Anti Racism Quotes

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“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

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

Otis S. Johnson
“If you believe in a cause, be willing to stand up for that cause with a million people or by yourself.”
Otis S. Johnson, From "N Word" to Mr. Mayor: Experiencing the American Dream

Jamie Ford
“A young nurse, someone new whom he didn't recognise, came up to Henry and patted him on the arm. "Are you a friend or a family member?" She whispered the question in his ear, trying not to disturb Sheldon.

The question hung there like a beautiful chord, ringing in the air. Henry was Chinese, Sheldon obviously wasn't. They looked nothing alike. Nothing at all. "I'm distant family," Henry said.”
Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

There is a great new work before us, which is to replace with true knowledge
“There is a great new work before us, which is to replace with true knowledge the ignorance that has destroyed human minds. We will construct unity in a world [which] has been brutally torn apart by false divisions of race, religion, gender, nationality, and age. We will heal with unconditional love those souls whose hearts have been disfigured by hatred and loneliness.”
Aberjhani, Songs from the Black Skylark zPed Music Player

Robin DiAngelo
“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

Kamand Kojouri
“Spring irises bloom.
The caged bird no longer sings—
the knee on his throat.”
Kamand Kojouri

“We all have a sphere of influence. Each of us needs to find our own sources of courage so that we can begin to speak. There are many problems to address, and we cannot avoid them indefinitely. We cannot continue to be silent. We must begin to speak, knowing that words alone are insufficient. But I have seen that meaningful dialogue can lead to effective action. Change is possible.”
Beverly Daniel Tatum, Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Adrienne Maree Brown
“No one is special, and everyone is needed.”
Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

“Nationalism among nations is like racism among races.”
Oliver Markus Malloy, How to Defeat the Trump Cult: Want to Save Democracy? Share This Book

“I still find my country doomed. Anarchy, Racism and Tribalism has impaired my country's ability of harvesting peace and unity, hence solitude has been the fruit of inner-peace.”
Mokapi More

Herman Melville
“A man can be honest in any sort of skin.”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or, the Whale

“As long as racism exists to ruin the lives of countless people of color, it should be something that upsets us. But it upsets us because it exists, not because we talk about it. And if you are white, and don’t want to feel any of that pain by having these conversations, then you are asking people of color to continue to bear the entire burden of racism alone.”
Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

“Intersectionality, and the necessity of considering intersectionality, applies to more than just our social justice efforts. Our government, education system, economic system, and social systems all should consider intersectionality if they have any hope of effectively serving the public.

Intersectionality helps ensure that fewer people are left behind and that our efforts to do better for some do not make things far worse for others. Intersectionality helps us stay true to our values of justice and equality by helping to keep our privilege from getting in our way. Intersectionality makes our systems more effective and more fair.”
Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

Jeffrey Rasley
“My mama told me to be careful and not get into trouble. I got in trouble, but it was good trouble.
John Lewis
Dedication in Anarchist, Republican... Assassin”
Jeffrey Rasley, Anarchist, Republican... Assassin: a political novel

Ibram X. Kendi
“What if we focused our human and fiscal resources on changing power and policy to actually make society, not just our feelings, better?”
Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

“Being nonracist will not change our current situation of racism. It may make you feel like you're a good person. But it, once again, reinforces racism. There is no action in being non-racist. You may be conscious of not saying racist statements and you yourself may feel like you are making a difference by sharing a quote from an African poet on social media. The reality is: inaction will do nothing other than maintain the old normal. Action, being anti-racist, will make change.”
Tiffany Jewell, This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work

Maya Kalaria
“I'm not here to sugar-coat grief. I'm here to be transformed by it.”
Maya Kalaria, Half Woman Half Grief

“Colorblindness, though widely touted as the solution, is actually the problem.”
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

“What animals are experiencing should matter to our anti-racist movements if we understand the "animal" as a social construct was designed to prop up the ruling class and the "human.”
Aph Ko, Racism as Zoological Witchcraft: A Guide to Getting Out

Robin DiAngelo
“But when we are not looking for the black or Asian perspective, we return to white writers, reinforcing the idea of whites as just humans, and people of color as particular kinds (racialized) of humans. This also allows white (male) writers to be seen as not having an agenda or any particular perspective, while racialized (and gendered) writers do.”
Robin DiAngelo

Ralph De La Rosa
“I think the point is to be as true to our convictions about the preciousness of life as we can be, to continually fail and fall down at times, and then to bounce back better than before. It’s not a problem to be solved but rather a process to discover within.

And we do this in the name of love,
that which is also known as justice.”
Ralph De La Rosa, Don't Tell Me to Relax: Emotional Resilience in the Age of Rage, Feels, and Freak-Outs

Ralph De La Rosa
“To live from vibrant love in a world where degrading structures prevail—this is both our predicament and its answer.”
Ralph De La Rosa, Don't Tell Me to Relax: Emotional Resilience in the Age of Rage, Feels, and Freak-Outs

Marisa J Taylor
“The deepest connection you have with someone & their culture, is through learning their language.”
Marisa J Taylor, Happy within / Feliz por dentro: Children's Book Bilingual English Spanish

Jean Kwok
“I only had the morning to get my work done. I had to be really efficient. I'd let the others take the easy questions in class and wait to answer the hardest ones. I'm Asian and a woman, which shouldn't matter but did anyway. It was clear sometimes that no matter how hard I worked, I didn't qualify to be a member of the in club.”
Jean Kwok, Searching for Sylvie Lee

“Animal' is a category that we shove certain bodies into when we want to justify violence against them, which is why animal liberation should concern all who are minoritized. As long as animals are oppressed, as long as 'animal' means something degrading, we will never be set free.”
Aph Ko, Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters

John McWhorter
“It's routine, it's a dance and it really needs to stop... And I really wish that these students and the professors who support them understood how dumb they are being considered - not how dumb they look 'cause then it becomes "why are you so concerned what white people think of us?" That's not the point, it's that these people quietly are thinking "these people are dumb and so we're going to approach them on their level." I don't know where people get the idea that that's black strength or that it's "progressive". People REALLY need to get past that. And I just think that black students who protest over things that don't make sense - there's such thing as sensible black protest - but if it's about something that Doesn't. Make. Any. Damn. Sense. And you're making these demands that your school becomes some sort of anti racism academy along the lines of Maoist ideology - you have to understand that the people who give in to you think that you are DUMB AS S*** and you have to understand that that is a problem. You've been condescended to. But no, they don't get it, they just think that to stick your fist in the air and yell certain slogans makes you somebody of higher wisdom and makes you a person who is continuing the struggle of Dr. King. No.”
John McWhorter

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Look at the rainbow, it is made up of different colors, yet they do not split, because they know how beautiful they are when they stick together.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

Elizabeth Warren
“Despite the overwhelming evidence of the impact of racism, today the fundamental idea of race neutrality continues to claim an elevated status in law. The consequence, Professor Ibram Kendi observes, is that these legal battles "ended up principally outlawing 'intention to discriminate'" so that "[i]ntent--not outcome--became the preferred proof of discrimination." Kendi argues that the focus on state of mind (intent to discriminate) rather than the effect of specific actions (discriminatory impact) undermines the push for equality.”
Elizabeth Warren, Persist

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