RACISM QUOTES

quotations about racism

Racism quote

Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes.

AYN RAND, The Virtue of Selfishness

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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, Racism

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

ALBERT MEMMI, Racism

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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, Racism: A Short History

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Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.

OPRAH WINFREY, attributed, I Dream a World

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Racism has been an integral component of American culture since its founding upon the genocide of Native Americans, and the forced slavery of Africans and Afro-Americans.

VINCENT F. ROCCHIO, Reel Racism

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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, interview, 1990

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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 F. KENNEDY, speech, October 17, 1960

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Even the most blatant bigots, when made aware of their racism, can change.

CHARLES R. RIDLEY, Overcoming Unintentional Racism in Counseling and Therapy

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There aren't too many people ready to die for racism. They'll kill for racism but they won't die for racism.

FLORYNCE R. KENNEDY, attributed, This Little Light of Mine

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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

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It is impossible to eliminate racism without first acknowledging all of its perpetrators.

CHARLES R. RIDLEY, Overcoming Unintentional Racism in Counseling and Therapy

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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, Racism: A Short History

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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, commentary, The Guardian, March 4, 2005

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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, interview, Playboy, 1991

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Racism is something that people can transcend through friendship.

VINCENT F. ROCCHIO, Reel Racism

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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., speech at Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., "I Have a Dream", August 28, 1963

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Consistent with Martin Luther King's vision, the government should stop color-coding its citizens.

DINESH D'SOUZA, "As I See It", Forbes, December 2, 1996

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

TOM CLANCY, "In Depth with Tom Clancy", C-SPAN, February 3, 2002

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Until the philosophy which holds one race
Superior and another inferior
Is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned
Everything is war, me say war

BOB MARLEY, "War", Rastaman Vibration

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