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Racism Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Racism

Please enjoy these Racism Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Racism is an ism to which everyone in the world today is exposed;
for or against,
we must take sides.
And the history of the future will differ according
to the decision which we make.
- Ruth Benedict

My encounters with racism are sort of second-hand situations
where I might be standing around with a group of white
friends and someone makes a comment that they wouldn't
make at my family reunion.
- Wentworth Miller

I have visited some places where the differences between
black and white are not as profound as they used to be,
but I think there is a new form of racism growing in
Europe and that is focused on people who are Middle Eastern.
I see it.
- Montel Williams

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

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.

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

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

And the basis on which we agreed to operate with them involved a manifesto,
where it states that we proceed from different ideologies and policies.
One thing that we insisted on was that they should
take an oath to reject racism and discrimination.
- Mangosuthu Buthelezi

Using the power you derive from the discovery of the
truth about racism in South Africa,
you will help us to remake our part of the world into
a corner of the globe on which all -
of which all of humanity can be proud.
- Oliver Tambo

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

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

We don't know anything about racism.
We've never experienced it.
If words can make a difference in your life for seven minutes,
how would it affect you if you heard this every day of your life?
- Jane Elliott

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

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


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