Quotations on Racism

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

If you live in the elite world of dance, you find yourself in a world rife with racism. Let's face it.
- Alvin Ailey
(Keywords: Dance, Racism, World)

If you see something is going wrong within politics and the world today, then some Hip Hop artist is gonna come along and get straight with it. If they think that there's a lot of racism going on then there's another Hip Hop artist who's gonna come out and speak their mind.
- Afrika Bambaataa
(Keywords: Politics, Artist, Mind, Racism, Today, World, Wrong)

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
(Keywords: History, Decision, Future, Racism, Today, Will, World)

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
(Keywords: Blind, Eye, Racism, Violence)

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
(Keywords: Family, Moments, Racism, Sheep)

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
(Keywords: Mother, Son, Fight, Racism, World)

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
(Keywords: Discrimination, Racism, states)

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
(Keywords: People, Now, Racism, Struggle)

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
(Keywords: Work, First, Racism, Workers)

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
(Keywords: Life, Day, Difference, Racism, Words)

Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.
- Eminem
(Keywords: Music, Key, Racism, Rap)

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
(Keywords: Angels, Defense, Evil, Guidance, Healing, Light, Names, Racism, Sexism, Shadow, Support)

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
(Keywords: People, Racism, Talking)

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
(Keywords: History, Idea, Boston, Democrats, Man, Party, Racism, Taxes, Tea)

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
(Keywords: Experience, Man, Old, Racism, Woman)

If we talk about the environment, for example, we have to talk about environmental racism - about the fact that kids in South Central Los Angeles have a third of the lung capacity of kids in Santa Monica.
- Danny Glover
(Keywords: Environmental, Example, Fact, Kids, Racism, Talk)

I'm not trying to say that it never hurt or that I never felt its sting, but I can honestly say that I never blamed anybody for racism. I have considered it more of a manifestation of humanity's problem rather than my personal problem.
- Robert Guillaume
(Keywords: Humanity, Hurt, Racism, Trying)

Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.
- Abraham Joshua Heschel
(Keywords: Hatred, Man, Racism, Reason)

My answer to those who oppose my appointment as CEO is that this is really a decision of the YWCA. They want to strengthen their grassroots to advocate on behalf of women's and children's empowerment and ending racism.
- Patricia Ireland
(Keywords: Women, Decision, Children, Empowerment, Ending, Racism, Want)

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
(Keywords: Women, Empowerment, Ending, Girls, Mission, Racism, Want)

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
(Keywords: Nationalism, Nations, Now, Racism, State)

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
(Keywords: Racism, Talking)

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.
(Keywords: Love, Peace, War, Truth, Brotherhood, Mankind, Midnight, Racism, Reality, Will, Word)

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
(Keywords: Racism, School, Youth)

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
(Keywords: Quality, Literary, Racism, Writers)

I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit.
- Miriam Makeba
(Keywords: Nature, Strength, African, Racism, Spirit, Weight)

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
(Keywords: Commitment, Racism, Reality)

Sexism, like racism, goes with us into the next century. I see class warfare as overshadowing both.
- Constance Baker Motley
(Keywords: Class, Racism, Sexism)

It is only human supremacy, which is as unacceptable as racism and sexism, that makes us afraid of being more inclusive.
- Ingrid Newkirk
(Keywords: Being, Racism, Sexism)

The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishments hand. They make the racist secure in his racism.
- Huey Newton
(Keywords: Racism, Soldiers)

Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism.
- Claude Pepper
(Keywords: Racism, Sexism)

You don't fight racism with racism, the best way to fight racism is with solidarity.
- Bobby Seale
(Keywords: Fight, Racism, Solidarity)

Racism cannot be cured solely by attacking some of the results it produces, like discrimination in housing or in education.
- Sargent Shriver
(Keywords: Education, Discrimination, Racism, Results)

The roots of racism lie deep in man's nature, wounded and bruised by original sin.
- Sargent Shriver
(Keywords: Nature, Lie, Deep, Man, Racism, Sin)

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
(Keywords: Racism, Victims)

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
(Keywords: Power, Truth, Discovery, Help, Humanity, Racism, Will, World)

The hardest thing I had to overcome in life? I think racism. That's so difficult because I don't think anyone can ever understand it. It's not that people don't want to understand it, but they don't want to touch it.
- Herschel Walker
(Keywords: Life, People, Racism, Want)

Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.
- Oprah Winfrey
(Keywords: Excellence, Racism, Sexism)

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
(Keywords: Life, Excellence, Racism, Sexism)

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