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Famous Quotes About Racism

Famous Quotes About

Racism

 

 

Collected by Ron Grisham

 

 

 

 

 

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Table of Contents

 

What is Racism?

Growing Up With Racism

Racism is Taught

Racism Today

Racism and White People

Institutionalized Racism

Racism and Nationalism

Racism and Money

Racism and Comedy

Overcoming Racism

 

 

 

WHAT IS RACISM?

 

“We have made enormous progress in teaching everyone that racism is bad. Where we seem to have dropped the ball… is in teaching people what racism actually IS.”

-Jon Stewart

 

“When we think of racism we think of Governor Wallace of Alabama blocking the schoolhouse door; we think of water hoses, lynchings, racial epithets, and “whites only” signs. These images make it easy to forget that many wonderful, goodhearted white people who were generous to others, respectful of their neighbors, and even kind to their black maids, gardeners, or shoe shiners – and wished them well – nevertheless went to the polls and voted for racial segregation… Our understanding of racism is therefore shaped by the most extreme expressions of individual bigotry, not by the way in which it functions naturally, almost invisibly (and sometimes with genuinely benign intent), when it is embedded in the structure of a social system.”

-Michelle Alexander

 

“We have learned to see racism in the spittle-laced epithets of the angry bigot. We must also learn to see racism in the coded racial entreaties promoted by calculating demagogues.”

-Ian Haney López

 

“Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes.”

-Ayn Rand

 

“Racist thought and action says far more about the person they come from than the person they are directed at.”

-Chris Crutcher

 

“Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and to destroy. It is the enemy of freedom, and deserves to be met head-on and stamped out.”

-Pierre Berton

 

“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”

-Muhammad Ali

 

“White people now tan to get darker; and black people wear their hair like white people. We are all confused. Deep down we admire each other, but we don’t accept it. The silly thing is that the color of one’s skin is simply evolution’s answer for dealing with different rates of exposure to the sun. How ignorant is it then to judge a person on that?”

-Manasa Rao Saarloos

 

“Weakness is what brings ignorance, cheapness, racism, homophobia, desperation, cruelty, brutality, all these things that will keep a society chained to the ground, one foot nailed to the floor.”

-Henry Rollins

 

“War, hate, jealousy, racism – what are they but manifestations of fear?”

-F. Paul Wilson, Reprisal

 

“I always looked upon the acts of racist exclusion, or insult, as pitiable, for the other person. I never absorbed that. I always thought that there was something deficient about such people.”

-Toni Morrison

 

“Racism is a sign of ignorance, in my opinion. It’s people who haven’t been anywhere, haven’t seen the world.”

-Tyson Fury

 

“If he were allowed contact with foreigners he would discover that they are creatures similar to himself and that most of what he has been told about them is lies. The sealed world in which he lives would be broken, and the fear, hatred, and self-righteousness on which his morale depends might evaporate. It is therefore realized on all sides that however often Persia, or Egypt, or Java, or Ceylon may change hands, the main frontiers must never be crossed by anything except bombs.”

-George Orwell

 

“Racism springs from the lie that certain human beings are less than fully human. It’s a self-centered falsehood that corrupts our minds into believing we are right to treat others as we would not want to be treated.”

-Alveda King

 

“Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood. This sets the stage for further repression and violence that spread all too easily to victimize the next minority group.”

-Coretta Scott King

 

“The horror of class stratification, racism, and prejudice is that some people begin to believe that the security of their families and communities depends on the oppression of others, that for some to have good lives there must be others whose lives are truncated and brutal.”

-Dorothy Allison

 

“Racism oppresses its victims, but also binds the oppressors, who sear their consciences with more and more lies until they become prisoners of those lies. They cannot face the truth of human equality because it reveals the horror of the injustices they commit.”

-Alveda King

 

“What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition.”

-Christopher Hitchens

 

“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.”

-Kofi Annan

GROWING UP WITH RACISM

 

“The worst moment in my life was when I was seven years old and I discovered that there was a thing such as racism. You don’t know you’re different until someone lets you know.”

-Sanjeev Bhaskar

 

“As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it – whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.”

-Harper Lee

 

“I come from a family of Mississippi sharecroppers just a few generations away from slavery, and I experienced a lot of racism growing up – you can’t avoid that if you’re a person of color in this country.”

-Carrie Mae Weems

 

“I didn’t run into racism until we moved to Nassau when I was ten and a half, but it was vastly different from the kind of horrendous oppression that black people in Miami were under when I moved there at 15. I found Florida an antihuman place.”

-Sidney Poitier

 

“I found there’s a fairly blatant racism in America that’s already there, and I don’t think I noticed it when I lived here as a kid. But when I went back to South Africa, and then it’s sort of thrust in your face, and then came back here – I just see it everywhere.”

-Dave Matthews

 

“I couldn’t adjust to the racism in Florida. It was so blatant… I had never been so described as Florida described me.”

-Sidney Poitier

 

“Even when I encountered racism outside Salmon Creek, it usually rolled off me. The worst of it often came from rednecks whipping past in rusted pickups. I looked at them and I looked at me – class leader, track star, straight-A student – and their slurs about dirty Indians and drunk Indians and dumb Indians were laughable.

Mom says crap like that comes from people who’ve accomplished so little in life that they feel the need to lift themselves above someone, anyone. So they pick skin color or religion or sexual orientation and say, “Well, I might not be much, but at least I´m not a …” I´d look at those guys, and see the truth of her words.”

-Kelley Armstrong

 

“I love Canadians because I don’t see very much racism in Canada.”

-Patti LaBelle

 

“We are never racist against somebody who is very far away. I don’t know any racism against the Eskimos. To have a racist feeling, there must be an other who is slightly different from us – but is living close to us.”

-Umberto Eco

 

“The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same time she is caught in the tripartite crossfire of masculine prejudice, white illogical hate and Black lack of power.

The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors and deserves respect if not enthusiastic admiration.”

-Maya Angelou

 

 

 

 

 

RACISM IS TAUGHT

 

“Racism is taught in our society… it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics.”

-Alex Haley

 

“Racism isn’t born, folks. It’s taught. I have a 2-year-old son. Know what he hates? Naps. End of list.”

-Denis Leary

 

“Parents and schools should place great emphasis on the idea that it is all right to be different. Racism and all the other ‘isms’ grow from primitive tribalism, the instinctive hostility against those of another tribe, race, religion, nationality, class or whatever. You are a lucky child if your parents taught you to accept diversity.”

-Roger Ebert

 

“Racism is taught in the home. We agree on that? Well, it’s very hard to teach racism to a teenager who’s listening to rap music and who idolizes, say, Snoop Dogg. It’s hard to say, ‘That guy is less than you.’ The kid is like, ‘I like that guy, he’s cool. How is he less than me?”

-Jay-Z

 

“Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.”

-Eminem

 

“To me, racism is so played out and corny and stupid, especially in music, where you now have Nelly doing songs with Tim McGraw, on the hit single ‘Over and Over.’ Anyone who thinks about that just needs to get a life.”

-Clinton Sparks

RACISM TODAY

 

“While the old spiritual ‘Slavery Chain Done Broke at Last’ was sung by blacks in the hours following the Appomattox surrender, racism sadly continues to be a crippling national scourge.”

-Douglas Brinkley

 

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

-Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“By the 1960s, many of us believed that the Civil Rights Movement could eliminate racism in America during our lifetime. But despite significant progress, racism remains.”

-Bill Cosby

 

“Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.”

-Rosa Parks

 

“Racism didn’t magically go away just because we refuse to talk about it. Rather, overt racial language is replaced by covert racial euphemisms that reference the same phenomena-talk of “niggers” and “ghettos” becomes replaced by phrases such as “urban,” “welfare mothers,” and “street crime.” Everyone knows what these terms mean, and if they don’t, they quickly figure it out.”

-Patricia Hill Collins

 

“The really important victory of the civil rights movement was that it made racism unpopular, whereas a generation ago at the turn of the last century, you had to embrace racism to get elected to anything.”

-Carol Moseley Braun

 

“Growing up in the segregated South, it was a very painful experience for me to live through the open racism of the time.”

-Cybill Shepherd

 

“It was as if whites didn’t know they were being cruel in the first place. Or at least thought you deserved of their scorn.”

-Barack Obama

 

“I remember sitting there on my father’s couch or my mother’s couch, listening to this lecture about how there were two groups and we had to be separated. We’ve come a long way from this kind of open racism. And I think it’s wonderful.”

-James Heckman

 

“The fact that hardly anyone is ever prepared to admit to racist behaviour is perhaps a sort of strength: it speaks to the fact that racism is socially inadmissible.”

-Martin Jacques

 

“The sad truth about bigotry is that most bigots either don’t realize that they are bigots, or they convince themselves that their bigotry is perfectly justified.”

-Wayne Gerard Trotman

 

“Slavery, racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry, subordination, and human rights abuse transform and adapt with the times.”

-John Prendergast

 

“Racism is an effect of slavery, not the other way around. Once slavery was abolished, not only did racism not disappear, neither did the economic system it upheld.”

-Sarah Churchwell

 

“As I often say, we have come a long way from the days of slavery, but in 2014, discrimination and inequality still saturate our society in modern ways. Though racism may be less blatant now in many cases, its existence is undeniable.”

-Al Sharpton

 

“People know about the Klan and the overt racism, but the killing of one’s soul little by little, day after day, is a lot worse than someone coming in your house and lynching you.”

-Samuel L. Jackson

 

“Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it’s perhaps far more terrible than it’s ever been.”

-Angela Davis

 

“Every now and then I’m in a situation where someone doesn’t recognize me, and I experience racism. Things like not being buzzed into a store or sitting in first class on a plane and having someone ask to see my ticket four times.”

-Chris Rock

 

“A kind of racism still exists in the United States, and Islamophobia is a more convenient way to express that sentiment. There has also been an attempt to paint Muslims as enemies of the United States.”

-Feisal Abdul Rauf

 

“Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

 

“No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them.”

-Elie Wiesel

 

“The Internet has provided small communities for racism online, and people feel free to do it. Ultimately, there should be some consequence – if you promote your racism online then there should be a consequence.”

-Issa Rae

 

“Let’s be very honest about what this is about. It’s not about bashing Democrats, it’s not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston tea party was about, they don’t know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up.”

-Janeane Garofalo

 

“Why don’t we hear more about and from Asians when it comes to race in America? Are Asians the new Invisible Man – there but not there? In some ways, yeah. Blacks and whites are always carping about the metrics of racism. And any conversation about immigration reform is immediately flipped into a referendum on Hispanics.”

-John Ridley

RACISM AND WHITE PEOPLE

 

“The norm is white, apparently, in the view of people who see things in that way. For them, the only reason you would introduce a black character is to introduce this kind of abnormality. Usually, it’s because you’re telling a story about racism or at least about race.”

-Octavia E. Butler

 

“In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.”

-Toni Morrison

 

“People of color, women, and gays – who now have greater access to the centers of influence that ever before – are under pressure to be well-behaved when talking about their struggles. There is an expectation that we can talk about sins but no one must be identified as a sinner: newspapers love to describe words or deeds as “racially charged” even in those cases when it would be more honest to say “racist”; we agree that there is rampant misogyny, but misogynists are nowhere to be found; homophobia is a problem but no one is homophobic. One cumulative effect of this policed language is that when someone dares to point out something as obvious as white privilege, it is seen as unduly provocative. Marginalized voices in America have fewer and fewer avenues to speak plainly about what they suffer; the effect of this enforced civility is that those voices are falsified or blocked entirely from the discourse.”

-Teju Cole

 

“Since the notion that we should all forsake attachment to race and/or cultural identity and be “just humans” within the framework of white supremacy has usually meant that subordinate groups must surrender their identities, beliefs, values, and assimilate by adopting the values and beliefs of privileged-class whites, rather than promoting racial harmony this thinking has created a fierce cultural protectionism.”

-Bell Hooks

 

“Racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, sexism, anything Nazi and a boatload of other things have no place in my life.”

-Sandra Bullock

 

“White people don’t like to believe that they practice identity politics. The defining part of being white in America is the assumption that, as a white person, you are a regular, individual human being. Other demographic groups set themselves apart, to pursue their distinctive identities and interests and agendas. Whiteness, to white people, is the American default.”

-Tom Scocca

 

“If you want to know if racism is a problem in your country, you might not want to ask white people.”

-Tim Wise

 

“The same way that racism is a white person’s problem, violence against women is a men’s problem.”

-Gloria Steinem

 

“If you are white, racism is too easily ignored and forgiven, regarded as of burning concern only to the ethnic minorities, and therefore of relatively marginal significance.”

-Martin Jacques

 

“Privilege is not knowing that you’re hurting others and not listening when they tell you.”

-DaShanne Stokes

 

“The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe.”

-Scott Woods

 

“The plague of racism is insidious, entering into our minds as smoothly and quietly and invisibly as floating airborne microbes enter into our bodies to find lifelong purchase in our bloodstreams.”

-Maya Angelou

 

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

-Jane Elliott

 

 

 

INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM

 

“Things like racism are institutionalized. You might not know any bigots. You feel like “well I don’t hate black people so I’m not a racist,” but you benefit from racism. Just by the merit, the color of your skin. The opportunities that you have, you’re privileged in ways that you might not even realize because you haven’t been deprived of certain things. We need to talk about these things in order for them to change.”

-Dave Chappelle

 

“Racism is both overt and covert. It takes two, closely related forms: individual whites acting against individual blacks, and acts by the total white community against the black community. We call these individual racism and institutional racism. The first consists of overt acts by individuals, which cause death, injury or the violent destruction of property. This type can be recorded by television cameras; it can frequently be observed in the process of commission. The second type is less overt, far more subtle, less identifiable in terms of specific individuals committing the acts. But it is no less destructive of human life. The second type originates in the operation of established and respected forces in the society, and thus receives far less public condemnation than the first type. When white terrorists bomb a black church and kill five black children, that is an act of individual racism, widely deplored by most segments of the society. But when in that same city – Birmingham, Alabama – five hundred black babies die each year because of the lack of proper food, shelter and medical facilities, and thousands more are destroyed and maimed physically, emotionally and intellectually because of conditions of poverty and discrimination in the black community, that is a function of institutional racism.”

-Stokely Carmichael

 

“The genius of the current caste system, and what most distinguishes it from its predecessors, is that it appears voluntary. People choose to commit crimes, and that’s why they are locked up or locked out, we are told. This feature makes the politics of responsibility particularly tempting, as it appears the system can be avoided with good behavior. But herein lies the trap. All people make mistakes. All of us are sinners. All of us are criminals. All of us violate the law at some point in our lives. In fact, if the worst thing you have ever done is speed ten miles over the speed limit on the freeway, you have put yourself and others at more risk of harm than someone smoking marijuana in the privacy of his or her living room. Yet there are people in the United States serving life sentences for first-time drug offenses, something virtually unheard of anywhere else in the world.”

-Michelle Alexander

 

“Racism is so universal in this country, so widespread, and deep-seated, that it is invisible because it is so normal.”

-Shirley Chisholm

 

“The police can go to downtown Harlem and pick up a kid with a joint in the streets. But they can’t go into the elegant apartments and get a stockbroker who’s sniffing cocaine.”

-Noam Chomsky

 

“Racism is a moral catastrophe, most graphically seen in the prison industrial complex and targeted police surveillance in black and brown ghettos rendered invisible in public discourse.”

-Cornel West

 

“The prisons in the United States had long been an extreme reflection of the American system itself: the stark life differences between rich and poor, the racism, the use of victims against one another, the lack of resources of the underclass to speak out, the endless “reforms” that changed little. Dostoevski once said: “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”

It had long been true, and prisoners knew this better than anyone, that the poorer you were the more likely you were to end up in jail. This was not just because the poor committed more crimes. In fact, they did. The rich did not have to commit crimes to get what they wanted; the laws were on their side. But when the rich did commit crimes, they often were not prosecuted, and if they were they could get out on bail, hire clever lawyers, get better treatment from judges. Somehow, the jails ended up full of poor black people.”

-Howard Zinn

 

“Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal.”

-Benjamin Spock

 

“More than 2 million people found themselves behind bars at the turn of the twenty-first century, and millions more were relegated to the margins of mainstream society, banished to a political and social space not unlike Jim Crow, where discrimination in employment, housing, and access to education was perfectly legal, and where they could be denied the right to vote. The system functioned relatively automatically, and the prevailing system of racial meanings, identities, and ideologies already seemed natural. Ninety percent of those admitted to prison for drug offenses in many states were black or Latino, yet the mass incarceration of communities of color was explained in race-neutral terms, an adaptation to the needs and demands of the current political climate.”

-Michelle Alexander

 

“[Prison] relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism.”

-Angela Y. Davis

 

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

 

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

-Desmond Tutu

 

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

-Edmund Burke

 

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”

-Albert Einstein

 

“There’s more outrage on Twitter about a One Direction split or about what one band member said to another than there is about institutionalized racism and something huge.”

-Trevor Noah

 

“There are a lot of readers who pride themselves on not paying attention to the identities of their favorite writers. Some of them think this means they’re not prejudiced. I don’t know anyone who isn’t, myself included. But let’s say for argument’s sake that those particular readers in fact are not prejudiced. How many books by writers of color do you think you’ll find on their bookshelves? I’d lay odds that if there are any at all, they will be far outnumbered by the books by white authors. Not necessarily because those readers are deliberately choosing mostly white/male authors. They don’t have to. The status quo does it for them. So those readers’ self-satisfied “I don’t know” is really an “I don’t care enough to look beyond my nose.” And that’s cool. So many causes, so little time. But don’t pretend that indifference and an unwillingness to make positive change constitute enlightenment.”

-Nalo Hopkinson

 

 

RACISM AND NATIONALISM

 

“As a nation, we began by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it ‘all men are created equal, except negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read ‘all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.’ When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”

-Abraham Lincoln

 

“Violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children: organized religion ought to have a great deal on its conscience.”

-Christopher Hitchens

 

“The Americans of the United States do not let their dogs hunt the Indians as do the Spaniards in Mexico, but at bottom it is the same pitiless feeling which here, as everywhere else, animates the European race. This world here belongs to us, they tell themselves every day: the Indian race is destined for final destruction which one cannot prevent and which it is not desirable to delay. Heaven has not made them to become civilized; it is necessary that they die. Besides I do not want to get mixed up in it. I will not do anything against them: I will limit myself to providing everything that will hasten their ruin. In time I will have their lands and will be innocent of their death.

Satisfied with his reasoning, the American goes to church where he hears the minister of the gospel repeat every day that all men are brothers, and that the Eternal Being who has made them all in like image, has given them all the duty to help one another.”

-Alexis de Tocqueville

 

“At the time of the liberation of the camps, I remember, we were convinced that after Auschwitz there would be no more wars, no more racism, no more hatred, no more anti-Semitism. We were wrong. This produced a feeling close to despair. For if Auschwitz could not cure mankind of racism, was there any chance of success ever? The fact is, the world has learned nothing. Otherwise, how is one to comprehend the atrocities committed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia…”

-Elie Wiesel

 

“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.”

-Albert Einstein

 

“All nationalism is based on racism and hate.”

-Philip Kerr

 

“ Racism and Nationalism are very closely related. They are both a form of tribalism: 'My tribe is better than your tribe!' It's primitive Stone Age thinking and has no place in a modern, global world. We should all be smart enough to know by now that we are all part of one and the same tribe: the human tribe. We are all connected. We are all related. Chimpanzees and humans share about 96% of their DNA. And if the differences between apes and humans are that small, think about how much smaller the differences are between humans. We are all far more alike than we are different.”

-Oliver Gaspirtz

 

“Scientifically speaking, there is tribalism and group bias, but there cannot be any such thing as racism. We are all one.”

-Bill Nye

 

“Our true nationality is mankind.”

-H.G. Wells

 

“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”

-Socrates

 

“Patriotism is racism for the modern era.”

-Michel Templet

 

“Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

-Arthur Schopenhauer

 

“Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism – how passionately I hate them!”

-Albert Einstein

 

 

RACISM AND MONEY

 

“Seems to me that the institutions that function in this country are clearly racist, and that they’re built upon racism.”

-Stokely Carmichael

 

“The history of African-American repression in this country rose from government-sanctioned racism. Jim Crow laws were a product of bigoted state and local governments.”

-Rand Paul

 

“We have this long history of racism in this country, and as it happens, the criminal justice system has been perhaps the most prominent instrument for administering racism. But the racism doesn’t actually come from the criminal justice system.”

-Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

“I believe in the law. I think we have a great system of justice. But I do think that system of justice has been corrupted by racism and classism. I think it’s difficult for ‘poor people’ – poor white people, brown people – to be treated fairly before the law in the same way that upper-class people are.”

-Henry Louis Gates

 

“Racism, in the first place, is a weapon used by the wealthy to increase the profits they bring in by paying Black workers less for their work.”

-Angela Davis

 

“I found this out over the years, that racism is a thinly veiled disguise over economics and money. It really is.”

-Quincy Jones

 

“You can’t have capitalism without racism.”

-Malcolm X

 

“Where was the lecture on how slavery alone catapulted the whole country from agriculture into the industrial age in two decades? White folks’ hatred, their violence, was the gasoline that kept the profit motors running.”

-Toni Morrison

 

“I think that the roots of racism have always been economic, and I think people are desperate and scared. And when you’re desperate and scared you scapegoat people. It exacerbates latent tendencies toward – well, toward racism or homophobia or anti-Semitism.”

-Henry Louis Gates

 

“Racism is always there underneath, but usually it is exploited in these times of economic crisis, and it’s hard to find out when one slides into another.”

-Iris Chang

RACISM AND COMEDY

 

“Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant, and this white waitress came up to me and said: ‘We don’t serve colored people here.’ I said: ‘that’s all right, I don’t eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.”

-Dick Gregory

 

“All penguins are the same below the surface, which I think is as perfect an analogy as we’re likely to get for the futility of racism.”

-Russell Brand

 

“You have two choices, two paths to take as a comedian. You can tackle the difficult subjects and be harsh about it, be brash, be abrasive. But adding hatred to racism is not going to help everybody. So I like to have fun around it.”

-Trevor Noah

 

“Comedy can always be taken the wrong way. If I do a bit that is meant to diffuse racism or sexism, I’m not going to avoid it on the chance that a small portion of the audience might take it the wrong way.”

-Doug Stanhope

 

“There’s always someone who’s going to interpret my material as racist, but it’s not. Racism comes from intent and power. A racist will tell a joke about a group of people only when they’re not in the room. I’ll talk about a group of people only when they’re in the room.”

-Russell Peters

 

“The funniest racism is the racism between minorities. It’s something you don’t see dramatized, but almost every minority I know who’s my age, they have these funny stories about their parents stereotyping other minorities.”

-Mindy Kaling

 

“Latinos come from different countries, and they tend to segregate with only their country instead of embracing all the other countries, because in reality, all the Latinos are going through the same experiences of discrimination and racism.”

-Andrea Navedo

 

“I’ve seen racism in my audiences. For example, I’ve seen people laugh at every other group, but then clam up when it comes to their community. You can’t laugh at everyone else and then not laugh at yourself. You shouldn’t be at my show if you can’t laugh at yourself.”

-Russell Peters

 

“Yeah, race exists. Racism is still here, and it’s doing well. Turn on the news. I don’t think me and my comedy can really change that.”

-Tracy Morgan

 

“To all you sensitive sallys out there who spend your time scribing angry letters, I have great news: Scientific models show that in the not-too-distant future, all the races will become so completely interbred that humanity will have a monolithic caramelish color and common facial features. There won’t be blonds or hairy Jews anymore. Words like “Chink” will cease to have meaning. They will be relics, along with those who use them for comedy. Which is exactly why I am past that meta-racist shit and onto poop and pee. Onward and downward!”

-Sarah Silverman

OVERCOMING RACISM

 

“We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization – black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion and love…. What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.”

-Robert F. Kennedy

 

“We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity.”

-Fred Hampton

 

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

-Audre Lorde

 

“We live in a world where sports have the potential to bridge the gap between racism, sexism and discrimination. The 2012 Olympic Games was a great start but hopefully what these games taught us is that if women are given an opportunity on an equal playing field the possibilities for women are endless.”

-Jackie Joyner-Kersee

 

“I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that’s how I operate my life.”

-Oprah Winfrey

 

“Yeah, I love being famous. It’s almost like being white, y’know?”

-Chris Rock

 

“A majority of Americans want redemption for racism – for our terrible, destructive racist past – and so see a vote for Obama as redemptive.”

-Gloria Steinem

 

“Many voted in 2008 with the desire to see racism and racists humiliated by having a qualified black man elected president.”

-Douglas Wilder

 


Famous Quotes About Racism

  • ISBN: 9781310037382
  • Author: Westhoff Publishing LLC
  • Published: 2017-03-02 00:50:10
  • Words: 6140
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