible to find. Girls are told not to have children until they are married to a ‘good’ black man who can help provide for a family with a legal job. They are told to wait and wait for Mr. Right even if that means, in a jobless ghetto, never having children at all. – Michelle Alexander

Part of our identity is the idea that racism is still there and that we are vulnerable to it. So, the question is, ‘How vulnerable?’ In other words, is it really a problem for us, or is it just a small thing. How do you evaluate racism in America on a scale of 1 to 10? My suspicion is that most blacks overrate it a bit. Not to say it’s not there, but we overrate it because this masking is part of our relationship to the larger society. This is a way we keep whites on the hook. We keep them obligated, and we keep ourselves entitled. There’s an incentive, you see, to inflate it a little bit. – Shelby Steele

Part of the desire to live in a post-racial world includes the desire not to have to talk about racism, which includes a false perception that if you are talking about race, then you’re perpetuating the notion of race. I reject that. – Jordan Peele

Part of the reason might be that I was born in 1954 and I look upon my youth with great fondness, like many old men. And, though my work doesn’t focus much on good things, I see that period as America’s heyday. True, we had many problems, like racism and Vietnam, but we still weren’t quite as nuts as we seem to be now. – Donald Ray Pollock

Part of the sin of Pride is a subtle but deep racism. – K.P. Yohannan

Patriarchy creates mega patterns that affect us all–even as we forge different individual choices within them–just as do the mega patterns of nationalism or racism. – Gloria Steinem

Patriarchy, like any system of domination (for example, racism), relies on socializing everyone to believe that in all human relations there is an inferior and a superior party, one person is strong, the other weak, and that it is therefore natural for the powerful to rule over the powerless. To those who support patriarchal thinking, maintaining power and control is acceptable by whatever means. – Bell Hooks

Patriotism at the expense of another nation is as wicked as racism at the expense of another race. . . Let us resolve to be patriots always, nationalists never. Let us love our country, but pledge allegiance to the earth and to the flora and fauna and human life that it supports – one planet indivisible, with clean air,… soil and water; with liberty, justice and peace for all. – William Sloane Coffin

Patriotism can flourish only where racism and nationalism are given no quarter. We should never mistake patriotism for nationalism. A patriot is one who loves his homeland. A nationalist is one who scorns the homelands of others. – Johannes Rau

Patriotism can results in racism. – Irfan Ullah Hosain

Peace does not fare well where poverty and deprivation reign. It does not flourish where there is ignorance and a lack of education and information. – Frederik Willem de Klerk

Peddling to racism is just as bad as being a racist. – Ana Navarro

People act differently to racial cruelty. Some hit back. Others find it difficult to trust anyone who looks like their persecutors – Clemence McLaren

People are wrong when they tell you that Conrad was on the side of Africans because his story showed great compassion towards them. Africans are not really served by his compassion, whatever it means; they ask for one thing alone – to be seen for what they are: human beings. Conrad pulls back from granting them this favour in Heart of Darkness. – Chinua Achebe

People buy into this false notion of reverse racism, where they believe that just because there’s a group of people getting together to share something about their heritage that we’re excluding white people. But that’s not the reality. – Simon S. Tam

People didn’t call blacks names anymore, at least not to their faces. Italians weren’t wops or dagos, and there were no more kikes, Japs, chinks, or spics in polite conversation. Everybody had a group to protest and stick up for them. But women were still being called names by men. Why? Where was our group? It’s not fair. – Fannie Flagg

People don’ need no monster to make ’em do evil-hearted shit. All it take is a brown face, or somebody wearin’ old tore-up clothes. – N.K. Jemisin, How Long ’til Black Future Month?

People don’t hate other people because they’re different. They hate themselves because they’re weak, and they take it out on those who are powerless. – Israel Morrow

People don’t talk about small-town racism in Illinois or upstate New York. They’re like, ‘It’s the South.’ And it is. It’s there. But it’s everywhere. But everywhere, there are also amazing people. – Tig Notaro

People have accused me of many things: racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, intolerance, anti-Darwinism and anti-homosexualism [sic]. Well, I tell those people that there was someone else who was accused of things…our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I rest my case. – Jerry Falwell

People have been killing because of racial differences since the time of Adam and Eve, but in this country racism has been primarily aimed at African Americans. – Bob Cousy

People huddle together in doctrinaire herds, and the same jackasses who, without the slightest risk, now scream against racism are the same conformist personality types who would have carried torches in lynch mobs a century ago. – Jim Goad

People in the older generation who make comments about ‘nice skin’ and ‘nice hair’ are talking about the straightness of your hair and the blackness of your skin. – Sharon Hurley Hall

People know about the Klan and the overt racism, but the killing of one’s soul little by little, day after day, is a lot worse than someone coming in your house and lynching you. – Samuel L. Jackson

People like to act like we don’t have a legacy of racism here. I think people get really uncomfortable with it. We know that we can’t change it unless we address that. – DeRay Mckesson

People of color challenge racism everyday; we’ve never had a choice. Yet since we did not build, and fortify for centuries, a system of white supremacy as American as the Constitution, and as old as Plymouth Rock, we alone cannot be expected to undo it. That, white people, is on you — and your privilege. – Renée Graham

People of color have to do this work as a mater of everyday survival. And so long as they have to, who am I to act as if I have a choice in the matter? Especially when my future and that of my children in large part depends on the eradication of racism? There is no choice. – Tim Wise

People of color may also hold prejudices and discriminate against white people, but they lack the social and institutional power that transforms their prejudice and discrimination into racism; the impact of their prejudice on whites is temporary and contextual. Whites hold the social and institutional positions in society to infuse their facial prejudice into the laws, politics, practices, and norms of society in a way that people of color do not. – Robin DiAngelo

People of color, women, and gays — who now have greater access to the centers of influence that ever before — are under pressure to be well-behaved when talking about their struggles. There is an expectation that we can talk about sins but no one must be identified as a sinner: newspapers love to describe words or deeds as “racially charged” even in those cases when it would be more honest to say “racist”; we agree that there is rampant misogyny, but misogynists are nowhere to be found; homophobia is a problem but no one is homophobic. One cumulative effect of this policed language is that when someone dares to point out something as obvious as white privilege, it is seen as unduly provocative. Marginalized voices in America have fewer and fewer avenues to speak plainly about what they suffer; the effect of this enforced civility is that those voices are falsified or blocked entirely from the discourse. – Teju Cole

People of conscience are compelled to oppose racism, sexism, and intolerance of people with different sexual identities and orientation wherever and whenever they see it. – Stan Van Gundy

People of Earth know nothing about the heart. And the ones who do, address love as the need to bleed. And it is indeed so. This materialistic world of mentally-obsessed humanoids will never allow true love to show itself. The ones who possess a better understanding often walk alone, love alone, and feel alone, with their partners, groups and the world itself. Altruism is not a disease, a curse or a punishment, although it usually feels that way. Altruism is not even a price we pay for being spiritually free. Altruism, as death or birth, is just what it is. It just happens. The feelings attached to it are merely an awakening to the realization of the gap between oneself and the remaining of his prehistoric ancestors. One moves apart, into the future, in his evolution, and looks back at his brothers and sisters, trapped in the dogmas of the past, not realizing one can’t travel in time in body but only in spirit. And in this sense, none of us ever escapes the prison. Not in body. Only in mind. The mind has the key we look for outside ourselves. The heart helps the blind of spirit find it. And when humanity, as a whole, realizes this, it will ascend. But for now, unfortunately, many will have to suffer and pay with their own life, before this realization becomes common sense. Before the many books that have been written, are finally read by the masses and understood as they were intended by the creators. Before we realize that all the wars are being fought in our mind and merely being represented in the material playground like a theatrical play to which we all contribute with our own mental script, daily written and adjusted by the collective conscience and its concepts of right and wrong, true and false, justice and injustice, real and unreal. – Robin Sacredfire

People often call fighting discrimination being ‘PC’ because they don’t want their own unearned privileges challenged. – DaShanne Stokes

People often get racism mixed up with bigotry or prejudice. We need to get our terminology straightened out. We obviously have racial problems that need solving. The first step in solving a problem is to identify it. If we keep mis-identifying bigotry and prejudice as racism we’ll never make any headway. – Neal Boortz

People sometimes hold themselves back because they want to use racism as an excuse for them not being able to achieve what they want to achieve. – Herman Cain

People thought once Obama got into office that racism was over with. But, what we ended up learning was that it just came more into the light. – Lil Rel Howery

People turned against each other cannot turn against those responsible. – DaShanne Stokes

People were nicer to me when I was in the arts. I experienced extreme racism in small-town New Zealand. Racism which really went away when I got into the arts. – Cliff Curtis

People who insist on dividing the world into ‘Us’ and ‘Them’ never contemplate that they may be someone else’s ‘Them’. – Ray A. Davis

People who think with their epidermis or their genitalia or their clan are the problem to begin with. One does not banish this specter by invoking it. If I would not vote against someone on the grounds of ‘race’ or ‘gender’ alone, then by the exact same token I would not cast a vote in his or her favor for the identical reason. Yet see how this obvious question makes fairly intelligent people say the most alarmingly stupid things. – Christopher Hitchens

People would write me hate letters. How dare I try to represent Hispanics when I was so white? I tried to make them see it was racism. – Cristina Saralegui

People — teachers, other students, parents — constantly made offhand comments that didn’t mean much to them, but I read something else in their words. A hidden language that told me I was different. Or maybe I was so aware of my own difference that I was just looking to be offended by other people’s words. – Aditi Khorana

Perhaps for the purposes of war racial differences had been buried, but certainly in no deep grave. – Josephine Lawrence

Perhaps struggle is all we have because the god of history is an atheist, and nothing about his world is meant to be. So you must wake up every morning knowing that no promise is unbreakable, least of all the promises of waking up at all. This is not despair. These are the preferences of universe itself: verbs over nouns, actions over states, struggle over hope. – Ta Nahesi Coates

Perhaps the strongest indictment against us as the Church is that we have settled for an Americanized version of the Church that mirrors whatever culture says, and there is no collective sense of loss, no sense of remorse. We have sinned deeply. The problem is that we haven’t got a taste of the sinfulness of racism… We don’t see the wickedness of profiling God’s people that He has created to be one and that He has created in His image (p. 75). – John M. Perkins

Perhaps there has been, at some point in history, some great power whose elevation was exempt from the violent exploitation of other human bodies. If there has been, I have yet to discover it. But this banality of violence can never excuse America, because America makes no claim to the banal. America believes itself exceptional, the greatest and noblest nation ever to exist, a lone champion standing between the white city of democracy and the terrorists, despots, barbarians, and other enemies of civilization. One cannot, at once, claim to be superhuman and then plead mortal error. I propose to take our countrymen’s claims of American exceptionalism seriously, which is to say I propose subjecting our country to an exceptional moral standard. This is difficult because there exists, all around us, an apparatus urging us to accept American innocence at face value and not to inquire too much. And it is so easy to look away, to live with the fruits of our history and to ignore the great evil done in all of our names. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Persecution complexes are reaffirming to those who benefit from unearned privileges. – DaShanne Stokes

Pick a leader who is strong and confident, yet humble. Intelligent, but not sly. A leader who encourages diversity, not racism. One who understands the needs of the farmer, the teacher, the welder, the doctor, and the environmentalist — not only the banker, the oil tycoon, the weapons developer, or the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyist. – Suzy Kassem

Pick a leader who will keep jobs in your country by offering companies incentives to hire only within their borders, not one who allows corporations to outsource jobs for cheaper labor when there is a national employment crisis. Choose a leader who will invest in building bridges, not walls. Books, not weapons. Morality, not corruption. Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance. Stability, not fear and terror. Peace, not chaos. Love, not hate. Convergence, not segregation. Tolerance, not discrimination. Fairness, not hypocrisy. Substance, not superficiality. Character, not immaturity. Transparency, not secrecy. Justice, not lawlessness. Environmental improvement and preservation, not destruction. Truth, not lies. – Suzy Kassem

Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Political correctness’ as ‘over-sensitivity’ is code for saying the privileged shouldn’t have their unearned privileges questioned. – DaShanne Stokes

Political correctness’ is a label the privileged often use to distract from their privilege and hate. – DaShanne Stokes

Political division, based on color, is entirely artificial; and when it disappears, so will the domination of one color group by another. – Nelson Mandela

Political hypocrisy and racism make me hot under the collar. – Walt Handelsman

Poor health was not just the result of random acts, bad luck, bad behavior or unfortunate genetics. Deliberate public policy decision about housing, education, parks and streets were the key drivers of racial differences in mortality. Crime kept people off the streets and limited their ability to exercise. The lack of grocery stores limited dietary choices. The lack of primary care doctors and specialists in these communities made chronic disease care more difficult. The degradation and loss of hospital services in these communities affected hospital-based outcomes. … The chronic underfunding of critical health services at Cook County Hospital and other safety-net providers contributed to these poor outcomes as well. The deleterious impact of social structures such as urban poverty and racism on health has been called ‘structural violence. – David A. Ansell

Poor minorities live in a new age of Jim Crow, one in which the ravages of segregation, racism, poverty and dashed hopes are amplified by the forces of privatization, financialization, militarization and criminalization, fashioning a new architecture of punishment, massive human suffering and authoritarianism. – Henry Giroux

Poor whites and poor blacks have way more in common than poor whites and rich whites. But many poor whites hate poor blacks, and adore rich whites. – Oliver Markus Malloy

Poverty. Racism. Isn’t it strange, only the homeless are begging for change? – Bo Burnham

Precisely because white denial has long trumped claims of racism, people of color tend to underreport their experiences with racial bias rather than exaggerate them. – Tim Wise

Prejudice is learned. What will you teach others through your actions and words? – DaShanne Stokes

Prejudice is the child of ignorance. – William Hazlitt

Prejudice plunges you into a world of fear and hate. That’s no way to live. – DaShanne Stokes

Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart. – Marguerite Gardiner

Preparing oneself for the possibility of confronting racism triggers something that slowly chips away at physical and emotional well-being. – Clint Smith

President Obama and the so call Department of Justice has ripped the fabric of America’s People and suborning hate among African Americans against Law Enforcement and Whites. These actions have made President Obama, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former Attorney General Eric Holder the biggest racists of all times. – David Dweck

President Reagan officially announced his administration’s War on Drugs. At the time…less than 2 percent of the American public viewed drugs as the most important issue facing the nation. This fact was no deterrent to Reagan, for the drug war from the outset had little to do with public concern about drugs and much to do with public concern about race. – Michelle Alexander

Prison relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism. – Angela Y. Davis

Privilege doesn’t just insulate people from the consequences of their prejudice, it cuts them off from their humanity. – DaShanne Stokes

Privilege is not knowing that you’re hurting others and not listening when they tell you. – DaShanne Stokes

Privilege is when you can afford to sit back and criticize others who have to fight for the things you take for granted. – DaShanne Stokes

Privilege is when you can afford to sit back and watch as others’ rights are trampled upon. – DaShanne Stokes

Privilege is when you contribute to the oppression of others and then claim that you are the one being discriminated against. – DaShanne Stokes

Privilege is when your voice is the norm but still you claim to be unheard. – DaShanne Stokes

Progressive thought is blind when it suggests that there can be no anti-white racism or an anti-semitism among the formerly oppressed or the young people in the projects because they themselves have suffered from this evil. They are the victims; they are exempt from the prejudices that affect the majority of the population. But the reverse is true: racism is multiplying at exponential rates among groups and communities, taboos are collapsing, and everything is explained in terms of physical characteristics, identity, purity, and difference. and this is a racism that is all the more certain that it is right because it is regarded as a legitimate reaction on the part of the persecuted. now we see the obsession with the pedigree and the old distinctions derived from slavery being revived, and prejudices accumulating in the name of racism. This is the end of the concept of humanity as union in diversity and the triumph of human species incompatible with each other. – Pascal Bruckner

Psychotherapy makes every problem a subjective, inner problem. And that’s not where the problems come from. They come from the environment, the cities, the economy, the racism. They come from architecture, school systems, capitalism, exploitation. They come from many places that psychotherapy does not address. Psychotherapy theory turns it all on you: you are the one who is wrong. – James Hillman

Public education is not broken. It is not failing or declining. The diagnosis is wrong, and the solutions of the corporate reformers are wrong. Our urban schools are in trouble because of concentrated poverty and racial segregation. But public education is not ‘broken.’ Public education is in a crisis only so far as society is and only so far as this new narrative of crisis has destabilized it. – Diane Ravitch

Put differently, the rhetoric of Williams’ different body isn’t just sexist – it’s profoundly racist. – Anne Helen Petersen

Racism Quotes

Racism Quotes

Race doesn’t really exist for you because it has never been a barrier. Black folks don’t have that choice. – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Race in itself means nothing–the markers of race, skin color, hair texture, the things that we identify as the racial markers, mean nothing unless they are given social meaning and unless there’s public policy and private actions that act upon those kinds of characteristics. That creates race. – Melvin L. Oliver

Race is about the American story, and about each of our own stories. Overcoming racism is more than an issue or a cause — it is also a story, which can be part of each of our stories, too. The story about race that was embedded into America at the founding of our nation was a lie; it is time to change the story and discover a new one. Understanding our own stories about race, and talking about them to one another, is absolutely essential if we are to become part of the larger pilgrimage to defeat racism in America. – Jim Wallis in America’s Original Sin

Race is not, as I have often been reminded while working on this project, a system of classification: it is a system of oppression. There has never been, and I can’t imagine how there could ever be, a way of classifying the peoples of the world that isn’t also a way of controlling people. – Barbara Katz Rothman

Race is such a contentious issue because of the painful history of racism. Race didn’t create racism, but racism created race. – Rachel Dolezal

Race prejudice is not only a shadow over the colored it is a shadow over all of us, and the shadow is darkest over those who feel it least and allow its evil effects to go on. – Pearl S. Buck

Race should be seen in one way, and one way only: on your marks, get set, go! – Anthony Marais

Race theorists, who are as old as imperialism itself, want to achieve racial purity in peoples whose interbreeding, as a result of the expansion of world economy, is so far advanced that racial purity can have meaning only to a numbskull. – Wilhelm Reich

Racial attitudes—not crime rates or likelihood of victimization—are an important determinant of white support for ‘get tough on crime’ and antiwelfare measures. – Michelle Alexander

Racial oppression of black people in America has done what neither class oppression or sexual oppression, with all their perniciousness, has ever done: destroyed an entire people and their culture. – Eleanor Holmes Norton

Racial problems can’t be easily reconciled with a pat account about racism and discrimination that lets us sort of relax into saying when we finally get this right, when we get rid of racism, when we reach the post-racial society, everything is going to be okay. Well, no, because along the way here, as we’ve not yet been in this racial nirvana, facts on the ground have been created. – Glenn Loury

Racial segregation remains a fundamental feature of the U.S. social landscape, leaving many African-Americans with the belief that ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same.’ Overlaying these persisting inequalities is a rhetoric of color blindness designed to render these social inequalities invisible. In a context where many believe that to talk of race fosters racism, equality allegedly lies in treating everyone the same. Yet as Kimberle Crenshaw (1997) points out, ‘it is fairly obvious that treating different things the same can generate as much inequality as treating the same things differently’. – Patricia Hill Collins

Racial superiority is a mere pigment of the imagination. – Unknown

Racial terrorism affects the lives of white people and black people and everyone, everything. Racism is contaminating. It can affect the dogs in the street. So the process of beginning to rid the country of prejudice was in itself a kind of nation-building. – Ayana Mathis

Racist legacy laws and modern racist practices are all part of the same system, and it needs to be changed now. – DaShanne Stokes

Racist thought and action says far more about the person they come from than the person they are directed at. – Chris Crutcher

Racists always try to make you think they are the majority, but they never are. – Toni Morrison

Racists are everywhere, but historically speaking the real danger came from Progressives that desired the power of the state to engineer society upon a racial lines. – A.E. Samaan

Racists are not born, they are raised. Isolation is the breeding ground for racism. The more you come to know the world around you and people different than you the less likely you will become an extremist. The Church needs to bring the world together. – Erwin McManus

Racists biggest fear is someone too inferior to them, too fearless and can think wisely. – Jerome Montgomery II

Racists cling to the false notion that we are separate. They refuse to acknowledge that they are connected to, and even descended from, other people of different skin color. Their egos demand that they be superior and that others be inferior. This is how they seek to justify their hatred of, and cruelty towards, others. – Laurence Overmire

Racists rebel against God’s wisdom in creating different colours and religions. – Fida Fayez Qutob

Racists segregate others not because of physical handicaps or illness, but as a result of specific attributes that distinguishes them from the members of the monocultural society – Sunday Adelaja

Racists will always call you a racist when you identify their racism. To love yourself now – is a form of racism. We are the only people who are criticized for loving ourselves. and white people think when you love yourself you hate them. No, when I love myself they become irrelevant to me. – John Henrik Clarke

Raising Black children — female and male — in the mouth of a racist, sexist, suicidal dragon is perilous and chancy. If they cannot love and resist at the same time, they will probably not survive. – Audre Lorde

Raw, naked truth exchanged between the black man and the white man is what a whole lot more of is needed in this country—to clear the air of the racial mirages, clichés, and lies that this country’s very atmosphere has been filled with for four hundred years. – Malcolm X

Reagan’s promise to enhance the federal government’s role in fighting crime was complicated by the fact that fighting street crime has traditionally been the responsibility of state and local law enforcement. After a period of initial confusion and controversy…the Justice Department announced its intention to cut in half the number of specialists assigned to identify and prosecute white collar criminals and to shift its attention to street crime, especially drug-law enforcement. – Michelle Alexander

Real cases highlight the fiction surrounding the popular imagery of divided families, a fiction that deserves further examination. The imaginative dissolution of the Union-Confederate border by postwar authors was made possible not only by a reinforcement of the boundary between public and private life, but also by a defense of existing social borders in American society. – Amy Murrell Taylor

Really, when you get down to racism, in or out of the church, it’s a heart issue. It’s not a head issue. When we actually get to experience each other’s ministry, and each other’s struggle, and each other’s pain, there’s a much greater sensitivity. – T. D. Jakes

Redlining went beyond FHA-backed loans and spread to the entire mortgage industry, which was already rife with racism, excluding black people from most legitimate means of obtaining a mortgage. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Reducing a group to a slur or stereotype reduces us all. – DaShanne Stokes

Regardless of who I am, racism against anyone, anywhere should be appalling to everyone, everywhere. – Cary Kennedy

Relationships are build in the silences. – Trevor Noah

Religion has failed us. Christ was not a Christian. Buddha was not a Buddhist. Mohammed was not a Mohammedan. And yet ever since the dawn of history, we have engaged in conflict and war and terrorism and murder and racism and ethnocentrism and bigotry and prejudice in the name of God. – Deepak Chopra

Religion is divisive. People kill because of it. I think one day religion will be seen as just as intolerant and wrong as racism. – Oliver Markus Malloy

Religious discrimination is not like racial discrimination. One you choose for yourself, the other God chose for you. – Habeeb Akande

Remember a Florida judge instructing a jury to focus only on the moment when George Zimmerman and Trayvon Marton interacted, thus transforming a seventeen-year-old, unarmed kid into a big, scary black guy, while the grown man who stalked him through the neighborhood with a loaded gun becomes a victim. – Jesmyn Ward

Remember how I told you that a person’s conduct is the first hint we have of a person’s character. Sometimes that’s all we have a chance to see. Their conduct is a manifestation of their character. You agreed. Remember, Dr. King? That was going to be part of the speech, and that’s going to help out a lot of people—black and white—in the future if you include those words. – Glen Shuld

Rents bir keresinde, polisin ve yargıçların görev duygusunu tetiklemek için esmer bi tenden daha iyisi yoktur, demişti; çok doğru. – Irvine Welsh

Rescind the appointment of [Steve] Bannon. We will not be involved in the expansion of bigotry, of racism, sexism, homophobia. – Bernie Sanders

Respect for all, reward for the worthy, reservation for none. – Amit Kalantri

Rest assured that our work is not over because our work has never been only hunting Nazi war criminals. The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an institution, a worldwide institution, engaged in combating anti-Semitism, bigotry, racism. And unfortunately, did we say goodbye to genocide after Hitler died in the bunker? No, we didn’t. So in such a world, I’m afraid there will always be a need for organizations like the Simon Wiesenthal Center. – Marvin Hier

Richard exhaled. It was like somebody sprinkling pepper on his wound: Thousands of Biafrans were dead, and this man wanted to know if there was anything new about one dead white man. Richard would write about this, the rule of Western journalism: One hundred dead black people equal to one dead white person. – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Right now I’m thinking a good deal about emancipation. One of our sins was slavery, another was emancipation. It’s a paradox. In theory, emancipation was one of the glories of our democracy – and it was. But the way it was done led to tragedy, turning four million people loose with no jobs or trades or learning. And then in 1877 for a few electoral votes, just abandoning them entirely. A huge amount of pain and trouble resulted. Everybody in America is still paying for it. – Shelby Foote

Right now, I’ve got the weight of several worlds on my shoulders. My best friend is living in a cancer ward, and there’s nothing I can do for him. The Serpents have hired the Jester to spark race riots with faked news stories, and I don’t know how to smoke him out. My enemies are hiding all around, watching everything I do, and I can’t find them. For the first time in months I find myself in the familiar, paralyzing grip of overwhelming depression. – Mark Waid

Righteous indignation calls sin what it is. Bigotry is sin. Racism is sin. Oppression is sin. Control by fear is sin. Violence is sin. The quicker we can all admit that, the quicker the healing will begin. – Andrena Sawyer

Robinson Crusoe, the first capitalist hero, is a self-made man who accepts objective reality and then fashions it to his needs through the work ethic, common sense, resilience, technology, and, if need be, racism and imperialism. – Carlos Fuentes

Sadly, racial, ethnic, and cultural hatred and intolerance are not just history, they are current events. – Steven Spielberg

Sanity begins with knowing your place. – C.E. Morgan

Saying something is ‘politically correct’ is often a way of dismissing the voices of the oppressed. – DaShanne Stokes

Science could never get you to make alcohol and tobacco legal and marijuana illegal. Only racism can do that. – Maia Szalavitz

Scots they’re either nice or they’re horrid and these two are horrid. The Scots wont like that Eamon, thats bordering on racism. Its not racism its ethnic criticism Bill. – Eamon Dunphy

Screaming racism is the last refuge of leftist intellectuals who’ve completely lost their mojo. – Neal Boortz

Seems to me that the institutions that function in this country are clearly racist, and that they’re built upon racism. – Stokely Carmichael

Segmentation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people. – Coretta Scott King

Segregation in the American South was bankrolled by the wealthy eugenicist from the Northeast, Wickliffe Draper. – A.E. Samaan

Segregation is a word of the past. Unity is the key to a peaceful future. – Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Segregation laws were proposed as part of a deliberate effort to drive a wedge between poor whites and African Americans. These discriminatory barriers were designed to encourage lower-class whites to retain a sense of superiority over blacks, making it far less likely that they would sustain interracial political alliances aimed at toppling the white elite. – Michelle Alexander

Self-governance does not mean no one is responsible. It means everyone is. – Heather Marsh

Sex and racism have always been tied together. Look at the thousands of black men who got lynched and castrated. The reason the Klan came into being was to protect white southern women. – Spike Lee

Sexism, racism, and other forms of discrimination are being built into the machine-learning algorithms that underlie the technology behind many ‘intelligent’ systems that shape how we are categorized and advertised to. – Kate Crawford

Sexist language, racist language, theistic language – all are typical of the policing languages of mastery, and cannot, do not, permit new knowledge or encourage the mutual exchange of ideas. – Toni Morrison

Sharing the burden of social discomfort is not simply a matter of helping someone else feel good. It’s about leveling the playing field in pursuit of nurturing individual and collective potential. – Debby Irving

She didn’t tell him white folks couldn’t love the same as coloreds. She couldn’t love the same neither though, cuz more than half of her was white. – Shannon Celebi

She thought of the mix of kids in her class and in Melissa’s and she knew that the future could be bright. No one had tried to say she didn’t have a right to be in that school, or acted interested in who her ancestors were, but they had been interested in who she was and where she had moved from. They wanted to know what she did and wore and liked. – Dixie Dawn Miller Goode

She wanted to get at the hate of them all, to pry at it and work at it until she found a little chink, and then pull out a pebble or a stone or a brick and then a part of the wall, and, once started, the whole edifice might roar down and be done away with. – Ray Bradbury

She was something more- a force, a stable, familiar force like something out of my past which kept me from whirling off into some unknown which I dared not face. It was a most painful position for at the same time Mary reminded me constantly that something was expected of me, some act of leadership, some newsworthy achievement;… – Ralph Ellison

She would always believe that he was someone else, that he wasn’t himself but some fanciful idea of a foreign person; she would always feel like she was someone special because she had condescended to be with someone everyone else hated. His presence would prove to the world that she was a good person, an educated person, a liberal person. Noa didn’t care about being Korean when he was with her; in fact, he didn’t care about being Korean or Japanese with anyone. He wanted to be, to be just himself, whatever that meant; he wanted to forget himself sometimes. – Min Jin Lee

She, who only a few months previously would have accepted nothing but the best, had by now been conditioned to expect inferior things. She was now learning to suspect anything beautiful and pure. Those things were for the whites, not the blacks. – Buchi Emecheta

Shouldn’t the American leadership be addressing what is happening in America, with its domestic policies on racism, discrimination, illegal monitoring, solitary confinement, torture, Guantanamo Bay and any other social and political issues related to the American society not directly connected to Islam? American Muslims must speak out and be involved as well in international policies and, through their institutions, they should raise their voice. This is the way. – Tariq Ramadan

Simon shook his head. ‘The Nazis in Germany…the Japanese here in Shanghai…Treating people as less than human because of the shape of their faces or the sound of their names. Sometimes it feels like the whole damn world is unraveling. – Daniel Kalla

Simple peck-order bullying is only the beginning of the kind of hierarchical behavior that can lead to racism, sexism, ethnocentrism, classism, and all the other ‘isms’ that cause so much suffering in the world. – Octavia E. Butler

Since men are not equals in white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal class structure, which men do women want to be equal to? – Bell Hooks

Since moving to the Castle, she’d discovered that only the white men talked of ‘black magic.’ As though magic had a color. – Yaa Gyasi

Since stepping reluctantly into public life, I’ve been held up as the most powerful woman in the world and taken down as an angry black woman. I’ve wanted to ask my detractors which part of that phrase matters to them the most—is it ‘angry’ or ‘black’ or ‘woman’? – Michelle Obama

Since the end of slavery, there has always been a black underclass. What is significant now is the size of it, the social gravity of it, and the frightening and terrifying responses to it. – Cornel West

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, historians have become both more accurate and more honest—fractionally more brave, one might say—about that ‘other’ cleansing of the regions and peoples that were ground to atoms between the upper and nether millstones of Hitlerism and Stalinism. One of the most objective chroniclers is Professor Timothy Snyder of Yale University. In his view, it is still ‘Operation Reinhardt,’ or the planned destruction of Polish Jewry, that is to be considered as the centerpiece of what we commonly call the Holocaust, in which of the estimated 5.7 million Jewish dead, ‘roughly three million were prewar Polish citizens.’ We should not at all allow ourselves to forget the millions of non-Jewish citizens of Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, and other Slav territories who were also massacred. But for me the salient fact remains that anti-Semitism was the regnant, essential, organizing principle of all the other National Socialist race theories. It is thus not to be thought of as just one prejudice among many. – Christopher Hitchens

Sixty millions of whites are in no danger from the presence here of eight millions of blacks. The destinies of the two races, in this country, are indissolubly linked together, and the interests of both require that the common government of all shall not permit the seeds of race hate to be planted under the sanction of law. – John Marshall Harlan

Slaveholders deployed so-called scientific racism to justify racial slavery. – Manisha Sinha

Slavery is indeed gone, but its shadow still lingers over the country and poisons more or less the moral atmosphere of all sections of the republic. – Frederick Douglass

Slavery remained in the Deep South by other names – in prison programs with charges over nothing and eternal debt that threatened every African-American in the South right up through World War II. And that was after killing three-quarters of a million people, destroying cities, and creating hostility that exists to this day over the the Confederate flag and the racism it symbolizes, all brewing out of bitterness over a war that didn’t have to happen. – David Swanson

Slavery stands as an affront to human dignity. – Allan Dare Pearce

Slavery, racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry, subordination, and human rights abuse transform and adapt with the times. – John Prendergast

Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds. – Albert Einstein

So here comes this black guy from the Bay Area talking about peace, feminism, challenging racism, challenging the priorities of the country, and talking about preserving the fragile nature of our ecological system. People looked at me as if I was a freak. – Ron Dellums

So if the ending of apartheid is now universally agreed to be a good thing, and Cuba played such a central role, how is it still possible to have such differing views of Castro and Mandela and of Cuba and South Africa? The short answer is that the mainstream media has been so successful in distorting basic historical facts that many are so blinded by Cold War hangovers that they are entirely incapable of critical thought, but the other answer is rather more Machiavellian. The reality is that apartheid did not die, and thus the reason so many white conservatives now love Mandela is essentially that he let their cronies ‘get away with it’. The hypocritical worship of black freedom fighters once they are no longer seen to pose a danger or are safely dead – Martin Luther King might be the best example of this – is one of the key ways of maintaining a liberal veneer over what in reality is brutal intent. – Akala

So it is always preferable to discuss the matter of veganism in a non-judgemental way. Remember that to most people, eating flesh or dairy and using animal products such as leather, wool, and silk, is as normal as breathing air or drinking water. A person who consumes dairy or uses animal products is not necessarily or usually what a recent and unpopular American president labelled an ‘evil doer’. – Gary L. Francione

[Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964], many governments in southern states forced people to segregate by race. Civil rights advocates fought to repeal these state laws, but failed. So they appealed to the federal government, which responded with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But this federal law didn’t simply repeal state laws compelling segregation. It also prohibited voluntary segregation. What had been mandatory became forbidden. Neither before nor after the Civil Rights Act were people free to make their own decisions about who they associated with. – Harry Browne

So many black families spend all of their time trying to fix the problems of the past. That is the curse of being black and poor, and it is a curse that follows you from generation to generation. My mother calls it ‘the black tax’. – Trevor Noah

So our next move is to take the entire civil rights struggle – problem – into the United Nations and let the world see that Uncle Sam is guilty of violating the human rights of 22 million Afro-Americans right down to the year of 1964 and still has the audacity or the nerve to stand up and represent himself as the leader of the free world? – Malcolm X

So people thought once Obama got into office that racism was over with. But, what we ended up learning was that it just came more into the light. – Lil Rel Howery

So why would I want to call myself a conservative after the way them white racist thugs have used that word to hide behind? They call themselves new Republicans. – Dick Gregory

So, in ‘Melting Pot’ the children (about a third of whom were kids of color) sang the line, ‘America was the new world and Europe was the old,’ in one stroke eradicating the narratives of indigenous persons for whom America was hardly new, and any nonwhite kids whose old worlds had been in Africa or Asia, not Europe. – Tim Wise

So, just to take King, because he’s visible. On Martin Luther King Day, he’s greatly celebrated for what he did in the early 1960s when he was saying ‘I Have a Dream’ and ‘let’s get rid of racist sheriffs in Alabama.’ That was okay. By 1965 he was getting to be a dangerous figure. For one thing, he was turning against the war in Vietnam pretty strongly. For another, he was working to be at the head of a developing poor people’s movement. He was assassinated when he was taking part in a strike of sanitation workers and he was on his way to Washington for a poor people’s convention. He was going beyond racist sheriffs in Alabama to northern racism, which is much more deep-seated and class-based. – Noam Chomsky

Social evils are dangerously contagious. The fixed policy of persecution and injustice against a class of women who are weak and defenseless will be necessarily hurtful to the cause of all women. – Fannie Barrier Williams

Solidarity is nothing but self-satisfying if it is solely performative. – Reni Eddo-Lodge

Solving the population problem is not going to solve the problems of racism, of sexism, of religious intolerance, of war, of gross economic inequality. But if you don’t solve the population problem, you’re not going to solve any of those problems. Whatever problem you’re interested in, you’re not going to solve it unless you also solve the population problem. Whatever your cause, it’s a lost cause without population control. – Paul R. Ehrlich

Some lurid things have been said about me—that I am a racist, a hopeless alcoholic, a closet homosexual and so forth—that I leave to others to decide the truth of. I’d only point out, though, that if true these accusations must also have been true when I was still on the correct side, and that such shocking deformities didn’t seem to count for so much then. Arguing with the Stalinist mentality for more than three decades now, and doing a bit of soapboxing and street-corner speaking on and off, has meant that it takes quite a lot to hurt my tender feelings, or bruise my milk-white skin. – Christopher Hitchens

Some negroes lie, some are immoral, some negro men are not be trusted around women – black and white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men. – Harper Lee

Some of the most destructive forms of racism – like being denied a home loan or being passed on for a job where you are the most qualified candidate – are hard to measure in real time. – Shaun King

Some of the technologies that were created during the Industrial Revolution were appalling, such as capitalization, investment, social hierarchy, sexism, racism, and ecological destruction. – Chellis Glendinning

Some of us make it out. But the game is played with loaded dice. I wish I had known more, and I wished I had known it sooner. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Some people are racist. Some people are jealous. Some people are just fucking ignorant, she says, her eyes coming up to meet mine as her fingers let go of my shirt. Don’t let someone else dictate how your heart feels about someone – Ginger Scott

Some people have said Brother Khalid was a villain, but we know he was a victim in a world that is evil. Racism and injustice are the real villains here. – Khalid Abdul Muhammad

Some people think racism has dissipated or no longer exists. But it’s hidden in more strategic places. – Jaylen Brown

Some people think racism is if you say the n-word, so homophobia is if you call someone… – Nate Parker

Some people think they are holier than others Some religions think they are the only true ones Some gods think they are the most divine Some races think they are a superior breed The war goes on to the grave and beyond – Bangambiki Habyarimana

Some that read this book will find its Libertarian and Constitutionalist slant a bit obtuse and maybe even off-putting. This author makes no apologies for viewing the history of the eugenics movement from this political perspective. It is the ethical and legal underpinnings of the American Revolution that remain as a guiding light while the eugenics movement continues to reemerge long after its alleged demise. Limited, or rather minimal government, goes a long way to curtail the disconnect that emerges when government grows so large that it no longer feels compelled to heed to the dictates of the governed. – A.E. Samaan

Some well-meaning folks think if we stop talking about racism, it’ll magically disappear, like the smell of an errant fart. But like a fart, people might try to be polite and ignore it, but everyone knows it’s there. Avoidance has never been a great tactic in solving any problem. For most situations in life, not addressing what’s going wrong only makes matters worse. It’s like someone breaks your arm, and the person who slammed the baseball bat into it is saying, ‘The only reason it won’t heal is because you keep complaining that it hurts.’ How about you get me a cast so the bone can set straight again? America does not want to put the effort into providing this cast. This is why we must talk about race, and we must do it openly. – Luvvie Ajayi

Some years ago I talked to a clever young Northern businessman, who prides himself on his culture, yet was shocked that Yale’s football team had chosen a Negro, Levi Jackson, as its captain. Such a mind, with all its outward trappings of modernity and elegance, is completely out of tune with the real world. – John LaFarge S.J.

Someone can tell you all your life that you’re inferior, but it doesn’t matter until you accept it and allow for validation. Once validation takes place, it’s then that the colonial malaise sets in like smallpox. – M.B. Wilmot

Sometimes change comes not in the first round, but at the second, third or fourth. Change starts with one person questioning, challenging, speaking up and doing something to make a difference. We can each make a difference…because each of us is already part of the community where racism exists & thrives. – Paul Kive

Sometimes I think that if we have to go back, then it certainly won’t be to Jerusalem. Not to the Jerusalem beset with racism that we left at the height of the last Gaza war. – Sayed Kashua

Sometimes we say we want an end to hate or racism or sexism. But we all participate in keeping these structures alive. If everyone decided to relinquish the past what would happen to people who feel that there hasn’t been proper atonement made to them? And what happens to the person who feels that the constant atonement is their identity? – Chris Abani

Sometimes, recently Israeli-Palestinian conflict is indeed a clash between wrong and wrong. It is not as simple as fascism was. Every decent man had to be against fascism, period. It is not as simple as apartheid or colonialism or racism or misogyny. It is not simple because the Palestinians have no other land. They are absolutely right about this. The Israeli Jews also have no other land and they are absolutely right about this. It is a tragedy of two peoples claiming the same very small country, about the size of New Jersey. – Amos Oz

Sometimes, the fact that you’re a footballer makes you think that racism can’t happen to you because you bring that passion and you express a lot of things. When it happened to me, I couldn’t believe it, and in that moment, I decided to walk off the pitch. – Samuel Eto’o

Sometimes, you go along with it and pretend nothing happened. Sometimes, you hold your breath until the feeling of wanting to be believed passes. Sometimes, you weigh explaining against staying quiet and know they’re both just different kinds of heavy. – Mira Jacob

Somewhere between retina and object, between vision and view, his eyes draw back, hesitate, and hover. At some fixed point in time and space he senses that he need not waste the effort of a glance. He does not see her, because for him there is nothing to see. – Toni Morrison

Southerners are the more lonely and spiritually estranged, I think, because we have lived so long in an artificial social system that we insisted was natural and right and just – when all along we knew it wasn’t. – Carson McCullers

Spatial racism, the erasure of black faces in a predominantly white city, is in full effect in both Crown Heights and Center City Philadelphia. This racism demands that bodies that don’t conform to a mandated ‘white’ status quo can be redlined out of a space. – Anthea Butler

Speak out, educate, do not be intimidated by the apologists, and do not let extreme racism be mainstreamed. Hopefully there will come a time when we don’t need to tell our kids that Halloween is no excuse for hate, and that blackface has no place in a civilized society. – Christine Pelosi

Sports has no bounds, no race, no religion, no caste and no creed. Keep out all this from sports. Sports are pure joy, do not ruin with your ignorance – Sammy Toora

Stadiums can be places where people of different colour come to support their teams, or they can be seen as stagnant areas where healthy people will be infected by racism. – Kevin-Prince Boateng

Standing against discrimination for some while supporting discrimination against others hurts us all. – DaShanne Stokes

Standing still is never an option so long as inequities remain embedded in the very fabric of the culture. – Tim Wise

Still, it’s clear that there are lots of people out there who are uncomfortable [about racism]. The Civil War was a long time ago but there are aspects of it that remain unsettled. – Randy Newman

Stolen bodies working stolen land. It was an engine that did not stop, its hungry boiler fed with blood. – Colson Whitehead

Stop blaming racism, politics, bullies, your crappy parents, your ex-wife, your lack of friends or anything else for your problems. Sometimes, I think our ‘problems’ are really just opportunities to test our metal. We look at them as holes that we fall into, when really, they are the CHANCE to prove to ourselves and those around us just what kind of men we are! – Josh Hatcher

Stop killing our children. Have it all. My civil liberties. My basic human rights. And though I will continue my struggle to refrain from shouting how much of an ingenious coward you are, you win. – A.K. Kuykendall

Stop thinking that racism is fun until a racist person get under your skin, that’s when you’ll know racism is not fun. – Werley Nortreus

Stop whining and rise up – rise against the modern barbarianism – not for yourself, but for your future generations. – Abhijit Naskar

Superior, do you understand me? These are white people. They are not like you, or me or us. They have the power to hurt you … and sometimes it’s fun to them when they do. Their power is not because they are smart … it’s because … something happened sometime … started somewhere and they got on top of the world. They got the power. The only power you got is to learn to live with them, learn to read their minds … til you can do better. They don’t treat each other right … so don’t you look to be treated right. You hear me? Sometimes there’s good white people … but don’t you act like that til you know that. – J. California Cooper

Sure, I’ve felt racism. I think everybody has prejudice. When I was growing up, the dark Mexican kids weren’t allowed in the public swimming pool in Dallas. My light-skinned friend got in, and he laughed at us. It didn’t seem like a big deal, because we didn’t know any different. So I never ran into anything that actually scarred me. – Lee Trevino

Sure, there’s a chunk of African-Americans out there who associate the Republican Party with racism, frankly particularly in the Deep South. It’s an unfair perception, but it exists. Over a period time, that perception will die away if Republicans are focusing on issues that happen to impact African-Americans. – Artur Davis

Survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to stand alone, unpopular and sometimes reviled, and how to make common cause with those others identified as outside the structures in order to define and seek a world in which we can all flourish. It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths. For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. And this fact is only threatening to those women who still define the master’s house as their only source of support. – Audre Lorde

Suspicion of Abuse gets to your toes before you see it in your face. – Auliq Ice

Symbolic racism is hurtful and it is especially hurtful to Black children who get called Black Pete in school and grow up with the sense that they are inferior to white kids. – Roger Ross Williams

Systemic racism always takes a toll, whether it be by bullet or by blood clot. – Clint Smith

Systemic racism is something that diminishes all of us. Of course its worst effects are for its victims, but our entire country is held back through the inequality and the mistrust that it creates. – Pete Buttigieg

Systems do not maintain themselves; even our lack of intervention is an act of maintenance. Every structure in every society is upheld by the active and passive assistance of other human beings. – Sonya Renee Taylor

Systems of racism and sexism and oppression are not systems we choose, but they are ones we inherit and are responsible for perpetuating, or not. When I hear so-and-so was ‘a product of his/her time’ as an excuse for bigoted behavior, I remind folks that there have always been people in every time who did not agree with the bigoted systems they were born into and who actively fought them. The question is, which are we? – Kameron Hurley

Tainting the Tea Party movement with the charge of racism is proving to be an effective strategy for Democrats. There’s no evidence that Tea Party adherence are any more racist than other Republicans and indeed many other Americans. But getting them to spend their time purging their ranks and having candidates distance themselves should help Democrats in November, having one’s opponent rebut charges of racism is far better than discussing joblessness. – Mary Frances Berry

Take lightly what you hear about individuals. We need not distort trust for our paltry little political agendas. We tend to trust soulless, carried information more than we trust soulful human beings; but really most people aren’t so bad once you sit down and have an honest, one-on-one conversation with them, once, with an open heart, you listen to their explanations as to why they act the way they act, or say what they say, or do what they do. – Criss Jami

Take us generally as a people, we are neither lazy nor idle; and considering how little we have to excite or stimulate us, I am almost astonished that there are so many industrious and ambitious ones to be found – although I acknowledge, with extreme sorrow, that there are some who never were and never will be serviceable to society. And have you not a similar class among yourselves? – Maria W. Stewart

Taking the continent as a whole, this religious tension may be responsible for the revival of the commonest racial feeling. Africa is divided into Black and White, and the names that are substituted- Africa south of the Sahara, Africa north of the Sahara- do not manage to hide this latent racism. Here, it is affirmed that White Africa has a thousand-year-old tradition of culture; that she is Mediterranean, that she is a continuation of Europe and that she shares in Graeco-Latin civilization. Black Africa is looked on as a region that is inert, brutal, uncivilized – in a word, savage. – Frantz Fanon

Talent is colour-blind, untouched by the colour of skin. – Haresh Sippy

Ten wagons to choose from and you pick the only one that has a human on it. Racist. – Jeffery Russell

Testimony in new age writing affirms the way in which embracing a love ethic transforms life for the good. Yet a lot of this information only reaches those of us who have class privilege. And often, individuals whose lives are rich in spiritual and material well-being, who have diverse friends from all walks of life who nurture their personal integrity, tell the rest of the world these things are impossible to come by. I am talking here about the many prophets of doom who tell us that racism will never end, sexism is here to stay the rich will never share their resources. We would all be surprised if we could enter their lives for a day. Much of what they are telling us cannot be had, they have. But in keeping with a capitalist-based notion of well-being, they really believe there is not enough to go around, that the good life can only be had by a few. – Bell Hooks

Thanks to racism, some of the people who often kiss animals are disgusted by even the mere thought of them touching some people. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

That anybody white could take your whole self for anything that came to mind. Not just work, kill, or maim you, but dirty you so bad you forgot who you were and couldn’t think it up. And though she and others lived through and got over it, she could never let it happen to her own. – Toni Morrison

That feeling of hopelessness and racism has been looming over Detroit ever since I was a kid. – Robert Hood

That notion that we’re in the post-racism, post-sexism world is so not true. – Margaret Cho

That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned: That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained. – Haile Selassie

That we’re not human is just the lie they tell themselves so they don’t have to feel bad about how they treat us – N. K. Jemisin

That’s just how white folks will do you. It wasn’t merely the cruelty involved; I was learning that black people could be mean and then some. It was a particular brand of arrogance, an obtuseness in otherwise sane people that brought forth our bitter laughter. It was as if whites didn’t know they were being cruel in the first place. Or at least thought you deserved of their scorn. – Barack Obama

That’s unfortunately common – to blame immigrants, to blame the African-Americans who are being helped by federal programs, to blame anyone available, to direct attention away from the roots of the distress which you’re suffering. This combines with xenophobia, white supremacy, racism, misogyny, and other quite unpleasant phenomena which are far from being eradicated. All of this makes for a pretty dangerous brew. But economic issues are right in the center of it. And you can see this in the fact that so many former Obama voters now voted for Trump, or just didn’t bother voting. – Noam Chomsky

That’s what is always fascinating about racism – how it is allowed, if not encouraged, to flourish freely in public spaces, the way racism and bigotry are so often unquestioned. – Roxane Gay

That’s the hate they’re giving us, baby, a system designed against us. That’s Thug Life. – Angie Thomas

That’s what imperialism is all about, shoving your language, religion, culture, and race down others’ throats and telling them that they’re beneath you – and it’s not unique to the West either. – M.B. Wilmot

That’s what the welfare people want,’ Tranquilino gritted his teeth, ‘to have us on welfare and to have our women working. Then they can point to our broken families and say the mexicano is a lazy, no good son-of-a-bitch! – Rudolfo Anaya

The “r” word [racism] is a scary word to me – I don’t like to say it. I’m not trying to say it doesn’t exist. It’s incredibly inflammatory and invites a lot of awful mistakes and injustices that have happened and still do happen. It’s a word that has been thrown around in a way that incites a lot of bad feelings in most people. – Brandi Chastain

The ‘Righteous’ are mightier than ‘God. – Shivish

The 1790 Naturalization law determined that ‘free white persons’ could naturalize after two years of residency, and established that the children of citizens would also be citizens. Soon after, in 1795, Congress extended the residency period to five years, and in 1798 extended the residency requirement even further, to fourteen years. – Pratheepan Gulasekaram

The 1924 Immigration Restriction Act was the primary tool used by FDR to keep Jewish refugees from reaching US shores. – A.E. Samaan

The act of claiming an identity can be transformational. It can provide healing and empowerment. It can weld solidarity within a community. And, perhaps most importantly, it can diminish power from an oppressor, a dominant group. – Simon Tam

The American Catholic Church made statements on racism as far back as the 1940s and ’50s. ‘Colored’ Catholic girls could not live in the dorms at Catholic University – the bishops’ university – up into the 1940s. – Anthea Butler

The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities – he is only reacting to 400 years of the conscious racism of the American whites. – Malcolm X

The apostle of interracial justice among highly prejudiced fellow citizens resembles in many ways the missionary conversing with a foreign people bound by ancient tribal customs and taboos. Direct assault will not dislodge the fetishes. The idols will bow out only when people have become sufficiently enlightened to wish to remove them of themselves. – John LaFarge S.J.

The arrogance of race prejudice is an arrogance which defies what is scientifically known of human races. – Ruth Benedict

The association of wealth with whites and poverty with blacks is not accidental. It is the nature of the imperialist relationship that enriches the metropolis at the expense of the colony i.e. it makes the whites richer and the blacks poorer. – Walter Rodney

The attitudinal changes we’ve seen in recent decades regarding racism, sexism, and homophobia are real, but can encourage simplistic optimism about additional progress. – Martin Duberman

The Australian is forcefully loquacious, until the moment of expressing any emotion. He is aggressively committed to equality and equal-opportunity for all men, except for black Australians. He has high assurance in anything he does combined with a gnawing lack of confidence in anything he thinks. – Robin Boyd

The basic premise of math is about efficiency. And when you’ve got racism, sexism, and bigotry, that’s just standing in the way of efficiency in our own progress. – Glen Powell

The Belgians tend to downplay the cultural divide issue, and the far-right issue, but there’s a staggering degree of casual racism in Belgium, much worse than in the UK. – Nicholas Royle

The best cure for racism is to have somebody shoot at you. Man, it does not matter then what color the arse is that comes to save yours-black or white, you’re ready to give it a big fat kiss. – Wilbur Smith

The betrayal I now felt was greater because it had been perpetrated with the greatest of charm and courtesy. – E.R. Braithwaite

The biggest thing is we need to stop acting like racism don’t exist. – Lil Rel Howery

The black community sees itself as one group, and they are all experiencing the same experiences as a group with racism and whatnot, growing up in this country. – Andrea Navedo

The black conservative is responsible for making people question an idea that racism must be extinct before black people can overcome. Understanding that our goal is to thrive despite racism rather than fetishizing it is, in fact, the central ideological plank of people deemed “black conservatives.” This is a coherent position, but that can be hard to perceive, given the way that race has been discussed in our land over the past 40 years or so. – John H. McWhorter

The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same time she is caught in the tripartite crossfire of masculine prejudice, white illogical hate and Black lack of power. The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors and deserves respect if not enthusiastic admiration. – Maya Angelou

The black man continues on his way. He plods wearily no longer-he is striding freedom road with the knowledge that if he hasn’t got the world in a jug, at least he has the stopper in his hand. – Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

The black people’s struggle has vanquished racism. It was God who created colour. Today Obama, a son of Kenya, a son of Africa, has made it in the United States of America. – Muammar al-Gaddafi

The Black Power advocates are disenchanted with the inconsistencies in the militaristic posture of our government. Over the past decade they have seen America applauding nonviolence whenever the Negroes have practiced it. They have watched it being praised in the sit-in movements of 1960, in the Freedom Riots of 1961, in the Albany movement of 1962, in the Birmingham movement of 1963 and in the Selma movement of 1965. But then these same black young men and women have watched as America sends black young men to burn Vietnamese with napalm, to slaughter men, women, and children; and they wonder what kind of nation it is that applauds nonviolence whenever Negroes face white people in the streets of the United State but then applauds violence and burning and death when these same Negroes are sent to the fields of Vietnam. – Martin Luther King Jr.

The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness. – Marcus Garvey

The Black woman in the South who raises sons, grandsons and nephews had her heartstrings tied to a hanging noose. Any break from routine may herald for them unbearable news. – Maya Angelou

The black world was expanding before me, and I could see now that that world was more than a photonegative of that of the people who believe they are white. ‘White America’ is a syndicate arrayed to protect its exclusive power to dominate and control our bodies. Sometimes this power is direct (lynching), and sometimes it is insidious (redlining). But however it appears, the power of domination and exclusion is central to the belief in being white, and without it, ‘white people’ would cease to exist for want of reasons. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

The blind faith in some half-assed conspiracy theories lines up with the logic of having to believe in something with no questions asked. It gives us peace and comfort. As simple as I was, I found that resorting to this absolute nonsense was the root of all our problems. It was a road of willingly-learned helplessness, for no action could make a difference, thereby no action was needed. – Asaad Almohammad

The blind spot for the in the Southern Progressive Movement – as for that matter in the national [progressive] movement – was the Negro, for the whole movement in the South coincided paradoxically with the crest of the wave of racism. Still more important to the association of the two movements was the fact that their leaders were often identical. In fact, the typical Progressive reformer rode to power in the South on a disenfranchising or white-supremacy movement. – Vann Woodward

The book, ‘Citizen,’ begins with daily encounters, little moments, places where language reveals how racism determines how we interact. – Claudia Rankine

The brutality with which Negroes are treated in this country simply cannot be overstated, however unwilling white men may be to hear it. – James Baldwin

The camera could be a very powerful instrument against discrimination, against poverty, against racism. – Gordon Parks

The caste system, in all its various forms, is always based on identifiable physical characteristics – sex, color, age. – Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

The challenge throughout has been to tell what I view as the truth about racism without causing disabling despair. – Derrick Bell

The Charleston shooting is a result of an ingrained culture of racism and a history of terrorism in America. It should be covered as such. – Anthea Butler

The children of Birmingham did not really die in the State of Alabama, however, because Alabama is a state of mind, and in the minds of the [white] men who rule Alabama, those children had never lived […] their blood is on so many hands, that history will weep in the telling…and it is not new blood. It is old, so very old. – Roger Ebert

The church must reckon with the reality that ever since black people were stolen from Africa and trafficked to this land, they have been dehumanized, abused, criminalized, incarcerated, exploited for profit, and governed in distinctively sinister ways. This oppression has been personal, institutional, systemic, and legislative. It has been authorized and sanctioned by our local, state, and federal government. As the church, do we have the wherewithal to confront the austere reality that our national economy has been subsidized by a criminal justice system that is, and has been, predicated on the exploitation of cheap labor extracted from poor, racially profiled people of color? – Dominique DuBois Gilliard

The city belongs to the black man. The white man was a convenient target until there were no white men left in Detroit. What used to be black and white is now gray. Whites got the suburbs and everything else. The black machine’s got the city and the black machine’s at war with itself. The spoils go to the one who understands that. – Charlie LeDuff

The city of Paris, France, became a place of refuge for biracial Americans during slavery and at the time of the Harlem Renaissance for black musicians, fine artists, writers and others seeking opportunities to practice their craft free from American racism. – Sandra L. West

The civil rights situation is like a pregnancy. It will get worse, I believe, before it gets better. What the usual pregnancy comes to is a decent baby. That is what we all hope will be the end product of this stress. It is customary, at the end of a pregnancy, to have for your pains a decent baby. – Gwendolyn Brooks

The claim that Darwin’s theories were at the core of eugenics, the racial science at the core of Nazism, are not new. They are not revisionist history made upon the revelations of the Death Camps. These claims precede The Holocaust by several decades. American and British icons of science, namely Darwin’s relatives and colleagues, were making this claim before Adolf Hitler was even born, and continued to do so on up through the end of WWII. – A.E. Samaan

The coalition emerges out of your recognition that it’s fucked up for you, in the same way that we’ve already recognized that it’s fucked up for us. I don’t need your help. I just need you to recognize that this shit is killing you, too, however much more softly, you stupid motherfucker, you know? – Fred Moten

The color of the skin is in no way connected with strength of the mind or intellectual powers. – Benjamin Banneker

The colored woman of to-day occupies, one may say, a unique position in this country. In a period of itself transitional and unsettled, her status seems one of the least ascertainable and definitive of all the forces which make for our civilization. She is confronted by both a woman question and a race problem. – Anna Julia Cooper

The concept ‘a bit racist’ doesn’t exist. There are no tolerable quantities of racism. It’s unacceptable regardless of where it happens or the form that it takes. – Kevin-Prince Boateng

The condition of the black race, their pain, their wounds, would in his mind become merged with his own: the absent father and the hint of scandal, a mother who had gone away, the cruelty of other children, the realization that he was no fair-haired boy — that he looked like a ‘wop’. Racism was part of that past, his instincts told him, part of convention and respectability and status, the smirks and whispers and gossip that had kept him on the outside looking in, – Barrack Obama

The conquest of the earth is not a pretty thing. – Joseph Conrad

The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it. – Joseph Conrad

The Constitution gives you the right, as a white man, to have a rifle in your home. The Constitution gives you the right to protect yourself. Why is it ‘ominous’ when black people even talk of having rifles? Why don’t we have the right to self-defense? Is it because maybe you know we’re going to have to defend ourselves against you? – James Baldwin

The conundrum of the twenty-first (century) is that with the best intentions of color blindness, and laws passed in this spirit, we still carry instincts and reactions inherited from our environments and embedded in our being below the level of conscious decision. There is a color line in our heads, and while we could see its effects we couldn’t name it until now. But john powell is also steeped in a new science of ‘implicit bias,’ which gives us a way, finally, even to address this head on. It reveals a challenge that is human in nature, though it can be supported and hastened by policies to create new experiences, which over time create new instincts and lay chemical and physical pathways. This is a helpfully unromantic way to think about what we mean when we aspire, longingly, to a lasting change of heart. And john powell and others are bringing training methodologies based on the new science to city governments and police forces and schools. What we’re finding now in the last 30 years is that much of the work, in terms of our cognitive and emotional response to the world, happens at the unconscious level. – Krista Tippett

The conviction that all men are equal by reason of their natural dignity has been generally accepted. Hence racial discrimination can no longer be justified. – Pope John XXIII

The core of racism is the notion that the individual is meaningless and that membership in the collective – the race – is the source of his identity and value. … The notion of ‘diversity’ entails exactly the same premises as racism – that one’s ideas are determined by one’s race and that the source of an individual’s identity is his ethnic heritage. – Peter Schwartz

The core of the culture is racism and how black men are viewed. They’ve always been demonized and seen as threats in our culture. Another holdover from slavery. We’ve got to deal with that core root of racism and demonization of the upbringing of black men. Black women are not exempt by any means. – Marian Wright Edelman

The criterion for racism is either objective or it’s meaningless: If liberals get to decide for themselves who is or isn’t a racist according to their political lights, conservatives will be within their rights to ignore them. – Bret Stephens

The denial of racism is a form of racism itself. – Tim Wise

The details and symbols of your life have been deliberately constructed to make you believe what white people say about you. Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure, does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity and fear. – James Baldwin

The development of the sugar industry was to have a significant impact on the politics and culture of the island, since it lead to a huge increase in Cuba’s slave population. This in turn helped to fuel the growth of the island’s white racism, fueled by the migrants from Santo Domingo and Louisiana. The image of the Haitian revolution, and the inflated memory of its excesses — echoed not just in Cuba, but in the United States and Latin America as well — was to hover over Cuba throughout the nineteenth century and beyond, a permanent intimation of what might happen to the white population if faulty political or administrative decisions were made. Many whites in Cuba felt that they lived permanently in the shadow of a slave rebellion on the Haitian model. – Richard Gott

The different ness of races, moreover, is no evidence of superiority or of inferiority. This merely indicates that each race has certain gifts which the others do not possess. – Carter Woodson

The disadvantages that afflict the members of a given racial group cannot be treated merely as the concern of the disadvantaged group alone: they can only be treated adequately and successfully by the joint action of all concerned. – John LaFarge S.J.

The disease of intolerance is not communicated only in religious groups. I’ve seen it infect racial groups, economic groups and even whole nations (where it is often cleverly disguised as patriotism). Intolerance always fences people out. It creates one group we call US. And the rest we call THEM. – Steve Goodier

The doors of churches, hotels, concert halls and reading rooms are alike closed against the Negro as a man, but every place is open to him as a servant. – Ida B. Wells

The drug war has nothing to do with making communities livable or creating a decent future for black kids. On the contrary, prohibition is directly responsible for the power of crack dealers to terrorize whole neighborhoods. And every cent spent on the cops, investigators, bureaucrats, courts, jails, weapons, and tests required to feed the drug-war machine is a cent not spent on reversing the social policies that have destroyed the cities, nourished racism, and laid the groundwork for crack culture. – Ellen Willis

The earthquake cannot be subpoenaed. The typhoon will not bend under indictment. They sent the killer of Prince Jones back to his work, because he was not a killer at all. He was a force of nature, the helpless agent of our world’s physical laws. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

The election of Donald Trump confirmed everything I knew of my country and none of what I could accept. The idea that America would follow its first black president with Donald Trump accorded with its history. I was shocked at my own shock. I had wanted Obama to be right. I still want Obama to be right. I still would like to fold myself into the dream. This will not be possible. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

The espousal of the doctrine of Negro inferiority by the South was primarily because of economic motives and the inter-connected political urge necessary to support slave industry; but to the watching world it sounded like the carefully thought out result of experience and reason; and because of this it was singularly disastrous for modern civilization science and religion, in art and government, as well as in industry. The South could say that the Negro, even when brought into modern civilization, could not be civilized, and that, therefore, he and the other colored peoples of the world were so far inferior to the whites that the white world had a right to rule mankind for their own selfish interests. – W E B Du Bois, Black Reconstruction in America

The essence of American racism is disrespect. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

The essential contradiction at the heart of America’s problems: if we were a democracy and if we truly enjoyed free speech, we would be able to study and speak about the CIA. We would confront our institutionalized racism and sadism. But we can’t, and so our agency’s history remains unknown, which in turn means we have no idea who we are, as individuals or as a nation. We imagine ourselves to be things we are not. Our leaders know bits and pieces of the truth, but they cease being leaders once they begin to talk about the truly evil things the CIA is doing. – Douglas Valentine

The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The experience of slavery is the bedrock on which Caribbean society has been founded. – Sharon Hurley Hall

The exploitation of foreign laborers sometimes takes interesting forms for the exploited. And once you are accustomed to being exploited, you begin to participate in the process, you learn to exploit the exploitation. – Romain Gary

The fact is that racism, despite all the doomsayers, has diminished. – Constance Baker Motley

The fact that hardly anyone is ever prepared to admit to racist behaviour is perhaps a sort of strength: it speaks to the fact that racism is socially inadmissible. – Martin Jacques

The fact that there’s a more open discussion about everything from feminism to racism … I look at my two boys … this is their future I’m talking about. When I’ll be long gone, it’ll be them and their kids. I know that sometimes the darkest times are followed by the lightest. Sometimes bad things have to happen for good things to happen. At the very worst, we’re having very open discussions, discussions about things we didn’t even know f-king existed. I talk to my friends about it and they are absolutely shocked. They didn’t even know. – Michael Buble

The fantastic thing about ‘Jasper Jones’ is that although it’s set in 1969, the themes are still so topical. We’re still struggling with racism and sexism and domestic violence and abuse. – Angourie Rice

the fear of fat works … because it’s being manipulated in us to enforce class divisions, racisms, womyn-hatred. And we give it the room to work because it’s so close to us, it’s our own bodies, that we don’t see it as coming from outside ourselves, we don’t name it for the weapon it is. – Elana Dykewomon

The FHA literally drew up the redlining map and then basically distributed – I’m sorry, the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation actually did it, and then distributed to banks who used that as policy to determine how they would lend and who they would lend to. The racism in the system was pervasive and total. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

The first thing that Black Lives Matter had to do was remind people that racism existed in this country because when we had Obama, people thought we were post-racial. That was the debate. Is racism over? And very quickly, we understood that it was not over. – Patrisse Cullors

The first to wave the white flag was America when they elected a new president. The second was the American people for forgetting where their ancestors came from. The third was congress for letting racism rule the roost. – Anthony T. Hincks

The first who attracts the eye, the first in enlightenment, in power and in happiness, is the white man, the European, man par excellence; below him appear the Negro and the Indian. These two unfortunate races have neither birth, nor face, nor language, nor mores in common; only their misfortunes look alike. Both occupy an equally inferior position in the country that they inhabit; both experience the effects of tyranny; and if their miseries are different, they can accuse the same author for them. – Alexis de Tocqueville

The First World War was a war devoid of any virtue. It arose from the quagmire of European tribalism: a complex interplay of nation-state destinies overlaid by notions of cultural superiority peppered with racism. – Paul Keating

The freedoms that we have were purchased not just by those in uniform—and they definitely were—but also by those who took their lives into their hands, riding those Greyhound buses—the Freedom Riders, in the deep south, in the 1960s, who knew full well that they would be arrested, and they were, serving time, in the Mississippi State Penitentiary. Rosa Parks, getting from the back of the bus to the front of the bus. Peaceful, nonviolent protest. – Beto O’Rourke

The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language and you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Somebody says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of this is necessary. There will always be one more thing. – Toni Morrison

The funniest racism is the racism between minorities. It’s something you don’t see dramatized, but almost every minority I know who’s my age, they have these funny stories about their parents stereotyping other minorities. – Mindy Kaling

The genius of the current caste system, and what most distinguishes it from its predecessors, is that it appears voluntary. People choose to commit crimes, and that’s why they are locked up or locked out, we are told. This feature makes the politics of responsibility particularly tempting, as it appears the system can be avoided with good behavior. But herein lies the trap. All people make mistakes. All of us are sinners. All of us are criminals. All of us violate the law at some point in our lives. In fact, if the worst thing you have ever done is speed ten miles over the speed limit on the freeway, you have put yourself and others at more risk of harm than someone smoking marijuana in the privacy of his or her living room. Yet there are people in the United States serving life sentences for first-time drug offenses, something virtually unheard of anywhere else in the world. – Michelle Alexander

The glory of this land has been its capacity for transcending the moral evils of our past. For example, the long struggle of minority citizens for equal rights, once a source of disunity and civil war, is now a point of pride for all Americans. We must never go back. There is no room for racism, anti-Semitism, or other forms of ethnic and racial hatred in this country. – Ronald Reagan

The great thing about 2017 is that, because of the terrible political state that we’re in and that America is in, young people are so vocal at the moment about so many issues, from racism to LGBT rights to beyond. I feel like – especially when I look at my fan-base – people are so vocal about their opinions and so vocal about spreading love. That’s really important, and I think it’s really amazing that people are talking about that. I just want that to keep happening. – Charli XCX

The great white city of brotherhood, Washington. – Christina Stead

The greatest gift you can give the wicked is your inaction. – DaShanne Stokes

The greatest number of drug addicts are to be found in Teheran and in Karachi, not in the West. Not in New York believe it or not. It’s the same with the roles of slavery, racism and imperialism in the world. These institutions were present in other cultures. However, it was Western civilization which did something about slavery, about racism and voluntarily dissolved its empires leaving behind a very positive legacy of institutions not to mention buildings and roadways. – Ibn Warraq

The greatest right in the world is the right to be wrong. If the Government or majorities think an individual is right, no one will interfere with him; but when agitators talk against the things considered holy, or when radicals criticise, or satirize the political gods, or question the justice of our laws and institutions, or pacifists talk against war, how the old inquisition awakens, and ostracism, the excommunication of the church, the prison, the wheel, the torture-chamber, the mob, are called to suppress the free expression of thought. – Harry Weinberger

The greatest single reason for [the] Christian church’s failure . . . is its failure to combat racism. – Malcolm X

The hardest thing I had to overcome in life? I think racism. That’s so difficult because I don’t think anyone can ever understand it. It’s not that people don’t want to understand it, but they don’t want to touch it. – Herschel Walker

The hatred was, in a word, monochromatic. – Mandy Ashcraft

The heart of racism was and is economic, though its roots are also deeply cultural, psychological, sexual, religious, and of course, political. Due to 246 years of brutal slavery and an additional 100 years of legal segregation and discrimination, no area of relationship between black people and white people in the United States is free from the legacy of racism. – Jim Wallis

The highly cancerous, irrational and delusional concepts of (supposed) Jewish supremacy & White supremacy are two prime examples of toxic ideologies derived from mythological Creationism and hyper Racism. The believers and practitioners of both ought to snap out their stupidity. – Mamur Mustapha

The historian’s distortion is more than technical, it is ideological; it is released into a world of contending interest, where any chosen emphasis supports some kind of interest, whether economic or political or racial, or national or sexual. – Howard Zinn

The historical legacies of resistance to racism, militarism, privatization and panoptical surveillance have long been forgotten and made invisible in the current assumption that Americans now live in a democratic, post-racial society. – Henry Giroux

The history of African-American repression in this country rose from government-sanctioned racism. Jim Crow laws were a product of bigoted state and local governments. – Rand Paul

The Holocaust illustrates the consequences of prejudice, racism and stereotyping on a society. It forces us to examine the responsibilities of citizenship and confront the powerful ramifications of indifference and inaction. – Tim Holden

The idea of making a film – a film that I had certainly never seen before – about the slave experience was a huge responsibility. It’s a project that requires a wider understanding of the geopolitical nature of the slave trade, of historical and modern-day racism. – Chiwetel Ejiofor

The idea of reappropriation isn’t a new one. The process of turning negative words, symbols, or ideas into positive parts of our own identity – was used for social justice movements long before hipsters thought that being ironic was cool. Whether it is repurposing a racial epithet or taking on a stereotype for sociopolitical empowerment, it’s an important process that has been around for thousands of years and continues to change society today. – Simon S. Tam

The impact of racism has changed our look at ourselves because basically racism was meant to make us look unfaithfully at ourselves, and to not treasure our institutions. – John Henrik Clarke

The imperialistic or capitalistic system occupies areas. It occupies Vietnam now. They occupy them by sending soldiers there, by sending policeman there. The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishments hand. They make the racist secure in his racism. The gun in the establishment’s hand makes the establishment secure in its exploitation. – Huey Newton

The implications of such marginalization are profound. The insights about sexist and racist biases… are important because information organizations, from libraries to schools and universities to governmental agencies, are increasingly reliant on being displaced by a variety of web-based ‘tools’ as if there are no political, social, or economic consequences of doing so. – Safiya Umoja Noble

The implications of the true story are existential and corrosive to our larger national myth. To understand that the most costly war in this country’s history was launched in direct opposition to everything the country claims to be, to understand that this war was the product of centuries of enslavement, which is to see an even longer, more total war, is to alter the accepted conception of America as a beacon of freedom. How does one face this truth or forge a national identity out of it? – Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Indian temperament is so excitable, you know. – Saul Bellow

The Indians’ insistence on clinging to their customs had to be the work of Satan there was no other explanation which is why the friars went out to hunt down and lasso the deserters and then whipped their doctrine of love and forgiveness into them. – Isabel Allende

The infamy of n – – is – it’s a word that has been used to terrorize people, to put people down. But it has also been used in other ways. It’s also been used as a way of putting a mirror up to racism. – Randall Kennedy

The insidious reasons for a brown girl’s self-loathing won’t be surprising to any woman of color. I cannot rightly compare my own struggles to those of another minority, as each ethnicity comes with its own baggage and the South Asian experience is just one variation on the experience of dark-skinned people everywhere. As parents and grandparents often do in Asian countries, my extended family urged me to avoid the sun, not out of fear that heatstroke would sicken me or that UV rays would lead to cancer, but more, I think, out of fear that my skin would darken to the shade of an Untouchable, a person from the lowest caste in Indian society, someone who toils in the fields. The judgments implicit in these exhortations—and what they mean about your worth—might not dawn on you while you’re playing cricket in the sand. What’s at stake might not dawn on you while, as a girl, you clutch fast to yourself your blonde-haired, blue-eyed doll named Helen. But all along, the message that lighter skin is equivalent to a more attractive, worthier self is getting beamed deep into your subconscious. Western ideals of beauty do not stop at ocean shores. They pervade the world and mingle with those of your own country to create mutant, unachievable standards. – Padma Lakshmi

The internal sexism within womanhood is very ­predominant in Hollywood, because we all want to be ­successful. There’s a plug to it: You all have to be skinny! You all have to be pretty! You all have to be likable, because that’s the ­formula that works. On an ­executive level. On a power level. And it’s not always the same working with black people, because of the internalized racism. The colorism. – Viola Davis

The Internet has provided small communities for racism online, and people feel free to do it. Ultimately, there should be some consequence – if you promote your racism online then there should be a consequence. – Issa Rae

The irony of American history is the tendency of good white Americanas to presume racial innocence. Ignorance of how we are shaped racially is the first sign of privilege. In other words. It is a privilege to ignore the consequences of race in America. – Tim Wise

The issue of racism and racial prejudice. It is very, very difficult to discuss. It is difficult to discuss the issue of apartheid. Many have made the observation that it is very difficult to find anyone in SA who ever supported apartheid because everyone was opposed, it was against our will and so on. – Thabo Mbeki

The issue of racism happens all over the world. Granted, people – especially Americans – don’t know the the Canadian culture. But if you look outside this country, it’s a problem all around the planet. – Stephan James

The issue, perhaps, boils down to one of how perceptions or misperceptions of racial difference impact various individuals’, or groups of individuals’, experience of freedom in America. Some would argue that it goes beyond hampering their ‘pursuit of happiness’ to outright obliterating it. – Aberjhani

The job of the anti-fascist is to make [fascists] too afraid to act publicly and to act as volunteer targets for their hate and attacks which might keep them from thinking about burning down the mosque in their neighborhood. – Mark Bray

The Left always promote their fake news and conspiracy theories – pushing the lies of ‘racism,’ ‘sexism,’ ‘homophobi-ism,’ ‘Islamophobi-ism.’ They support NFL thugs lying about so-called ‘police brutality,’ which doesn’t exist. – Jesse Lee Peterson

The Left would like to believe that racism—not the breakdown of marriage and family, the absence of religious norms, a degraded popular culture, and other issues that all concern values—is the primary impediment to black progress in America. Therefore the Left declares racism the greatest impediment to black progress. – Dennis Prager

The lessons of the past suggest that racism and resentment against people of color will continue to flourish in America as long as the history that is taught transposes the heroes and the villains. That is the unspoken truth at the heart of the nation’s racial divide. – Susan L. Taylor

The main barrier between East and West today is that the white man is not willing to give up his superiority and the colored man is no longer willing to endure his inferiority. – Pearl S. Buck

The mainstream media choose to flaunt story lines that make white America appear guilty of continued institutional racism, while black racism against whites is ignored as an acceptable disposition given our nation’s history. – Andrew Breitbart

The marriage institution cannot exist among slaves, and one sixth of the population of democratic America is denied it’s privileges by the law of the land. What is to be thought of a nation boasting of its liberty, boasting of it’s humanity, boasting of its Christianity, boasting of its love of justice and purity, and yet having within its own borders three millions of persons denied by law the right of marriage? – Frederick Douglass

The Mass is the re-enactment of the cross’s mighty onslaught upon human differences: the breaking down of the wall of partition. We participate in common, as in one family, in the holy Eucharistic offering. We are united with one another through our union with Jesus Christ in Communion. – John LaFarge S.J.

The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us to temporarily beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change. – Audre Lorde

The matter came up for judicial investigation, but as might have been expected, the white people concluded it was unnecessary to wait the result of the investigation—that it was preferable to hang the accused first and try him afterward. – Ida b wells

The McCleskey decision was not really about the death penalty at all; rather, the Court’s opinion was driven by a desire to immunize the entire criminal justice system from claims of racial bias…Racial discrimination, the Court seemed to suggest, was something that simply must be tolerated in the criminal justice system, provided no one admits to racial bias. – Michelle Alexander

The media loves nothing more than when there is a racial scandal or something. Racism, bigotry, these are just such hot button issues, and the media loves it. – John Rocker

The meetings and marches and vigils are cool, but if the enemy isn’t present, you’re just talking slick to a can of oil. – Darnell Lamont Walker

The men her girlfriends dated were too often angry and muttering about oppression. One of the reasons she took to Skeet later in life was that he never went to that place; he believed with a firm positivity that he didn’t need to waste time resenting real or imagined social constructs because he would always be ahead of them. The individual, not the people, was responsible for success or failure. – Jeff Hobbs

The minute we look away, the minute we stop fighting back, that’s the minute bigotry wins. – DaShanne Stokes

The minute you understand racism, you’re responsible for being racist. It’s like eating from the tree of knowledge. – Lynda Barry

The modern definition of ‘racist’ is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal. – Peter Brimelow

The more afraid we are of the shadow of racism, the more conscious we might become of our own unsuspected biases. – Bret Stephens

The more we’re thrown into conflict with each other through engineered distrust, the less able we are to unite against those responsible. – DaShanne Stokes

The Mormon mission to Africa, as to other dark-skinned parts of the world, was for a long time hobbled by the racism of the movement’s scripture. – James Fenton

The most effective adaptation of racism over time is the idea that racism is conscious bias held by mean people. – Robin DiAngelo

The nation as it is currently constituted has never dealt with a yesterday or tomorrow where we were radically honest, generous, and tender with each other. – Kiese Laymon

The national conversation around white entitlement, around institutionalized racism, the Black Lives Matter movement, I think, came about in large part because of the widening and broadening of our understanding of inequality. That conversation was begun by Occupy. – Cathy O’Neil

The nature of racism is that it grinds down the soul of the man more finely than it does the soul of the woman. When you want to conquer a people or subject it, you destroy the male component. – Ruby Dee

The needs of a society determine its ethics, and in the Black American ghettos the hero is that man who is offered only the crumbs from his country’s table but by ingenuity and courage is able to take for himself a Lucullan feast. Hence the janitor who lives in one room but sports a robin’s-egg-blue Cadillac is not laughed at but admired, and the domestic who buys forty-dollar shoes is not criticized but is appreciated. We know that they have put to use their full mental and physical powers. Each single gain feeds into the gains of the body collective. – Maya Angelou

The new racism is anything that might hurt a Democrat politically. – Glenn Reynolds

The new racism, like God, works in mysterious ways and is quite effective in maintaining white privilege. For example, instead of saying as they used to say during the Jim Crow era that they do not want us as neighbors, they say things nowadays such as ‘I am concerned about crime, property values and schools.’ – Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

The new racism: Racism without ‘racists.’ Today, racial segregation and division often result from habits, policies, and institutions that are not explicitly designed to discriminate. Contrary to popular belief, discrimination or segregation do not require animus. They thrive even in the absence of prejudice or ill will. It’s common to have racism without racists. – Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

The norm is white, apparently, in the view of people who see things in that way. For them, the only reason you would introduce a black character is to introduce this kind of abnormality. Usually, it’s because you’re telling a story about racism or at least about race. – Octavia E. Butler

The notion of racial difference—specifically the notion of white supremacy—proved far more durable than the institution that gave birth to it. – Michelle Alexander

The notion that black folks have nothing to learn from scholarship that may reflect racial or racist biases is dangerous. It promotes closed-mindedness and a narrow understanding of knowledge to hold that “race” is such an overwhelming concept that it negates the validity of any insights contained in a work that may have some racist or sexist aspects. – Bell Hooks

The notion that Google/ Alphabet has the potential to be a democratizing force is certainly laudable, but the contradictions inherent in its projects must be contextualized in the historical conditions that both create and are created by it. – Safiya Umoja Noble

The Nova Scotian black community always remembered Viola Desmond – they didn’t lose track of her, ever. Her memory was very much alive there, but the rest of us didn’t know anything about her. It’s just so typical of Canadians that we know Rosa Parks, in that “bad country to the south of us” – they needed this lovely, courageous woman to sit down in the front of the bus – but we wouldn’t know ours, because of course we “don’t have racism in Canada.” – Constance Backhouse

The officer’s question already let me know that in his eyes I was dirt; that is, matter out of place. – Akala

The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box. – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

The one thing that the racist can never manage is anything like discrimination: he is indiscriminate by definition. – Christopher Hitchens

The only antidote to racism – and the Italians are anything but racist – is to return to a respect for laws and regulations and monitor who enters and who leaves this country. – Matteo Salvini

The only classification to be made out of humans should be based on character and nothing but the character. – Abhijit Naskar

The only color we must be cynical about is never skin color but, the color of character for what character can do, skin color may never be able to do. – Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

The only real remedy for the problem of racial prejudice is the transforming power of the Lord Jesus Christ. – R. Albert Mohler Jr.

The only truth is face to face, the poem whose words become your mouth and dying in black and white we fight for what we love, not are. – Frank O’Hara

The only way not to worry about the race problem is to be doing something about it yourself. When you are, natural human vanity makes you feel that now the thing is in good hands. – Margaret Halsey

The only way we can challenge Islamism is to engage with one another. We need to make it as abhorrent as racism has become today. Only then will we stem the tide of angry young Muslims who turn to hate. – Maajid Nawaz

The other thing about the Nights is that it is quite racist. One parentheses is that I think this is one of the negative things that appeal to people, that The Arabian Nights could be used as a disguise for racism. It suited the West. You could smuggle racism into children’s literature, you see. The African magician in the story of Aladdin, he’s labeled explicitly as the “African Magician.” He’s not a character but a stereotype, and a lot of this got into nursery literature in this Oriental disguise. – Marina Warner

The outcast lepers would like to drag everything down in their ruin. And they become all the more evil, the more you cast them out; and the more you depict them as a court of lemurs who want your ruin, the more they will be outcast. – Umberto Eco

The overwhelming tendency of markets is to bring people together, break down prejudices, persuade people of the need to cooperate regardless of class, race, religion, sex/gender, and physical ability. The same is obviously and especially true of sexual orientation. It is the market that rewards people who put aside their biases and seek gains through trade. This is why states devoted to racialist and hateful policies always resort to violence in control of the marketplace. – Jeffrey Tucker

The paradox of anti-Semitism is that it is invariably up to the Jews to explain away the charges. The anti-Semite simply has to make them. – Jack Bruce

The parallel between antifeminism and race prejudice is striking. The same underlying motives appear to be at work, namely fear, jealousy, feelings of insecurity, fear of economic competition, guilt feelings, and the like. Many of the leaders of the feminist movement in the nineteenth-century United States clearly understood the similarity of the motives at work in antifeminism and race discrimination and associated themselves with the anti slavery movement. – Ashley Montagu

The pianokeys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind – Maria Cristina Mena

The planter class extended special privileges to poor whites in an effort to drive a wedge between them and black slaves – Michelle Alexander

The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person. – Barack Obama

The point of racism is to dehumanize those targeted by the racism. Violence as a reaction to injustice provides ammunition to racists. – The Prophet of Life

The police can go to downtown Harlem and pick up a kid with a joint in the streets. But they can’t go into the elegant apartments and get a stockbroker who’s sniffing cocaine. – Noam Chomsky

The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishments hand. They make the racist secure in his racism. – Huey Newton

The political philosophy of black nationalism only means that the black man should control the politics and the politicians in his own community. The time when white people can come in our community and get us to vote for them so that they can be our political leaders and tell us what to do and what not to do is long gone. – Malcolm X

The politics of whiteness transcends the colour of anyone’s skin. It is an occupying force in the mind. It is a political ideology that is concerned with maintaining power through domination and exclusion. Anyone can buy into it, just like anyone can choose to challenge it. […] Those who perceive every critique of white-dominated politics to be an attack of them as a white person are probably part of the problem. – Reni Eddo-Lodge

The popular mocking of reparations as a harebrained scheme authored by wild-eyed lefties and intellectually unserious black nationalists is fear masquerading as laughter. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

The positive value of anger is not limited to peace activists, but is relevant to all who work for social change. It may be argued that anger is the personal fuel in the social motor that resolves the institutional contradictions that arise in the course of history. As such. it applies to the activists who rid the world of slavery, and who moved the political economic systems from feudalism to capitalism and from capitalism to socialism, and who are fighting today to rid the world of racism and sexism. – David Adams

The power of love is that it sees all people. – DaShanne Stokes

The precise ancestry of a black drug dealer or cop killer is irrelevant. His blackness predicts and explains his crime. He reinforces the racist presumption. It is only when that presumption is questioned that a fine analysis of ancestry is invoked. Frederick Douglass was an ordinary nigger while working the fields. But as a famed abolitionist, it was often said that his genius must derive from his white half. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

The prejudiced are easily manipulated. – Wayne Gerard Trotman

The price of conviction has never been cheap, but it will always be worth it. – Andrena Sawyer

The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less. – Eldridge Cleaver

The principle victims of British policies are Unpeople—those whose lives are deemed worthless, expendable in the pursuit of power and commercial gain. They are the modern equivalent of the ‘savages’ of colonial days, who could be mown down by British guns in virtual secrecy, or else in circumstances where the perpetrators were hailed as the upholders of civilisation. – Mark Curtis

The problem is that my generation was pacified into believing that racism existed only in our history books. – Chance The Rapper

The problem is, there is no geographical cure. No matter where we (Black American Folk) go, we are still too plugged into this place. Our cousins, grandmothers, aunts, nieces will be in this place. And the second we start looking at it as a ‘them’ problem, we become another problem. – Darnell Lamont Walker

The problem of racial minorities, more than ninety years after the Emancipation Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, is still our country’s number-one problem. It touches upon every phase of our national economy, health and security, religion and culture. Most of us do not care to discuss it, for we feel uneasily that it reveals an ugly cleavage of thought among our fellow citizens. – John LaFarge S.J.

The problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. These are the triple evils that are interrelated. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line, — the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea. – E. B. Du Bois

The profound mistake of Reverend Wright’s sermons is not that he spoke about racism in our society. It’s that he spoke as if our society was static; as if no progress has been made; as if this country – a country that has made it possible for one of his own members to run for the highest office in the land and build a coalition of white and black; Latino and Asian, rich and poor, young and old – is still irrevocably bound to a tragic past. – Barack Obama

The profound nature of our existence is that we are able at any moment to connect to anyone, anywhere. History is there to remind us of how far weve come, and every day our journey is to continue with that progress of becoming more wise, more compassionate and more considerate human beings. Remembering Emmett though song is way to remind people that there is no need to continue with senseless crimes. Race and racism do no go hand in hand. We are only one race: human. – Melody Gardot

The protesters, in Jerusalem and in Tel Aviv, revealed an open and raw wound at the heart of Israeli society, the pain of a community crying out over a sense of discrimination, racism, and of being unanswered. – Reuven Rivlin

The question of whether one alleges the Superiority or Inferiority of any given race is irrelevant; racism has only one psychological root: the racist’s sense of his own Inferiority. – Ayn Rand

The question that white people need to ask ourselves is not if we were shaped by the forces of racism, but how. – Robin DiAngelo

The races are like America’s children. White people are the firstborn, so they were Dad’s favorite. Black people are the second kids, the abused ones, so they still hate Dad. Latinos are the third, caught in the middle and always trying to make peace between the other siblings. Asians are the youngest, and get good marks in school, but basically are just trying to keep their heads down and not get involved. And Native Americans are the old uncle who owns a house and everyone else in the family was like, ‘He’s not using that! Let’s move in’! – Colin Quinn

The racism in Europe takes the form of anti-immigrant extremism – which is bad enough here – I think it’s hard to measure, but my guess is that it’s probably worse there. – Noam Chomsky

The racism in South Asia is the most specific racism in the world. It’s like racism against a slightly different language group. It’s like micro-racism. – Riz Ahmed

The racism is not only visible as the colour of the hate, but it can appear in all factors of life by anyone whether it is black or white. – Ehsan Sehgal

The racism is so profound and the recognition – the kind of deep recognition that you have to humiliate. It’s not about to killing or torture. It’s to humiliate. So the oppressed feel degraded. And both the oppressed understand and the oppressors understand. It’s constant. – Noam Chomsky

The racism of the Nazis threatened to make whatever we had experienced look like child’s play. If they could be so brutal to the Jews, what would they do to the blacks? So large numbers of black young men and women rallied to the defence of the empire. – Peter Abrahams

The racism, misogyny, and counter-rationality of the reactionary right in American politics for the last several years is a frightening exhibition of the destructive force of anger deliberately nourished by hate, encouraged to rule thought, invited to control behavior. I hope our republic survives this orgy of self-indulgent rage. – Ursula K. Le Guin

The racism, the sexism, I never let it be my problem, it’s their problem. If I see a door comin’ my way, I’m knockin’ it down. And if I can’t knock down the door, I’m sliding through the window. I’ll never let it stop me from what I wanna do. – Rosie Perez

The rage of the disesteemed is personally fruitless, but it is also so absolutely inevitable; this rage, so generally discounted, so little understood even among the people whose daily bread it is, is one of the things that makes history. Rage can only with difficulty, and never entirely, be brought under the domination of the intelligence and is therefore not susceptible to any arguments whatever. – James Baldwin

The rationale seems to be that we keep people as victims by validating them, empathizing with them, and fighting alongside them for equality and the dignity they deserve. I don’t think people are kept down by that. I believe what keeps people down is the constant dismissal of their pain, the degradation, the humiliation, the fear of injustice, and the continuous crushing of their will, their faith, and their hope. This type of oppression kills the self-esteem people need to empower themselves, and it’s flat-out terrorism. – Kyrian Lyndon

The real reason that nonviolence is considered to be a virtue in Negroes— I am not speaking now of its racial value, another matter altogether— is that white men do not want their lives, their self-image, or their property threatened. One wishes they would say so more often. – James Baldwin

The reality is that anti-black racism is a global phenomenon, and it looks different in each context, but if you look at the outcomes, if you listen and look at the experiences, you will see that it’s clear, and it’s happening across the globe. – Opal Tometi

The reality is that race in the United States operates on a spectrum from black to white. Doesn’t mean that people who are in between don’t experience racism, but it means that the closer you are to white on that spectrum, the better off you are. And the closer to black that you are on that spectrum, the worse off your are. – Alicia Garza

The really important victory of the civil rights movement was that it made racism unpopular, whereas a generation ago at the turn of the last century, you had to embrace racism to get elected to anything. – Carol Moseley Braun

The reason I have been so outspoken on antisemitism is that racism is racism – and my family have been victims of it. – Chuka Umunna

The relationship between the experience of racism with depression and anxiety can be traced quite clearly – Sunday Adelaja

The relevant question is not whether back then a few extraordinary individuals could overcome a system strongly weighted against them or whether today an admittedly far greater number requiring far less talent can succeed. The real question is whether it’s harder for the people in this audience to succeed be they extraordinary, average, or below average. If it is, and I think it obvious that it is, then that’s untenable in a country that purports to provide equal opportunity for all. Now of course you’ll dispute my claim that it is more difficult to succeed for them. You say the battle’s over. I say not only is it not over but you yourself are stationed on the frontline of the battle and have been all these years. This room and the criminal justice system as a whole is the frontline. This is where modern-day segregation lives on. – Sergio De La Pava

The rhetoric of ‘law and order’ was first mobilized in the late 1950s as Southern governors and law enforcement officials attempted to generate and mobilize white opposition to the Civil Rights Movement. – Michelle Alexander

The rich, the well-born, and the able, acquire an influence among the people that will soon be too much for simple honesty and plain sense, in a house of representatives. The most illustrious of them must, therefore, be separated from the mass, and placed by themselves in a senate; this is, to all honest and useful intents, an ostracism. – John Adams

The root of the black man’s hatred is rage, and he does not so much had the white man as simply as want the out of his way, and, more than that, out of his children’s way. The root of the white man’s hatred is terror, a bottomless and nameless terror, which focuses on this dread figure, an entity which lives only in his mind. – James Baldwin

The roots of racism lie deep in man’s nature, wounded and bruised by original sin. – Sargent Shriver

The sad and tragic fact is that the civil rights movement, despite its honorable and courageous past, has over the years degenerated into a demagogic hustle, promoting the mindless racism they once fought against. – Thomas Sowell

The sad truth about bigotry is that most bigots either don’t realize that they are bigots, or they convince themselves that their bigotry is perfectly justified. – Wayne Gerard Trotman

The same way that racism is a white person’s problem, violence against women is a men’s problem. – Gloria Steinem

The scars and stains of racism are still deeply embedded in the American society. – John Lewis

The science fiction author, H.G. Wells was an avid supporter of eugenics and a believer in a hierarchy of the races. – A.E. Samaan

The Scriptures have been misused to defend bloody crusades and inquisitions; to support slavery, apartheid, and segregation; to sanction the physical and emotional abuse of women and children; to persecute Jews and other non-Christian people of faith; to support the holocaust of Hitler’s Third Reich; to oppose medical science; to condemn inter-racial marriage; to execute women as witches; to excuse the violent racism of the Ku Klux Klan; to mobilize militias, white supremacy and neo-nazi movements; and to condone intolerance and discrimination against sexual minorities. – Mel White

The Seattle Times reported in 2018 that the median net worth of white Seattleites is $456,000. The median net worth of black Seattleites—and here you should probably beep-boop-boop that therapist again—is $23,000. White net worth in my city is twenty times that of black net worth. If you are one of those people who believes that racism is a thing of the past, never existed at all, or is defined simply as one person being mean to another person, you are claiming that white people genuinely earn—through ability alone, because anything else would be a systemic advantage—twenty times as much as black people. White people are twenty times as good at their jobs, twenty times as skilled, twenty times as deserving. If you believe that, you are racist. That is racism. (Congratulations! I don’t know if you’ve heard, but 2019 is a great time for you guys.) – Lindy West

The shift to a general attitude of ‘toughness’ toward problems associated with communities of color began in the 1960s, when the gains and goals of the Civil Rights movement began to require real sacrifices on the part of white Americans, and conservative politicians found they could mobilize white racial resentment by vowing to crack down on crime. – Michelle Alexander

The sight of a racist mind is too blurred to notice the true beauty of life. – Edmond Mbiaka

The Slavs aren’t unintelligent of course, just emotionally unstable, liable to great heights and great depths. That is what science tells one. Look at Tchaikovsky. Look at Dostoyevsky. – Simon Mawer

The social pressure from friend and acquaintance to collude, to not notice racism, can be quite powerful. – Beverly Daniel Tatum

the solution to racism lies in our ability to see its ubiquity but not to concede its inevitability. It lies in the collective and institutional power to make change, at least as much as with the individual will to change. It also lies in the absolute moral imperative to break the childish, deadly circularity of centuries of blindness to the shimmering brilliance of our common, ordinary humanity. – Patricia J. Williams

The Sons of the Serpent – they want you angry. At the world. They need us all to feel like victims. And it’s an easy get, because times suck. Every day is a battle. We all feel like we’re on the wrong end of the wrecking ball. We feel at the mercy of forces beyond our control, and that makes us scared. And that’s rocket fuel for S.O.B.’s like the Serpents. They prey on us when we’re frightened. They tell us our enemies are the immigrants down the street, or the food stamp family next door. They encourage us to turn our fear into rage, and we fall for it because it’s ’empowering.’ Except it’s not. We don’t become ’empowered.’ We become weaponized. – Mark Waid

The spectre of an absolute menace that requires absolute eradication binds leader and people in a hermetic utopian embrace, and the individual – always an annoyance to totality – ceases to exist. – Philip Gourevitch

The statement that I made and that I think I will continue to make is that racism and bigotry isn’t just relegated to the Southern region; it permeates the history of our nation. It’s not to say that we haven’t made progress. Obviously we have with our first African American president, and I never thought that would happen in my lifetime. – Octavia Spencer

The status quo always favors neutrality which in truth is never neutral at all but supports those who stand against change. – Michael Eric Dyson

The story of humanity can be written as the struggle to acknowledge all human beings as human beings. – J.S.B. Morse

The straitjackets of race prejudice and discrimination do not wear only southern labels. The subtle, psychological technique of the North has approached in its ugliness and victimization of the Negro the outright terror and open brutality of the South. – Martin Luther King Jr.

The strange often uncalled for collective artificial fear European American’s have of African American’s is the genuine fear African American’s should (and at all times) harbor. It is our Kings and Queens who must forever remain vigilant of the imminent danger posed by those in the said collective. – A.K. Kuykendall

The struggle against patriarchy and racism must be substantively robust and inextricably intertwined. – Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

The sure guaranty of the peace and security of each race is the clear, distinct, unconditional recognition by our governments, national and state, of every right that inheres in civil freedom, and of the equality before the law of all citizens of the United States, without regard to race. State enactments regulating the enjoyment of civil rights upon the basis of race, and cunningly devised to defeat legitimate results of the war, under the pretense of recognizing equality of rights, can have no other result than to render permanent peace impossible, and to keep alive a conflict of races, the continuance of which must do harm to all concerned. – John Marshall Harlan

The system of patriarchy is a historic construct; it has a beginning; it will have an end. Its time seems to have nearly run its course—it no longer serves the needs of men or women and in its inextricable linkage to militarism, hierarchy, and racism it threatens the very existence of life on earth. What will come after, what kind of structure will be the foundation for alternate forms of social organization we cannot yet know. We are living in an age of unprecedented transformation. We are in the process of becoming. – Gerda Lerner

The task of resisting our own oppression does not relieve us of the responsibility of acknowledging the complicity in the oppression of others. – Beverly Daniel Tatum

The tension between people is palpable, and the ideal of what it means to be and look American becomes a preoccupation to folks around the country, including me. – Raquel Cepeda

The term ‘racist’ comes from the word ‘racialist’: Someone that sees the world from a racial prism. – A.E. Samaan

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority. – Ralph W. Sockman

The textbook in question in the infamous Scope’s Monkey Trial was partially written by the Harvard educated white supremacist, Charles B. Davenport. – A.E. Samaan

The theft of brown women’s narratives is not only an injustice placed on them, but also one extended to their male counterparts; by insisting they need to be liberated from their ‘barbaric’ civilization, Laura [Bush] summoned the colonial assertion that brown women need saving from brown men, when, in actuality, brown women have suffered at the hands of white men more than at those of any other oppressor in history. – Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

The thing about the black market is, it’s racist. White children make useful slaves, too. – M.C. Humphreys

The thing is that racism is systematic, so of course it sometimes manifested itself within the clubs. But I have certainly experienced racism outside of the clubs as well. – Craig Seymour

The thing is, getting rid of racism is a cultural thing that takes decades. It’s not something we can solve immediately. Structural changes have to happen in our culture. – Shervin Pishevar

The thing people have to remember is there’s nothing natural about racism as it exists in America. I mean, we know this historically. We can look at 1619, when Africans first came here, and how early African slaves intermixed pretty indiscriminately with indentured white servants. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

The thing that makes systemic oppression so difficult to discuss is that when you do, you have to acknowledge your role in it. Often this means having to admit that you’re part of the problem. It’s not a comfortable experience when you learn that you further or benefit from the oppression of others. – Kevin A. Patterson

The thing with racism is it’s rare you can really prove racism. – Charlamagne tha God

The times when black women have been successful in confronting and overcoming the structural and institutional sexism and racism that persists in our society have been when we are thoughtful and strategic about speaking up. It’s when we’ve done what it takes to introduce and implement our ideas and our plans to make things better. – Marcia Fudge

The true color of one person is not determined by skin, but by the behavior in it. – Giovannie de Sadeleer

The truth is, I deserve to be here. I was as selfish as a woman could come, loving someone that did not love me. In the end, I cannot even say it was love. – Bellatuscana

The truth is, no one wants to face the fact that there was a huge double standard in baseball, and white athletes like Mark McGwire, Cal Ripken Jr., and Brady Anderson were protected and coddled in a way that an outspoken Latino like me never would be. The light-eyed and white-skinned were declared household names. Canseco the Cuban was left out in the cold, where racism and double standards rule. – Jose Canseco

The U. S. is becoming more hostile to Black people and other people of color. Racism is running rampant and xenophobia is on the rise. – Assata Shakur

The ultimate logic of racism is genocide, and if one says that one is not good enough to have a job that is a solid quality job, if one is not good enough to have access to public accommodations, if one is not good enough to have the right to vote, if one is not good enough to live next door to him, if one is not good enough to marry his daughter because of his race. Then at that moment, that person is saying that that person who is not good to do all of this is not fit to exist or to live. And that is the ultimate logic of racism. – Martin Luther King Jr.

The ultimate obscenity is not caring, not doing something about what you feel, not feeling! Just drawing back and drawing in, becoming narcissistic. – Rod Serling

The underpinning of immigration concerns is xenophobia and racism and nationalism. – David Cross

The United States is like one big jail for Black people, because we’re locked into a mentality and a mindset that limits our potential. It has us against us. – Chuck D

The United States Justice Department, in my opinion, hasn’t done a damn thing to alleviate this horrible manifestation of racism, bigotry and hate against blacks – the first African American President has done nothing. Even if he were inclined to do something to rectify what we are experiencing as a nation, I don’t know if can go as far as an artistic expression can go, as salve for the collected suffering of the people. – Harry Lennix

The upsides of migration have become easy to talk about: to simply nod to them is to express values of openness, tolerance and broad-mindedness. Yet to nod to, let alone express, the downsides of immigration is to invite accusations of closed-mindedness and intolerance, xenophobia and barely disguised racism. All of which leaves the attitude of the majority of the public almost impossible to express. – Douglas Murray

The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice. – Mark Twain

The very notion of blindness about color constitutes an ideological confusion at best, and denial at its very worst. – Patricia J. Williams

The violence inherent in our systems and structures of power is a part of who we are – our thoughts, sensibilities, imaginations, language. We live in manifestations of it – permanent war, environmental destrucution, poverty, racism, misogyny, the assault on labor, torture in our prisons, capital punishment – a corporate capitalist state controlled by oligarchical interests for their own private profit and gain. – Lawrence Joseph

The War on Drugs will go down in history as the most racist crusade since slavery. – Thor Benson

The War on Drugs, cloaked in race-neutral language, offered whites opposed to racial reform a unique opportunity to express their hostility toward blacks and black progress, without being exposed to the charge of racism. – Michelle Alexander

The way racism works in Canada, it’s very subtle. You may feel you’re a victim of racism or have experienced racism, but you can’t necessarily prove it – unless you get a [white] friend to go check out that rental, go check out that job, whatever. Unless you’re willing to really dig to prove you’re a victim of racism, it might be difficult to do that. And so what you’re dealing with then is feeling, it’s emotion. – George Elliott Clarke

The way that one feels about the story line of ‘Deterrence’ can tell us, I believe, about each person’s conservatism or liberalism and precisely how tolerant he or she is of racism. – Rod Lurie

The way we have to measure progress is not, “Is there ever going to be an incident of racism in the country?” It’s, “How does the majority of our country respond?” – Barack Obama

The welfare state has done to Black Americans what slavery (and Jim Crow and racism) could not have done. . .break up the black family. Today, just slightly over 30 percent of black kids live in two-parent families. Historically, from the 1870s on. . . 75-90 percent of black kids lived in two-parent families. – John StosselKids

The white Christian church never raised to the heights of Christ. It stayed within the limit of culture. – Jesse Jackson

The white feminist becomes the CEO. The black feminist becomes the exiled rebel. The white feminist speaks about teaching literacy like i should thank her, hold her hand, kiss her for teaching children of darker skin. The black feminist should be grateful. The black feminist wears her natural hair, she is called ‘too rebellious’. The white feminist cuts her hair, she is brave. The white feminist gets featured on TIME. The black feminist is the fine print. – Ijeoma Umebinyuo

The white folks had sure brought their white to work with them that morning. – Chester Himes

The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery. – Frederick Douglass

The white supremacists are really pretty smart. If they can’t scare us with the essential inferiority line, they’ll wrap it in a miasma of sex, because that’s the only thing they know is feared in our fundamentalist hearts down here. – Harper Lee

The whole system has not one redeeming quality; its very virtues, as they are termed, are vices of great magnitude. Its charities, so called, are gross acts of injustice and deception. Its instructions are to rivet ignorance in the mind and, if possible, render it perpetual. It supports, in all manner of extravagance, idleness, presumption, and uselessness; and oppresses, in almost every mode which ingenuity can devise, industry, integrity and usefulness. It encourages superstition, bigotry and fanaticism; and discourages truth, commonsense and rationality. It generates and cultivates every inferior quality and base passion that human nature can be made to receive; and has so disordered all the human intellects, that they have become universally perplexed and confused, so that man has no just title to be called a reasonable and rational being. It generates violence, robbery and murder, and extols and rewards these vices as the highest of all virtues. Its laws are founded in gross ignorance of individual man and of human society; they are cruel and unjust in the extreme, and, united with all the superstitions in the world, are calculated only to teach men to call that which is pre-eminently true and good, false and bad; and that which is glaringly false and bad, true and good. In short, to cultivate with great care all that leads to vice and misery in the mass, and to exclude from them, with equal care, all that would direct them to true knowledge and real happiness, which alone, combined, deserve the name of virtue. – Robert Owen

The woman power of this nation can be the power which makes us whole and heals the rotten community, now so shattered by war and poverty and racism. I have great faith in the power of women who will dedicate themselves whole-heartedly to the task of remaking our society. – Coretta Scott King

The word ‘racism’ is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything – and demanding evidence makes you a ‘racist.’ – Thomas Sowell

The word and the way Shawn had said it hadn’t changed; only my ears were different. They no longer heard the jingle of a joke in it. What they heard was a signal, a call through time, which was answered with a mounting conviction: that never again would I allow myself to be made a foot soldier in a conflict I did not understand. – Tara Westover

The words ‘bad timing’ came to be ghosts haunting our every move in Birmingham. Yet people who used this argument were ignorant of the background of our planning…they did not realize that it was ridiculous to speak of timing when the clock of history showed that the Negro had already suffered one hundred years of delay. – Martin Luther King Jr.

The world and man are identical. This is why racism is the most stupid thing in the world. – Paul Virilio

The world does not need white people to civilize others. The real White People’s Burden is to civilize ourselves. – Robert Jensen

The world I remember was tired and racist and volatile as hell, ripe for a hostile takeover by a shit regime. We were already divided. The conquering was easy. – Tahereh Mafi

The world is no longer white, black, yellow and brown. Through love, tribes have been intermixing colors to reveal a new rainbow world. And as more time passes, this racial and cultural blending will make it harder for humans to side with one race, nation or religion over another. – Suzy Kassem

The world is not a great place because racist people come with a race type of agenda, and it don’t make the world great, it makes it worst than ever. – Werley Nortreus

The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it. – V. S. Naipaul

The world seems to be witnessing a deluge of ‘haterisms’, and racist propaganda because evil’s pain was born to die, and it’s time of tyranny is near the end. Don’t get caught up by the souls of wickedness; this ain’t your fight. – T.F. Hodge

The world view of a racist is devoid of logic – Sunday Adelaja

The worlds within and without the Veil of Color are changing, and changing rapidly, but not at the same rate, not in the same way; and this must produce a peculiar wrenching of the soul, a peculiar sense of doubt and bewilderment. Such a double life, with double thoughts, double duties, and double social classes, must give rise to double words and double ideals, and tempt the mind to pretence or revolt, to hypocrisy or radicalism. – W.E.B. Du Bois

The world’s heart is on fire, and race is at its core. What’s happening in the world today is the result of past actions. The bitter racial seeds from past beliefs and actions are blooming all around us, reflecting not only a division of races that is rooted in ignorance and hate, but also, and more solely, a division of heart. – Ruth King

The worst moment in my life was when I was seven years old and I discovered that there was a thing such as racism. You don’t know you’re different until someone lets you know. – Sanjeev Bhaskar

the worst thing that ever happened to the world was the white man coming across gun powder. –– the end of the world | the beginning of white supremacy – Nayyirah Waheed

Their disappearance from the human family would be no great loss to the world. – Henry Clay

Their view; it is cosmic. Not of a man here, a child there, but an abstraction: race, land. Volk. Land. Blut. Ehre. Not of honorable men but of Ehre itself, honor; the abstract is real, the actual is invisible to them. Die Güte, but not good men, this good man. It is their sense of space and time. They see through the here, the now, into the vast black deep beyond, the unchanging. And that is fatal to life. Because eventually there will be no life; there was once only the dust particles in space, the hot hydrogen gases, nothing more, and it will come again. This is an interval, ein Augenblick. The cosmic process is hurrying on, crushing life back into the granite and methane; the wheel turns for all life. It is all temporary. And they—these madmen—respond to the granite, the dust, the longing of the inanimate; they want to aid Natur. – Philip K. Dick

Them Jews aren’t going to let (Obama) talk to me. I told my baby daughter, that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office. …They will not let him talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is. – Jeremiah Wright

Them white people made hate. They made hate just like they had a formula for it and followed that formula down to the last exact gallon of misery put in. Well … that’s what they made and that’s what they got. – California Cooper

There appears to be a vast amount of confusion on this point, but I do not know many Negroes who are eager to be ‘accepted’ by white people, still less to be loved by them; they, the blacks, simply don’t wish to be beaten over the head by the whites every instant of our brief passage on this planet. White people in this country will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this — which will not be tomorrow and will not be today and may very well be never — the Negro problem will no longer exist, for it will no longer be needed. – James Baldwin

There are a lot of readers who pride themselves on not paying attention to the identities of their favorite writers. Some of them think this means they’re not prejudiced. I don’t know anyone who isn’t, myself included. But let’s say for argument’s sake that those particular readers in fact are not prejudiced. How many books by writers of color do you think you’ll find on their bookshelves? I’d lay odds that if there are any at all, they will be far outnumbered by the books by white authors. Not necessarily because those readers are deliberately choosing mostly white/male authors. They don’t have to. The status quo does it for them. So those readers’ self-satisfied “I don’t know” is really an “I don’t care enough to look beyond my nose.” And that’s cool. So many causes, so little time. But don’t pretend that indifference and an unwillingness to make positive change constitute enlightenment. – Nalo Hopkinson

There are definitely – there is definitely an element of Donald Trump’s support that has its basis in racism or xenophobia. But a lot of these folks are just really hardworking people who are struggling in really important ways. – D. Vance

There are fundamentally two ways you can experience the police in America: as the people you call when there’s a problem, the nice man in uniform who pats a toddler’s head and has an easy smile for the old lady as she buys her coffee. For others, the police are the people who are called on them. They are the ominous knock on the door, the sudden flashlight in the face, the barked orders. Depending on who you are, the sight of an officer can produce either a warm sense of safety and contentment or a plummeting feeling of terror. – Christopher L. Hayes

There are hundreds of political prisoners right now in America’s jails who were so taken by Malcolm [X’s} spirit that they became warriors and the powers that be understood them as warriors. They knew that a lot of these other middle-class [black] leaders were not warriors; they were professionals; they were careerists. But these warriors had callings, and they have paid an incalculable and immeasurable price in those cells. – Cornel West

There are levels of outrage, and there’s a point at which you can’t be trespassed upon anymore. – Marian Wright Edelman

There are lots of statements that have been made and haven’t led to change and reform. For me, the broader discussion around racism – education is key. – Gareth Southgate

There are many different types of racism from people of different colours and nationalities. There is no vaccine to fight this and no antibiotics to take. It’s a dangerous and infectious virus which is strengthened by indifference and inaction. – Kevin-Prince Boateng

There are no racists in America, or at least none that the people who need to be white know personally. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

There are no superior or inferior races. No one is intrinsically inferior or superior. All have the same value as creatures of god. Those who put others down simply want to exploit them. – Bangambiki Habyarimana

There are not grades of racism. There’s racism. – Dede Gardner

There are places and spaces for black writers to write about race as a central thing. It’s important. We’re still dealing with the remnants of slavery. We’re still dealing with racism on a daily basis. For me, I choose to write books about black people where we are normal. I was raised to believe that I deserve to be in a room just like anybody else. I try to write books like that. – Kwame Alexander

There are so many people, FIFA or whatever, that can do something against this. They should wake up and do it. If there is a racism, those people should be banned from the stadium forever. They should not even enter the stadium anymore. Never again. That’s the first thing they can do. – Kevin-Prince Boateng

There are some animal advocates who say that to maintain that veganism is the moral baseline is objectionable because it is ‘judgmental,’ or constitutes a judgment that veganism is morally preferable to vegetarianism and a condemnation that vegetarians (or other consumers of animal products) are ‘bad’ people. Yes to the first part; no to the second. There is no coherent distinction between flesh and other animal products. They are all the same and we cannot justify consuming any of them. To say that you do not eat flesh but that you eat dairy or eggs or whatever, or that you don’t wear fur but you wear leather or wool, is like saying that you eat the meat from spotted cows but not from brown cows; it makers no sense whatsoever. The supposed ‘line’ between meat and everything else is just a fantasy–an arbitrary distinction that is made to enable some exploitation to be segmented off and regarded as ‘better’ or as morally acceptable. This is not a condemnation of vegetarians who are not vegans; it is, however, a plea to those people to recognize their actions do not conform with a moral principle that they claim to accept and that all animal products are the result of imposing suffering and death on sentient beings. It is not a matter of judging individuals; it is, however, a matter of judging practices and institutions. And that is a necessary component of ethical living. – Gary L. Francione

There are some things for which there is no apology, and on the question of slavery, there is no adequate apology for ripping people out of their homeland and bringing them here in chains. There is no adequate apology for the ongoing horrific legacy of racism. – Harriet Lerner

There are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die. – Oprah Winfrey

There are things about the South – the politics, the classism, the racism – that I hate, and I want to be here to fight those things. I don’t want to be in California or Michigan just complaining about them. I’m here trying to make a difference in the way I can, writing about it. And I want younger people, especially kids from my community, to see that being successful doesn’t have to mean leaving a place like this. You don’t have to trade in your family or your sense of belonging for that. – Jesmyn Ward

There are those who say that a native will not speak to a white man. Error. No man will speak to his master; but to a wanderer and a friend, to him who does not come to teach or rule, to him who asks for nothing and accepts all things, words are spoken by the camp-fires, in the shared solitude of the sea, in riverside villages, in resting-places surrounded by forests – words are spoken that take no account of race or colour. One heart speaks- another one listens; and the earth, the sea, the sky, the passing wind and the stirring leaf, hear also the futile tale of the burden of life. – Joseph Conrad

There are those who would keep us slipping back into the darkness of division, into the snake pit of racial hatred, of racial antagonism and of support for symbols of the struggle to keep African-Americans in bondage. – Carol Moseley Braun

There are three things, and it depends on the group that we’re talking about, but there’s history, there’s culture, and then there’s social networks. So, you know, historically black and white, they worship together until about the end of slavery, and people started moving out into separate churches. But it was because of discrimination and racism and such that blacks began to establish their own denominations and their own churches. – Michael Emerson

There are white people who know how to act politely to blacks, but deep down you know they’re uncomfortable. They’re worse, more dangerous than those who speak their minds, because they don’t know what they’re capable of. – Cristina García

There are, however, those who have called the book [The Kite Runner] divisive and objected to some of the issues raised in the book, namely racism, discrimination, ethnic inequality etc. – Khaled Hosseini

There can be no assumption that today’s majority is “right” and the Amish or others like them are “wrong.” A way of life that is odd or even erratic but interferes with no right or interests of others is not to be condemned because it is different. – Warren E. Burger

There can be racism in a system even if a particular episode of injustice is not a manifestation of that racism. Every single thing in the criminal justice system is not a manifestation of racism, but many things are. – James Forman, Jr.

There can’t be reverse racism against a group that is not at a disadvantage. – Justin Simien

There comes a time in everyone’s life where if you have intellectual curiosity and an inquisitive mind, you assess the prejudices learned from family and the environment in which you’ve grown up in — and make a decision to either reject it, or take comfort in remaining ignorant. – Bill Madden

There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over… – Martin Luther King Jr.

There has been no more principled opposition to racism than Jeremy Corbyn: he was getting arrested for protesting against Apartheid when the rest of them were doing deals and calling Nelson Mandela a terrorist. – Ken Loach

There is a certain amount of racist behaviour, a certain amount of this mindset, in the darker recesses of every community. It needs to be called what it is, which is vile and hateful. It’s starting a national conversation, which is probably long overdue. Because we do, as a country, have an awkward problem with a certain amount of racism in the hearts of I believe a small number of people, but I still believe we have to chase it out. – Don Iveson

There is a certain finality about integration in housing in relation to the whole race relations problem. Many believe that when integration in housing is common, the race-relations problem will have been dealt its death blow. From this point of view, housing has always been the central issue in race relations, the final acid test which race relations progress must meet. – John LaFarge S.J.

There is a difference between agreement and understanding: When discussing complex social and institutional dynamics such as racism, consider whether ‘I don’t agree’ may actually mean I don’t understand. – Robin DiAngelo, What Does It Mean to Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy

There is a difference between being offended and being prejudiced and even being bigoted against. There’s a difference between that and racism. – Justin Simien

There is a good deal of evidence that the United States is moving to the right, and that the main force behind the movement is a resurgence, in a new form, of racial prejudice. – Shirley Chisholm

There is a lot of pressure on women to conform to a certain image – shadeism itself is another manifestation of that. – Sharon Hurley Hall

There is a much-loved region in the American fantasy where pale white women float eternally under black magnolia trees, and white men with soft hands brush wisps of wisteria from the creamy shoulders of their lady loves. Harmonious black music drifts like perfume through this precious air, and nothing of a threatening nature intrudes. The South I returned to, however, was flesh-real and swollen-belly poor. – Maya Angelou

There is a strange kind of tragic enigma associated with the problem of racism. No one, or almost no one, wishes to see themselves as racist; still racism persists, real and tenacious. – Albert Memmi

There is a theory behind the culture of victimhood: It’s called “intersectionality.” This theory posits that racism, sexism, classism, ableism, etc. are interconnected, overlapping, and mutually reinforcing. Together they form a “matrix of oppression.” – Christina Hoff Sommers

There is a very dangerous myth that #Hitler was solely fueled by racism. His desire to engineer society was pervasive. Racism alone cannot explain what happened in The Holocaust without also addressing Hitler’s statist policies. – A.E. Samaan

There is always the fear of unknown – racism comes from people when they don’t know something, they are strangers to the other side. – Berhan Ahmed

There is an expectation that we can talk about sins but no one must be identified as a sinner: newspapers love to describe words or deeds as racially charged” even in those cases when it would be more honest to say ‘racist’; we agree that there is rampant misogyny, but misogynists are nowhere to be found; homophobia is a problem, but no one is homophobic. One cumulative effect of this policed language is that when someone dares to point out something as obvious as white privilege, it is seen as unduly provocative. Marginalized voices in America have fewer and fewer avenues to speak plainly about what they suffer; the effect of this enforced civility is that those voices are falsified or blocked entirely from the discourse. – Teju Cole

There is bias and sexism everywhere, just like there are problems of racism and homophobia stemming from the whole notion that we’re arranged in a hierarchy, that we’re ranked rather than linked. – Gloria Steinem

There is more for us to gain through love than hate. – Suzy Kassem

There is much institutionalized racism in The Netherlands and the non-White population is just now beginning to fight for their rights. – Roger Ross Williams

There is no birthright in the white skin that it shall say that wherever it goes, to any nation, amongst any people, there the people of the country shall give way before it, and those to whom the land belongs shall bow down and become its servants. – Annie Besant

There is no collective slavery revenge fantasy among black people, but I am certain, if there were one, it would not be about white people, not at all. – Roxane Gay

There is no easy way to create a world where men and women can live together… But if such a world is created in our lifetime, it will be done by rejecting the racism, materialism, and violence that has characterized Western civilization and especially by working toward a world of brotherhood, cooperation, and peace. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is no racism against white people. If you can turn on the tv and see people like you that’s not racism. If you can have your favorite characters who are poc race changed to look like you then you don’t face racism. If you don’t think about Ferguson every single second because your race is being killed every hour, that’s not racism. If you don’t get called derogatory slurs because of your skin tone that’s not racism. If you don’t hate your body because of your race that’s not racism. If you don’t have to go through life knowing people will think of you as ugly or disgusting and hate you simply because your white that’s not racism. You don’t face racism for being white. Ya people can be jerks about it. But its not institutionalized. That’s like saying you face discrimination for being straight. It’s not a thing. You don’t face racism. You might want to get over that. – Adam snowflake

There is no racism in Italy. – Clarence Seedorf

There is no reason for you to try to become like white people and there is no basis whatever for their impertinent assumption that they must accept you. The terrible thing, old buddy, is that you must accept them. And I mean that very seriously. You must accept them and accept them with love. For these innocent people have no other hope. They are, in effect, still trapped in a history which they do not understand; and until they understand it, they cannot be released from it. They have had to believe for many years, and for innumerable reasons, that black men are inferior to white men. Many of them, indeed, know better, but, as you will discover, people find it very difficult to act on what they know. – James Baldwin

There is no small irony here: An administration which flaunted its intellectual superiority and its superior academic credentials made the most critical of decisions with virtually no input from anyone who had any expertise on the recent history of that part of the world, and it in no way factored in the entire experience of the French Indochina War. Part of the reason for this were the upheavals of the McCarthy period, but in part it was also the arrogance of men of the Atlantic; it was as if these men did not need to know about such a distant and somewhat less worthy part of the world. Lesser parts of the world attracted lesser men; years later I came upon a story which illustrated this theory perfectly. Jack Langguth, a writer and college classmate of mine, mentioned to a member of that Administration that he was thinking of going on to study Latin American history. The man had turned to him, his contempt barely concealed, and said, Second-rate parts of the world for second-rate minds. – David Halberstam

There is nothing ‘honorable’ or ‘reasonable’ in giving a pass to those who want to discriminate. – DaShanne Stokes

There is nothing welcoming about the notion that a positive reception, from a group or an individual, is based more on what you are than who you are. – Kevin A. Patterson

There is only one person who represents all Americans. We need a president who speaks out and condemns racism and anti-Semitism. We need a president who recognizes everyone is equal. We are not perfect, but we all deserve respect. – Brad Schneider

There is only one remedy for ignorance and thoughtlessness, and that is literacy. Millions and millions of children would today stand in no need of sex education or consumer education or anti-racism education or any of those fake educations, if they had had in the first place ‘an’ education. – Richard Mitchell

There is oppression that shouldn’t exist. There is a struggle for freedom all the time. There are very serious dangers: the species may be heading toward extinction. I can’t see how anybody can fail to have an interest in trying to help people become more engaged in thinking about these problems and doing something about them. – Noam Chomsky

There is power in naming racism for what it is, in shining a bright light on it, brighter than any torch or flashlight. A thing as simple as naming it allows us to root it out of the darkness and hushed conversation where it likes to breed like roaches. It makes us acknowledge it. Confront it. – Jesmyn Ward

There is racism all over the United States. Most Southerners I know, we definitely find ourselves defending our heritage. – Octavia Spencer

There is, of course, no larger mass hysteria in American history than the epidemic of racism. – Kevin Young

There should be a class on drugs. There should be a class on sex education-a real sex education class-not just pictures and diaphragms and ‘un-logical’ terms and things like that…..there should be a class on scams, there should be a class on religious cults, there should be a class on police brutality, there should be a class on apartheid, there should be a class on racism in America, there should be a class on why people are hungry, but there are not, there are classes on gym, physical education, let’s learn volleyball. – Tupac Shakur

There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color, or religion. – Malala Yousafzai

There was a time when members of a tribe were required to see benefits of their tribe of more significance than personal fulfilments, which ensured a bitter-sweet survival of that specific tribe over the survival of other tribes. But now that our tribal days are over, we stand at yet another crossroads in the history of human evolution – now we must make a choice, not as tribalistic ape-men but as conscientious human – we must make a choice whether our own country, our own religion, our own language, our own skin color, our own cultural heritage is more important to us than anything else, or are we going to finally let go of our instinctual tribalistic traits and be humans above all sectarian identities. – Abhijit Naskar

There was funky Chinamen from funky China town. – Carl Douglas

There was no racism; there was no problem [in Mecca]. – Malcolm X

There was not one cause for our internment, but many – a deep-seated racial prejudice working on top of fear, distrust, and greed. So how is one to say exactly where history begins or ends? It is all slow oscillations, curves, and waves which take so long to reveal themselves … like watching a tree grow. – Gretel Ehrlich

There was so much racism when I was a kid, but it was also ignorant. – Art Malik

There were no passing cars to call out to. You couldn’t call for help from a police car, anyway; he didn’t think you could. – Dorothy B. Hughes

There were several key American scientists that favorably reported on Nazi eugenics after visiting Hitler’s Germany in order to provide it cover. – A.E. Samaan

There’s ‘good’ in all things. You just have to find it. – Carlos Wallace

There’s a difference between racism and “I don’t know any better. I’m clueless.” Racism is like, “I’m trying to make you feel bad.” That’s racism. – Chris Rock

There’s a difference between racism and people making a joke about something. There is true racism going on, and people should be able to identify what that is, comparatively. – Chelsea Handler

There’s a liberal story that limited opportunities, and barriers, lead to employment problems and criminal records, but then there’s another story that has to do with norms, behaviors, and oppositional culture. You can’t prove the latter statistically, but it still might be true.’ Holzer thinks that both arguments contain truth and that one doesn’t preclude the other. Fair enough. Suffice it to say, though, that the evidence supporting structural inequality is compelling. In 2001, a researcher sent out black and white job applicants in Milwaukee, randomly assigning them a criminal record. The researcher concluded that a white man with a criminal record had about the same chance of getting a job as a black man without one. Three years later, researchers produced the same results in New York under more rigorous conditions. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

There’s a lot more hypocrisy than before. Racism has gone back underground. – Richard Pryor

There’s a lot of racism still alive and still active. – Richard Sherman

There’s a lot of racism when I was in the Navy, and I had to deal with that. – Charlie Murphy

There’s a particular kind of close you get when you find someone you can trust in a space you don’t. – Mira Jacob

There’s a strange uniformity in the vocabulary European soccer fans use to hate black people. The same primate insults get hurled. Although they’ve gotten better over time, the English and Italians developed the tradition of making ape noises when black players touched the ball. The Poles toss bananas on the field. This consistency owes nothing to television, which rarely shows these finer points of fan behavior. Nor are these insults considered polite to discuss in public. This trope has simply become a continent-wide folk tradition, transmitted via the stadium, from fan to fan, from father to son. – Franklin Foer

There’s always someone who’s going to interpret my material as racist, but it’s not. Racism comes from intent and power. A racist will tell a joke about a group of people only when they’re not in the room. I’ll talk about a group of people only when they’re in the room. – Russell Peters

There’s an inexplicable joy that exists on a brown child’s face and in the way they navigate their world long before they discover they’re hated. – Darnell Lamont Walker

There’s more outrage on Twitter about a One Direction split or about what one band member said to another than there is about institutionalized racism and something huge. – Trevor Noah

There’s more than just racism. There’s ageism and sexism as well. – Brandon Marshall

There’s no great, white bigot; there’s just about 200 million little white bigots out there. – Julianne Malveaux

There’s no racism with the Internet. – ASAP Ferg

There’s no such thing as reverse racism. – Paul Mooney

There’s racism everywhere in the world; it’s not just Sweden, it’s everywhere, but other than that I had a pretty okay upbringing. – Snoh Aalegra

There’s racism everywhere. – Denzel Washington

There’s sort of a persistent misperception that talking about race is black folk’s burden. Ultimately, only men can end sexism, and only white people can end racism. – Benjamin Todd Jealous

There’s still a really divisive residue in our nation that’s called racism and prejudice and oppression and sexism. – Jurnee Smollett-Bell

There’s still massive racism in the United States today that is rooted in sexual fears, but it’s at least considered unacceptable. In Israel it’s a mainstream phenomenon that’s encouraged and supported by the state because it supports Israel’s demographic imperative in its ethnocratic political structure. – Max Blumenthal

There’s still racism. Western Europe… has taken the native cultures of the Americas, the African cultures, the Asian civilization and lumped them together into The Others. – Hans Rosling

There’s such a big difference between being dead and alive, I told myself, the greatest gift that anyone can give anyone else is life. And the greatest sin a person can do to another is to take away that life. Next to that, all the rules and religions in the world are secondary; mere words and beliefs that people choose to believe and kill and hate by. My life won’t be lived that way, and neither, I hope, will my children’s. – James McBride

There’s the continuing challenges of racism, of sexism, of discrimination against the LGBT community, of the way that we treat people as opposed to how we want to be treated. – Hillary Clinton

There’s white racist DNA running through the synapses of his or her brain tissue. They will kill their own kind, defend the enemies of their kind or anyone who is perceived to be the enemy of the milky white way of life. – Jeremiah Wright

There’s a word we learned in social studies: schadenfreude. It’s when you enjoy watching someone else suffer. The real question though, is why? I think part of it is self preservation. And part of it is because a group always feels more like a group when it’s banded together against an enemy. It doesn’t matter if that enemy has never done anything to hurt you-you just have to pretend you hate someone even more than you hate yourself. – Jodi Picoult

There’s still racism. Western Europe… has taken the native cultures of the Americas, the African cultures, the Asian civilization and lumped them together into The Others. – Hans Rosling

These men flocked to the plains, and were rather stimulated than retarded by the danger of an Indian war. This was another potent agency in producing the result we enjoy to-day, in having in so short a time replaced the wild buffaloes by more numerous herds of tame cattle, and by substituting for the useless Indians the intelligent owners of productive farms and cattle-ranches. – William T. Sherman

These were highly intelligent, able-bodied men who were denied access to stable high-paying jobs, which in turn kept them from being able to buy homes, send their kids to college, or save for retirement. It pained them, I know, to be cast aside, to be stuck in jobs that they were overqualified for, to watch white people leapfrog past them at work, sometimes training new employees they knew might one day become their bosses. And it bred within each of them at least a basic level of resentment and mistrust: You never quite knew what other folks saw you to be. – Michelle Obama

These were the fetishes that gathered the tribe of white supremacy, that rallied them to the age-old banner, and if there was one mistake, one reason why I did not see the coming tragedy, why I did not account for its possibilities, it was because I had not yet truly considered that banner’s fearsome power. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

They ain’t never met nobody they didn’t lie to and steal from. – James Baldwin

They are simple people, most of them, but that doesn’t make them subhuman. You are telling them Jesus loves them, but not much. – Harper Lee

They attend with Pharisaical strictness to the outward forms of religion, and at the same time neglect the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith. They are always ready to sacrifice, but seldom to show mercy. They are they who are represented as professing to love God whom they have not seen, whilst they hate their brother whom they have seen. They love the heathen on the other side of the globe. They can pray for him, pay money to have the Bible put into his hand, and missionaries to instruct him; while they despise and totally neglect the heathen at their own doors. Such is, very briefly, my view of the religion of this land; and to avoid any misunderstanding, growing out of the use of general terms, I mean by the religion of this land, that which is revealed in the words, deeds, and actions, of those bodies, north and south, calling themselves Christian churches, and yet in union with slaveholders. – Frederick Douglass

They burnt crosses every night all around us, and a man who’ll burn what he prays to, he’ll burn anything. – Shelby Foote

They do not expect that the free right to vote, to enjoy civic rights, and to be educated, will come in a moment; they do not expect to see the bias and prejudices of years disappear at the blast of a trumpet; but they are absolutely certain that the way for a people to gain their reasonable rights is not by voluntarily throwing them away and insisting that they do not want them; that the way for a people to gain respect is not by continually belittling and ridiculing themselves; that, on the contrary, Negroes must insist continually, in season and out of season, that voting is necessary to modern manhood, that color discrimination is barbarism, and that black boys need education as well as white boys. – W.E.B. Du Bois

They hate you not because of what you have done but because of who you are; you are different from who they are, and you are occupying the ground they want for themselves. – Bangambiki Habyarimana

They made you an Amendment and convinced you it meant ‘American. – Darnell Lamont Walker

They put a rifle in my hand, sent me off to a foreign land to go and kill the Yellow man. – Bruce Springsteen

They tell us we are all citizens, that we were born in this country. Well, a cat can have kittens in the oven, but that doesn’t make them biscuits! – Malcolm X

They told me there was very little racial prejudice in Hawaii. Like a woman is just a little bit pregnant. – Dick Gregory

They took our land, then they took our water. But Hawaiians lost more then that. The haole took away our pride. They called us ‘natives’. They told us our language was no good, that our gods were evil. – Clemence McLaren

They walked off down the hall in the direction of a sign that said Colored Waiting Room. Billie guessed white folks didn’t have to wait. – Elaine Hussey

They were both academics, but my dad had to get a job on the railway, and my mum had to get a job in the Post Office. It was pretty hard in terms of the racism they had to endure. – Naveen Andrews

They were conquerors, and for that you want only brute force—nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others. They grabbed what they could get for the sake of what was to be got. It was just robbery with violence, aggravated murder on a great scale, and men going at it blind—as is very proper for those who tackle a darkness. The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only. An idea at the back of it; not a sentimental pretence but an idea; and an unselfish belief in the idea—something you can set up, and bow down before, and offer a sacrifice to…. – Joseph Conrad

They’d run all these tests on him and decided he wasn’t racist. He wasn’t, either, but not because he thought about it particularly. He just couldn’t see the point. It just made for a lot of hassle, being that way, so why be that way? Nobody was going to go back and live where they lived before, were they, and if they did (he vaguely suspected) there wouldn’t be any Mongolian barbecue and maybe we’d all be listening to Pentecostal Metal and anyway the President was black. – William Gibson

They’ve been practicing racism so long, it’s perfect. – Darnell Lamont Walker

Things like racism are institutionalized. You might not know any bigots. You feel like well I don’t hate black people so I’m not a racist,but you benefit from racism. Just by the merit, the color of your skin. The opportunities that you have, you’re privileged in ways that you might not even realize because you haven’t been deprived of certain things. We need to talk about these things in order for them to change. – Dave Chappelle

This book makes a simple argument: that American criminal justice isn’t one system with massive racial disparities but two distinct regimes. One (the Nation) is the kind of policing regime you expect in a democracy; the other (the Colony) is the kind you expect in an occupied land. – Chris Hayes

This country is a land mass that could be called anything, and for people to act like this is some kind of sacred territory is an insanity. It’s just a bunch of people trying to live together, and if we’re not going to be part of a dream of equality–a part of a dream of that which is the best of us, the idea that people help one another–if we’re not going to do that, then this land mass doesn’t any more deserve to be revered than anything else. – Nikki Giovanni

This film isn’t about “white racism”, or racism at all. DEAR WHITE PEOPLE is about identity. It’s about the difference between how the mass culture responds to a person because of their race and who they understand themselves to truly be. And this societal conflict appears to be one that many share. – Justin Simien

This is a country that was founded on racism. It was built on racism. It still continues to thrive through wealth disparity, and housing disparity is all built on the backs of racism. – Kamau Bell

This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, cannot long retain it. – Abraham Lincoln

This is an industry rife with racism, sexism and homophobia. It is so closely woven into the fabric of the business that we have become snowblind to the glaring injustices happening every day. – Jessica Chastain

This is appalling. The idea that a person could be punished because of their religious belief and the idea they might be executed is just beyond belief. – John Howard

This is called My Youth in Vienna. It’s a very nice edition–an association copy, Schnitzler to his Latin master, one Johann Auer, ‘with thanks for the Auerisms.’ […] Here he apologizes for writing so much on ‘the so-called Jewish question.’ But he says that no Jew, no matter how assimilated, was allowed to forget the fact of his birth. […] ‘Even if you managed to conduct yourself so that nothing showed, it was impossible to remain completely untouched; as for instance a person may not remain unconcerned whose skin has been anesthetized but who has to watch, with his eyes open, how it is scratched by an unclean knife, even cut until the blood flows.’ […] He wrote that in the early 1900s. The imagery is very chilling, is it not, in the light of what followed. . . . – Geraldine Brooks

This is God’s universe and he is the master gardener of all. If we were to eliminate all colors in his garden, then what would be a rainbow with only one color? Or a garden with only one kind of flower? Why would the Creator create a vast assortment of plants, ethnicities, and animals, if only one beast or seed is to dominate all of existence? – Suzy Kassem

This is one of the most effective adaptations of racism over time – that we can think of racism as only something that individuals either are or are not ‘doing.’ – Robin DiAngelo

This is the 21st century, and we would all like to think racism is dead in America. Actually, that’s not the case: still there are some racial issues that are out across this nation, and so we have a responsibility as compassionate citizens of America, no matter what our ethnic group happens to be, to confront these issues when they arise – .Alveda King

This is the United States of America and unfortunately, race still matters to a lot of people. The evil head of racism doesn’t hide, it sticks its head up. – Kwame Kilpatrick

This is why I find racism impossible, because this is against humanity. – Chinua Achebe

This is why I say it’s the ballot or the bullet. It’s liberty or it’s death. It’s freedom for everybody or freedom for nobody. – Malcolm X

This is why we have racism, really: because people are confronting the unknown, and they don’t like that. – Holly Hunter

This so called ‘Home of the Brave’ why isn’t anybody Backing us up! When they c these crooked ass Redneck cops constantly Jacking us up – Tupac Shakur

This solidarity business I used to talk about ain’t just–what do you youngsters call it?–theoretical. It means putting your body, your physical self, on the line, baby girl. Even when–especially when–it ain’t convenient. – Thrity Umrigar

This unprecedented racism, bigotry and proto-fascist agenda that Donald Trump is trying to shove down America’s throat has unleashed the resistance that will dethrone him. – Tom Morello

This was a time when racism was still very rampant, but the music that came out of Sun Studio was absolutely color blind. It was all about feeling. It was music that anybody could understand, and that made a step towards bettering the world for everyone. – Drake Milligan

This was in the ’70s and there was a lot of racism towards South Asians and there was a lot of hazing and bullying and racism that really probably shaped me in some way in terms of, like, wanting to get out of there. – Aasif Mandvi

This week, Zuma was quoted as saying, ‘When the British came to our country, they said everything we are doing was barbaric, was wrong, inferior in whatever way.’ But the serious critique of Zuma is not about who is a barbarian and who is civilised. It is about good governance, and this is a universal value, as relevant to an African village as it is to Westminster. If you are unable to keep your appetites in check, you are inevitably going to live beyond your means. And this means you are going to become vulnerable to patronage and even corruption. That is why Jacob Zuma’s ‘polygamy’ is his achilles heel. – Mark Gevisser

Those eyes are diseased that see race in everything. – Nkwachukwu Ogbuagu

Those of us who stand outside the circle of this society’s definition of acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of difference – those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are black, who are older – know that survival is not an academic skill…For the master’s tools will not dismantle the master’s house. They will never allow us to bring about genuine change. – Audre Lorde

Those policies [of Jean-Marie Le Pen ]I find repellent. I believe many people right across consist the world do. There is no future in that type of narrow minded racism and nationalism. – Rachel Maddow

Those who benefit from unearned privilege are too often quick to discount those who don’t. – DaShanne Stokes

Those who have not lived in New Orleans have missed an incredible, glorious, vital city–a place with an energy unlike anywhere else in the world, a majority-African American city where resistance to white supremacy has cultivated and supported a generous, subversive, and unique culture of vivid beauty. From jazz, blues, and and hip-hop to secondlines, Mardi Gras Indians, jazz funerals, and the citywide tradition of red beans and rice on Monday nights, New Orleans is a place of art and music and food and traditions and sexuality and liberation. – Jordan Flaherty

Those who live, racially speaking, in a fool’s paradise will one day suffer from a painfully rude awakening. – John LaFarge S.J.

Those with unearned privileges often spin things as ‘political correctness’ to further silence those they wish to oppress. – DaShanne Stokes

Though the colored man is no longer subject to be bought and sold, he is still surrounded by an adverse sentiment which fetters all his movements. In his downward course he meets with no resistance, but his course upward is resented and resisted at every step of his progress. If he comes in ignorance, rags, and wretchedness, he conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome. But if he shall come as a gentleman, a scholar, and a statesman, he is hailed as a contradiction to the national faith concerning his race, and his coming is resented as impudence. In the one case he may provoke contempt and derision, but in the other he is an affront to pride and provokes malice. Let him do what he will, there is at present, therefore, no escape for him. The color line meets him everywhere, and in a measure shuts him out from all respectable and profitable trades and callings. – Frederick Douglass

Thoughtful white people know they are inferior to black people. Anyone who has studied the genetic phase of biology knows that white is considered recessive and black is considered dominant. When you want strong coffee, you ask for black coffee. If you want it light, you want it weak, integrated with white milk. Just like these Negroes who weaken themselves and their race by this integrating and intermixing with whites. If you want bread with no nutritional value, you ask for white bread. All the good that was in it has been bleached out of it, and it will constipate you. If you want pure flour, you ask for dark flour, whole-wheat flour. If you want pure sugar, you want dark sugar. – Malcolm X

Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Through dualism, those living in patriarchies tend to view the world in terms of opposites, beginning with male and female, and extending to a plethora of other contrived divisions, such as white/other races, human/animal, culture/nature, and reason/emotion. – Lisa Kemmerer

Through love, tribes have been intermixing colors to reveal a new rainbow world. And as more time passes, this racial and cultural blending will make it harder for humans to side with one race, nation or religion over another. – Suzy Kassem

Through my school years, I learned more about slavery, anti-black racism, and oppression in the U.S., and my blackness could no longer be an afterthought. I started wearing it proudly, and as my consciousness deepened, so did my love for black folks. – Luvvie Ajayi

Throughout evolution, ostracism was death indeed. – Helen Fisher

Throughout my career and my life, I talk a lot about racism in this country, and if you’re going to talk about it, then you’re going to eventually come to the chapter about the Klan. – Kamau Bell

Time to wreck this little shit [A College Student]. The irony of his rant is that once we make his ass famous for this, he will never accomplish anything, his white male-ness notwithstanding…Columbia should expel him. His future should be bleak…Good luck Chip. – Tim Wise

To a world sick with racism, get well soon. – Janet Jackson

To all you sensitive sallys out there who spend your time scribing angry letters, I have great news: Scientific models show that in the not-too-distant future, all the races will become so completely interbred that humanity will have a monolithic caramelish color and common facial features. There won’t be blonds or hairy Jews anymore.Words like ‘Chink’ will cease to have meaning. They will be relics, along with those who use them for comedy. Which is exactly why I am past that meta-racist shit and onto poop and pee. Onward and downward! – Sarah Silverman

To be a colored man in America … and enjoy it, you must be greatly daring, greatly stolid, greatly humorous and greatly sensitive. And at all times a philosopher. – Jessie Redmon Fauset

To be an American is to be accosted by bigotry and enmity for the rights that you were told to appreciate. – Tennessee West

To be an American is to be indoctrinated with racism, violence, capitalism and manifest destiny, the principles upon which the land of the free was founded. – Vic Mensa

To be black in the Baltimore of my youth was to be naked before the elements of the world, before all the guns, fists, knives, crack, rape, and disease. The nakedness is not an error, nor pathology. The nakedness is the correct and intended result of policy, the predictable upshot of people forced for centuries to live under fear, The law did not protect us. And now, in your time, the law has become an excuse for stopping and frisking you, which is to say, for furthering the assault on your body, But a society that protects some people through a safety net of schools, government-backed home loans, and ancestral wealth but can only protect you with a club of criminal justice has either failed at enforcing its good intentions or has succeeded at something much darker. However you call it, the result was our infirmity before the criminal forces of the world. It does not matter if the agent of those forces is white or black—what matters is our condition, what matters is the system that makes your body breakable. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

To be born into, to go to school, to study, to learn, to play, to worship, to love, to work and to die in segregation and not have one single person who loved, mentored or guided me convey that there was any loss. – Robin DiAngelo

To be concerned about immigration and the economy is not racist, but I do think there is a virus of racism that runs through Ukip. – Chuka Umunna

To be racist is to deny the past and to be racist is to deny the present. – Jerome Montgomery II

To be white in the Caribbean is to have money, power, and the freedom to do anything or nothing – it is, in many cases, to occupy the top rung of society. – Sharon Hurley Hall

To both the racist and the puritan, childhood is not a time of life that we grow out of, as the life of the child grows out of the life of the parent or as a plant grows out of the soil, but a time and state of consciousness to be left behind, to cut oneself off from … The child may be joyous, the man must be sober and self-denying; the child may be free, the man is to be ‘responsible’; the child may be candid in his feelings, the man must be polite, restrained, mindful of the demands of convention; the child may be playful, the man must be industrious. I am not necessarily objecting to the manly virtues, but I am objecting that they should be so exclusively assigned to grownups, and that grownups should be so exclusively restricted to them. A man may have all the prescribed adult virtues and, if he lacks the childhood virtues, still be a dunce and a bore and a liar. – Wendell Berry

To call someone ‘anti-American’, indeed, to be anti-American, (or for that matter anti-Indian, or anti-Timbuktuan) is not just racist, it’s a failure of the imagination. An inability to see the world in terms other than those that the establishment has set out for you: If you’re not a Bushie you’re a Taliban. If you don’t love us, you hate us. If you’re not Good you’re Evil. If you’re not with us, you’re with the terrorists. – Arundhati Roy

To change undesirable behaviors we see in the world, we must change the thinking that leads to those behaviors. – Donald L. Hicks

To cheapen the lives of any group of men, cheapens the lives of all men, even our own. This is a law of human psychology, or human nature. And it will not be repealed by our wishes, nor will it be merciful to our blindness. – William Pickens

To continue reproducing racial inequality, the system only needs for white people to be really nice and carry on – to smile at people of color, to go to lunch with them on occasion. To be clear, being nice is generally a better policy than being mean. But niceness does not bring racism to the table and will not keep it on the table when so many of us who are white want it off. Niceness does not break with white solidarity and white silence. In fact, naming racism is often seen as not nice, triggering white fragility. – Robin DiAngelo

To divide along the lines of section or caste or creed is un-American. – Theodore Roosevelt

To give preference to the life of a being simply because that being is a member of our species would put us in the same position as racists who give preference to those who are members of their race. – Peter Singer

To judge by what my children are learning in school, you’d think American history was 75 percent slavery and 25 percent everything else (and that 25 percent includes a large dollop of imperialism, racism, sexism and homophobia, leaving little time for Lincoln, Edison, Clay, Holmes, Alcott, Dickinson, Adams, Longfellow or Fulton). – Mona Charen

To kill an ideology (racism); you need contact. – Henry Johnson Jr.

To like an individual because he’s black is just as insulting as to dislike him because he isn’t white. – E. E. Cummings

To me and to a number of other activists from the U.S., we believe that the human rights movement has to evolve and understand the global implications of structural racism. This means engaging the United Nations and a variety of other human rights bodies. – Opal Tometi

To me, it’s 2016 about to be 2017. I can’t believe there’s still a racism factor. – Ty Dolla Sign

To me, racism is so played out and corny and stupid, especially in music, where you now have Nelly doing songs with Tim McGraw, on the hit single ‘Over and Over.’ Anyone who thinks about that just needs to get a life. – Clinton Sparks

To my Black brothers and sisters, choose faith. As difficult as it is, choose faith—the kind of faith that we know without works is dead. The faith that raises awareness, educates the community, advocates, cares for the widows and feeds the orphans. Choose the faith that is compelled to action, but not controlled my anger. – Andrena Sawyer

To oppose one class perpetually to another — young against old, manual labor against brain-worker, rich against poor, woman against man — is to split the foundations of the State; and if the cleavage runs too deep, there remains no remedy but force and dictatorship. If you wish to preserve a free democracy, you must base it — not on classes and categories, for this will land you in the totalitarian State, where no one may act or think except as the member of a category. You must base it upon the individual Tom, Dick and Harry, and the individual Jack and Jill — in fact, upon you and me. – Dorothy L. Sayers

To put it in layman’s terms, crazy is crazy. And crazy will find a way to do something crazy. Racist is racist. And racist people will find a way to project their racism onto the world. – Nia Long

To really change the world, we have to help people change the way they see things. – Suzy Kassem

To see the absurdity of racism, some people first had to be blind. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

To the Red Pill Stoic, the feelings of anger and frustration experienced by these disempowered communities are actually moral failings, proof of their lack of internal fortitude, moral compass, and right to hold authority in the public sphere. – Donna Zuckerberg

To this day, the only argument against Obama that critics can seem to come up with involves admitting he’s better than them – though they certainly season it with some racism. You know, he’s that lucky black man who actually appeals to the populace. He’s that elitist who got himself off food stamps and into Harvard. – John Ridley

To those supremacist racists I ask what color will be their bodies when they turn to dust. – Bangambiki Habyarimana

Today even the attitude of the Southern whites toward the blacks is not, as so many assume, in all cases the same; the ignorant Southerner hates the Negro, the workingmen fear his competition, the money-makers wish to use him as a laborer, some of the educated see a menace in his upward development, while others—usually the sons of the masters—wish to help him to rise. – W.E.B. Du Bois

Today in America as in other parts of the world we see a model of a society in which the powerful dominate. They marginalize and they go as far as to eliminate the weakest before the homogenization caused by this system of globalization. Through providence we have the taking of conscious cultural identity. As such the church has a special mission to be the defender and promoter of a culture of life. This culture of life assumes a preferential option for the poor, opposes or puts the globalization of solidarity in opposition to the globalization of the markets. It makes itself a voice for those who have no voice; denounces all violence, all racial discrimination; walks beside those condemned to the land, those that are displaced; is a promoter of integral development in the construction of peace in the search for justice and liberation. This culture of life is what is expressed as a service of hope. This urgency exists in this precise moment in which the indigenous person, conscious of being a subject to their own history, will not opt for a church that submerges them in a conflict where they have to live their faith being aware of expressing it within a dominant culture. – Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia

Today the governments of Latin America should be ashamed of not having exterminated the indigenous, at the end of the twentieth century, because we exist at the end of this century. We are not myths of the past, ruins in the jungle, or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims of intolerance and racism. – Rigoberta Menchu

Today’s youth cannot escape the shadow of racism that has been passed down organically from parents and others who cling to a distorted image of American history, one informed by, and articulated from, a worldview permeated by white privilege. [sic], these biases are so hardwired that most of us have no idea how quickly and automatically they kick in and how enduring they can be. – Thomas Norman DeWolf

Today, nostalgia is almost as unacceptable as racism. – Terry Eagleton

Together we can make a change of the world. Together we can help to stop racism. Together we can help to stop prejudice. We can help the world live without fear. It’s our only hope, without hope we are lost. – Michael Jackson

Tolerance of intolerance enables oppression. – DaShanne Stokes

Toni Morrison uses the term race talk to capture ‘the explicit insertion into everyday life of racial signs and symbols that have no meaning other than positioning African Americans into the lowest level of the racial hierarchy.’ Casual race talk is a key component of white racial framing because it accomplishes the interconnected goals of elevating whites while demeaning people of color; race talk always implies a racial ‘us’ and ‘them’. – Robin DiAngelo

Transgender casting is a kind of literalism. It is the same with racial casting. This means that you can now only play Othello if you are black. There is something quite tainted about it. It is a form of racism in itself. – Steven Berkoff

Trayvon Martin was the product of a broken home. He was also a victim of the corrupt civil-right leaders who peddle racism infecting the minds of young blacks. – Jesse Lee Peterson

Trayvon Martin, at the most, seems only to have been guilty of being himself. – Aberjhani

Trickle-down racism, trickle-down bigotry, trickle-down misogyny, all these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America. – Mitt Romney

True confession: The reason we don’t talk about race is because we do not speak a common language. – Jodi Picoult

Trump didn’t divide America. He just doused us with gasoline and fanned the flames. – DaShanne Stokes

Trump enabled, allowed, peddled to, and promoted the worst in America – racism, division, discrimination, misogyny – during his campaign. I will never forget or forgive him for that. – Ana Navarro

Trump is literally the epitome of evil, all the evils of this country – be it racism, capitalism, sexism, homophobia. – Patrisse Cullors

Trump’s blatant racism and demonization of Muslims, Mexicans, and immigrants also serves as a foil for white evangelicals. By othering these groups, Trump allows evangelicals to persist in their belief that white Anglo-saxon Protestantism is the default for true American Christianity and is best suited to lead America as a ‘Christian Nation.’ – Anthea Butler

Trump’s racism has clearly driven his policy decisions during his first year in office – from his Muslim ban and his despicable treatment of DREAMers to his ruthless ramp-up of immigration raids and the callous termination of protections for Haitians and Salvadorans who fled natural disaster and violence. – Opal Tometi

Trump, like that canary in the coalmine, makes clear what elements of fascism are really like. Let’s be honest. The racism, the ignorance, the stupidity, the baiting, the great-man affect, this notion that he exists in a circle of certainty that can’t be doubted, this kind of perverse hatred of the other. We’ve seen this before. This legacy is not new. What we have to recognize is the different form that it takes at a different moment in history. – Henry Giroux

Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it’s against the oppressor. – Malcolm X

Try to imagine how you would feel if you woke up one morning to find the sun shining and all the stars aflame. You would be frightened because it is out of the order of nature. Any upheaval in the universe is terrifying because it so profoundly attacks one’s sense of one’s own reality. Well, the black man has functioned in the white man’s world as a fixed star, as an immovable pillar: and as he moves out of his place, heaven and earth are shaken to their foundation. – James Baldwin

Tulsa was the kind of place where you could go to any door and borrow a cup of sugar. Everybody knew everybody. Truthfully, I don’t even remember dealing with any racism in our town; we all got along. – Charlie Wilson

Ugly doesn’t have a color. It lives among selfishness and hate – Ginger Scott, The Hard Count

Under the guise of eugenic improvement and racial purity, and what the implementation of eugenic measures could supposedly do to improve human society, notions of racial superiority continued in popularity, but with a purported scientific foundation. – Daniel J. Fairbanks

Under Trump, the US will give its blessing to Israeli imperialism and racism. – Lawrence Davidson

Unfortunately there was one thing that the white South feared more than Negro dishonesty, ignorance, and incompetency, and that was Negro honesty, knowledge, and efficiency. – E. B. Du Bois

Unfortunately, ‘post racism’ is also a myth, like unicorns and black people who survive to the end of a horror movie. – Justin Simien

Unfortunately, it hurts all three of my feelings. – Carrie Fisher

Unless institutional power reinforces the hurt and prejudice suffered by a group, it is not oppression. By definition, a person of color cannot be racist, or a woman sexist, because they do not have the institutionalized power to act on their prejudices. Also, by definition, all white people are racist, not just because of the personal attitudes that we usually think of as racist, but because of the privilege white skin brings in our society. Whites cannot say they are not racist because they are born into a society that teaches racism and reinforces white privilege every day even before they can be aware of it. Whites can choose, however, to be active antiracists, which means making a commitment to a lifelong process of learning to recognize racism in themselves and in the institutions they are part of and taking steps to stop it. – Linda Stout

Unlike wealth, poverty of intellect is equally distributed between the sexes and among the races. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Unsure about its place and identity, a whole nation was made to believe that ethnic pride and culture could only descend from race. – Arianna Dagnino

Until the philosophy which hold one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned… Everything is war. Me say war. That until the’re no longer 1st class and 2nd class citizens of any nation… Until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes, me say war. That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race me say war! – Bob Marley

Until we have a serious discussion, this problem [racism] will continue to occur. – Ilyasah Shabazz

Until white people understand that racism is embedded in everything, including our consciousness and socialisation, then we cannot go forward. – Robin DiAngelo

Up until then I’d thought that white people and colored people getting alone was the big aim, but after that I decided everybody being colorless together was a better plan. – Sue Monk Kidd

Urging an organization to be inclusive is not an attack. It’s progress. – DaShanne Stokes

Urging people to be inclusive is not an attack. It is progress. – DaShanne Stokes

Using a big word like ‘plagiarism’… always causes some damage. It will always do lasting damage, like accusations of racism. – Michel Houellebecq

Using the power you derive from the discovery of the truth about racism in South Africa, you will help us to remake our part of the world into a corner of the globe on which all – of which all of humanity can be proud. – Oliver Tambo

Vagrancy laws and other laws defining activities such as ‘mischief’ and ‘insulting gestures’ as crimes were enforced vigorously against blacks. The aggressive enforcement of these criminal offenses opened up an enormous market for convict leasing. – Michelle Alexander

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has been resorting to the ‘It’s racism’ dodge for years now in order to shut down scrutiny of his determined inattention to the catastrophe of Vancouver’s housing crisis. – Terry Glavin

Violence and racism are bad. Whenever they occur they are to be condemned and we should not turn a blind eye to them. – Cate Blanchett

Violence is central to patriarchy, and Western society’s various forms of systemic violence are interconnected. Recognizing similarities across forms of oppression such as racism, child abuse, speciesism, and sexism, for example, is essential . . . . We can curb this tendency only if all forms of violence are exposed and challenged—rape and slaughter, rodeos and brothels. We cannot expect to put out a fire by removing only one coal. – Lisa Kemmerer

Visions of swastikas in my head, plans for everyone. It’s in the Whites of my eyes. – David Bowie

Voter fraud does just barely exist, while racism, according to the Supreme Court, is a thing of the past. – Aasif Mandvi

Wake up you must, and step up you must, not should, but must, for only then, can an animal world be changed into a human world. – Abhijit Naskar

War, hate, jealousy, racism – what are they but manifestations of fear? – F. Paul Wilson

Waris said it’s crazy that people are so stupid to think over one and a half billion Muslims all think and act the same way, a Muslim man carries out a mass shooting or blows people up and he’s called a terrorist, a white man does the same thing and he’s called a mad man both sets are mad, Yazz. – Bernardine Evaristo

Water from the white fountain didn’t taste any better than from the black fountain. – B. King

We – America – have to move past the ideology, the tribalism, that grips this country. As ridiculous as this sounds, I believe ‘Black Panther,’ the film, could help us do that if it addresses issues of tribal polarization and, by extension, racism, xenophobia, and homophobia in an entertaining, non-preachy way. – Christopher Priest

We African Americans have now spent the major part of the 20th Century battling racism. – Constance Baker Motley

We all inherit damage from the past. We spread it like a virus and don’t generally think about it. – Thomas Norman DeWolf

We always talk about how, obviously, there is still very in-your-face aggressive racism. But there’s a lot of passive racism that, in the moment, you don’t even realize is racist. You chalk it up as a strange interaction you had, and then you look at the context of it later on and realize the root of it was racism. – Hiro Murai

We are all a part of a culture of violence that dominates every aspect of our lives. – Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason

We are all predisposed to racism – Sunday Adelaja, The Danger Of Monoculturalism In The XXI Century

We are captured, brother, surrounded by the majoritarian bandits of America. And this has happened here, in our only home, and the terrible truth is that we cannot will ourselves to an escape on our own. Perhaps that was, is, the hope of the movement: to awaken the Dreamers, to rouse them to the facts of what their need to be white, to talk like they are white, to think that they are white, which is to think that they are beyond the design flaws of humanity, has done to the world. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

We are concerned with that curious bunch of nonconformists who explain their participation in negative terms: that bunch of do-gooders that goes under all sorts of names – liberals, leftists, etc. These are the people who argue that they are not responsible for white racism and the country’s ‘inhumanity to the black man.’ – Steven Biko

We are equal, we re all Humans, we are all related in some way. It doesn’t matter what colour our skins is, our race, beliefs, gender, age, we are all equal. I say now is the right time to unite, if we do not unite soon something bads gonna happen – Anon1467

We are growing up. We are growing up! Out of the idiocies – the ignorances of racism and sexism and ageism and all those ignorances. – Maya Angelou

We are in the year 2013, and racism is still amongst us and is still a problem. It’s not simply an argument for the History Channel or something that belongs to the past or something that only happens in other countries. – Kevin-Prince Boateng

We are never racist against somebody who is very far away. I don’t know any racism against the Eskimos. To have a racist feeling, there must be an other who is slightly different from us – but is living close to us. – Umberto Eco

We are owned by propagandists against the Arabs. There’s no question about that. Congress, the White House, and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where their mouth is…We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way. – Helen Thomas

We are social beings who make communities with an urgency, and it is a stern charge to make us take refuge in the lonely world of oneself. …Racism attempts to occlude our cosmopolitanism (of the songs in and out of our bones), and it often appropriates our mild forms of xenophobia into its own virulent project. Difference among peoples is something that we negotiate in our everyday interactions, asking questions and being better informed of our mutual realities. To transform difference into the body is an act of bad faith, a denial of our shared nakedness. – Vijay Prashad

We are still conditioning people in this country and, indeed, all over the globe to the myth of white superiority. We are constantly being told that we don’t have racism in this country anymore, but most of the people who are saying that are white. White people think it isn’t happening because it isn’t happening to them. – Jane Elliott

We argue against the false equivalency of viewing anti-immigrant and pro-integration laws in the same light: the former often play on misperception and group stereotypes and explicitly call out particular groups for differential treatment. By contrast, many of the integrationist measures passed by state legislatures have couched their policies in universalistic terms, and often do not make reference to particular classes of persons. – Pratheepan Gulasekaram

We black women must forgive black men for not protecting us against slavery, racism, white men, our confusion, their doubts. And black men must forgive black women for our own sometimes dubious choices, divided loyalties, and lack of belief in their possibilities. Only when our sons and our daughters know that forgiveness is real, existent, and that those who love them practice it, can they form bonds as men and women that really can save and change our community. – Marita Golden

We can be clear. We can identify the enemy. We can begin by asking ourselves what it is right rather than what is expedient. Know the difference between fever and the disease. Between racism and greed. We can be clear and we can be careful. Careful to avoid the imprisonment of the mind, the spirit, and the will of ourselves and those among whom we live. We can be careful of tolerating second-rate goals and secondhand ideas. – Toni Morrison

We can be the very first generation which fails to see the logic or pride in defining ourselves by anything else but what is found within ourselves: our values – Akilnathan Logeswaran

We can go deeper to understand ourselves not only as members of one race against another but as fellow citizens with common dream for our future, hopes for our children, and commitments to better nation. In the end, we can and must shed ourselves of our racial idols and divisions that have bound and separated us, and find our dignity together as the children of God all made in the image of the One who loves us all. – Jim Wallis

We can go on talking about racism and who treated whom badly, but what are you going to do about it? Are you going to wallow in that or are you going to create your own agenda? – Judith Jamison

We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization – black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion and love…. What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black. – Robert F. Kennedy

We can remove the veil that shrouds our understanding and made us forget who we truly are. When we understand the core self and live from the core self, the myth of separation, concepts of separation, color, religion, class, intelligence…all these fade away. We are not our color. We are not our religion. We are not our sexual preference. We are human beings. We are spiritual beings. – Cassandra Blizzard

We can’t allow racism and xenophobia to gain traction. – Bernie Sanders

We can’t throw the worst part of racism into the dustbin of history. – Kamau Bell

We cannot educate white women and take them by the hand. Most of us are willing to help but we can’t do the white woman’s homework for her. That’s an energy drain. More times than she cares to remember, Nellie Wong, Asian American feminist writer, has been called by white women wanting a list of Asian American women who can give readings or workshops. We are in danger of being reduced to purvey­ors of resource lists. – Gloria Anzaldúa

We cannot end just one form of oppression, so we need to be on board with other activists. If we are not, we doom social justice activists to perpetually pulling up the innumerable shoots that spring from the very deep roots of oppression. Furthermore, inability to see one’s own privilege and ignorance of the struggles that others face (in a homophobic, racist, ageist, ableist, sexist society) are major impediments to social justice activism. Those who are privileged must give way so that others can take the lead, bringing new social justice concerns and methods to the activist’s table. – Lisa Kemmerer

We cannot reform institutional racism or systemic policies if we are not actively engaged. It’s not enough to simply complain about injustice; the only way to prevent future injustice is to create the society we would like to see, one where we are all equal under the law. – Al Sharpton

We cannot shake off three hundred years of fear in three hours. – Richard Wright

We could choose to be a nation that extends care, compassion, and concern to those who are locked up and locked out or headed for prison before they are old enough to vote. We could seek for them the same opportunities we seek for our own children; we could treat them like one of ‘us.’ We could do that. Or we can choose to be a nation that shames and blames its most vulnerable, affixes badges of dishonor upon them at young ages, and then relegates them to a permanent second-class status for life. That is the path we have chosen, and it leads to a familiar place. – Michelle Alexander

We couldn’t have known – who could’ve predicted what happened in American politics in the 2016? The rise of racism again, or the peeling back of the onion and seeing racism again, was a bit of a surprise in the last couple years. – George Pelecanos

We did not hesitate to call our movement an army. But it was a special army, with no supplies but its sincerity, no uniform but its determination, no arsenal except its faith, no currency but its conscience. – Martin Luther King Jr.

We do not believe in the notion of God’s chosen people. We laugh at this people’s fancies and weep over its misdeeds. To act as God’s chosen people is not only stupid and arrogant, but a crime against humanity. We call it racism. – Jostein Gaarder

We do not put enough emphasis on early childhood years. We neglect children in this society; as a society we’re guilty of child neglect. If we could eliminate the vestiges of racism, if we could develop a more powerful agenda for child care, child development, and a more powerful education system, we could prevent a lot of the incapacities which in turn tend to generate structural unemployment. – Bruce Babbitt

We don’t have a refugee crisis in America; we have a racism crisis here. – Phyllis Bennis

We don’t have to be aware of racism in order for it to exist. – Robin DiAngelo

We don’t know anything about racism. We’ve never experienced it. If words can make a difference in your life for seven minutes, how would it affect you if you heard this every day of your life? – Jane Elliott

We don’t realize how much racism has tainted our self-image as human beings. – Ruby Dee

We don’t come out of the womb filled with prejudice, racism, and homophobia. Kids are taught to hate, so we have to protect our young people’s minds from those evils. – Kerry Washington

We don’t need guns. We just have to be patient. And wait for your hearts to stop beating. And stop they will. And for some of you, real damned soon, truth be told. – Tim Wise

We don’t think you fight fire with fire best ; we think you fight fire with water best. We’re going to fight racism not with racism, but we’re going to fight with solidarity. We say we’re not going to fight capitalism with black capitalism, but we’re going to fight it with socialism. We’re stood up and said we’re not going to fight reactionary pigs and reactionary state’s attorneys like this and reactionary state’s attorneys like Hanrahan with any other reactions on our part. We’re going to fight their reactions with all of us people getting together and having an international proletarian revolution. – Fred Hampton

We elected a man who knows how to build walls when we needed someone who knows how to build bridges. – DaShanne Stokes

We first crush people to the earth, and then claim the right of trampling on them forever, because they are prostrate. – Lydia Maria Child

We got a wonderful present from Stalin and Hitler that they never meant to give us. We were immune for 60 years or so to aggression, racism and militarism. They made us partly immune to these things. Now it appears this Stalin-Hitler present has reached its expiration date. We were spoiled by this. So maybe we are just emerging out of a relatively golden age. – Amos Oz

We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up business and dirty shops. They ought to go. – Marion Barry

We had a Judeo-Christian ethic hanging around a couple thousand years that didn’t help erase racism at all. So the notion of the little half-hour comedy changing things is something I think is silly. – Norman Lear

We hate each other by race, color, tribe, wealth, gender etc because everyone wants to feel special and different than the other. I do not however have a solution on how people can stop having an ego that makes them specially superior than the other. – Robert Kodingo

We have a fair amount of racism. – Trevor Noah

We have a right to expect a police force that protects our citizens and behaves in a responsible manner… in the American conscience there is no room for bigotry and racism. – George H. W. Bush

We have gaps that are rooted in systemic racism. – Hillary Clinton

We have made enormous progress in teaching everyone that racism is bad. Where we seem to have dropped the ball… is in teaching people what racism actually IS. – Jon Stewart

We have no one to go to for help. Not even a church. Anything goes, now that our President Roosevelt signed the order to get rid of us. How can he do this to his own citizens? No lawyer has the courage to defend us. Caucasian friends stay away for fear of being labeled ‘Jap lovers.’ There’s not a more lonely feeling than to be banished by my own country. There’s no place to go. – Kiyo Sato

We have the most to learn from those who are different from us – Jaco Strydom

We have the same dirt under our shoes as they do. – Stacey Lee

We have the wolf by the ears; and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other. – Thomas Jefferson

We have this long history of racism in this country, and as it happens, the criminal justice system has been perhaps the most prominent instrument for administering racism. But the racism doesn’t actually come from the criminal justice system. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

We have to be honest, we have to be truthful and speak to the one dirty secret in American life, and that is racism. – Henry Cisneros

We have to face up to systemic racism. We see it in jobs, we see it in education, we see it in housing. But let’s be really clear; it’s a big part of what we’re facing in the criminal justice system. – Hillary Clinton

We have to recognize that there is a radical continuity between the killing fields of the plantations, the bodies hanging from the trees, police brutality, the prison industrial complex, and the Superdome in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. – Cornel West

We have to stop making excuses. One of the things that I’m careful to show is the horrendous effects of institutional and structural racism, but in the end, you can’t wait for white man or a Black man to come riding in on a white horse to save you. We have to save ourselves, and that’s the lesson of “The African Americans.” – Henry Louis Gates

We hide our racism. We just go on about our lives – may I say, white Canadians go on about their lives. African-Canadians understand racism, Indigenous Canadians understand racism: they see it all the time, they live with it. – Constance Backhouse

We hit slavery through a great civil war. Did we destroy it? No, we only changed it into hatred between sections of the country: in the South, into political corruption and chicanery, the degradation of the blacks through peonage, unjust laws, unfair and cruel treatment; and the degradation of the whites by their resorting to these practices, the paralyzation of the public conscience, and the ever over-hanging dread of what the future may bring. – James Weldon Johnson

We inherited these principles and these freedoms and we here highly resolve that we shall pass them on, as we will pass on an undivided Republic purged of racism and slavery, to our descendants. The popgun discharges of a few pathetic sectarians and crackpot revisionists are negligible, and will be drowned by the mounting chorus that demands: ‘Mr Jefferson! BUILD UP THAT WALL’. – Christopher Hitchens

We invoke the words of Jefferson and Lincoln because they say something about our legacy and our traditions. We do this because we recognize our links to the past–at least when they flatter us. But black history does not flatter American democracy; it chastens it. The popular mocking of reparations as a harebrained scheme authored by wild-eyed lefties and intellectually unserious black nationalists is fear masquerading as laughter. Black nationalists have always perceived something unmentionable about America that integrationists dare not acknowledge –that white supremacy is not merely the work of hotheaded demagogues, or a matter of false consciousness, but a force so fundamental to America that it is difficult to imagine the country without it. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

We keep racism alive. We pass it on to our children. I think that is very sad. – Ruby Bridges

We know longer live in a homogenous society, it is not black, white, Asian or Latin, it is a melting pot. Until we learn to assimilate and learn about other cultures, we will continue to have racism problems. Of course, there are other ‘-isms’ as our ills. We have sexism, ageism, elitism, homophobia-ism, there are many -isms we have to overcome. – Octavia Spencer

We know that racism and white privilege are both very much alive today. – Eric Reid

We learn to be racist, therefore we can learn not to be racist. Racism is not genetical. It has everything to do with power. – Jane Elliot

We learn to love when we’re young. If we learn hating better, it has to go somewhere. We can hate ourselves or we can hate somebody else. Most people would rather hate somebody else. – Dan Groat

We live in a nation of pigs and murderers. – James Baldwin

We live in a racist world. Everywhere there is racism. We say to White people, “You really have to examine how you behave in the world. You are responsible for deconstructing internalized racism and being part of a ongoing process of decolonizing yourself. – Eve Ensler

We live in a world where racism hasn’t changed at all. It’s that old thing of, you know, the more things change, the more things remain the same. – Joe Morton

We live in a world where sports have the potential to bridge the gap between racism, sexism and discrimination. The 2012 Olympic Games was a great start but hopefully what these games taught us is that if women are given an opportunity on an equal playing field the possibilities for women are endless. – Jackie Joyner-Kersee

We live in an age of equivocal competency: if you want, you can be a competent dictator, a competent self-promoter, a competent terrorist. Just because you can do something well does not mean you should be doing it. – Clifford Cohen

We live surrounded by white images, and white in this world is synonymous with the good, light, beauty, success, so that, despite ourselves sometimes, we run after that whiteness and deny our darkness, which has been made into the symbol of all that is evil and inferior. – Paule Marshall

We look at each other a second. ‘I’m tired of the rules,’ I say. Aibileen chuckles and looks out the window. I realise how thin this revelation must sound to her. – Kathryn Stockett

We must admit that… law must be valid, not merely for men, but for all rational creatures generally, not merely under certain contingent conditions or with exceptions, but with absolute necessity… – Immanuel Kant

We must tell the world that even though we elected a bigot, bigotry will not prevail. – DaShanne Stokes

We need a change of attitude, because lets face it, no one’s going to change color. – Jaco Strydom

We need a powerful sense of determination to banish the ugly blemish of racism scarring the image of America. We can, of course, try to temporize, negotiate small, inadequate changes and prolong the timetable of freedom in the hope that the narcotics of delay will dull the pain of progress. We can try, but we shall certainly fail. The shape of the world will not permit us the luxury of gradualism and procrastination. Not only is it immoral, it will not work… it will not work because it retards the progress not only of the Negro, but of the nation as a whole. – Martin Luther King Jr.

We need to accept that our skin colour, our race, beliefs, our genders does not separate us, we stand as one, one united person, let us unite! – Anon1467

We need to develop courage, and we need to develop it in small ways first….. You develop a little courage, so that if you decide, I will not stay in rooms where women are belittled; I will not stay in company where races, no matter who they are, are belittled; I will not take it; I will not sit around and accept dehumanising other human beings: – if you decide to do that in small ways, and you continue to do it – finally you realize you’ve got so much courage. Imagine it – you’ve got so much courage that people want to be around you. They get a feeling that they will be protected in your company. – Maya Angelou

We pass hatred and prejudice on to our children, as though they were heirlooms of humanity. We cling to traditions that keep us bound to a way of life that no longer works and arguably never has. – L.M. Browning

We see race as what people of color have (or are.) If people of color are not present, race is not present. Further, if people of color are not present, not only is race absent, so is that terrible thing: racism. Ironically, this positions racism as something people of color have and bring to whites, rather than a system which whites control and impose on people of color. – Robin DiAngelo

We should always be clear that animal exploitation is wrong because it involves speciesism. And speciesism is wrong because, like racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-semitism, classism, and all other forms of human discrimination, speciesism involves violence inflicted on members of the moral community where that infliction of violence cannot be morally justified. But that means that those of us who oppose speciesism necessarily oppose discrimination against humans. It makes no sense to say that speciesism is wrong because it is like racism (or any other form of discrimination) but that we do not have a position about racism. We do. We should be opposed to it and we should always be clear about that. – Gary L. Francione

We should have learnt by now that laws and court decisions can only point the way. They can establish criteria of right and wrong. And they can provide a basis for rooting out the evils of bigotry and racism. But they cannot wipe away centuries of oppression and injustice — however much we might desire it. – Hubert Humphrey

We should never present flesh as somehow morally distinguishable from dairy. To the extent it is morally wrong to eat flesh, it is as morally wrong — and possibly more morally wrong — to consume dairy – Gary L. Francione

We should treat each other better. Why in the hell would you still have racism? This ancient, moronic hatred? Why does our foreign policy have to always involve so much death and so much death of innocent people as a matter of course, to the point to where no one bothers to say anything. I guess a lot of people don’t want to move forward. It’s frustrating at times. – Henry Rollins

We still have to struggle against the impact of racism, but it doesn’t happen in the same way. I think it is much more complicated today than it ever was. – Angela Davis

We suffer political oppression, economic exploitation and social degradation. All of ’em from the same enemy. The government has failed us. You can’t deny that. Any time you’re living in the 20th century, 1964, and you walking around here singing ‘We Shall Overcome,’ the government has failed you. This is part of what’s wrong with you, you do too much singing. Today it’s time to stop singing and start swinging. – Malcolm X

We talk of regional conflicts, of economic and social crises, of political instability, of abuses of human rights, of racism, religious intolerance, inequalities between rich and poor, hunger, over-population, under-development and. I could go on and on. Each and every one of these impediments to humanity’s pursuit of well-being are also among the root causes of refugee problems. – Poul Hartling

We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited. The highest rung of what’s possible is far beyond the world you can see. My mother showed me what was possible. The thing that always amazed me about her life is that one showed her. No one showed her. She did on her own. She found her way through sheer force of will. – Trevor Noah

We tend to think of racism as this interpersonal verbal or physical abuse, when in truth, that is only one way that racism manifests itself. The reality of contemporary racism is that it while it is ubiquitous, it is often invisible, subsequently making it more difficult to name and identify. – Clint Smith

We used to be “shiftless and lazy,” now we’re “fearsome and awesome.” I think the black man should take pride in that. – James Earl Jones

We want to believe racism is an artifact of the past, and if you have a political massacre, that contradicts that. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

We want to believe something very similar about racism and accusations of racism. If we can prove that a particular allegation of racism is unfounded or untrue, we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief and try to move on. That is part of racism’s power. It tricks us into thinking that we can wish it away with a string of logical premises and conclusions, with a singular decree of guilt or innocence. We fantasize about isolating this thing and determining its measurable impact once and for all, especially now that blatant forms of racism have been so thoroughly demonized in mainstream society. – John L. Jackson Jr.

We want to remember that America is at its best when it’s struggling to live up to its stated ideals. – Lonnie Bunch

We were in denial about the extent to which Britain had cured itself of the poison of racism. – Nish Kumar

We were made to believe / our faces betrayed us. / Our bodies were loud / with yellow / screaming flesh / needing to be silenced / behind barbed wire. – Janice Mirikitani

We were not talking about the average white person: We was talking about the corporate money rich and the racist jive politicians and the lackeys, as we used to call them, for the government who perpetuate all this exploitation and racism. – Bobby Seale

We were unarmed, but we knew that blackness armed us, even though we had no guns. – Ibram X. Kendi

We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface hidden tension that is already alive – Martin Luther King Jr.

We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. – Martin Luther King, Jr

We will live with racism for ever. But senses of self, senses of belonging, senses of us and of others? Those are up for grabs. – Richard Powers

We will never know peace and stability in the world without balance. And we will never know balance without justice for all. Yet, justice exists only where there is fairness and equality — when every man and country is treated and viewed equally. No country should be given power over another. In addition, no country should be granted privileges that are denied to others. No one country has the authority to decide which country will be embargoed, denied to protect itself, and will be favored based on the weight of their resources. Eliminate the hypocrisy. – Suzy Kassem

We would not now have a sizable part of our own population prepared to engage in homicidal violence if they truly believed that that young man in the hoodie was an image of God. – Marilynne Robinson

We would often lead workshops in offices that were 95-100% white, and yet the participants would bitterly complain about Affirmative Action. This would unnerve me as I looked around these rooms and saw only white people. Clearly these white people were employed – we were in their workplace, after all. There were no people of color here, yet white people were making enraged claims that people of color were taking their jobs. This outrage was not based in any racial reality, yet obviously the emotion was real. I began to wonder how we managed to maintain that reality – how could we not see how white the workplace and its leadership was, at the very moment that we were complaining about not being able to get jobs because people of color would be hired over ‘us’? How were we, as white people, able to enjoy so much racial privilege and dominance in the workplace, yet believe so deeply that racism had changed direction to now victimize us? – Robin DiAngelo

We would solve a lot of huge problems that are causing massive suffering. Poverty, violence, homophobia, heterosexism, racism, the environment – all these things that are crippling us. We need big, bold, dangerous, crazy ideas to solve these problems. When failure is not an option, innovation and creativity are not options. – Brené Brown

We’d better not speak against misogyny if, in the same breath, we’re not also speaking against transphobia and homophobia and racism and classism and poverty. This is one fight. It always has been. – Glennon Doyle Melton

We’d never talked about it, but I figured you knew the rules. If a cop stopped, you didn’t run, you didn’t talk back, you didn’t ever, ever get angry. White people could do that—hell, they could shoot up a church and then ask for Burger King—but not us. We got killed at traffic stops for speeding, for having broken taillights, for knowing our rights. – Una LaMarche

We’re a social species, and we want to get along with the people we like and who are like us. That’s just good adaptive behaviour. We’re more likely to accept something if we hear it from a friend, whereas we’re sceptical of people who are not like us – which is what leads to racism, nationalism, sexism and all forms of bigotry. – Daniel Levitin

We’re doing a bunch of shoots with kids about the election, about politics, about racism. I like to talk about heavy topics with kids because you find out what their parents are feeding them at home, and then you find out their quick reactions to things. It’s so refreshing when kids are so honest. – Chelsea Handler

We’re not a racist organization, because we understand that racism is an excuse used for capitalism, and we know that racism is just – it’s a byproduct of capitalism. – Fred Hampton

We’ve been conditioned to be incredibly avoidant. ‘I’m afraid I’ll be called a racist if I say something wrong,’ is the familiar retort. Well, okay, that’s scary and difficult, but staying silent, avoiding the issue, doesn’t mean that racism goes away. – Marjorie Liu

We’ve come a long way from the days of Jim Crow, and yes, we elected a black president, but racism lives. – Bob Beckel

We’ve got to address the systemic racism in our criminal justice system. – Hillary Clinton

We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity. – Fred Hampton

We’ve got to stand with those people who are being attacked today, but at the same time, it’s not good enough to say that racism and xenophobia is bad. We’ve got to reach those people today who are so angry, who are so hateful and say, yes, you have a right to be angry, don’t take it out on the Muslims. Work with us to create an agenda and political movement that will make your life better, not just other people’s life worse. – Bernie Sanders

We’ve rigged the entire system of living in harmony with nature against ourselves. We raise our children & inculcate various ‘isms’ into them. They in turn perpetuate it by passing the same (if not more) onto their’s. We raise slaves, not independent thinkers. – Mamur Mustapha

We’ve seen hate groups rise across the country. But we’ve also seen an increase in the average person, who looks like your doctor, your lawyer, your mechanic, your dentists, starting to say the same types of rhetoric. Sometimes it’s a little bit more polished, something the average person who has underlying racism can attach himself to. I’m less concerned about skinheads and Klansmen now than the average person who feels emboldened, and the militia and sovereign-citizen groups who are certainly tied to white supremacist organizations, training in paramilitary camps. – Christian Picciolini

Weakness is what brings ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, all these things that will keep a society chained to the ground, one foot nailed to the floor. – Henry Rollins

Welcome to America, where racism will never end, white don’t respect black, where black skin people are treated like criminals. – Werley Nortreus

Welfare now erodes work and family and thus keeps poor people poor. Accompanying welfare is an ideology – sustaining a whole system of federal and state bureaucracies – that also operates to destroy their faith. The ideology takes the form of false theories of discrimination and spurious claims of racism and sexism as the dominant forces in the lives of the poor. – George Gilder

Well, because the Arabs who were involved in 9/11 cooperated with the Zionists, actually. It was a cooperation. They gave them the perfect excuse to denounce all Arabs. It’s a racist sort of thing, really racist – you know, picking out these 19 or 20 terrorists – they were terrorists – and saying all the Arabs are like them. – James Abourezk

Well, I may or may not be bitter, but if I were I would have good reasons for it: chief among them that American blindness, or cowardice, which allows us to pretend that life presents no reasons for being bitter. – James Baldwin

Well, I’ve been politically involved for a really long time. Growing up in the segregated South, it was a very painful experience for me to live through the open racism of the time. – Cybill Shepherd

Well, listen, anger doesn’t get anything done, so you have to find out: How do you make it work? That’s why I was always maniacal about transforming every problem into a puzzle which I can solve. I can solve a puzzle—a problem just stresses me out. – Quincy Jones

What a sad era when it is easier to smash an atom than a prejudice. – Albert Einstein

What age is a black boy when he learns he’s scary? – Jonathan Allen Lethem

What characterized the whole punk scene for me in 1977 was there was no racism or sexism. It was an anarchy of -isms, and a matter of abolishing it all. – Chrissie Hynde

What do you want with these special Jewish pains? I feel as close to the wretched victims of the rubber plantations in Putamayo and the blacks of Africa with whose bodies the Europeans play ball… I have no special corner in my heart for the ghetto: I am at home in the entire world, where there are clouds and birds and human tears. – Rosa Luxemburg

What I envy is not their skin but their insouciance. I envy the freedom to sin with only a little bit of consequence, to commit one selfish act and not have it mean the downfall of my entire people. Where indecency and mischief do not mean annihilation. – Kaitlyn Greenidge

What I’ve always said is that I’m opposed to institutional racism, and I would’ve, had I’ve been alive at the time, I think, had the courage to march with Martin Luther King to overturn institutional racism, and I see no place in our society for institutional racism. – Rand Paul

What if racism is so perfect, it made you believe the boycotting and peaceful protests of the civil rights movement actually changed policies, but in actuality policies were gonna change anyway. – Darnell Lamont Walker

What is it that makes us who we are and what we are? Is it only our blood, the color of our hair, our skin, and our eyes? Or is it believing in what we believe and living the way we live? – Aleksandra Layland

What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition. – Christopher Hitchens

What is the black shadow? It’s the running inner dialogue we have with ourselves all day long about our fears of being inferior as black people. It is our internalization of the white man’s lie that blacks are inferior to whites — the very lie that was the foundation of our ancestors’ enslavement. The black shadow is more than simply internalized racism; it’s also our complex feelings of fear and despair about being black, and consequently our longing to be less black. – Marlene F. Watson

What mattered was that these beliefs had swept through the souls of everyone else like a plague. He couldn’t see the end of it. Even a hundred years in the future, he knew, the roots still had not been fully pulled up from society. Wherever, whenever he went, the color of his skin set the boundaries of what he could achieve, and there was very little–if any–recourse for finding a way around it. – Alexandra Bracken

What matters most is not ‘what’ you are, but ‘who’ you are. – DaShanne Stokes

What sorts of people dig up a black grandparent and then demand special privileges? What does it mean when these same people spew racist abuse at the rest of their ancestry? What does it signify when a society rewards them for this type of behavior? – Daniel Greenfield

What stands out to me in America was all the police vs. citizens turmoil. It’s decades of bad policing, bad schooling, racism, bigotry and other factors finally spilling into mainstream culture. I would like to see America evolve on how the laws are enforced on the streets – Henry Rollins

What surprises me is-even though discrimination against women and racial discrimination still exist, they have improved a lot, especially among artists. And just when I felt I could finally take a break, I encounter the age discrimination. I turned 72 and started noticing a drastic difference in people’s attitudes. I started with racism and sexism in the beginning and fought them so hard and was finally ready to relax. Then, here comes ageism, and I feel like, “Give me a break!” – Yoko Ono

What used to be edgy (divorces) has become mainstream and what used to be mainstream (racism and sexism) has become shocking. – Sara Sheridan

What we have got to do immediately is to say that racism and xenophobia is totally unacceptable and we will stand with the 1 percent of our population who are Muslims, for undocumented people in this country. Absolutely, we will stand. – Bernie Sanders

What would a racist call werewolves? Wargs? She kind of liked that one, but suspected that racist bastards didn’t read Tolkien. – Patricia Briggs

What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture? – Amandla Stenberg

What would be wicked would be to say, ‘I will not give this person a job because he belongs to this category of people, and there’s some kind of statistical tendency for this category of person to be different from that category…’ Treat them as individuals! Look at the qualifications of this individual, and forget about the group, race, whatever you want to call it, to which he belongs. – Richard Dawkins

What’s sometimes called the ‘browning’ of the American Catholic church is very much on the minds of many U.S. bishops – and the pope. Unlike evangelicals who have stayed strong in their support of President Trump, the USCCB knows that it cannot afford to lose their Hispanic and African American population because of a weak stance on racism. – Anthea Butler

What’s wrong with leading the way? We’ve played that role before, after all. We gave the world the secret ballot… that did so much to raise living standards and improve conditions for workers worldwide. We were a leader in extending to women the right to vote. We were barely a nation when we set the bar for bravery and sacrifice by common soldiers in foreign wars. We grew up out of racism and misogyny and homophobia to become a mostly tolerant, successful multicultural society. We did these great things because we know we are in it together. It is our core value as Australians. – Geraldine Brooks

Whatever the color of a man’s skin, we are all mankind. So every denial of freedom, of equal opportunity for a livelihood, or for an education, diminishes me. – Everett Dirksen

Whatever their intentions … eighteenth-century ethnologists opened the way to a secular or scientific racism by considering human beings part of the animal kingdom rather than by viewing them in biblical terms as children of God endowed with spiritual capacities denied to other creatures. – George M. Fredrickson

Whatever white people do not know about Negroes reveals, precisely and inexorably, what they do not know about themselves. – James Baldwin

When a black Jacksonian looks about his home community, he sees a city of over 150,000, of which 40% is Negro, in which there is not a single Negro policeman or policewoman, school crossing guard, or fireman. – Medgar Evers

When a black man is stopped by a cop for no apparent reason, that is covert racism. When a black woman shops in a fancy store and is followed by security guards, that is covert racism. It is more subtle than 1960s racism, but it is still racism. – Bob Beckel

When a political opponent resorts to the racist card, it’s a sure sign of moral bankruptcy: there’s no decent argument left in the armoury. – Alex Morritt

When African slave Phillis Wheatley wrote poetry, 18 men came to assess whether that was possible. – Jacky Fleming

When all the public eye sees are headscarves instead of individual stories, our community is collectively tokenized. It creates the perception that opportunity is limited and only a rare few of us can make it. Whenever that happens to an already marginalized community, it pits its own members in a competition against one another instead of against the restrictive frameworks that put us in that position in the first place. The first hijabi whatever won’t eliminate Islamophobia just as the first black president hasn’t eliminated racism, though both are signifiers of some type of progress — symbols of ascending beyond adversity. – Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

When American life is most American it is apt to be most theatrical. – Ralph Ellison

When and where there is repression, what a woman does when she gets dressed in the morning may be considered political. Wearing or not wearing a veil, disobeying laws that prohibit transgender dressing, or wearing a large Afro in an institution that seeks to diminish the formation of racial alliances are all actions that can serve as challenges to domination – Maxine Leeds Craig

When black fury meets white denial, you have the combustible and fundamentally changed race relations we live in today. – Ferial Haffajee

When did the very first case of racism even occur? When did such blind hatred devour the souls of men and make them turn on their own brothers and sisters? What ever taught them that it was normal to be such monsters? – Rebecca McNutt

When feminism does not explicitly oppose racism, and when anti-racism does not incorporate opposition to patriarchy, race and gender politics often end up being antagonistic to each other, and both interests lose. – Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

When he died I had been away from home for a little over a year. In that year I had had time to become aware of the meaning of all my father’s bitter warnings, had discovered the secret of his proudly pursed lips and rigid carriage: I had discovered the weight of white people in the world. I saw that this had been for my ancestors and now would be for me an awful thing to live with and that the bitterness which had helped to kill my father could also kill me. – James Baldwin

When I did a year-long study in 2005 of European countries integrating Muslims into their cultures, France came in the lowest of the rank. Sweden was not far behind, though, which is worrying, as racism in France is much closer to the bone. – Janine di Giovanni

When I go back to Essex, where I grew up, I’m still appalled by the homophobia and casual racism and aggression. I live in Lewisham, in south London, and though it might look a bit rough, it’s a diverse, friendly neighbourhood. – Sara Pascoe

When I moved to London in the 1990s, it had changed a great deal. Racism had become deeply uncool. But there has been a return of racism in the guise of “antiterrorism.” People who look like myself are immediately suspect. I’ve become extremely self-conscious about going into crowded public places. – Pankaj Mishra

When I pitched head foremost into the world I landed in the crib of Negroism. – Zora Neale Hurston

When I recall memories, it all seems like a film, not a reality. – Rukhsar Din

When I think of the standing, the importance and the erudition of all these people who see nothing about racism in Heart of Darkness, I’m convinced that we must really be living in different worlds. – Chinua Achebe

When I walk in, they may like me or dislike me, but everybody knows I’m here – Maya Angelou

When I was a kid and would tell my mom that people at school were mean to me, she’d pat me on the head and tell me stories about how she’d lived through war and an actual revolution, and when she was fifteen someone cracked open her skull in the middle of the street while her best friend was gutted like a fish so, hey, why don’t you just eat your Cheerios and walk it off, you ungrateful American child. I ate my cheerios. I didn’t talk about it. – Tahereh Mafi

When I was a kid growing up in New York, I was pretty unaware of racism. I think when we’re young – before we lose our innocence – we’re sort of unaware of the more flawed qualities of each other. – Dave Matthews

When I was a kid in Ireland, there were not very many black people. I was very much like the strange brown thing, intriguing and cute. I didn’t experience racism there. The first time I did was in London. It was that moment that you realize you’re black. A kind of lifting of the veil. – Ruth Negga

When I was growing up, I never heard the word ‘racism.’ It was only in Paris I encountered that. – Azzedine Alaia

When I wasn’t famous, I had a lot of friends, almost all of them Italian. The racism only started when I started to play football. – Mario Balotelli

When I wrote ‘The Giver,’ it contained no so-called ‘bad words.’ It was set, after all, in a mythical, futuristic, and Utopian society. Not only was there no poverty, divorce, racism, sexism, pollution, or violence in the world of ‘The Giver’; there was also careful attention paid to language: to its fluency, precision, and power. – Lois Lowry

When I’m born I’m black, when I grow up I’m black, when I’m in the sun I’m black, when I’m sick I’m black, when I die I’m black, and you… when you’re born you’re pink, when you grow up you’re white, when you’re cold you’re blue, when you’re sick you’re blue, when you die you’re green and you dare call me colored. – Oglala Lakota

When is the Democratic Party going to apologize for being the biggest slave-holding-supporting institution on the planet and sticking with racism for the century after the abolition of slavery? – Mark Steyn

When it becomes clear that Good Negro Government might, in some way, empower actual Negroes over actual whites, then the fear sets in, the affirmative-action charges begin, and birtherism emerges. And this is because, at its core, those American myths have never been colorless. They can not be extricated from the theory that a class of people carry peonage in their blood. That peon class provided the foundation on which all those myths and conceptions were build. And as much as we can theoretically imagine a seamless black integration into the American myth, the white part of this country remembers the myth as it was conceived. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

When it comes to explaining human thought and behavior, the possibility that heredity plays any role at all still has the power to shock. To acknowledge human nature, many think, is to endorse racism, sexism, war, greed, genocide, nihilism, reactionary politics, and neglect of children and the disadvantaged. Any claim that the mind has an innate organization strikes people not as a hypothesis that might be incorrect but as a thought it is immoral to think. – Steven Pinker

When it comes to people… you could aptly say that I am a racist… a human racist. I believe in people. There are good and not-so-good people of all colors and creeds. I’m not here to judge. Period. As people, we draw judgments from others when we behave badly, especially when we try to blame our bad behavior on others. This is not based on race, age, sex, or religion. It’s based on behavior differences. – Cathy Burnham Martin

When it comes to racism, discrimination, corruption, public lies, dictatorships, and human rights, you have to take a stand as a reporter because I think our responsibility as journalist is to confront those who are abusing power. – Jorge Ramos

When it comes to the Civil War, all of our popular understanding, our popular history and culture, our great films, the subtext of our arguments are in defiance of its painful truths. It is not a mistake that Gone with the Wind is one of the most read works of American literature or that The Birth of a Nation is the most revered touchstone of all American film. Both emerge from a need for palliatives and painkillers, an escape from the truth of those five short years in which 750,000 American soldiers were killed, more than all American soldiers killed in all other American wars combined, in a war declared for the cause of expanding ‘African slavery.’ That war was inaugurated not reluctantly, but lustily, by men who believed property in humans to be the cornerstone of civilization, to be an edict of God, and so delivered their own children to his maw. And when that war was done, the now-defeated God lived on, honored through the human sacrifice of lynching and racist pogroms. The history breaks the myth. And so the history is ignored, and fictions are weaved into our art and politics that dress villainy in martyrdom and transform banditry into chivalry, and so strong are these fictions that their emblem, the stars and bars, darkens front porches and state capitol buildings across the land to this day. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

When it comes to things such as sugar and rice, most people believe that brown is superior to white. But when it comes to human beings, they believe that the opposite is true. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

When it’s time for the revolution, I’m a click, click, click. – Willie D

When John Quincy Adams in the Netherlands was placed with elementary students and belittled because he did not speak Dutch, either the author or John Adams accuses school authorities of ‘littleness of soul’. – Paul C. Nagel

When love of one’s people becomes an absolute, it turns into racism. When love of equality turns into a supreme thing, it can result in hatred and violence toward anyone who has led a privileged life. It is the settled tendency of human societies to turn good political causes into counterfeit gods. – Timothy Keller

When one attains self-knowledge, distinctions of race and religion vanish. – Abhijit Naskar

When one group rules another, the relationship between the two is political. When such an arrangement is carried out over a long period of time it develops an ideology (feudalism, racism, etc.). All historical civilizations are patriarchies: their ideology is male supremacy. – Kate Millett

When one in three Black men are in prison, those larger systemic injustices become a part of what it means to love our neighbor as ourself. We care about dismantling institutional racism. That begins in relationships when you see injustice happen. – Shane Claiborne

When people are not sure about their future, when their economies are suffering, when their personal fortunes are flagging, we have often in this country turned to nativism and xenophobia and racism and anti-immigrant sensibilities and passions to express our sense of outrage at what we can’t control – and to forge a kind of fitful solidarity that turns out to be rather insular – we look inward and not outward. – Michael Eric Dyson

When people ask what I would tell my younger self, the budding writer at the beginning of her career, it is always the same: I wish I could have prepared myself for what happens to a writer when she is brutally honest, when she speaks truth to power in a raw and emotional way. The literary establishment continues to privilege work that’s just a touch removed, ‘refined’ they would call it. Writers who tone down their anguish, their rage, their nontraditional, deviant choices are perceived as more skilled, more worthy of critical acclaim. This often has a lot to do with racism and sexism, and the stories we are ‘allowed’ to tell as people of color. The classification is not a new phenomenon nor is the marginalization of powerful autobiographical stories that demand engagement. I wish I had known all this, not because I would have done things differently, but because I would not have been so surprised by some of the dismissive responses to my work. I would have been more prepared. – Rebecca Walker

When people like me, they tell me it is in spite of my colour. When they dislike me, they point out that it is not because of my colour. – Frantz Fanon

When people today say ‘racism,’ they mean it’s a nationalism they don’t like. Racialism used to be a good thing, a looking-out for what was best for one group… Israel comes out of that 19th-century idea of nationalism. Many Arab states also have preferences. It’s fundamentally unfair to decide that one is racism and the others aren’t. – Ian Lustick

When Pope Pius XII died, LIFE magazine carried a picture of him in his private study kneeling before a black Christ. What was the source of their information? All white people who have studied history and geography know that Christ was a black man. Only the poor, brainwashed American Negro has been made to believe that Christ was white, to maneuver him into worshiping the white man. After becoming a Muslim in prison, I read almost everything I could put my hands on in the prison library. I began to think back on everything I had read and especially with the histories, I realized that nearly all of them read by the general public have been made into white histories. I found out that the history-whitening process either had left out great things that black men had done, or some of the great black men had gotten whitened. – Malcolm X

When someone calls you a ‘nigger’, then you feel sorry for him… You have to pity him because his mind has such a sorry way of expressing itself. – Adam Makos

When someone else’s safety and acceptance in society is on the line, your personal discomfort comes in a very distant second. – Courtney Milan

When we allow violence against some, we enable violence against all. – DaShanne Stokes

When we come to see ourselves as ‘RACE.’ We act like a ‘RACE’ and if not liberated, we perhaps, die like one. – Henry Johnson Jr

When we hide racism under the guise of ‘humor,’ we insulate white racist privilege and make a mockery of civil rights. – DaShanne Stokes

When we let ‘RACE’ to become the narrative in everything we do, then we’ll never have an ‘America’ of its true quality, that, ‘all men are created equal’. – Henry Johnson Jr

When we look at that jingoism and the sexism and the racism and the homophobia, that’s not who we are, and that’s not the country that I want my daughter to grow up in. – Chelsea Clinton

When we open our eyes today and look around America, we see America not through the eyes of someone who has enjoyed the fruits of Americanism. We see America through the eyes of someone who has been the victim of Americanism. We don’t see any American dream. We’ve experienced only the American nightmare. We haven’t benefited from America’s democracy. We’ve only suffered from America’s hypocrisy. – Malcolm X

When we think of racism we think of Governor Wallace of Alabama blocking the schoolhouse door; we think of water hoses, lynchings, racial epithets, and ‘whites only’ signs. These images make it easy to forget that many wonderful, goodhearted white people who were generous to others, respectful of their neighbors, and even kind to their black maids, gardeners, or shoe shiners–and wished them well–nevertheless went to the polls and voted for racial segregation… Our understanding of racism is therefore shaped by the most extreme expressions of individual bigotry, not by the way in which it functions naturally, almost invisibly (and sometimes with genuinely benign intent), when it is embedded in the structure of a social system. – Michelle Alexander

When we’re unemployed, we’re called lazy; when the whites are unemployed it’s called a depression. – Jesse Jackson

When white Americans frankly peel back the layers of our commingled pasts, we are all marked by it. Whether a company or an individual, we are marred either by our connections to the specific crimes and injuries of our fathers and their fathers. Or we are tainted by the failures of our fathers to fulfill our national credos when their courage was most needed. We are formed in molds twisted by the gifts we received at the expense of others. It is not our ‘fault.’ But it is undeniably our inheritance. – Douglas A. Blackmon

When white and black meet today, sometimes there is a ready understanding that there has been an encounter between two human beings. But often there is only, or chiefly, an awareness that Two Colors are in the room. – Gwendolyn Brooks

When you discriminate against anyone, you discriminate against everyone. – Alan Dershowitz

When you discuss racism, it’s almost a no-win scenario – but I don’t think that means we shouldn’t be discussing it. – Brad Paisley

When you grow up knowing that you deserve to be on top, that the lesser houses exist to serve your house’s glorious destiny, you take such things for granted. You’re born assuming that someone else is paying the cost of your life. It’s just the way things are. What happens during annexation—it’s a difference of degree, not a difference of kind. – Ann Leckie

When you hate something for twenty years, you get to know it well. – Kiana Davenport

When you look at it objectively, that’s what most colonists do—they land then find a way of wiping out their competition. In America is was blankets covered with smallpox and in Australia it was permits to hunt aborigines. If you wipe a whole people from the face of the earth, then there’s no one to point fingers at you. It’s just their spirits that haunt you and spirits can’t do shit. – Alex Latimer

When you look at the Justice Department’s report talking about the Ferguson Police Department’s rampant pattern of discrimination and its excessive use of force against African-American citizens, it’s hard to try to rationalize how this cesspool of racism doesn’t spill over onto the individual officers. – Benjamin Crump

When you meet someone and you find that they are prejudiced against your kind, it might be your chance not to confirm but to be the one to finally change their mind. – Criss Jami

When you say someone is stubborn and irrational because they’re black, that’s racism. When you say someone is stubborn and irrational because they’re female, that’s sexism. When you say someone is stubborn and irrational because they’re a leo, that’s astrology. Notice a pattern? It’s all nonsense. – Oliver Markus Malloy

When you’re marginalized, there are no ‘them people,’ if we’re all on the outskirts of the same margin. – Darnell Lamont Walker

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong. But when you’re right, you’re wrong anyhow. – Bayard Rustin

When you’ve grown up mis-educated, surrounded by fear and hate, unaware of your privilege, lies can sound like the truth. – DaShanne Stokes

When youre sharing a foxhole with another man, you don’t worry about what color he is, just whether or not he will protect your back. – Lee Benson

When you’re young, your world is pretty limited. My parents, my family, my church dominated my world. And because Birmingham was so segregated, I didn’t really have to encounter the slings and arrows of racism on a daily basis. Obviously, from time to time I did, like when my parents took me to see Santa Claus and he wasn’t letting black children sit on his knee. But my parents tried to insulate me as much as they could. – Condoleezza Rice

Whenever I hear protests from the South that it should be left alone to deal with the Negro question, my thoughts go back to that scene of brutality and savagery. I do not see how a people that can find in its conscience any excuse whatever for slowly burning to death a human being, or for tolerating such an act, can be entrusted with the salvation of a race. – James Weldon Johnson

Whenever someone accuses someone of being a racist – which is rare, you have to admit, considering how much racism there is – there is an incredible outrage. I realized that we live in an environment that it seems to be worse to call someone a racist than to be one. – Fran Lebowitz

where all the differences in schooling and money and skin colour evaporated like mirages in a desert. Where everyone was equal, and it was just one woman, helping another. – Jodi Picoult

Where pre-Enlightenment Europe was sporadically cruel, post-Enlightenment Europe was systematically inhumane; where the pre-Enlightenment was haphazardly prejudiced, the Enlightenment was systematically racist, creating a ‘scientific’ hierarchy of humanity that justified imperialism. ‘Reason’ became another name for bourgeois oppression, the triumph of science merely an excuse for more orderly forms of social subjugation. – Adam Gopnik

Wherever black people are in America, criminalization exists. Wherever there is a white-dominant space, deep racism exists as well – no matter how progressive. If you cut too far into that progressive, if you do something that’s too radical, white racism will emerge. – Patrisse Cullors

Whether it is tribalism, racism, xenophobia, or anti-Muslim backlash we’re talking about, we spend so much time and energy fighting ways to divide ourselves from others. – Loretta Lynch

Whether religious or racial, anti-Semitism is always repugnant, one of the most destructive manifestations of human stupidity and evil. What is profoundly expressed in it is man’s traditional mistrust of the man who is not part of his tribe, that ‘other’ who speaks a different language, whose skin is a different color, and who participates in mysterious rites and rituals. – Mario Vargas Llosa

Whether that’s racism, whether it’s bigotry, whether it’s gender inequality – whatever it is, it’s all stemming from “me against you.” And, like, how do you stop it? I just want to do my little part in helping try to stop it. – Draymond Green

While America will always, I think, feel foreign to me, New York City is my home. This is where I can construct my own identity freely and reject labels imposed on me. – Raquel Cepeda

While having friends of color is better than not having them, it doesn’t change the overall system or prevent racism from surfacing in our relationships. The societal default is white superiority, and we are fed a steady diet of it 24/7. To not actively seek to interrupt racism is to internalize and accept it. – Robin DiAngelo

While I was able to pass as white as soon as I came to America, this was not really possible while I was growing up, as it was pretty obvious that I wasn’t ‘all German.’ So my privilege was that in America, I could conveniently withhold one of my bloodlines and avoid racism and discrimination. That is not a privilege most people of color have. – Lexi Alexander

While individual whites may be against racism, they still benefit from the distribution of resources controlled by their group. – Robin DiAngelo

While most of us see ourselves as ‘not racist’, we continue to reproduce racist outcomes and live segregated lives. – Robin DiAngelo

While the cruelties of the white man toward the black man are amoung the heaviest counts in the indictment against humanity, color predjudice is not our original fault, but only one aspect of the atrophy of the imagination that prevents us from seeing ourselves in every creature that breathes under the sun. – Doris Lessing

While the old spiritual ‘Slavery Chain Done Broke at Last’ was sung by blacks in the hours following the Appomattox surrender, racism sadly continues to be a crippling national scourge. – Douglas Brinkley

While we maintain the unity of the human species, we at the same time repel the depressing assumption of superior and inferior races of men. There are nations more susceptible of cultivation, more highly civilized, more ennobled by mental cultivation than others—but none in themselves nobler than others. – Alexander von Humboldt

While white women and men of color also experience discrimination, all too often their experiences are taken as the only point of departure for all conversations about discrimination. Being front and center in conversations about racism or sexism is a complicated privilege that is often hard to see. – Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

White Americans find it as difficult as white people elsewhere do to divest themselves of the notion that they are in possession of some intrinsic value that black people need, or want. And this assumption—which, for example, makes the solution to the Negro problem depend on the speed with which Negroes accept and adopt white standards—is revealed in all kinds of striking ways, from Bobby Kennedy’s assurance that a Negro can become President in forty years to the unfortunate tone of warm congratulation with which so many liberals address their Negro equals. – James Baldwin

White fear emanates from knowing that white privilege exists and the anxiety that it might end. – Chris Hayes

White folks still in the lead. – Louis Armstrong

White folks was in the caves while we [blacks] was building empires … We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was … we taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it. – Al Sharpton

White guilt, that nasty little creature who rested on my left shoulder, prevented me from challenging Mrs. Brown on this or any other point. At this time of my life a black man could probably have handed me a bucket of cow piss, commanded me to drink it in order that I might rid my soul of the stench of racism, and I would have only asked for a straw. Blacks who have gone through the civil rights struggle have met a hundred white boys and girls who would dive head first in a septic tank to prove their liberation from the sins of their fathers. – Pat Conroy

White hate crimes, white hate speech. I still try to claim I wasn’t brought up to hate. But hate isn’t the half of it. I grew up in the vast encircling presumption of whiteness – that primary quality of being which knows itself, its passions, only against an otherness that has to be dehumanized. I grew up in white silence that was utterly obsessional. Race was the theme whatever the topic. – Adrienne Rich

White peacocks do not exist as a separate race from regular peacocks. – Khang Kijarro Nguyen

White people are so unappreciative, they don’t even acknowledge and understand what it means to be white in Canada, and all the layers of privilege that come with that. So they’re shocked when somebody says, ‘What just happened is racist,’ and they said, ‘Oh no, couldn’t possibly be.’ They see racism as people with KKK gowns and pointy hoods with eyes cut out. And we had those too. – Constance Backhouse

White people covered the earth like lice. – Louise Erdrich

White people don’t like to believe that they practice identity politics. The defining part of being white in America is the assumption that, as a white person, you are a regular, individual human being. Other demographic groups set themselves apart, to pursue their distinctive identities and interests and agendas. Whiteness, to white people, is the American default. – Tom Scocca

White people must speak out against black racism, no matter where it rears its ugly head. – Jesse Lee Peterson

White people now tan to get darker; and black people wear their hair like white people. We are all confused. Deep down we admire each other, but we don’t accept it. The silly thing is that the color of one’s skin is simply evolution’s answer for dealing with different rates of exposure to the sun. How ignorant is it then to judge a person on that? – Manasa Rao Saarloos

White privilege is a manipulative, suffocating blanket of power that envelops everything we know…It’s brutal and oppressive, bullying you into not speaking up for fear of losing your loved ones, or job, or flat. It scares you into silencing yourself: you don’t get the privilege of speaking honestly about your feelings without extensively assessing the consequences…challenging it can have implications on your quality of life. – Reni Eddo-Lodge

White privilege is an absence of the consequences of racism. An absence of structural discrimination, an absence of your race being viewed as a problem first and foremost. – Reni Eddo-Lodge

White privilege is the other side of racism. Unless we name it, we are in danger of wallowing in guilt or moral outrage with no idea of how to move beyond them. It is often easier to deplore racism and its effects than to take responsibility for the privileges some of us receive as a result of it… Once we understand how white privilege operates, we can begin to take steps to dismantle it on both a personal and institutional level. – Paula Rothenberg

White supremacists love what America used to be, even though America used to be – and still is – teeming with millions of struggling White people. White supremacists blame non-White people for the struggles of White people when any objective analysis of their plight primarily implicates the rich White Trumps they support. – Ibrahim X. Kendi

White supremacy is a black person telling the people of Baltimore to chill out and try peace, thinking they came up with that thought all on their own. – Darnell Lamont Walker

Whiteness in the press had positioned itself for too long as the self-appointed, self-referential arbiter of racial problems, in which it pondered why these black and brown communities were so prone to violence and poverty, without a shred of self-awareness. – Reni Eddo-Lodge

Whiteness is not a culture. There is Irish culture and Italian culture and American culture – the latter, as Albert Murray pointed out, a mixture of the Yankee, the Indian, and the Negro (with a pinch of ethnic salt); there is youth culture and drug culture and queer culture; but there is no such thing as white culture. Whiteness has nothing to do with culture and everything to do with social position. It is nothing but a reflection of privilege, and exists for no reason other than to defend it. Without the privileges attached to it, the white race would not exist, and the white skin would have no more social significance than big feet. – Noel Ignatiev

Whiteness–the whole constellation of practices, beliefs, attitudes, emotions that are mixed up in being white–is the problem. Whiteness is degraded and depraved[…] To the degree that we accept any of the meaning that the dominant society gives to whiteness, we white people are degraded and depraved. – Robert Jensen

Whitepeople believed that whatever the manners, under every dark skin was a jungle. Swift unnavigable waters, swinging screaming baboons, sleeping snakes, red gums ready for their sweet white blood. In a way, he thought, they were right. The more coloredpeople spent their strength trying to convince them how gentle they were, how clever and loving, how human, the more they used themselves up to persuade whites of something Negroes believed could not be questioned, the deeper and more tangled the jungle grew inside. But it wasn’t the jungle blacks brought with them to this place from the other (livable) place. It was the jungle whitefolks planted in them. And it grew. It spread. In, through and after life, it spread, until it invaded the whites who had made it. Touched them every one. Changed and altered them. Made them bloody, silly, worse than even they wanted to be, so scared were they of the jungle they had made. The screaming baboon lived under their own white skin; the red gums were their own. – Toni Morrison

Whites must be made to realize that they are only human, not superior. Same with blacks. They must be made to realize that they are also human, not inferior. – Steve Biko

Whites often respond defensively when linked to other whites as a group or ‘accused’ of collectively benefiting from racism, because as individuals, each white person is ‘different’ from any other white person and expects to be seen as such. – Robin DiAngelo

Whites saying ‘make America white again’ is like millionaires saying ‘make the wealthy rich again. – DaShanne Stokes

Whites who otherwise were able to tolerate a black president, Obama, because on certain issues he appealed to them on substance, Trump was able to reach down into some of those same people and pull out this racism inside them. – Allan Nairn

Who are you without your girls? I truly believe that. Who are you without the people who help you make sense of the misogyny, the racism, the economic struggle, all of it? You need those people saying you’re a good mom, a great writer. You’re a great dresser. You cook well. Whatever the beauty is that you need to hear. – Jacqueline Woodson

Who’s counting? It was, of course, the minority who were counting. It always is. Most of the women I know today would dearly like to use their fingers and toes for some activity more enthralling than counting. They have been counting for so long. But the peculiar problem of the new math is that every time we stop adding, somebody starts subtracting. At the very least (the advanced students will understand this) the rate of increase slows. … The minority members of any group or profession have two answers: They can keep score or they can lose. – Ellen Goodman

Whoever debases others is debasing himself. – James Baldwin

Why can’t we have racism that’s ignorant but nice? You could have stereotypes that are positive about race. You could say, “Those Chinese people, they can fly!” “You know about the Puerto Ricans? They’re made of candy!” – Louis C. K.

Why does a government agency that has no connection with my community have the right to dictate what is appropriate for it? – Simon S. Tam

Why don’t we hear more about and from Asians when it comes to race in America? Are Asians the new Invisible Man – there but not there? In some ways, yeah. Blacks and whites are always carping about the metrics of racism. And any conversation about immigration reform is immediately flipped into a referendum on Hispanics. – John Ridley

Why is it so difficult for many white folks to understand that racism is oppressive not because white folks have prejudicial feelings about blacks (they could have such feelings and leave us alone) but because it is a system that promotes domination and subjugation? – Bell Hooks

Why should we think nudity is such a revolting thing in a land where there is so much violence and corruption and racism and hatred? Nudity seems like a welcome relief from all the bullshit in life. – Anthony Kiedis

Wild animals pay attention to caste and creed, humans pay attention to humanity. – Abhijit Naska

Willow trees are kind, Dear God. They will not bear a body on their limbs. – Alice Dunbar Nelson

With my white friends, I’m always half Mexican. They never say I’m half Irish. Never say I’m half white. Like I’m tainted halfway from the standard. It’s like when I was a kid and I thought vanilla ice cream meant no flavor, like it was the base of all of the flavors. But vanilla is a bean. Like chocolate is a bean. Like cinnamon is a root. All roots and beans. All flavors. There is no base. No ice cream without a flavor. – Bill Konigsberg

with the police doing all the killing, who do we call when our hero’s are the villain – O.S. Hickman

Within the context of the clubs, and perhaps the sex business as a whole, the issue of race becomes very complicated because you can’t force someone to pay for something – or someone – that they don’t want, whether their desire – or lack thereof – is motivated by racism or not. – Craig Seymour

Without a sharp turnaround toward democracy and equality in the United States, Europe will be virtually alone in its commitment to social democracy. The pressures of low-wage immigrant labor, cheap imports from Eastern Europe and Asia, and free-market practices of governments are already threatening once secure areas of employment and causing right-wing populism to pop up in various Western European countries. Surprising numbers of middle-class and working-class voters have supported ultranationalist, neofascist parties throughout Europe because, like white male workers in the United States, they see their status slipping. – Steve Brouwer

Without acknowledging the variety of the human experience, all you get is the perspective of majority representation, which is mostly white and male and straight and able-bodied and cisgender and ‘traditionally’ attractive. None of those things are inherently negative… but neither are their alternatives. So, all deserve some spotlight. – Kevin A. Patterson

Without centuries of Christian antisemitism, Hitlers passionate hatred would never have been so fervently echoed. – Robert Runcie

Women are dirt searchers; their greatest worth is eradicating rings on collars and tables. Never mind real-estate boards’ corruption and racism, here’s your soapsuds. Everything she is doing is peripheral, expendable, crucial, and non-negotiable. Cleanliness is next to godliness. – Florynce Kennedy

Women of color have no call to trust white women until white women take a gander at the world around them, investigate, learn and annihilate ignorance founded in being white in a society where the perspective and voice presented to the general public is white. – Inga Muscio

Women who are actively aware of discrimination and develop a comfort level in speaking about it openly are the most likely to challenge aggressions in their daily lives and report higher levels of ‘closure’ and satisfaction than those who don’t. – Soraya Chemaly

Work for interracial justice is of its own nature interracial. It bespeaks the co-operation of both races, not in a merely formal, ‘token’ fashion, but as a genuine and sincere co-operation, based upon real friendship and personal, day-by-day collaboration. – John LaFarge S.J.

Writing about racism requires a directness that writing a love story does not. – Vivek Shraya

Xenophobia is when you smile at people and they don’t smile back. – Neel Burton

Yeah, I love being famous. It’s almost like being white, y’know? – Chris Rock

Yeah, race exists. Racism is still here, and it’s doing well. Turn on the news. I don’t think me and my comedy can really change that. – Tracy Morgan

Years from now we might be saying it’s hyperbolic to compare someone to Donald Trump, because we will be quite sure no one could be that cruel. – Thor Benson

Yes, and this is how you are a citizen: Come on. Let it go. Move on. – Claudia Rankine

Yes, for blacks, racism functions without the actual presence of whites, just as for whites it functions without the actual presence of blacks! Beliefs, conventions, history do the work. – Margo Jefferson

Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another, and so on. – Scott Woods

Yes, there is racism. There is discrimination. Mr. Trump may have the most powerful job in the world, but that does not make him a respectful person. – Carmen Yulin Cruz

Yet it is true—skin can mean a great deal. Mine means that any man may strike me in a public place and never fear the consequences. It means that my friends do not always like to be seen with me in the street. It means that no matter how many books I read, or languages I master, I will never be anything but a curiosity—like a talking pig or a mathematical horse. – Susanna Clarke

Yet, if the American Negro has arrived at his identity by virtue of the absoluteness of his estrangement from his past, American white men still nourish the illusion that there is some means of recovering the European innocence, of returning to a state in which black men do not exist. This is one of the greatest errors Americans can make. The identity they fought so hard to protect has, by virtue of that battle, undergone a change: Americans are as unlike any other white people in the world as it is possible to be. I do not think, for example, that it is too much to suggest that the American vision of the world-which allows so little reality, generally speaking, for any of the darker forces in human life, which tends until today to paint moral issues in glaring black and white owes a great deal to the battle waged by Americans to maintain between themselves and black men a human separation which could not be bridged. It is only now beginning to be borne in on us, very faintly, it must be admitted, very slowly, and very much against our will–that this vision of the world is dangerously inaccurate, and perfectly useless. For it protects our moral high-mindedness at the terrible expense of weakening our grasp of reality. People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster. – James Baldwin

You and I both know, deep in your heart, you agree with me. And I will prove it with one hypothetical scenario: you are alone in a closet of your home. There’s a bright red button. You can push that button and presto all Negroes and Jews and all other colored people are instantly removed from the North American continent and returned to their native countries. You’d push it, wouldn’t you whitey? See? See? See? in the final analysis, you agree with me. But of course, you wouldn’t do anything to bring that scenario about, or any other scenario favorable to your Race. – Frazier Glenn Miller

You are growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

You are not just white, but a rainbow of colors. You are not just black, but golden. You are not just a nationality, but a citizen of the world. You are not just for the right or left, but for what is right over the wrong. You are not just rich or poor, but always wealthy in the mind and heart. You are not perfect, but flawed. You are flawed, but you are just. You may just be human, but you are also a magnificent reflection of God. – Suzy Kassem

You are there and to their ears, being a Syrian sounds like you’re unclean, shameful, indecent; it’s like you owe the world an apology for your very existence. – Asaad Almohammad

You can only rule over a subject race, especially when you are in a small minority, if you honestly believe yourself to be racially superior, and it helps towards this if you can believe that the subject race is biologically different. – George Orwell

You can’t delete racism. It’s like a cigarette. You can’t stop smoking if you don’t want to, and you can’t stop racism if people don’t want to. But I’ll do everything I can to help. – Mario Balotelli

You can’t forgive your captor and simultaneously be upset at your place in society. – Darnell Lamont Walker

You can’t hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. – Malcolm X

You can’t have capitalism without racism. – Malcom X

You cannot appease fascism by meeting it in the middle; you cannot beat racism by indulging or excusing it. – Mehdi Hasan

You cannot be responsible for Jim Crow. You can not be responsible for racism. This is much more a problem for the person exercising racism. You are confronted with the reality of racism when you go in the streets, when the eyes of others come upon you. [James] Baldwin goes back with you to all the experiences you went through and gives a name to them, and explains why it is like this. – Raoul Peck

You cannot fix racism with more racism. – Christina Engela

You confused your father with God. You never saw him as a man with a man’s heart, and a man’s failings – I’ll grant you it may have been hard to see, he makes so few mistakes, but he makes ’em like all of us. You were an emotional cripple, leaning on him, getting answers from him, assuming that your answers would always be his answers. – Harper Lee

You could feel America starting to ease up a little bit on racism, against blacks in certain pockets, and then suddenly The Cosby Show bubbled up and it was the right time for it. – Adam McKay

You don’t have a revolution in which you love your enemy. And you don’t have a revolution in which you are begging the system of exploitation to integrate you into it. Revolutions overturn systems. Revolutions destroy systems. – Malcolm X

You expect to cop a bit wherever you go. In the past there hasn’t been any racism or any racist comments that I’ve seen. I’m expecting a tough time, as we get everywhere we go, but racism hasn’t been a problem before. – Glenn McGrath

You face racism in small and large ways. – Jayson Blair

You factor in racism as a reality and you keep moving. – Jewell Jackson McCabe

You get racism crossing the street; it’s in the very fabric of American society. – Nina Simone

You get so used to being hit you find you’re always waiting for it. (…) How can I say what it feels like? I don’t know. I know everybody’s in trouble and nothing is easy, but how can I explain to you what it feels like to be black when I don’t understand it and don’t want to and spend all my time trying to forget it? I don’t want to hate anybody – but now maybe, I can’t love anybody either – are we friends? Can we really be friends? – James Baldwin

You grow up and recognise that in an educated, secular society, there’s no excuse for ignorance. You have to recognise in yourself, and challenge yourself, that if you see racism or homophobia or misogyny in a secular society, as a member of that society, you should challenge it. You owe it to the betterment of society. – Hozier

You had eight years before President Trump, a situation where the opposition party basically ran in opposition to the president on a platform of thinly based racism. That doesn’t mean that the politicians themselves were outright racist, but when charges of birtherism came up, no one repudiated it. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

You have been cast into a race in which the wind is always at your face and the hounds are always at your heels. And to varying degrees this is true of all life. The difference is that you do not have the privilege of living in ignorance of this essential fact. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

You have to assess every situation that you’re in and you have to decide, is this happening because I’m black? Is this happening because I’m a woman? Or is this happening because this is how it happens? – Charlayne Hunter-Gault

You have to be in accountable relationships across race. Accountable means that they’re authentic, they’re sustained, and that you do talk about racism, and you are able to be given feedback. – Robin DiAngelo

You have to decide what those issues are for you. What do you think disqualifies a person from holding public office? I believe that the endorsement of the right to kill unborn children disqualifies a person from any position of public office. It’s simply the same as saying that the endorsement of racism, fraud, or bribery, would disqualify him – except that child-killing is more serious than those. – John Piper

You have to look beyond race because as a human being you have to experience the person from the inside first. – Henrik Edward Larsson

you have to realize the white-supremacy boys are spoiled children. ‘I want my way,’ they scream, and like all spoiled children, they advance no justification for it except that it is their way. – Margaret Halsey

You have to talk about the issue of race, but I can talk to white constituents about racism, if I at least acknowledge that life is not a crystal stair for them either. – Keith Ellison

You have two choices, two paths to take as a comedian. You can tackle the difficult subjects and be harsh about it, be brash, be abrasive. But adding hatred to racism is not going to help everybody. So I like to have fun around it. – Trevor Noah

You know how many there are. You can’t convince them and you can’t kill ’em. You can only do your best in the opposite direction… – Susan Cooper

You know what? As a black person, you see so much racism. Films are no different than the government, politics – it’s everywhere. It’s not exclusively film. It’s infuriating to see it in film. But my being in film changes things. – Elvis Mitchell

You know you live in America when people can hate who you love, but then can turn around and hug a damn racist. Fuck them. You go out and show them just how stupid they are. – T.J. Klune

You know, my goal is not to convince you that I’m right or that you’re wrong. About homophobia. Gun violence. Racism. Whatever the issue. I’m really trying hard with you – and others – to have a respectful discussion, debate about these issues. – Steven Petrow

You mainly hear from white supremacists, about the ‘glory’ of the white race. They point to the innovations of white people and use that evidence of our ‘inherent greatness.’ So first of all, most of the white people who bring this shit up are NOT impressive people. It’s not for the most part the scientists, and the engineers, and the artists, and the writers, and the film makers, and people who actually have skill sets who bring up this point. It’s the shlubs, and the losers, who are spinning their fucking wheels in the mud, it’s the people who have nothing to take pride in so they take pride in the accomplishments of everyone who happens to share their skin color. Pathetic. – T.J. Kirk

You maintain hope for humanity as an infinite skeptic of gossip and slander. In all mankind’s desires for entertainment and exaggeration and sensationalism, when it comes to gossip, the individual always sounds worse than he really is. This is why adhering to gossip subtly affects the mental state of the listener – he goes on holding shady opinions regardless of where the realities of their lights and darknesses may stand. – Criss Jami

You may have heard the talk of diversity, sensitivity training, and body cameras. These are all fine and applicable, but they understate the task and allow the citizens of this country to pretend that there is real distance between their own attitudes and those of the ones appointed to protect them. The truth is that the police reflect America in all of its will and fear, and whatever we might make of this country’s criminal justice policy, it cannot be said that it was imposed by a repressive minority. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

You may no longer be in school, but you must never stop learning. We need to be as smart as the white ghosts. – Stacey Lee

You might not agree with something, but it doesn’t mean you don’t need to listen to it. White people have to accept that they don’t always know about racism. – Kamau Bell

You mix the affluence of the white and the poverty of the black and you do not get a civilized society. Integration on an equal level is one thing. Mixing on an unequal level is another. – Marya Mannes

You never really saw the racism in Europe in the past because it was so homogeneous. When everyone is blonde and blue-eyed, you don’t see racism. But as soon as there was the beginnings of immigration, it just came out very dramatically. – Noam Chomsky

You should always be prepared to win. But as much as I tell myself that, I’ve accepted another kind of role. Racism undercuts expectation, something like that. I’m not saying that to excuse myself from anything, but I’ve lived all this time, and things don’t happen. – Ruby Dee

You should not have to feel personally offended in order to know that something is offensive. – QuietStormPoet

You think you’re going to impress an American jury with [your] words? In the eyes of the Americans, you’re doomed. Just looking at you in an orange suit, chains, and being Muslim and Arabic is enough to convict you. – Mohamedou Ould Slahi

You want to make America great again? Make racism wrong again! – Oliver Markus Malloy

You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity, and in as many ways as possible, that you were a worthless human being. You were not expected to aspire to excellence: you were expected to make peace with mediocrity. – James Baldwin

You’d never know that listening to people in the UN but tribalism is the father of racism. – Stanley Crouch

You’re a Black educated fool, son. These white folk have newspapers, magazines, radios, spokesmen to get their ideas across. If they want to tell the world a lie, they can tell it so well that it becomes the truth; and if I tell them you’re lying, they’ll tell the world even if you prove you’re telling the truth. Because it’s the kind of lie they want to hear. – Ralph Ellison

You’re not under attack when others gain rights and privileges you’ve always had. – DaShanne Stokes

Young black men are guilty of criminal behavior not because of the alleged crimes they might commit but because they are the product of a collective imagination paralyzed by the racism of a white supremacist culture they can only view them as a dangerous nightmare. – Henry Giroux

Your decision to place your law enforcement resources in these communities is racism, but nobody has called people out on this. The law itself is not racist. But people’s decision about where we’re going to place our efforts, who we’re going to prosecute, who we’re not going to prosecute, is racism. And nobody’s calling them on it. – Carl Hart

Your intentions have little to no impact on the way in which your actions may have harmed others. Do not try to absolve yourself of responsibility with your good intentions. – Ijeoma Oluo

Your love for nature it’s way incomplete without first recognizing and seeing the value of humanity, and having within you the love for mankind regardless of their race. – Nurudeen Ushawu

Your people, your guards – they’re nothing more than killers, rapists, and thieves. The only difference between them and criminals is the uniforms they wear. – Tomi Adeyemi

You’re never sure when a conversation about race and racism will turn into one where you were scared for your physical safety or social position. – Renni Eddo-Lodge

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