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1. “AFTER SCHOOL SPECIALDear Mr. Schneider,I attended your elementarySchool almost thirty years agoAnd I'm very sure thatYou will rememberMe.My name is Suzy.I'm that hyperactive girlFrom the Egyptian familyWho used to always play deadOn the playground duringRecess.You used to keep meAfter school a lot,And then my father wouldForce me to make the longWalk home in the cold or rain.Sometimes I would arriveAfter dark.I'm writing to tell youThat I was bored as a kid.I was bored by your curriculumAnd the way I was always taught aBunch of uselessJunk.I did not like being locked upIn a prison of scheduled timeLearning about irrelevant material,And watching belittling cartoons andShows approved by academia thatMade me even moreBored.As a kidWho was constantlyGrowing, evolving, andBeing shaped by all around me,I wanted to travel, See other kidsIn the world like me,To understand what was goingOn amongst us and around us,To know what we were here forAnd what was our real purposeFor existence.I have some questionsI would like to ask you, Mr. Schneider,Now that I know that you are noLonger a school principal,But the new superintendentOf the entire schoolDistrict.I want to knowWhy racism todayWas not clearly explained to meEven though we covered eventsThat happened long ago.I want to know why youNever shared with usWhy other countriesNever liked us,Why we are taught to compete,To be divided in teams,And why conformity is associatedWith popularity, whileEccentricity is consideredUndesirable?I want to knowWhy my cafeteria lunchesWere slammed packedWith bottom-tierProcessed junk foodOnly suitableFor pigs?And why is itThat whenever a bullySlammed a kid into a locker forHis lunch money,Nobody explained to usThat egotism, selfishness and greedWere the seeds ofWar?I want to knowWhy we were never taughtTo stick up for each other,To love one another, and thatSegregation sorted by theOccupations of our fathers,The neighborhoods we lived in, our houses,Choices of sport, wealth, clothing,Color of our skinAnd the texture of our hairShould never, everDivide us?And lastly,I want to know whyIs it that whenever I pledgedAllegiance to the flag,I was never told that I wasActually hailing to theChief?You used to say thatI was a troubled child,A misfit, and that I neededObedience training,But you never acknowledged thatI was the fastest runner in the districtAnd that I took the schoolTo State and Nationals to competeIn the Spelling Bee among kidsGrades higher than me.And that it was me,Who won that big trophyThat sat in your office when youUsed to detain me for hoursAnd tell me I was noGood.Mr. Schneider,If we are not taught truths as kids,Then how do you expect us toGrow up to be truthful citizens?If we are only being taught the written way,And it has not shown positive effectsIn societies of yesterday or today,Then how can we progress as aUnited and compassionateNation?What good is it, To memorize the histories Of our forefathers,Without learning what could beGained from their lessons and mistakesTo improve our future Tomorrows?And finally,I want to thank you;For I know you have a tough jobDealing with rebellious children like me.Your job of mass processing and boxingThe young minds of America has not been an easy one,And I congratulate you On your recent promotion.But I sincerely want to thank you,Thank you,And thank you,For always pointing outThat I wasDifferent.”

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Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

2. “A NATION'S GREATNESS DEPENDS ON ITS LEADERTo vastly improve your country and truly make it great again, start by choosing a better leader. Do not let the media or the establishment make you pick from the people they choose, but instead choose from those they do not pick. Pick a leader from among the people who is heart-driven, one who identifies with the common man on the street and understands what the country needs on every level. Do not pick a leader who is only money-driven and does not understand or identify with the common man, but only what corporations need on every level.Pick a peacemaker. One who unites, not divides. A cultured leader who supports the arts and true freedom of speech, not censorship. Pick a leader who will not only bail out banks and airlines, but also families from losing their homes -- or jobs due to their companies moving to other countries. Pick a leader who will fund schools, not limit spending on education and allow libraries to close. Pick a leader who chooses diplomacy over war. An honest broker in foreign relations. A leader with integrity, one who says what they mean, keeps their word and does not lie to their people. Pick a leader who is strong and confident, yet humble. Intelligent, but not sly. A leader who encourages diversity, not racism. One who understands the needs of the farmer, the teacher, the doctor, and the environmentalist -- not only the banker, the oil tycoon, the weapons developer, or the insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyist.Pick a leader who will keep jobs in your country by offering companies incentives to hire only within their borders, not one who allows corporations to outsource jobs for cheaper labor when there is a national employment crisis. Choose a leader who will invest in building bridges, not walls. Books, not weapons. Morality, not corruption. Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance. Stability, not fear and terror. Peace, not chaos. Love, not hate. Convergence, not segregation. Tolerance, not discrimination. Fairness, not hypocrisy. Substance, not superficiality. Character, not immaturity. Transparency, not secrecy. Justice, not lawlessness. Environmental improvement and preservation, not destruction. Truth, not lies.Most importantly, a great leader must serve the best interests of the people first, not those of multinational corporations. Human life should never be sacrificed for monetary profit. There are no exceptions. In addition, a leader should always be open to criticism, not silencing dissent. Any leader who does not tolerate criticism from the public is afraid of their dirty hands to be revealed under heavy light. And such a leader is dangerous, because they only feel secure in the darkness. Only a leader who is free from corruption welcomes scrutiny; for scrutiny allows a good leader to be an even greater leader.And lastly, pick a leader who will make their citizens proud. One who will stir the hearts of the people, so that the sons and daughters of a given nation strive to emulate their leader's greatness. Only then will a nation be truly great, when a leader inspires and produces citizens worthy of becoming future leaders, honorable decision makers and peacemakers. And in these times, a great leader must be extremely brave. Their leadership must be steered only by their conscience, not a bribe.”

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Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

3. “You cannot be afraid to speak up and speak out for what you believe. You have to have courage, raw courage.”

Tags : Bloody Sunday Civil Rights Movement Community Action Congress Congressman Freedom Summer Jim Crow Nonviolence Segregation Selma Voting Rights
Author : John Lewis

4. “Choose a leader who will invest in building bridges, not walls. Books, not weapons. Morality, not corruption. Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance. Stability, not fear and terror. Peace, not chaos. Love, not hate. Convergence, not segregation. Tolerance, not discrimination. Fairness, not hypocrisy. Substance, not superficiality. Character, not immaturity. Transparency, not secrecy. Justice, not lawlessness. Environmental improvement and preservation, not destruction. Truth, not lies.”

Tags : Administration Censorship Corrupt Discrimination Dissent Division Fair Funding Good Leader Government Guide Honest Broker Human Condition Monetary Profit Money Driven Peacemaker Public Selecting Street
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

5. “Fiction has been maligned for centuries as being "false," "untrue," yet good fiction provides more truth about the world, about life, and even about the reader, than can be found in non-fiction.”

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6. “When they reached their ship, Ed gazed out at the bay. It was black. The sky was black, but the bay was even blacker. It was a slick, oily blackness that glowed and reflected the moonlight like a black jewel. Ed saw the tiny specks of light around the edges of the bay where he knew ships must be docked, and at different points within the bay where vessels would be anchored. The lights were pale and sickly yellow when compared with the bright blue-white sparkle of the stars overhead, but the stars glinted hard as diamonds, cold as ice. Pg. 26.”

Tags : 1950S Adolescent Angst Adventure Cuba Deep South Havana High Seas Homophobia Love Navy Old Days Political Intrigue Prostitution Racism Rite Of Passage Savannah Segregation Sex Sexism Ships Short Stories Short Story Collection Stories Unrequited Love
Source : Once Upon a Decade: Tales of the Fifties

7. “To become a true global citizen, one must abandon all notions of 'otherness' and instead embrace 'togetherness'. The world is no longer white, black, yellow and brown. Through love, tribes have been intermixing colors to reveal a new rainbow world. And as more time passes, this racial and cultural blending will make it harder for humans to side with one race, nation or religion over another. Therefore, practical wisdom should be used to abandon any cultural, social, religious, tribal, and national beliefs of alterity altogether. This is the only way mankind will truly evolve. Segregation is a word of the past. Unity is the key to a peaceful future.”

Tags : Alterity Betterment Differences Different Embrace Evolution Evolve Global Globe Human Human Race Humanism Humanity Ideology Intercultural Life Nationalism Otherness Peace Progress Racism Segregation Social Change Together Tribal Unity Woirld World Worldly
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

8. “To become a true global citizen, one must abandon all notions of 'otherness' and instead embrace 'togetherness'.”

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Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

9. “While stationed in Fort Jackson, I experienced racial prejudice for the first time and came to the understanding that humans are not born with prejudice, but learn prejudice. Back home in South Dakota, I only knew one black American. The Scandinavians in my community treated him just like any other Swede; my family considered him a friend. My parents taught me, and I believed that all men are equal because God created all men in His image.One day during a week end furlough, I boarded a crowded city bus. As I walked down the aisle, I looked for an open seat. Looking towards the rear of the bus, I noticed three huge, young black men sitting on a bench in the back. I decided to squeeze onto the bench with them. As I sat down, a woman said in a very loud voice, "What is that white soldier doing in our part of the bus?"Neither my life experiences nor my education prepared me for what I experienced walking the streets of Fort Jackson. I saw water fountains for whites only, barbershops for blacks only, and separation for most aspects of Southern living. I discovered that the feelings of prejudice ran deeply amongst many of the people that we encountered. In fact, the blacks even trained separately from the whites during our military preparation, even though we all worked towards defending the United States of America.”

Tags : American Soldiers Black Americans Black Soldiers Bus Segregation Fort Jackson Racial Prejudice Racial Segregation Racism Racism In The West Segregation South Dakota White Americans World War Ii
Source : Prisoner of War Number 21860: The World War II Memoirs of Oliver Omanson

10. “Unwed white girls who became pregnant in the postwar years were considered psychologically disturbed but treatable, whereas their black counterparts were presumed to be biologically hypersexual and deviant. Historian Rickie Solinger demonstrates that in the 1950s an unwed white girl who became pregnant could go to a maternity home before her pregnancy showed, deliver the baby and give it up for adoption, and return home to her community with no one the wiser. (White parents concocted stories of their daughters being given the opportunity to study for a semester with relatives.) She could then resume the role of the "nice" girl.Unwed pregnant black girls, on the other hand, were barred from maternity homes; they were threatened with jail or termination of welfare; and they were accused of using their sexuality in order to be eligible for larger welfare checks. Politicians regarded unwed pregnant black girls as a societal problem, declaring--as they continue to declare today--that they did not want taxpayers to support black illegitimate babies, and sought to control black female sexuality through sterilization legislation.”

Tags : Discrimination Double Standard History Politics Racism Segregation Sexuality Sterilization Welfare
Source : Slut!: Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation

11. “Choose a leader who will invest in building bridges, not walls. Books, not weapons. Morality, not corruption. Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance. Stability, not fear and terror. Peace, not chaos. Love, not hate. Convergence, not segregation. Tolerance, not discrimination. Fairness, not hypocrisy. Substance, not superficiality. Character, not immaturity. Transparency, not secrecy. Justice, not lawlessness. Environmental improvement and preservation, not destruction. Truth, not lies.Stop the censorship and government bullying of Suzy Kassem.”

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Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

12. “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”

Tags : Justice Love Segregation

13. “There’s only one way America’s neighborhoods will begin to integrate: people have to want it more than vested public and corporate interests are opposed to it. And more people should want it. Mixed-race, mixed-income housing is a product we need to market. It’s the only real solution to segregated schools, for one. (140)”

Tags : Community Development Education Equity Housing Neighborhoods Policy Public Segregation Social Policy Status White Flight
Author : Tanner Colby
Source : Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America

14. “Crossing a single street transformed the way people talked, determined the size and condition of the homes, the dimension and character of the dreams.”

Tags : Ethnicity Neighborhoods Segregation
Source : The Underground Railroad

15. “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

16. “Ignoring the evils of our history will only cause them to reoccur.”

Tags : Evil History History Politics Learning From History Segregation Truth

17. “Pick a leader who will make their citizens proud. One who will stir the hearts of the people, so that the sons and daughters of a given nation strive to emulate their leader's greatness. Only then will a nation be truly great, when a leader inspires and produces citizens worthy of becoming future leaders, honorable decision makers and peacemakers. And in these times, a great leader must be extremely brave. Their leadership must be steered only by their conscience, not a bribe.”

Tags : Censor Confident Corporations Education Election Fair Farmer Great Nation Greatness Hearts Honest Broker Honorable Immaturity Indentifies Justice Law Leadership Man On The Street Peacemaker Pharma Pharmaceutical Presidential Racism Security Uniting Vote Voting Walls
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

18. “I am usually able to tolerate all kinds of victims of indoctrination except those who have been infected with xenophobia, racism, or homophobia.”

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19. “In the twenty-first century, the visions of J.C. Nichols and Walt Disney have come full circle and joined. “Neighborhoods” are increasingly “developments,” corporate theme parks. But corporations aren’t interested in the messy ebb and flow of humanity. They want stability and predictable rates of return. And although racial discrimination is no longer a stated policy for real estate brokers and developers, racial and social homogeneity are still firmly embedded in America’s collective idea of stability; that’s what our new landlords are thinking even if they are not saying it. (138)”

Tags : Community Cross Racial Diversity Friendships Gated Communities Gentrification Housing Discrimination Integration Inter Class Inter Racial Public Policy Real Estate Segregation Social Policy Theme Parks Urban Life Urban Renewal Walt Disney
Author : Tanner Colby
Source : Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America

20. “There's no evidence from decades of Pew Research surveys that public opinion, in the aggregate, is more extreme now than in the past. But what has changed -- and pretty dramatically -- is the growing tendency of people to sort themselves into political parties based on their ideological differences.”

Tags : American Culture American Politics Americans Categorization Changing Times Current Affairs Current Events Factionalism Factions Ideologies Ideologues Ideology News Partisans Partisanship Polarization Politics Public Opinion Public Policy Research Segregation Self Segregation U S Politics Voter Behavior Voting
Source : The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown

21. “Segregation in the American South was bankrolled by the wealthy eugenicist from the Northeast, Wickliffe Draper.”

Tags : American South Civil Rights Civil Rights Act Civil Rights Movement Eugenicist Eugenics Harvard Race Hygiene Racial Racial Discrimination Racism Scientific Racism Segregation
Author : A.E. Samaan
Source : H.H. Laughlin: American Scientist, American Progressive, Nazi Collaborator

22. “They hate you not because of what you have done but because of who you are; you are different from who they are, and you are occupying the ground they want for themselves.”

Tags : Hate Hate Crimes Hate Quotes Haters Quote Racism Racism And Culture Racism In America Racism Quote Racism Quotes Segregation
Source : Pearls Of Eternity

23. “Segmentation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people.”

Tags : Racism Racism In America Segregation

24. “There's only one difference between slaughter and laughter and that's an s. It's all two sides of one thing and you got to make sure you're on the laughing side.”

Tags : Exploitation Killing Laughing Predation Segregation Taking Advantage
Author : Ana Salote
Source : Oy Yew

25. “People nowadays talk about the world's problems like they're reading lines off a teleprompter. They recite what they're told and echo it without thinking. It has become easier to divide people than to unify them, and to blind them than to give them vision. We are no longer unified like a bowl of Cheerios. Instead, we have become as segregated as a box of Lucky Charms. Every day we see the same leprechauns on TV acting like they're the experts of everything.”

Tags : Blind Cheerios Distract Divided Division Echo Experts Faith Followers Journalism Liars Media Memorize Mislead Politics Recite Segragation Segregation Teleprompter Think Thinking Unified United Unity
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

26. “Eugenics is not just a tool of totalitarianism. Eugenics, as it was conceived, could not be anything but totalitarian as it desired to control all aspects of society. Hitler’s “National Socialist” (Nationalsozialist) form of government was amongst the first to put the full force of its government to conduct compulsory health initiatives. It is by no coincidence that the Dachau concentration camp used its slave-labor to run the largest organic produce farm of the era.”

Tags : Adolf Hitler Breeding Eugenicist Eugenics Government Regulations Harry H Laughlin Heredity Hitler Holocaust History National Socialism Nazi Nazism Pseudo Science Race Hygiene Racist Scientific Racism Segregation Sterilization Totalitarian Totalitarianism Wwii Wwii History
Author : A.E. Samaan
Source : H.H. Laughlin: American Scientist, American Progressive, Nazi Collaborator

27. “Today's college students demand a self-segregating "safe space". Rosa Parks spinning in her grave.”

Tags : Academia American Universities American Youth Millennials Safe Space Segregation Self Segregation Spoiled Brats Whining
Author : A.E. Samaan

28. “All good people agree, And all good people say,All nice people, like Us, are We And every one else is They:But if you cross over the sea, Instead of over the way,You may end by (think of it!) looking on We As only a sort of They!”

Tags : Openmindedness Segregation They Travel We Xenophobia
Source : Debits And Credits

29. “Music itself was color-blind but the media and the radio stations segregate it based on their perceptions of the artists.”

Tags : Media Music Segregation
Source : Scar Tissue

30. “So when we looked at de picture and everybody got pointed out there wasn’t nobody left except a real dark little girl with long hair standing by Eleanor. Dat’s where Ah wuz’s s’posed to be, but Ah couldn’t recognize dat dark chile as me. So ah ast, ‘where is me? Ah don’t see me.’… ‘Aw, aw! Ah’m colored!’Den dey all laughed real hard. But before Ah seen de picture Ah thought Ah wuz just like the rest.”

Tags : Black Segregation
Source : Their Eyes Were Watching God

31. “Segregation is a word of the past. Unity is the key to a peaceful future.”

Tags : Division Future Global Citizen Global Village Human Humanity Indifference Nationalism Peace Peace Making Peacem Humanism Politics Race Racism Segregation Society United Unity World Citizen World Citizenship
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

32. “Anyone who looked more white folkish than herself was better than she was in her criteria, therefore it was right that they should be cruel to her at times, just as she was cruel to those more negroid than herself in direct ratio to their negroness…Like the pecking order in a chicken yard… Once having set up her idols and built altars to them it was inevitable that she would worship there.”

Tags : Segregation
Source : Their Eyes Were Watching God

33. “For several years, while I searched for, found, and studied black women writers, I deliberately shut O'Connor out, feeling almost ashamed that she had reached me first. And yet, even when I no longer read her, I missed her, and realized that though the rest of America might not mind, having endured it so long, I would never be satisfied with a segregated literature. I would have to read Zora Hurston and Flannery O'Connor, Nella Larsen and Carson McCullers, Jean Toomer and William Faulkner, before I could begin to feel well read at all.”

Tags : Literature Perspective Reading Segregation Well Read
Author : Alice Walker
Source : In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose

34. “Racism is a disease of white people”

Tags : Albert Einstein Civil Rights Movement Famous Racism Segregation

35. “Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless?”

Tags : Segregation
Source : Jane Eyre

36. “I do not think I was a hothead—not then and not now. I thought I was right. I had read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bible. Segregation seemed evil from the time I was a boy. Slavery is an abomination on the American soul, ineradicable stain on our body politic. But Penn Center lit a fire that has never gone out, and the election of President Barack Obama was one of the happiest days of my life.”

Tags : Barack Obama Civil Rights Pat Conroy Segregation Slavery
Author : Pat Conroy
Source : A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life

37. “Public education is not broken. It is not failing or declining. The diagnosis is wrong, and the solutions of the corporate reformers are wrong. Our urban schools are in trouble because of concentrated poverty and racial segregation. But public education is not ‘broken.’ Public education is in a crisis only so far as society is and only so far as this new narrative of crisis has destabilized it.”

Tags : Broken Corporate Greed Corporations Education Poverty Public Education Racism Segregation Wrong
Author : Diane Ravitch
Source : Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools

38. “Having the liberty to have freedom of choice is the greatest thing that each and everyone of us has because that makes us who we are. Do not however use this as an excuse to discriminate, segregate and stereotype mass amounts of people on the basis of a small group of individuals who have either the power or the spotlight to do bad things”

Tags : Bad Discrimination Freedom Of Choice Good Liberty Life Politics Racism Segregation Sexism Stereotypes

39. “Across the street at the New Orleans headquarters of the Lighthouse for the Blind—a two-story building attached to a four-story stucco lighthouse—another Christmas party was under way, and Wright watched as the sightless guests arrived. Then, before his eyes, a curious scene unfolded. As they were greeted by their hosts, the blind whites were escorted to a large room at the front of the house, whereas the blind Negroes were taken to the rear, where they stayed. Separated. Transfixed, Wright had to look twice before it dawned on him: 'They couldn’t see to segregate themselves”

Tags : Blind Blindness Segregation
Author : Gilbert King
Source : The Execution of Willie Francis: Race, Murder, and the Search for Justice in the American South

40. “In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

Tags : 1963 Racism Segregation

41. “[O]ur revolt was as much against the traditional black leadership structure as it was against segregation and discrimination.”

Tags : Black Civil Rights Civil Rights Movement Discrimination Revolt Revolution Segregation Traditional
Author : John Lewis
Source : March: Book One

42. “I consider myself an American African because we did not come by choice.”

Tags : African Americans America Black People Civil Rights Racism Segregation Slavery

43. “We did not hesitate to call our movement an army. But it was a special army, with no supplies but its sincerity, no uniform but its determination, no arsenal except its faith, no currency but its conscience.”

Tags : Army Civil Rights Civil Rights Movement Conscience Hatred Nonviolence Peace Protest Racism Racism In America Resistance Segregation
Source : Why We Can't Wait

44. “The words 'bad timing' came to be ghosts haunting our every move in Birmingham. Yet people who used this argument were ignorant of the background of our planning...they did not realize that it was ridiculous to speak of timing when the clock of history showed that the Negro had already suffered one hundred years of delay.”

Tags : Civil Rights Civil Rights Movement History Martin Luther King Jr Racism Racism In America Segregation Timing
Source : Why We Can't Wait

45. “People believe what they want to believe. Even if it isn’t true.”

Tags : 1960S American History Beliefs Civil Rights Civil Rights Movement Julian Houston New Boy People Segregation The 1950S Truth
Source : New Boy

46. “The relevant question is not whether back then a few extraordinary individuals could overcome a system strongly weighted against them or whether today an admittedly far greater number requiring far less talent can succeed. The real question is whether it's harder for the people in this audience to succeed be they extraordinary, average, or below average. If it is, and I think it obvious that it is, then that's untenable in a country that purports to provide equal opportunity for all. Now of course you'll dispute my claim that it is more difficult to succeed for them. You say the battle's over. I say not only is it not over but you yourself are stationed on the frontline of the battle and have been all these years. This room and the criminal justice system as a whole is the frontline. This is where modern-day segregation lives on.”

Tags : Acheivment Colorblind Racism Courts Criminal Justice Law Prison Racism Segregation
Source : A Naked Singularity

47. “I would warn any minority student today against the temptations of self-segregation: take support and comfort from your own group as you can, but don’t hide within it.”

Tags : Comfort Minorities Segregation Support
Source : My Beloved World

48. “Research experts want to know what can be done about the values of poor segregated children; and this is a question that needs asking. But they do not ask what can be done about the values of the people who have segregated these communities. There is no academic study of the pathological detachment of the very rich...”

Tags : Educational System Poverty Wealth School Reform Segregation
Source : Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools

49. “$1,200, That was the price of a man in those days. Now you can call him black, or you can call him a slave, but he was a man nonetheless.”

Tags : American History Black History Segregation
Author : Jay Grewal
Source : A Slave to Want

50. “With wrong people, there has to be a choice, to stay with them and go down with them or reject them and suffer alone.”

Tags : Discrimination Rejection Segregation Suffering Life
Author : Auliq Ice

51. “Our teens are embedded in a culture driven by competition and perfectionism, where success is defined by status, performance and their appearance.”

Tags : Competition Discrimination Jobs Perfectionism Performance Racism Segregation
Author : Auliq Ice

52. “Because the drug war has been waged almost exclusively in poor communities of color, when drug offenders are released, they are generally returned to racially segregated ghetto communities--the places they call home. In many cities, the re-entry phenomenon is highly concentrated in a small number of neighborhoods. According to one study, during a twelve-year period, the number of prisoners returning home to "core counties"--those counties that contain the inner city of a metropolitan area--tripled. The effects are felt throughout the United States. In interviews with one hundred residents of two Tallahassee, Florida communities, researchers found that nearly every one of them had experienced or expected to experience the return of a family member from prison. Similarly, a survey of families living in the Robert Taylor Homes in Chicago found that the majority of residents either had a family member in prison or expected one to return from prison within the next two years. Fully 70 percent of men between the ages of eighteen and forty-five in the impoverished and overwhelmingly black North Lawndale neighborhood on Chicago's West Side are ex-offenders, saddled for life with a criminal record. The majority (60 percent) were incarcerated for drug offenses. These neighborhoods are a minefield for parolees, for a standard condition of parole is a promise not to associate with felons. As Paula Wolff, a senior executive at Chicago Metropolis 2020 observes, in these ghetto neighborhoods, "It is hard for a parolee to walk to the corner store to get a carton of milk without being subject to a parole violation.”

Tags : Jim Crow Mass Incarceration Prison Segregation Social Justice
Source : The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

53. “[Solitary confinement] is terrible. That is terrible. You're in a grave. You can't do anything. Everything's brought to you and you're in a room all day, except to come out of the showers. So when I would come out, I would entertain myself by singing, doing little mock concerts. And then when I was in the room, I would develop a routine. Like I have a lot of hair under here, so I would take my hair down and take all day to braid it on purpose. Stretch the hours out. Then I might write. And I would clean the floor. And I would look out the window. And then I'd devote a whole day to just reading. I was Christian then, trying to be. So I would read the whole Bible. I would break it down into sections. You're in a grave and you're trying to live. That's how to best describe it: trying to live in a grave. You're trying to live 'cause you're not dead yet, but nobody hears you when you call out, 'Hey, I'm alive!”

Tags : Incarcerated Women Prison Sanity Segregation Solitary Confinement Staying Sane Women In Prison
Author : Megan Sweeney
Source : The Story Within Us: Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading

54. “Perhaps I can't escape the image that others have created for me, but if I don't try, I will never know if I can or not.”

Tags : Creation Image Julian Houston Know New Boy Segregation Try
Source : New Boy

55. “Segregation has it all wrong. We should be protected from the people who will leave us in the end, from all the people who will disappear or forget us.”

Tags : Love Protection Segregation
Author : Lauren Oliver
Source : Delirium

56. “one wonders how much real conversation there is when one party does not, in many districts, have to contend for the votes of minorities, and the other can only elevate minorities into positions of power when the political wind is blowing in its direction.”

Tags : Conversation Segregation

57. “The idea of voluntary segregation went against every value I had been taught. What did being born black have to do with excellence?”

Tags : Segregation
Source : Bad Boy: A Memoir

58. “In a world where it means so much to take a man by the hand and sit beside him, to look frankly into his eyes and feel his heart beating with red blood; in a world where a social cigar or a cup of tea together means more than legislative halls and magazine articles and speeches,—one can imagine the consequences of the almost utter absence of such social amenities between estranged races, whose separation extends even to parks and streetcars.”

Tags : Humanity Segregation Understanding
Source : The Souls of Black Folk