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1. “This is the basis, and I am not being tried for whether I am a Communist, I am being tried for fighting for the right of my people, who are still second-class citizens in this United States of America”

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Author : Paul Robeson

2. “Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper.”

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Source : Why We Can't Wait

3. “The United States is like one big jail for Black people, because we're locked into a mentality and a mindset that limits our potential. It has us against us.”

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Author : Chuck D
Source : Lyrics of a Rap Revolutionary, Vol. 1

4. “Love is blind despite the world's attempt to give it eyes.”

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5. “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.”

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Source : I Have A Dream

6. “You are growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable.”

Tags : African Americans Being Yourself Blacks Growing Up Race Relations Racism Self
Source : Between the World and Me

7. “We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I'd thought.”

Tags : Human Rights People Race Relations
Source : The Help

8. “It's just like when you've got some coffee that's too black, which means it's too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won't even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep.”

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Author : Malcolm X

9. “Sandra L. West and Aberjhani have compiled an encyclopedia that makes an important contribution to our need to know more about one of modern America’s truly significant artistic and cultural movements. It helps us to acknowledge the complexity of African American life at a time when the nation’s culture was taking on a recognizable shape, when race was becoming less of a crushing burden and more of a challenge to progressive people and their ideals, and when cities and their inhabitants symbolized the end of the past and the seductiveness of the new.”

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Source : Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance

10. “America isn't breaking apart at the seams. The American dream isn't dying. Our new racial and ethnic complexion hasn't triggered massive outbreaks of intolerance. Our generations aren't at each other's throats. They're living more interdependently than at any time in recent memory, because that turns out to be a good coping strategy in hard times. Our nation faces huge challenges, no doubt. So do the rest of the world's aging economic powers. If you had to pick a nation with the right stuff to ride out the coming demographic storm, you'd be crazy not to choose America, warts and all.”

Tags : Ageism Aging Aging Population Aging Workforce American Culture American Dream American Politics Conflict Demographics Demographics Of United States Demographics Of Us Generation Gap Generations Interdependence Population Public Policy Race In America Race Relations Recession The American Dream U S Culture U S Population Workforce
Source : The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown

11. “What good's a black face if it means I'm just someone else's property? Why give me these arms and legs just to carry someone else's load, not my own?”

Tags : Annamae Black Identity Blackness Carrying On Freedom Pride Race Relations Runaway Slavery Stacey Lee Under A Painted Sky
Author : Stacey Lee
Source : Under a Painted Sky

12. “Only a few days after my encounter with the police, two patrolmen tackled Alton Sterling onto a car, then pinned him down on the ground and shot him in the chest while he was selling CDs in front of a convenience store, seventy-five miles up the road in Baton Rouge. A day after that, Philando Castile was shot in the passenger seat of his car during a police traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, as his girlfriend recorded the aftermath via Facebook Live.Then, the day after Castile was killed, five policemen were shot dead by a sniper in Dallas. It felt as if the world was subsumed by cascades of unceasing despair. I mourned for the family and friends of Sterling and Castille. I felt deep sympathy for the families of the policemen who died. I also felt a real fear that, as a result of what took place in Dallas, law enforcement would become more deeply entrenched in their biases against black men, leading to the possibility of even more violence.The stream of names of those who have been killed at the hands of the police feels endless, and I become overwhelmed when I consider all the names we do not know—all of those who lost their lives and had no camera there to capture it, nothing to corroborate police reports that named them as threats. Closed cases. I watch the collective mourning transpire across my social-media feeds. I watch as people declare that they cannot get out of bed, cannot bear to go to work, cannot function as a human being is meant to function. This sense of anxiety is something I have become unsettlingly accustomed to. The familiar knot in my stomach. The tightness in my chest. But becoming accustomed to something does not mean that it does not take a toll. Systemic racism always takes a toll, whether it be by bullet or by blood clot.”

Tags : African Americans Anxiety Bias Black Lives Matter Despair Grief Guns Law Enforcement Mourning Police Policemen Race Race Relations Racism Shootings Sympathy Whites
Author : Clint Smith

13. “Calling for an end to hate shouldn't be treated as a punishable offense.”

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14. “You must resist the common urge toward the comforting narrative of divine law, toward fairy tales that imply some irrepressible justice. The enslaved were not bricks in your road, and their lives were not chapters in your redemptive history. They were people turned to fuel for the American machine. Enslavement was not destined to end, and it is wrong to claim our present circumstance—no matter how improved—as the redemption for the lives of people who never asked for the posthumous, untouchable glory of dying for their children. Our triumphs can never compensate for this.”

Tags : African Americans Blacks Consolations Myths Race Relations Slavery
Source : Between the World and Me

15. “You may have heard the talk of diversity, sensitivity training, and body cameras. These are all fine and applicable, but they understate the task and allow the citizens of this country to pretend that there is real distance between their own attitudes and those of the ones appointed to protect them. The truth is that the police reflect America in all of its will and fear, and whatever we might make of this country’s criminal justice policy, it cannot be said that it was imposed by a repressive minority. The abuses that have followed from these policies—the sprawling carceral state, the random detention of black people, the torture of suspects—are the product of democratic will. And so to challenge the police is to challenge the American people who send them into the ghettos armed with the same self-generated fears that compelled the people who think they are white to flee the cities and into the Dream. The problem with the police is not that they are fascist pigs but that our country is ruled by majoritarian pigs.”

Tags : African Americans America Blacks Police Police Reform Race Relations Racism United States United States Of America Usa Whites
Source : Between the World and Me

16. “There is no reason for you to try to become like white people and there is no basis whatever for their impertinent assumption that they must accept you. The terrible thing, old buddy, is that you must accept them. And I mean that very seriously. You must accept them and accept them with love. For these innocent people have no other hope. They are, in effect, still trapped in a history which they do not understand; and until they understand it, they cannot be released from it. They have had to believe for many years, and for innumerable reasons, that black men are inferior to white men. Many of them, indeed, know better, but, as you will discover, people find it very difficult to act on what they know.”

Tags : Acceptance African Americans Inferiority Race Relations Racism Superiority White People
Author : James Baldwin
Source : The Fire Next Time

17. “Slavery is a sin when whites were put to the yoke, but not the African. All men are created equal, unless we decide you are not a man.”

Tags : African Americans Dignity Race Relations Slavery White People
Source : The Underground Railroad

18. “And America, too, is a delusion, the grandest one of all. The white race believes--believes with all its heart--that it is their right to take the land. To kill Indians. Make war. Enslave their brothers. This nation shouldn't exist, if there is any justice in the world, for its foundations are murder, theft, and cruelty. Yet here we are.”

Tags : African Americans America Cruelty Delusions Native Americans Race Relations Slavery Theft United States United States Of America Us Usa War
Source : The Underground Railroad

19. “If niggers were supposed to have their freedom, they wouldn't be in chains. If the red man was supposed to keep hold of his land, it'd still be his. If the white man wasn't destined to take this new world, he wouldn't own it now.Here was the true Great Spirit, the divine thread connecting all human endeavor--if you can keep it, it is yours. Your property, slave or continent. The American imperative.”

Tags : African Americans America Native Americans Ownership Possessions Race Relations Slavery United States United States Of America Us Usa White People
Source : The Underground Railroad

20. “By the time I visited those battlefields, I knew that they had been retrofitted as the staging ground for a great deception, and this was my only security, because they could no longer insult me by lying to me. I knew—and the most important thing I knew was that, somewhere deep with them, they knew too. I like to think that knowing might have kept me from endangering you, that having understood and acknowledged the anger, I could control it. I like to think that it could have allowed me to speak the needed words to the woman and then walk away. I like to think this, but I can’t promise it. The struggle is really all I have for you because it is the only portion of this world under your control.”

Tags : African Americans Blacks Life Race Relations Racism Struggle Whites
Source : Between the World and Me

21. “There appears to be a vast amount of confusion on this point, but I do not know many Negroes who are eager to be "accepted" by white people, still less to be loved by them; they, the blacks, simply don't wish to be beaten over the head by the whites every instant of our brief passage on this planet. White people in this country will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this -- which will not be tomorrow and will not be today and may very well be never -- the Negro problem will no longer exist, for it will no longer be needed.”

Tags : Acceptance African Americans America Compassion Love Politics Race Race Relations Racism United States United States Of America Us Usa White People
Author : James Baldwin
Source : The Fire Next Time

22. “White man trying to kill you slow every day, and sometimes trying to kill you fast. Why make it easy for him? That was one kind of work you could say no to.”

Tags : African Americans Death Escape Race Relations Slavery Slaves Whites
Source : The Underground Railroad

23. “The details and symbols of your life have been deliberately constructed to make you believe what white people say about you. Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure, does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity and fear.”

Tags : African Americans Beliefs Bigotry Fear Inferiority Life Race Relations Racism Superiority White People
Author : James Baldwin
Source : The Fire Next Time

24. “Holocaust survivors and their descendants are supposed to hate those who oppressed and killed them and their people. Black people are not. This is how anti-blackness works.”

Tags : African Americans Anti Blackness Black People Hate Hatred Hitler Holocaust Nazi Race Race Relations Racism

25. “He had met this sort of white man before, earnest and believing what came out of their mouths. The veracity of their words was another matter, but at least they believed them. The southern white man was spat from the loins of the devil and there was no way to forecast his next evil act.”

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Source : The Underground Railroad

26. “The power structure understands that Black folks have been hungry for so long, fixing us a plate now that's the same size as theirs would do nothing for our hunger. After all, they're pretty full and fat.They know we now require a much bigger plate than theirs to quiet the stomach rumblings.They see us and know what it looks like to be less powerful. They are fighting to never FEEL it.”

Tags : African Americans Black People Equality Government Power Race Relations Racism Systematic Racism

27. “I know that no matter how liberal or progressive I profess to be, no matter how successfully, how diligently I seek to be enlightened and nuanced in my understanding of the world and those around me, I know that there still is a tiny, virulent nugget, a germ of prejudice that exists deep within me — the product of those stereotypes and awful jokes of childhood and adolescence, and that it must always be powerfully held at bay by reason, understanding and love.”

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28. “And if the word integration means anything, this is what it means: that we, with love, shall force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it. For this is your home, my friend, do not be driven from it; great men have done great things here, and will again, and we can make America what America must become.”

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Author : James Baldwin
Source : The Fire Next Time

29. “They tried to get me to hate white people, but someone would always come along & spoil it.”

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30. “If you see a group of people struggling over generations and you attribute those struggles to bad character, then you do not truly believe we are all created equally.”

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31. “It is not enough for the Negroes to declare that color-prejudice is the sole cause of their social condition, nor for the white South to reply that their social condition is the main cause of prejudice. They both act as reciprocal cause and effect, and a change in neither alone will bring the desired effect. Both must change, or neither can improve to any great extent."(p.88)...."Only by a union of intelligence and sympathy across the color-line in this critical period of the Republic shall justice and right triumph,”

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Source : The Souls of Black Folk

32. “No one is an outside observer of nature,We're defined by our environment and our interaction with that environment -- by our ecology. And that ecology is necessarily relative, historical and empirical.”

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Author : Beau Lotto

33. “Millions of tears have fallen for black sons, brothers, lovers, and friends whose assailants took or maimed their lives and then simply went on their way.”

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Author : Aberjhani
Source : Illuminated Corners: Collected Essays and Articles Volume I.

34. “She didn't tell him white folks couldn't love the same as coloreds. She couldn't love the same neither though, cuz more than half of her was white.”

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Source : Papa Was A Gypsy

35. “Jeb'd said it was harder for a pretty girl to find work; even white men liked flowers, whether red or pink or blue.”

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Source : Papa Was A Gypsy

36. “One of the best ways you can fight discrimination is by taking good care of yourself. Your survival is not just important; it's an act of revolution.”

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37. “I DREAM OF A CHARCOAL CHALKY AFRICAI am as black as charcoalBut that is only my skin colorI don’t need to see hacked white bodiesTo know that we are the same on the insideI feel the same anguish and disgust for the innocentMurdered black South Africans during apartheidMurdered white South Africans post-apartheidWe might not be there to fight apartheid era atrocities But we are here now and must prevent post-apartheid atrocities Murdering innocent whites will not bring back murdered blacksI challenge you to search online nowGoogle ‘South African farm murders’And see if you can look at the gruesome picturesOf innocent children, women and menDo we need more people to be horribly hacked to death?Before we stop the divisive rhetoric of the extreme left?We made a mistake letting apartheid drag on so longBut must we repeat that mistake with post-apartheid massacres?Some of these murdered whites fought against apartheidThese murdered children didn’t even know about apartheidDon’t take away your eyes now!No, don’t you dare take your eyes off those pictures!The real apartheid criminals are rich and well protectedKilling these innocent people is not justiceIt is inhuman; it is cowardice Don’t look away and don’t hold back the tearsIt is not only a cry for white victimsIt is not only a cry for black victimsIt is a cry for a better South AfricaA cry for a richer, charcoal, chalky Africa”

Tags : Africa Black And White Love Race Race Relations
Author : Mawuena Addo
Source : Roses in the Rainbow

38. “Beneath the armor of skin/and/bone/and/mindmost of our colors are amazingly the same.”

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Author : Aberjhani
Source : Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

39. “If the idea of loving those whom you have been taught to recognize as your enemies is too overwhelming, consider more deeply the observation that we are all much more alike than we are unalike.”

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Author : Aberjhani
Source : Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays

40. “Individual cultures and ideologies have their appropriate uses but none of them erase or replace the universal experiences, like love and weeping and laughter, common to all human beings.”

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Author : Aberjhani
Source : Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays

41. “Crystal, do you like being a white girl?”

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Source : Wet Matches

42. “Deception is the natural defence of the weak against the strong, and the South used it for many years against its conquerors; to-day it must be prepared to see its black proletariat turn that same two-edged weapon against itself. And how natural this is! The death of Denmark Vesey and Nat Turner proved long since to the Negro the present hopelessness of physical defence. Political defence is becoming less and less available, and economic defence is still only partially effective. But there is a patent defence at hand,—the defence of deception and flattery, of cajoling and lying. It is the same defence which peasants of the Middle Age used and which left its stamp on their character for centuries. To-day the young Negro of the South who would succeed cannot be frank and outspoken, honest and self-assertive, but rather he is daily tempted to be silent and wary, politic and sly; he must flatter and be pleasant, endure petty insults with a smile, shut his eyes to wrong; in too many cases he sees positive personal advantage in deception and lying. His real thoughts, his real aspirations, must be guarded in whispers; he must not criticise, he must not complain. Patience, humility, and adroitness must, in these growing black youth, replace impulse, manliness, and courage. With this sacrifice there is an economic opening, and perhaps peace and some prosperity. Without this there is riot, migration, or crime. Nor is this situation peculiar to the Southern United States, is it not rather the only method by which undeveloped races have gained the right to share modern culture? The price of culture is a Lie.”

Tags : Culture Deception Fear Pretence Race Relations Weakness
Source : The Souls of Black Folk

43. “Becoming conscious of racism does not mean you are a racist.”

Tags : Anti Racism Anti Racist Discrimination No Racism Oppressed Oppression Race Relations Racial Discrimination Racial Injustice Racial Superiority Racial Tension Racism Segregation
Author : Auliq Ice

44. “As we encounter each other, we see our diversity — of background, race, ethnicity, belief – and how we handle that diversity will have much to say about whether we will in the end be able to rise successfully to the great challenges we face today.”

Tags : Acquisition Of Knowledge Confronting Change Confronting Fears Confronting Problems Confronting Xenophobia Cosmopolitanism Demographics Demography Diversity Emigrants Ethnography Globalization Immigrants International Community Learning About The World Migration Multiculturalism Multiculturalismo Race Relations Travel
Author : Dan Smith
Source : The State of the World Atlas

45. “I'm too old to be ignorant as I am." --Twelve-year-old Gabriella to the general, who does not want her to know about Emmett Till and the world's brutality.”

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Author : Elle Thornton
Source : The Girl Who Swam to Atlantis

46. “To be an American is to be accosted by bigotry and enmity for the rights that you were told to appreciate.”

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47. “Racism hurts everyone, including racists themselves.”

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48. “Black, white, Latino, gay, straight – if any one of them came across a bear in the woods, they’d all taste like chicken.”

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Author : Jennifer Lane
Source : Aced

49. “Black and Third World people are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. Women are expected to educate men. Lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world. The oppressors maintain their position and evade their responsibility for their own actions. There is a constant drain of energy which might be better used in redefining ourselves and devising realistic scenarios for altering the present and constructing the future.”

Tags : Humanity Minority Oppression Race Relations Responsibility Sexual Orientation
Author : Audre Lorde
Source : Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

50. “It was not only colored people who praised John, since they could not, John felt, in any case really know; but white people also said it, in fact had said it first and said it still. It was when John was five years old and in the first grade that he was first noticed; and since he was noticed by an eye altogether alien and impersonal, he began to perceive, in wild uneasiness, his individual existence.”

Tags : Angst Identity Identity Confusion Identity Crisis Individualism Race And Racism In America Race Relations Racism Racism And Culture Racism In America Respect Respectability Self Actualization Self Esteem Self Respect
Author : James Baldwin
Source : Go Tell It on the Mountain

51. “The spectacle of the shooting suggest an event out of time, as if the killing of black people with white-supremacist justification interrupts anything other than regular television programming. But Dylan Storm Roof did not create himself from nothing. He as grown up with the rhetoric and orientation of racism.”

Tags : Race Race Relations Racism In America
Author : Jesmyn Ward
Source : The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

52. “Without the presence of black people in America, European-Americans would not be "white"-- they would be Irish, Italians, Poles, Welsh, and other engaged in class, ethnic, and gender struggles over resources and identity. (p. 107-108)”

Tags : Race Race Relations
Author : Cornel West
Source : Race Matters

53. “sick of it whatever it's called sick of the namesI dedicate every pore to what's here”

Tags : Light Old Songs Race Relations Transcendence
Author : Ikkyu

54. “When he asked if she was okay, her eyes welled with tears and she said, “Like I’m always telling my brothers, if you gonna go into history, you can’t do it with a hate attitude. You got to remember, times was different.”

Tags : History Race Relations
Source : The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

55. “Some problems we share as women, some we do not. You fear your children will grow up to join the patriarchy and testify against you; we fear our children will be dragged from a car and shot down in the street, and you will turn your backs on the reasons they are dying.”

Tags : Ferguson Intersectional Feminism Michael Brown Race Relations Trayvon Martin
Author : Audre Lorde

56. “Our Negro problem, therefore, is not of the Negro's making. No group in our population is less responsible for its existence. But every group is responsible for its continuance.... Both races need to understand that their rights and duties are mutual and equal and their interests in the common good are idential.... There is no help or healing in apparaising past responsibilities or in present apportioning of praise or blame. The past is of value only as it aids in understanding the present; and an understanding of the facts of the problem--a magnanimous understanding by both races--is the first step toward its solution.”

Tags : Great Migration Isabel Wilkerson Race Race Relations
Source : The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

57. “And here's to the blues, the real blues— where there's a hint of hope in every cry of desperation.”

Tags : Blues Griot Music Race Relations Spirituality Troubadour Truth
Source : Professor Brown Shoes Teaches the Blues

58. “The emotions between the races could never be pure; even love was tarnished by the desire to find in the other some element that was missing in ourselves. Whether we sought out our demons or salvation, the other race would always remain just that: menacing, alien, and apart.”

Tags : Race Relations Reflection
Author : Barack Obama
Source : Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

59. “Intermarriage is one of the most provocative words in the English language”

Tags : Intermarriage Interracial Marriage Miscegenation Mixed Marriage Race Relations Racial Amalgamation
Source : Marriage Across the Color Line

60. “As best I could make out, having never heard the term until I arrived in California, being a WASP meant being mossbacked, lockjawed, rigid, humorless, cold, charmless, insipid, less than penetratingly bright, but otherwise---and inexplicably---to be envied.”

Tags : Race Relations
Source : An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

61. “White folks have controlled New Orleans with money and guns, black folks have controlled it with magic and music, and although there has been a steady undercurrent of mutual admiration, an intermingling of cultures unheard of in any other American city, South or North; although there has prevailed a most joyous and fascinating interface, black anger and white fear has persisted, providing the ongoing, ostensibly integrated fete champetre with volatile and sometimes violent idiosyncrasies.”

Tags : Black Fear Guns Music New Orleans Power Race Relations White
Author : Tom Robbins
Source : Jitterbug Perfume

62. “Under the white population of the United States of America only the reactionary classes oppres the black population. Under no circumstance can they represent the workers, farmers and revolutionary intellectuals and other enlighted people who form the majority of the white population.”

Tags : Afro Americans Class Relations Race Relations Slavery
Author : Mao Tse-tung
Source : Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung

63. “Every morning when I wake up and look in the mirror, I see a black face and I love it. Sure, I've been to Paris and grew up surfing, and yes, I speak like I'm in a commercial. But I'm just like the women you see walking on the side of the road with their laundry baskets and their Bibles. I'm just like the old men pedaling their rusty bicycles. I'm no different from the men who drive your tractors or the woman who probably raised you. I'm just like them, no better and no worse. I'm black, Remy, which means everything and nothing”

Tags : Race Relations
Source : Queen Sugar

64. “By the time she a year old Mae Mobley following me around everwhere I go….Miss Leefolt, she’d narrow up her eyes at me like I done something wrong, unhitch that crying baby off my foot. I reckon that’s the risk you run, letting somebody else raise you chilluns”

Tags : American South Child Rearing Race Relations
Source : The Help

65. “However, in this city (San Francisco) that prides itself in being so progressive, it feels like we need to go back and master something both simple as well as incredibly complex – each other. We can learn to embrace our differences without making them a joke or a spectacle.”

Tags : Humanity Race Relations San Francisco
Author : Crystal Sykes

66. “J.W. and Roy didn’t just snatch the childhood away from Emmett; they stole it from every single black child in Mississippi.”

Tags : Mississippi Race Race America Race Relations

67. “I shake my head at my friend. “Not only is they lines, but you know good as I do where them lines be drawn.” Aibileen shakes her head. “I used to believe in em. I don’t anymore. They in our heads. People like Miss Hilly is always trying to make us believe they there. But they ain’t.”

Tags : Equal Rights Equality Race Relations Social Norms
Source : The Help

68. “white is not always light and black is not always dark.”

Tags : Black Evil Good Misconceptions Race Relations Stereotypes White
Author : Habeeb Akande

69. “Tracker Marks was of a different opinion. Though he seemed more white than a white man, he had no time for their ways. For him his dress, his deportment was no different than staying downwind in the shadows of trees when hunting, blending into the world of those he hunted, rather than standing out from it. Once he had excelled at the emu dance & the kangaroo dance; then his talent led him to the whitefella dance, only now no-one was left of his tribe to stand around the fire & laugh & praise his talent for observation & stealthy imitation.The whites have no law, he told Capois Death, no dreaming. Their way of life made no sense whatsoever. Still, he did not hate them or despise them. They were stupid beyond belief, but they had a power, & somehow their stupidity & their power were, in Tracker Marks’s mind, inextricably connected. But how? he asked Capois Death. How can power & ignorance sleep together? Questions to which Capois Death had no answer.”

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70. “The meetings and marches and vigils are cool, but if the enemy isn't present, you're just talking slick to a can of oil.”

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71. “The irony of American history is the tendency of good white Americanas to presume racial innocence. Ignorance of how we are shaped racially is the first sign of privilege.In other words. It is a privilege to ignore the consequences of race in America.”

Tags : American Culture Black And White Black History George Zimmerman Hypocricy Isms Privilege Race Relations Racism The Oj Simpson Trial Trayvon Martin White Privilege Willful Ignorance
Author : Tim Wise

72. “...After all, acknowledging unfairness then calls decent people forth to correct those injustices. And since most persons are at their core, decent folks, the need to ignore evidence of injustice is powerful: To do otherwise would force whites to either push for change (which they would perceive as against their interests) or live consciously as hypocrites who speak of freedom and opportunity but perpetuate a system of inequality.The irony of American history is the tendency of good white Americanas to presume racial innocence. Ignorance of how we are shaped racially is the first sign of privilege.In other words. It is a privilege to ignore the consequences of race in America.”

Tags : American Culture Black And White Black History George Zimmerman Hypocricy Privilege Race Relations Racism Trayvon Martin White Privilege Willful Ignorance
Author : Tim Wise

73. “Ignorance of how we are shaped racially is the first sign of privilege. In other words. It is a privilege to ignore the consequences of race in America.”

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Author : Tim Wise

74. “You ever think about the noose?''I been thinking about the noose since I was born.”

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Author : Stacey Lee
Source : Under a Painted Sky

75. “My inspiration for writing music is like Don McLean did when he did "American Pie" or "Vincent". Lorraine Hansberry with "A Raisin in the Sun". Like Shakespeare when he does his thing, like deep stories, raw human needs.I'm trying to think of a good analogy. It's like, you've got the Vietnam War, and because you had reporters showing us pictures of the war at home, that's what made the war end, or that shit would have lasted longer. If no one knew what was going on we would have thought they were just dying valiantly in some beautiful way. But because we saw the horror, that's what made us stop the war.So I thought, that's what I'm going to do as an artist, as a rapper. I'm gonna show the most graphic details of what I see in my community and hopefully they'll stop it quick.I've seen all of that-- the crack babies, what we had to go through, losing everything, being poor, and getting beat down. All of that. Being the person I am, I said no no no no. I'm changing this.”

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Author : Tupac Shakur
Source : Tupac: Resurrection 1971-1996

76. “We are captured, brother, surrounded by the majoritarian bandits of America. And this has happened here, in our only home, and the terrible truth is that we cannot will ourselves to an escape on our own. Perhaps that was, is, the hope of the movement: to awaken the Dreamers, to rouse them to the facts of what their need to be white, to talk like they are white, to think that they are white, which is to think that they are beyond the design flaws of humanity, has done to the world.”

Tags : African Americans Blacks Civil Rights Movement Race Relations Racism Whites
Source : Between the World and Me

77. “Sixty millions of whites are in no danger from the presence here of eight millions of blacks. The destinies of the two races, in this country, are indissolubly linked together, and the interests of both require that the common government of all shall not permit the seeds of race hate to be planted under the sanction of law.”

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78. “The sure guaranty of the peace and security of each race is the clear, distinct, unconditional recognition by our governments, national and state, of every right that inheres in civil freedom, and of the equality before the law of all citizens of the United States, without regard to race. State enactments regulating the enjoyment of civil rights upon the basis of race, and cunningly devised to defeat legitimate results of the war, under the pretense of recognizing equality of rights, can have no other result than to render permanent peace impossible, and to keep alive a conflict of races, the continuance of which must do harm to all concerned.”

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79. “I am groping about through this American forest of prejudice and proscription, determined to find some form of civilization where all men will be accepted for what they are worth.”

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80. “When I got off the train back home, I saw the WHITE and COLORED signs that had been there all along, as it it was the first time.”

Tags : Autobiography Civil Rights Dementia Mother And Daughter Race And Racism In America Race Relations Social Justice Southern Women Southern Writers White Privilege
Source : I Didn't Know What I Didn't Know: A Southern White Woman's Story about Race

81. “I don't know which hurt more: his rejection, his punch, or my own elder siblings laughing at my pain.”

Tags : Autobiography Civil Rights Dementia Mother And Daughter Race And Racism In America Race Relations Social Justice Southern Women Southern Writers White Privilege
Source : I Didn't Know What I Didn't Know: A Southern White Woman's Story about Race

82. “I understand now that the only time black people don't feel guilty is when we've actually done something wrong, because that relieves us of the cognitive dissonance of being black and innocent, and in a way the prospect of going to jail becomes a relief.”

Tags : African Americans Blacks Guilt Incarceration Innocence Jail Justice Justice System Prison Race Relations
Author : Paul Beatty
Source : The Sellout

83. “Some people say, "What difference does it make what color the winemaker is that made the wine? Judge the wines off their own merit." Like, of course. And I do believe that my wine is judged off its own merit. But the fact is that when you walk into places and people can't believe that you're the principal or you're the owner or you made the wine, it's mind-blowing to me some days. It's like, wow. That's why we need to continue talking about it.”

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84. “The tension between people is palpable, and the ideal of what it means to be and look American becomes a preoccupation to folks around the country, including me.”

Tags : America American People American Society Hispanics Identity Identity Crisis Identity Politics Latina Americans Latino Latino Americans Race Race Relations Racial Tension Racism Status Quo
Author : Raquel Cepeda
Source : Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina

85. “Word: I'm not saying the races don't have a common human bond. I'm just saying that bond isn't about compassion and equality and tolerance. What we all share together is the drive to get what's ours and keep it for as long as we can.”

Tags : Race And Racism In America Race Relations
Author : Snoop Dogg
Source : Tha Doggfather: The Times, Trials, And Hardcore Truths Of Snoop Dogg

86. “Only God can break through the variegated walls of skin to capture the one and only hue of the heart. One Blood.”

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Source : Hosanna

87. “No one in the world -- in the entire world -- know more -- knows Americans better or, odd as this may sound, loves them more than the American Negro. This is because he has had to watch you, outwit you, deal with you, and bear you, and sometimes even bleed and die with you, ever since we got here, that is, since both of us, black and white, got here -- and this is a wedding. Whether I like it or not, or whether you like it or not, we are bound together forever. We are part of each other.”

Tags : Race Race And Racism In America Race Relations
Author : James Baldwin
Source : Nobody Knows My Name

88. “The only thing white about me is the skin I'm wearing.”

Tags : Race And Racism In America Race In America Race Relations
Source : 29 Dimes: A Love Story

89. “It's no longer time to take sides for or against race, rather sides against those who still do.”

Tags : Race Race And Racism In America Race In America Race Relations
Source : If the mind fits, shrink it.

90. “What does it mean when I say that 'I don't see race?' It means that because I learned to see no difference between 'white' and 'color,' I have white-washed my own sense of self. It means that I know more about what it is to be a white person than what it is to be Asian, and I am a stranger among both.”

Tags : Asian Colorblind Racism Identity Race Race Relations Whiteness
Author : Michi Trota

91. “This has been the century of strangers, brown, yellow and white. This has been the century of the great immigrant experiment. It is only this late in the day that you can walk into a playground and find Isaac Leung by the fish pond, Danny Rahman in the football cage, Quang O’Rourke bouncing a basketball, and Irie Jones humming a tune. Children with first and last names on a direct collision course. Names that secrete within them mass exodus, cramped boats and planes, cold arrivals, medical checks. It is only this late in the day, and possibly only in Willesden, that you can find best friends Sita and Sharon, constantly mistaken for each other because Sita is white (her mother liked the name) and Sharon is Pakistani (her mother thought it best — less trouble).”

Tags : Ethnicity Immigrants Immigration Race Race Relations
Author : Zadie Smith
Source : White Teeth

92. “White supremacy is a black person telling the people of Baltimore to chill out and try peace, thinking they came up with that thought all on their own.”

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93. “You Bet Your Life's sponsor, Chrysler, was convinced only a Commie would dare promote racial equality.”

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Source : The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy

94. “Superior, do you understand me? These are white people. They are not like you, or me or us. They have the power to hurt you ... and sometimes it's fun to them when they do. Their power is not because they are smart ... it's because ... something happened sometime ... started somewhere and they got on top of the world. They got the power. The only power you got is to learn to live with them, learn to read their minds ... til you can do better. They don't treat each other right ... so don't you look to be treated right. You hear me? Sometimes there's good white people ... but don't you act like that til you know that.”

Tags : African Americans Black People Power Race Relations Races Racism White People
Source : Some Soul to Keep

95. “Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples - while judging ourselves by our best intentions. And this has strained our bonds of understanding and common purpose.But Americans, I think, have a great advantage. To renew our unity, we only need to remember our values. We have never been held together by blood or background. We are bound by things of the spirit – by shared commitments to common ideals.”

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96. “Just like "All American" means "White," "All Lives" means "White.”

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97. “All we can infer (from the archaeological shards dug up in Berkshire, Devon and Yorkshire) is that the first Britons, whoever they were and however they came, arrived from elsewhere. The land (Britain) was once utterly uninhibited. Then people came.”

Tags : Britain British England English Immigrants Migrants Oppression Race Relations Racism White Privilege
Author : Robert Winder
Source : Bloody Foreigners: The Story of Immigration to Britain

98. “Whitepeople believed that whatever the manners, under every dark skin was a jungle. Swift unnavigable waters, swinging screaming baboons, sleeping snakes, red gums ready for their sweet white blood. In a way, he thought, they were right. The more coloredpeople spent their strength trying to convince them how gentle they were, how clever and loving, how human, the more they used themselves up to persuade whites of something Negroes believed could not be questioned, the deeper and more tangled the jungle grew inside. But it wasn’t the jungle blacks brought with them to this place from the other (livable) place. It was the jungle whitefolks planted in them. And it grew. It spread. In, through and after life, it spread, until it invaded the whites who had made it. Touched them every one. Changed and altered them. Made them bloody, silly, worse than even they wanted to be, so scared were they of the jungle they had made. The screaming baboon lived under their own white skin; the red gums were their own.”

Tags : African Americans Blacks History Race Relations Racism Racism In America Stereotypes Whites
Author : Toni Morrison
Source : Beloved

99. “Those white things have taken all I had or dreamed," she said, "and broke my heartstrings too. There is no bad luck in the world but whitefolks.”

Tags : African Americans Blacks Luck Race Relations Racism Whites
Author : Toni Morrison
Source : Beloved

100. “It is truly horrible to understand yourself as the essential below of your country. It breaks too much of what we would like to think about ourselves, our lives, the world we move through and the people who surround us. The struggle to understand is our only advantage over this madness.”

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Source : Between the World and Me

101. “It began to strike me that the point of my education was a kind of discomfort, was the process that would not award me my own especial Dream but would break all the dreams, all the comforting myths of Africa, of America, and everywhere, and would leave me only with humanity in all its terribleness. And there was so much terrible out there, even among us. You must understand this.”

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Source : Between the World and Me

102. “The black world was expanding before me, and I could see now that that world was more than a photonegative of that of the people who believe they are white. "White America" is a syndicate arrayed to protect its exclusive power to dominate and control our bodies. Sometimes this power is direct (lynching), and sometimes it is insidious (redlining). But however it appears, the power of domination and exclusion is central to the belief in being white, and without it, "white people" would cease to exist for want of reasons.”

Tags : African Americans Blacks Power Race Relations Racism Whites
Source : Between the World and Me

103. “Through The Mecca I saw that we were, in our own segregated body politic, cosmopolitans. The black diaspora was not just our own world but, in so many ways, the Western world itself. Now, the heirs of those Virginia planters could never directly acknowledge this legacy or reckon with its power. And so that beauty that Malcolm pledged us to protect, black beauty, was never celebrated in movies, in television, or in the textbooks I’d seen as a child. Everyone of any import, from Jesus to George Washington, was white. This was why your grandparents banned Tarzan and the Lone Ranger and toys with white faces from the house. They were rebelling against the history books that spoke of black people only as sentimental “firsts”—first black five-star general, first black congressman, first black mayor—always presented in the bemused manner of a category of Trivial Pursuit. Serious history was the West, and the West was white. This was all distilled for me in a quote I once read from the novelist Saul Bellow. I can’t remember where I read it, or when—only that I was already at Howard. “Who is the Tolstoy of the Zulus?” Bellow quipped. Tolstoy was “white,” and so Tolstoy “mattered,” like everything else that was white “mattered.” And this view of things was connected to the fear that passed through the generations, to the sense of dispossession. We were black, beyond the visible spectrum, beyond civilization. Our history was inferior because we were inferior, which is to say our bodies were inferior. And our inferior bodies could not possibly be accorded the same respect as those that built the West. Would it not be better, then, if our bodies were civilized, improved, and put to some legitimate Christian use?”

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Source : Between the World and Me

104. “He seemed to hasten the retreat of departing light by his very presence; the setting sun dipped sharply, as though fleeing before our nigger; a black mist emanated from him; a subtle and dismal influence; a something cold and gloomy that floated out and settled on all the faces like a mourning veil. The circle broke up. The joy of laughter died on stiffened lips.”

Tags : Race Race Relations Racism
Author : Joseph Conrad
Source : The Nigger of the Narcissus

105. “Try to imagine how you would feel if you woke up one morning to find the sun shining and all the stars aflame. You would be frightened because it is out of the order of nature. Any upheaval in the universe is terrifying because it so profoundly attacks one's sense of one's own reality. Well, the black man has functioned in the white man's world as a fixed star, as an immovable pillar: and as he moves out of his place, heaven and earth are shaken to their foundation.”

Tags : Change Equality Race Relations Racism Reality
Author : James Baldwin
Source : The Fire Next Time

106. “Race should be seen in one way, and one way only: on your marks, get set, go!”

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Source : Delusionism

107. “She trained the girls in her Girl Scout troop to believe that they could be anything, and she went to lengths to prevent negative stereotypes of their race from shaping their internal views of themselves and other Negroes. It was difficult enough to rise above the silent reminders of Colored signs on the bathroom doors and cafeteria tables. But to be confronted with the prejudice so blatantly, there in that temple to intellectual excellence and rational thought, by something so mundane, so ridiculous, so universal as having to go to the bathroom...In the moment when the white women laughed at her, Mary had been demoted from professional mathematician to a second-class human being, reminded that she was a black girl whose piss wasn't good enough for the white pot.”

Tags : Jim Crow Race Relations Racism In America
Source : Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race

108. “My God, what do we want? What does any human being want? Take away an accident of pigmentation of a thin layer of our outer skin and there is no difference between me and anyone else. All we want is for that trivial difference to make no difference. What can I say to a man who asks that? All I can do is try to explain to him why he asks the question. You have looked at us for years as different from you that you may never see us really. You don’t understand because you think of us as second-class humans. We have been passive and accommodating through so many years of your insults and delays that you think the way things used to be is normal. When the good-natured, spiritual-singing boys and girls rise up against the white man and demand to be treated like he is, you are bewildered. All we want is what you want, no less and no more. (Chapter 13).”

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Source : Unbought And Unbossed

109. “When you're marginalized, there are no "them people," if we're all on the outskirts of the same margin.”

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110. “Linnie. And this Winnie.” They wore identical smiles, their bright black eyes sparked with curiosity. “Are you the doctor?” “No, I’m just volunteering.” “I knowed that, too.” Winnie gave her an exaggerated shake of the head. “Girls is never the doctor. They’s the nurses.” “Oh no, what about Dr. Clare? Huh? The lady doctor who took care of Grammy in the hospital when she broke her hip bone?” Linnie asked. “Yeah, but she was a white lady. They can be doctors.” Winnie looked at Lucy. “Right? There are white lady doctors. I seen ‘em.” Lucy felt her eyes go wide. Were there children who still believed your gender or color dictated your career? “There are white lady doctors, black lady doctors, white man doctors, black man doctors.” They stared at her. She thought for a moment. “And there are white man nurses and black man nurses, too.” “Now you’re just bein’ silly,” Linnie said and let out a laugh.”

Tags : Race Race Relations Racism The South
Source : Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin' Cornbread

111. “It becomes more and more difficult to avoid the idea of black men as subjects of not just racial profiling but of an insidious form of racial obliteration sanctioned by silence.”

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Author : Aberjhani
Source : Illuminated Corners: Collected Essays and Articles Volume I.

112. “The instinct to tell our children that they are better than someone else’s children, based on nothing more than the color of their skin, is now a fossilized aberration that serves no useful purpose.”

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Author : Aberjhani
Source : Illuminated Corners: Collected Essays and Articles Volume I.

113. “From the isolated, individualistic perspective of most white evangelicals and many other Americans, there really is no race problem other than bad interpersonal relationships.”

Tags : American Culture Evangelicals Race Relations Reconciliation
Source : Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

114. “Evangelicals come from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, but nearly 90 percent of Americans who call themselves evangelicals are white.”

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Source : Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

115. “Evangelicals usually fail to challenge the system not just out of concern for evangelism, but also because they support the American system and enjoy its fruits. They share the Protestant work ethic, support laissez-faire economics, and sometimes fail to evaluate whether the social system is consistent with their Christianity.”

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Source : Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

116. “Perhaps finding out that we carry New World history in our genes will transcend racial checkboxes altogether and enable Latino-Americans to rethink what America is supposed to look like.”

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Author : Raquel Cepeda
Source : Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina

117. “You can't write an honest novel about race in this country. If you write about how people are really affected by race, it'll be too obvious. Black writers who do literary fiction in this country, all three of them, not the ten thousand who write those bullshit ghetto books with the bright covers, have two choices: they can do precious or they can do pretentious. When you do neither, nobody knows what to do with you. So if you're going to write about race, you have to make sure it's so lyrical and subtle that the reader who doesn't read between the lines won't even know it's about race. You know, a Proustian meditation, all watery and fuzzy, that at the end just leaves you feeling watery and fuzzy.""Or just find a white writer. White writers can be blunt about race and get all activist because their anger isn't threatening.”

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Source : Americanah

118. “One reads the truer deeper facts of Reconstruction with a great despair. It is at once so simple and human, and yet so futile. There is no villain, no idiot, no saint. There are just men; men who crave ease and power, men who know want and hunger, men who have crawled. They all dream and strive with ecstasy of fear and strain of effort, balked of hope and hate. Yet the rich world is wide enough for all, wants all, needs all. So slight a gesture, a word, might set the strife in order, not with full content, but with growing dawn of fulfillment. Instead roars the crash of hell...”

Tags : Black History Class Economy History Politics Power Race Race Relations Racism Reconstruction
Source : Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880

119. “Race determines variables that yield results undesirable to one sector, while rendering a noticeable favor to others.”

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120. “None of us get to choose our race but we all get to choose how we overcome its hurtles. Whether we jump or stumble...what matters most is that we take each moment in stride. Compassion, love, forgiveness and empathy will always win the human race.”

Tags : Humanity Love Race Race In America Race Relations
Author : Jason Versey

121. “Now it happens that both master and man have just enough argument on their respective sides to make it difficult for them to understand each other. The Negro dimly personifies in the white man all his ills and misfortunes; if he is poor, it is because the white man seizes the fruit of his toil; if he is ignorant, it is because the white man gives him neither time nor facilities to learn; and, indeed, if any misfortune happens to him, it is because of some hidden machinations of "white folks." On the other hand, the masters and the masters' sons have never been able to see why the Negro, instead of settling down to be day-laborers for bread and clothes, are infected with a silly desire to rise in the world, and why they are sulky, dissatisfied, and careless, where their fathers were happy and dumb and faithful.”

Tags : Mistrust Misunderstanding Race Relations
Source : The Souls of Black Folk

122. “You think you're going to impress an American jury with [your] words? In the eyes of the Americans, you're doomed. Just looking at you in an orange suit, chains, and being Muslim and Arabic is enough to convict you.”

Tags : Justice System Race Relations Racism Terrorism War On Terror
Source : Guantánamo Diary

123. “My heart isn't big enough to care for the oppressors.”

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124. “I remember reading article about the woman in that Oakland neighborhood who lost all her children to violence. I wondered why'd she keep living there after the first one was killed. Didn't she care about the others?Today, I zoomed out and wondered why I'm still in America.”

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125. “To be a black male is to be always at war, and no flight to the county can save us, because even there we are met by the assupmtion of violence, by the specter of who we might turn on next.”

Tags : African Americans Race Relations
Source : The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood

126. “There’s something lyrical about an eternal truth. It’s a graceful riff. A free-flowing melody. Light and airy, it floats all around you. And when it lands on your ears, when you hear it for the first time, you instantly recognize it― because it’s like bumping into an ageless, best friend.”

Tags : Blues Griot Music Race Relations Spirituality Troubadour
Source : Professor Brown Shoes Teaches the Blues

127. “Hawai'i has often been called a melting pot, but I think of it more as a 'mixed plate'---a scoop of rice with gravy, a scoop of macaroni salad, a piece of mahi-mahi, and a side of kimchi. Many different tastes share the plate, but none of them lose their individual flavor, and together they make up a uniquely 'local' cuisine. This is also, I believe, what America is at its best---a whole greater than the sum of it's parts.”

Tags : American Dream Hawaii Honolulu Melting Pot Mixed Plate Race Relations
Author : Alan Brennert
Source : Honolulu

128. “subordinate groups are often pitted against one another in ways that draw attention away from the system of privilege that hurts them all.”

Tags : Class Warfare Race Relations
Source : Privilege, Power, and Difference

129. “It was around this time that I started thinking about how skin color defined class. The cowboy movies that fueled the goodness of ‘White’ reinforced attaching ‘darkness’ to a class. I finally took notice that the crayon color called ‘flesh’ did not match mine.”

Tags : Critical Thinking Inspirational Race Relations Social Justice
Author : Luis Quiros
Source : An Other's Mind

130. “One Saturday morning last May, I joined the presidential motorcade as it slipped out of the southern gate of the White House. A mostly white crowd had assembled. As the motorcade drove by, people cheered, held up their smartphones to record the procession, and waved American flags. To be within feet of the president seemed like the thrill of their lives. I was astounded. An old euphoria, which I could not immediately place, gathered up in me. And then I remembered, it was what I felt through much of 2008, as I watched Barack Obama’s star shoot across the political sky. I had never seen so many white people cheer on a black man who was neither an athlete nor an entertainer. And it seemed that they loved him for this, and I thought in those days, which now feel so long ago, that they might then love me, too, and love my wife, and love my child, and love us all in the manner that the God they so fervently cited had commanded.”

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131. “There are no clean victories for black people, nor, perhaps, for any people. The presidency of Barack Obama is no different. One can now say that an African American individual can rise to the same level as a white individual, and yet also say that the number of black individuals who actually qualify for that status will be small. One thinks of Serena Williams, whose dominance and stunning achievements can’t, in and of themselves, ensure equal access to tennis facilities for young black girls. The gate is open and yet so very far away.”

Tags : African Americans Barack Obama Blacks Equality Politics Potus Presidents Race Relations

132. “The election of Donald Trump confirmed everything I knew of my country and none of what I could accept. The idea that America would follow its first black president with Donald Trump accorded with its history. I was shocked at my own shock. I had wanted Obama to be right.I still want Obama to be right. I still would like to fold myself into the dream. This will not be possible.”

Tags : Barack Obama Donald Trump Elections Politics Potus Presidents Race Relations Racism

133. “I've always looked at America like a foster mother doing it only for the check. At any minute, I just knew she'd be ready to give up on me.”

Tags : America Black People Foster Family Hate Mother Motherhood Oppression Race Relations Racism White People

134. “We want to remember that America is at its best when it’s struggling to live up to its stated ideals.”

Tags : America Democracy Race Relations Racial Equality Racism United States United States Of America Us Usa
Author : Lonnie Bunch

135. “Evangelicalism, as perhaps the strongest Protestant religious movement in the United States, relies heavily on marketing principles for its strength and growth, often intentionally segmenting its market, targeting specific populations, and using homogeneity to its advantage to create religious meaning and belonging and dense ingroup social ties. Although this evangelical vigor can and is used to address racial division in unique ways, the movement also, by its heavy reliance on racially homogenous ingroups and the segmented market, ironically undercuts many of its own best efforts.”

Tags : Evangelicalism Race Relations Reconciliation
Source : Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

136. “Part of the irony of religion’s role is that in strengthening micro bonds between individuals, religion contributes to within-group homogeneity, heightens isolation from different groups, and reduces the opportunity for the formation of macro bonds—bonds between groups—that serve to integrate a society.”

Tags : Christian Smith Evangelicalism Faith Race Relations Reconciliation
Source : Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

137. “Because evangelicals view their primary task as evangelism and discipleship,1 they tend to avoid issues that hinder these activities. Thus, they are generally not counter-cultural. With some significant exceptions, they avoid “rocking the boat,” and live within the confines of the larger culture. At times they have been able to call for and realize social change, but most typically their influence has been limited to alterations at the margins. So, despite having the subcultural tools to call for radical changes in race relations, they most consistently call for changes in persons that leave the dominant social structures, institutions, and culture intact. This avoidance of boat-rocking unwittingly leads to granting power to larger economic and social forces. It also means that evangelicals’ views to a considerable extent conform to the socioeconomic conditions of their time.”

Tags : American Society Christian Smith Economic Forces Faith Race Relations Reconciliation Social Forces
Source : Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

138. “Og hvis han hamrede bogen ned i bordet, ville alle i rummet glo, og de ville ikke se andet end hans hudfarve og hans vrede, og så ville de tro, de vidste noget om ham, og det ville være det samme noget, som havde legitimeret at smide hans oldefar H i fængsel, men det ville også være anderledes, mindre åbenlyst, end det engang var.”

Tags : Danish History Race Relations Translated
Author : Yaa Gyasi
Source : Homegoing

139. “Does anyone in this room have it?""No, Chris, no one here has it.""How do you know?""Because the mark was dark skin. Negroes are the descendants of Cain."I didn't have my civil-rights sensibilities yet, but I was starting to get a bad feeling about God....”

Tags : Black People Cain Christianity God Race And Racism In America Race Relations Religion White People
Source : King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography

140. “The reason we life black people isn't because they're black. We like them because they're not as grey as we are.”

Tags : Black People Culture Identity Race Relations
Author : John Cage
Source : M: Writings '67-'72

141. “Take the side of truth, you'll be right every time.”

Tags : Love Race Relations Truth Unity
Source : Hosanna

142. “At home they thought of white people as a vague but powerful entity--like the forces that control the weather, that capable of destruction, that hidden from view.”

Tags : Race Race Relations
Author : Ayana Mathis
Source : The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

143. “Today even the attitude of the Southern whites toward the blacks is not, as so many assume, in all cases the same; the ignorant Southerner hates the Negro, the workingmen fear his competition, the money-makers wish to use him as a laborer, some of the educated see a menace in his upward development, while others—usually the sons of the masters—wish to help him to rise.”

Tags : Complexity Race Relations Racism
Source : The Souls of Black Folk

144. “Anyone intent on moral clarity might want to find another book and, in fact, might not want to go anywhere near the enduring chasm of race in the United States.”

Tags : Chasms Moral Clarity Race Relations United States
Source : Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story

145. “If you love your country, you must be willing to defend it from fraud, bigotry, and recklessness--even from a president.”

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146. “Fuck what you have heard or what you have seen in your son. He may lie about homework and laugh when the teacher calls home. He may curse his teacher, propose arson for the whole public system. But inside is the same sense that was in me. None of us ever want to fail. None of us want to be unworthy, to not measure up.”

Tags : Education Race Relations
Source : The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood

147. “Cities are a sum of its people. Multiculturalism strengthens the sum.”

Tags : Multiculturalism Race Relations
Source : The Sixth Extinction: Genesis: A New World Order

148. “We never asked for racism or white supremacy but rather Whites admit that we have always been another shade of humanity.”

Tags : Politics Race Relations Racial Discrimination
Source : The Promise of Being Black: The Conversation We Need to Have

149. “Not even God who made us all can kill everybody at once. He kills people one by one, and the more he kills the more people are gonna be born and grow up and go on being born and growing up and mixing, and no son-of-a-bitch is gonna stop 'em!”

Tags : Miscegenation Race Relations Sex
Author : Jorge Amado
Source : Tent of Miracles

150. “Don't Tase Me Bro!If I'm a cop, and I'm a brotha, and they let me have a taser? Sorry bro, I'm tasing you.”

Tags : Humor Race Relations
Author : Larry Wilmore
Source : I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts

151. “If we really want "Racial Harmony" in this country, it is time we start judging individuals by the standards of their behaviors and by the criteria of the law, not by the pigmentation of their skin or the past sins or struggles of their forefathers.”

Tags : Race Relations
Source : Liberian Son

152. “You and I have to rejoice that we have not to answer for our fathers’ crimes, neither shall we do right to charge them one to another. We can only regret it, and flee from it, and from henceforth, let peace and righteousness be written upon our hearts and hands forever.”

Tags : History Native American Race Relations
Author : William Apess
Source : Eulogy on King Philip

153. “If the white man has inflicted the wound of racism upon black men, the cost has been that he would receive the mirror image of that wound into himself. As the master, or as a member of the dominant race, he has felt little compulsion to acknowledge or speak of it; the more painful it has grown the more deeply he has hidden it within himself. But the wound is there, and is a profound disorder, as great a damage in his mind as it is in his society.”

Tags : Race Relations Racism
Author : Wendell Berry
Source : The Hidden Wound

154. “Well, you keep your place then, Nigger. I could get you strung upon a tree so easy it ain’t even funny.”

Tags : Race Relations
Source : Of Mice and Men

155. “There are no racists in America, or at least none that the people who need to be white know personally.”

Tags : America Race Race Relations Racism

156. “I no longer want to believe these problems are too complex for us to make sense of them.”

Tags : Feminism Race Relations Racism
Author : Roxane Gay
Source : Bad Feminist

157. “I was learning that just being a Negro doesn't qualify you to understand the race situation any more than being sick makes you an expert on medicine.”

Tags : Race Relations
Author : Dick Gregory

158. “She learned early on, in her adopted country, that race was an easy excuse to stop awkward explanations. People hesitated to probe into such a sensitive matter.”

Tags : Adopted Country Race Race Relations
Author : E. Journey
Source : Welcome, Reluctant Stranger

159. “Racism is pure ignorance. We are part of the same race. The human race”

Tags : Race And Racism In America Race Relations

160. “There remains a problem with race in America because of the church's failure to understand the issues from a biblical perspective." "Rather than being called into a different community by Scripture, we see our broken communities as justified by Scripture.""Rather than challenge the worldly status quo, religious groups perpetuate stereotypes, sectarianism, and schisms when accepting ethnic denominational identities- inverting Pentecost by reading in multiple languages unrecognized by listeners and offering separate worship services according to musical preference." "Ultimately, our aim is to draw attention to the biblical narrative from which comes to the strength for the long road of reconciliation.”

Tags : Race Race And Christianity Race And Theology Race Issues Race Relations Racial Justice
Author : Joy Moore

161. “…I was becoming acutely aware […] that Negroes rarely were allowed to be experts about themselves; others always knew more, wrote or said more, or at least what they said or wrote got around more and certainly was given more credence.”

Tags : Race Relations
Source : Click Song

162. “Rather than evoke our sympathy, our familiarity with the lives of the black poor has bred spasms of fear and outright contempt. But mostly it's bred indifference.”

Tags : Race Race Relations
Author : Barack Obama

163. “Tea" to the English is really picnic indoors. Plenty of sandwiches and cookies and of course hot tea. We all used the same cups and plates. (Walker 2000: 116)”

Tags : Race Relations
Author : Alice Walker
Source : The Color Purple

164. “Race is there. You're tire of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it.”

Tags : Race Race Relations
Author : Jon Stewart

165. “There appears to be a vast amount of confusion on this point, but I do not know many Negroes who are eager to be "accepted" by white people, still less to be loved by them; they, the blacks, simply don't wish to be beaten over the head by the whites every instant of our brief passage on this planet.”

Tags : Acceptance Race Relations
Author : James Baldwin
Source : The Fire Next Time

166. “There is nothing like race, is there?”

Tags : Race Race Relations
Author : Oscar Wilde
Source : An Ideal Husband

167. “Ask anyone concerned with race to fast, and take note of the response you receive.”

Tags : Fasting Race Race Relations

168. “My daughter is black and she has to know what it is like to be black. My daughter should know you, Aiken, but she should learn what it means to be black, and you cannot teach her that.”

Tags : Black Culture Race Relations
Source : Paris in April

169. “[T]he most difficult part of the fight is not taking aim at the enemy, but rejecting his definition of you.”

Tags : Race Relations
Author : Azar Nafisi
Source : The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books

170. “Many of my ex-girlfriends were habitual half-asian daters. These women considered half-asian men 'exotic,' 'sexy,' and 'just-like-Keanu Reeves-in-the-Matrix. I consider these stereotypes appropriate because I got laid.”

Tags : Humorous Quotes Race Relations Sex Appeal Sexy Humor
Author : Kip Fulbeck
Source : Part Asian, 100% Hapa

171. “But in the earlier hours, or so I have read, they still have got their daylight minds. It takes the midnight mind to do the black deed to the black man.”

Tags : Elizabeth Spencer Race Relations Racism
Source : The Voice at the Back Door

172. “Now, Benny was no eejit. He wasn't expecting the Tunisian nationals to be Irish. What he did expect was darkish people with Irishy personalities.That was not what he got.The Tunisians weren't interested in conforming to Benny's preconceptions. They stubbornly insisted on being themselves.”

Tags : Humor Race Relations
Author : Eoin Colfer
Source : Benny and Omar

173. “When the Kerner Commission told white America what black America has always known, that prejudice and hatred built the nation’s slums, maintains them and profits by them, white America could not believe it. But it is true. Unless we start to fight and defeat the enemies in our own country, poverty and racism, and make our talk of equality and opportunity ring true, we are exposed in the eyes of the world as hypocrites when we talk about making people free - (Chapter 9).”

Tags : Race Relations
Source : Unbought And Unbossed

174. “I mean, we’re talking about chocolate, for chrissake! Chocolate’s wonderful! Everyone loves it! Look at me, I’m part German! That makes me a kraut! Do you know what kraut is? It’s sauerkraut, men! Which means pickled cabbage! And no one likes that! And I’m okay with it! You can call me Kraut, for all that I care! I don’t give a god damn! Do you read me, men? Do you? ~ Roman Meister, manager of the San Carlos Coyotes, to three black ballplayers whom he has, cleverly he thinks, nicknamed "Dark Chocolate," "Milk Chocolate," and "Bitter Chocolate." From The Mighty Roman.”

Tags : Baseball Nicknames Race Relations
Author : Jon Sindell

175. “The relation between the white and black races in Africa in many ways resembles the relation between the two sexes.If the one of the two sexes were told that they did not play any greater part in the life of the other sex than this other sex plays within their own existence, they would be shocked and hurt.[…]If they (white people) had been told that they played no more important part in the lives of the Natives than the Natives played in their own lives, they would have been highly indignant and ill at ease.If you had told the Natives that they played no greater part in the life of the white people than the white people played in their lives, they would never have believed you, but would have laughed at you. Probably in Natives circles, stories are passing about, and being repeated, which prove the all-absorbing interest of the white people in the Kikuyu or Kavirondo, and their complete dependence upon them.”

Tags : Race Relations
Author : Karen Blixen
Source : Out of Africa

176. “Fo’ it be so clear to me now, with my family being black an white, that though we blacks have it very hard fo’ very long, we don’t own suffering. Abuse, slavery, injustice, an tribulation be part of human living. An if there be a question that be worth axing, rather than it be bout white or black, we might be wanting to ax how come it’s always us humans who be suffering an be mean to one another. We might want a be axing that instead. From: "Accidents of Birth Trilogy”

Tags : Happenstance Of Birth Love Race Relations Solving Human Problems

177. “It was clearly the Native American curse on the white man in action. After taking their land and converting everything that was holy and good into money, the white man became aged and foolish and then gambled all that money away at Native American casinos. The power of this magic was indisputable and in evidence all around me. Senior citizens chain smoked and dumped money into the machines, staring with eyes that only reacted to the prospect of making a buck from risk and self-destruction. Especially if this were enhanced by the notion of a fate that had their interests in mind in a way loosely connected to their Christian God who usually took their side in racial relations, if history were to be a judge.”

Tags : Casino Gambling Race Relations

178. “You're not a bad man or a stupid man, what you are is a white man.”

Tags : Race Relations
Source : This Is White Country

179. “It is a big deal to work with people who are different from you. And if you're white or of a higher class,no matter what race you are, you'll probably mess up. Maybe get yelled at. But there are worse things. Like keeping your dignity safe at home, while the world goes to hell.”

Tags : Diversity Inspiration Race Relations
Source : Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger

180. “Alone, we are great, but together, we are better.”

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