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Wise Quotes about Racism

May you find great value in these Racism quotes and sayings.

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

Related topics: Equality

We must treat the disease of racism.
This means we must understand the disease.
- Sargent Shriver

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

There's a lot more hypocrisy than before.
Racism has gone back underground.
- Richard Pryor

 

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

One of the worst things about racism is what it does to young people.
- Alvin Ailey

I want to reach young women and to get them involved
in the mission of the YWCA,
economic empowerment of women and girls,
and ending racism.
- Patricia Ireland

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

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

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

If only Al Sharpton were around, Lincoln would have
known he was a victim of racism.
- Ann Coulter

If black people mistrust white people,
they are mistrusting racism, and that is appropriate.
- Jasmine Guy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As much as everyone wants to downplay racism,
it exists.
There's a great mistrust among some African-Americans of white people.
- Steve Mitchell

Seems to me that the institutions that function in
this country are clearly racist,
and that they're built upon racism.
- Stokely Carmichael

Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon,
but at the same time it's perhaps far more terrible than it's ever been.
- Angela Davis

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

The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishments hand.
They make the racist secure in his racism.
- Huey Newton

If you live in the elite world of dance,
you find yourself in a world rife with racism.
Let's face it.
- Alvin Ailey

You don't fight racism with racism, the best way to
fight racism is with solidarity.
- Bobby Seale

No matter what vision one has of South Africa,
the first thing that must be done is to destroy racism.
- Joe Slovo

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

We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism.
We must destroy both racism and capitalism.
- Huey Newton

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

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

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

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

It is only human supremacy, which is as unacceptable as racism and sexism,
that makes us afraid of being more inclusive.
- Ingrid Newkirk

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

You'd never know that listening to people in the UN
but tribalism is the father of racism.
- Stanley Crouch

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

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

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

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

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

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

Racism is still with us.
But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet,
and, hopefully, we shall overcome.
- Rosa Parks

The fact is that racism, despite all the doomsayers,
has diminished.
- Constance Baker Motley

We African Americans have now spent the major part
of the 20th Century battling racism.
- Constance Baker Motley

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

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

I love Canadians because I don't see very much racism in Canada.
- Patti LaBelle

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

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 R. Kennedy

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 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

Sexism, like racism, goes with us into the next century.
I see class warfare as overshadowing both.
- Constance Baker Motley

The roots of racism lie deep in man's nature,
wounded and bruised by original sin.
- Sargent Shriver

Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.
- Eminem

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.

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

I think what I came through is great,
but my son can take it to another level,
not having to fight racism.
His mother's a Norwegian and I'm mixed up four or five times,
so he can face the world.
- James Brown

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

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

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

My instinct was that it was Sidney's childhood in the
Bahamas that gave him the fearlessness to fight racism.
So this documentary was a kind of rounding out of what
had begun in that scene in In the Heat of the Night.
- Lee Grant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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