Racial Discrimination Quotes

Quotes tagged as "racial-discrimination" (showing 1-30 of 59)
C. JoyBell C.
“I am not a little bit of many things; but I am the sufficient representation of many things. I am not an incompletion of all these races; but I am a masterpiece of the prolific. I am an entirety, I am not a lack of anything; rather I am a whole of many things. God did not see it needful to make me generic. He thinks I am better than that.”
C. JoyBell C.

Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
“Drying her eyes, Mother said to Totto-chan very slowly, "You're Japanese and Masao-chan comes from a country called Korea. But he's a child, just like you. So, Totto-chan, dear, don't ever think of people as different. Don't think, 'That person's a Japanese, or this person's a Korean.' Be nice to Masao-chan. It's so sad that some people think other people aren't nice just because they're Koreans.”
Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window

“We cannot keep turning our backs on gay and lesbian Americans. I have fought too hard and too long against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up against discrimination based on sexual orientation.”
John E. Lewis

“Through its inability to solve its racial problems, the United States handed the Soviet Union one of the most effective propaganda weapons in their arsenal.
Newly independent countries around the world, eager for alliances that would support their emerging identities and set them on their path to long-term prosperity, were confronted with a version of the same question black Americans had asked during World War II. Why would a black or brown nation stake its future on America's model of democracy when within its own borders the United States enforced discrimination and savagery against people who looked just like them?”
Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

George Bernard Shaw
“The American white relegates the black to the rank of shoeshine boy; and he concludes from this that the black is good for nothing but shining shoes.”
George Bernard Shaw

Janelle Gray
“The problem is, some officers put more stock in their title instead of their duty. Yes, your job title is "police." But your duty is to protect and serve. Start there.”
Janelle Gray

Abhijit Naskar
“Sentiments that glorify humanity know no racial distinction.”
Abhijit Naskar, We Are All Black: A Treatise on Racism

Maya Angelou
“When I walk in, they may like me or dislike me, but everybody knows I'm here”
Maya Angelou

Abhijit Naskar
“If origin defines race, then we are all Africans – we are all black.”
Abhijit Naskar, We Are All Black: A Treatise on Racism

John Howard Griffin
“This system of discrimination, an inculcated double standard, may vary in content from culture to culture, but it is always unjust. There are thousands of kinds of injustice but there is only one kind of justice - equal justice for all. To call for a little more justice, or a moderately gradual sort of justice, is to call for no justice. That is a simple truth.”
John Howard Griffin, Black Like Me

“WHITE NATIONALISTS & BLACK LIVES MATTER:
The harder you swing the pendulum one way, the more violently it will swing back.”
A.E. Samaan

Abhijit Naskar
“In the biological sense, race does not exist.”
Abhijit Naskar, We Are All Black: A Treatise on Racism

Cornel West
“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, Black Prophetic Fire

Kathryn Edin
“Susan’s and Jennifer’s job searches are likely made harder by the color of their skin. In the early 2000s, researchers in Chicago and Boston mailed out fake résumés to hundreds of employers, varying only the names of the applicants, but choosing names that would be seen as identifiably black or white. Strikingly, “Emily” and “Brendan” were 50 percent more likely to get called for an interview than “Lakisha” and “Jamal.” A few years later, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin conducted a similar study in Milwaukee, but with a unique twist. She recruited two black and two white actors (college students, posing as high school graduates) who were as similar as possible in every way. She sent these “job applicants” out in pairs, with virtually identical fake résumés, to apply for entry-level jobs. Her twist was to instruct one of the white and one of the black applicants to tell employers that they had a felony conviction and had just been released from prison the month before. Even the researcher was surprised by what she found: the white applicant with a felony conviction was more likely to get a positive response from a prospective employer than the black applicant with no criminal record. When the study was replicated in New York City a few years later, she and her colleagues saw similar results for Latino applicants relative to whites.”
Kathryn Edin, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

John Howard Griffin
“In reality, the Us-and-Them or I-and-Thou dichotomies do not exist. There is only one universal We - one human family united by the capacity to feel compassion and to demand equal justice for all.”
John Howard Griffin, Black Like Me

John Howard Griffin
“A couple of years ago I was seated in an auditorium in Detroit where Reverend Cleage was explaining to a conference of priests that what they called “black separatists” were in reality men who recognized the implacability of a white-imposed separation.”
John Howard Griffin, Black Like Me

John Howard Griffin
“The same principle held in black universities, where students demanded more and more black teachers. White professors who had virtually dedicated their lives and their academic careers as historians, anthropologists, sociologists, to the problems of racism and its cures, thinking they did this for the good of the oppressed victims of racism (and often suffering social and academic insults as a result), were asked to leave schools in favor of black teachers. Some of them turned very bitter.”
John Howard Griffin, Black Like Me

Abhijit Naskar
“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, We Are All Black: A Treatise on Racism

Abhijit Naskar
“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, We Are All Black: A Treatise on Racism

Matshona Dhliwayo
“When a rainbow spreads across the sky it is reminding the world that beauty comes in all colors.”
Matshona Dhliwayo

"Beta" Metani' Marashi
“They say America is a melting pot" I say people are the a stew, the good think most people like stew, but there are people who don't eat meat, hate patate, or carrots. I like to know which one am I ?”
"Beta" Metani' Marashi

Abhijit Naskar
“Call up the ever-pure, the effulgent and the ever-radiant character of true humanism in yourself and in others, and no racism shall have the power to thrive in such society even for a few seconds.”
Abhijit Naskar, We Are All Black: A Treatise on Racism

Abhijit Naskar
“Either you are racist or you are a human - you cannot be both.”
Abhijit Naskar, Either Civilized or Phobic: A Treatise on Homosexuality

John Howard Griffin
“But part of that incipient racism had always led whites to assume the leadership positions and perpetuated the view that whites rather than blacks were the heroes of the movement.”
John Howard Griffin, Black Like Me

John Howard Griffin
“The emotional garbage I had carried all of those years - the prejudice and the denial, the shame and the guilt - was dissolved by understanding that the Other is not other at all.”
John Howard Griffin, Black Like Me

Thorsten J. Pattberg
“Only if a Chinaman presents proof of affiliation with the West, has Western patrons vouch for him, and writes in 'pure' English, may he present his 'submission' to Western publishers.”
Thorsten J. Pattberg

Anissa Rafeh
“Arab' is the new four-letter word, didn't you know?”
Anissa Rafeh, Beirut to the 'burbs

“Segregation in the American South was bankrolled by the wealthy eugenicist from the Northeast, Wickliffe Draper.”
A.E. Samaan, H.H. Laughlin: American Scientist, American Progressive, Nazi Collaborator

Carlos Wallace
“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

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