Race Relations In America Quotes

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Cornel West
“Without some redistribution of wealth and power, downward mobility and debilitating poverty will continue to drive people into desperate channels. And without principled opposition to xenophobias from above and below, these desperate channels will produce a cold-hearted and mean-spirited America no longer worth fighting for or living in.”
Cornel West, Race Matters

The leaders and followers of the Harlem Renaissance were every bit as intent on using
“The leaders and followers of the Harlem Renaissance were every bit as intent on using Black culture to help make the United States a more functional democracy as they were on employing Black culture to 'vindicate' Black people.”
Aberjhani, Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance

Robin DiAngelo
“Because whites are not socialized to see ourselves collectively, we don't see our group's history as relevant. Therefore, we expect people of color to trust us as soon as they meet us. We don't see ourselves as having to earn that trust.”
Robin DiAngelo, What Does It Mean to Be White?; Developing White Racial Literacy

Zora Neale Hurston
“I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes....Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life, I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more or less. No, I do not weep at the world - I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.”
Zora Neale Hurston

“We've got to get on the same page before we can turn it. We've tried a do-it-yourself approach to writing the racial narrative about America, but the forces selling denial, ignorance, and projection have succeeded in robbing us of our own shared history--both the pain and the resilience. It's time to tell the truth, with a nationwide process that enrolls all of us in setting the facts straight so that we can move forward with a new story, together.”
Heather McGhee, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

“Racial prejudice has always been a difficult topic for me. On several occasions I've withdrawn from conversations that devolved into white bashing. I can never make a general negative statements based on whiteness. Tom didn't choose me without consideration for my race, but rather I think he chose me because of it.”
Francis Mandewah

“We came from different backgrounds; he was white from privileged class in America, and I black from a village in Africa, but he was kind generous, and he reached out to this young poor black boy. He changed the odds against me. Our friendship rose above race.”
FRIENDSHIP: A True Story of Adventure, Goodwill, and Endurance.

A.K. Kuykendall
“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

Susan Richards Shreve
“In principle, it was easy to support the civil rights movement in Mississippi or Washington or on the streets of Detroit. Of course, it was right. But feeling- now, there's a war zone full of land mines which could blow to smithereens any right-thinking individual. And that of course is the territory of race.”
Susan Richards Shreve, Skin Deep: Black Women & White Women Write About Race

“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.”
Ta-Nehesi Coates

“If it’s going to be too hot to work outside, we know who’s going to be affected,” Dr. Bullard said. “If we’re talking about urban heat islands, we know who can’t afford to run their air-conditioners 24/7.”
Dr. Robert Bullard, professor Texas Southern

Guy P. Harrison
“Lynchings in the past have significantly shaped race relations in the present. A killing such as George Floyd’s lands on black people with a much heavier psychological weight because of lynching’s legacy. Too many white people fail to recognize this, and that needs to change. The hurt is too great, the simmering fear and anger too volatile, to bury forever. All Americans who would seek or demand a nation that is fairer to every citizen, less racist, and more peaceful have a responsibility to know this history in detail. … Confronting this ugliness would be difficult for everyone, of course, but it should be attempted. Ignorance and denial certainly have not worked, because this American wound still bleeds.”

-- “Why White America Must Learn the History of Lynching”, Skeptical Inquirer (December 2020)”
Guy P. Harrison

Rudy Francisco
“I was 18 wen I started driving
I was 18 the first time I was pulled over.

It was 2 AM on a Saturday
The officer spilled his lights all over my rearview mirror,
he splashed out of the car with his hand already on his weapon,
and looked at me the way a tsunami looks at a beach house.
Immediately, I could tell he was the kind of man
who brings a gun to a food fight.

He called me son
and I thought to myself,
that's an interesting way of pronouncing "boy,"
He asks for my license and registration,
wants to know what I'm doing in this nieghborhood,
if the car is stolen,
if I have any drugs
and most days, I know how to grab my voice
by the handle and swing it like a hammer.
But instead,
I picked it up like a shard of glass.
Scared of what might happen if I didn't hold it carefully
because I know that this much melanin
and that uniform is a plotline to a film that
can easily end with a chalk outline baptism,
me trying to make a body bag look stylish for the camera
and becoming the newest coat in a closet full of RIP hashtags.

Once, a friend of a friend asked me
why there aren't more black people in the X Games
and I said, "You don't get it."

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.

Jim Crow may have left the nest,
but our streets are still covered with its feathers.
Being black in America is knowing there's a thin line
between a traffic stop and the cemetery,

it's the way my body tenses up
when I hear a police siren in a song,
it's the quiver in my stomach when a cop car is behind me,
it's the sigh of relief when I turn right and he doesn't.
I don't need to go volcano surfing.
Hell, I have an adrenaline rush every time an officer
drives right past without pulling me over

and I realize
I'm going to make it home safe.

This time.”
Rudy Francisco, Helium

Randolph Randy Camp
“his tears came way before any words”
Randolph Randy Camp, America: No Purchase Necessary A Novel

Randolph Randy Camp
“your ears are too small for some things”
Randolph Randy Camp, America: No Purchase Necessary A Novel

Randolph Randy Camp
“I think that the only thing keeping my grandma and ol' man Coles apart is their skin color”
Randolph Randy Camp, America: No Purchase Necessary A Novel

Randolph Randy Camp
“the kind of mud that pulls your shoes off”
Randolph Randy Camp, America: No Purchase Necessary A Novel

Randolph Randy Camp
“Everybody got a past but the kind of past my grandma and Red got ain't the kind they like to talk about”
Randolph Randy Camp, America: No Purchase Necessary A Novel

Randolph Randy Camp
“If food or music ain't helping none then you know something must be really wrong”
Randolph Randy Camp, America: No Purchase Necessary A Novel

Randolph Randy Camp
“Her music drawer looked like a rainbow”
Randolph Randy Camp, America: No Purchase Necessary A Novel

Randolph Randy Camp
“There's more to me than these earrings and blonde hair. I got dreams too.”
Randolph Randy Camp, America: No Purchase Necessary A Novel

Randolph Randy Camp
“I always been just me so I always been somebody”
Randolph Randy Camp, America: No Purchase Necessary A Novel

Randolph Randy Camp
“some friends are bought, some friends don't cost a dime”
Randolph Randy Camp, America: No Purchase Necessary A Novel

Randolph Randy Camp
“Winning is great, but being accepted is greater”
Randolph Randy Camp, America: No Purchase Necessary A Novel

Randolph Randy Camp
“Don't be afraid of something because we always learn from something different”
Randolph Randy Camp, America: No Purchase Necessary A Novel