quotes tagged with 'racism'
Author: Thomas Sowell, Source: Unknown
Blacks were not enslaved because they were black but because they were available. Slavery has existed in the world for thousands of years. Whites enslaved other whites in Europe for centuries before the first black was brought to the Western hemisphere. Asians enslaved Europeans. Asians enslaved other Asians. Africans enslaved other Africans, and indeed even today in North Africa, blacks continue to enslave blacks.
Author: Marilyn French, Source: Unknown
When they kept you out it was because you were black; when they let you in, it is because you are black. That's progress?
Author: Lee Benson, Source: Unknown
When youre sharing a foxhole with another man, you don't worry about what color he is, just whether or not he will protect your back.
Author: David Berreby (Us and Them: The Science of Identity), Source: http://www.amazon.com/Us-Them-Identity-David-Berreby/dp/022604...
"A white person and a black person in today's New York City can agree over coffee that race is `all in your mind, but when they leave Starbucks and raise their hands to hail a taxi, the white person is more likely to get a cab. In that moment, race is as real as gravity."
[Take] these wild Indians; we call them savages; we call them heathens. Let yourselves be divested of prejudice . . . and let your minds be in open vision before the Almighty, seeing things as they are, [and] you will find that that very people know just as much about the Lord as anybody else.Author: Brigham Young, Source: Journal of Discourses 3:87
I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. 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.Author: Martin Luther King, Jr, Source: Speech at Riverside Church in New York City (4 April 1967)
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state, sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.Author: Martin Luther King, Jr, Source: "I Have a Dream" 1963
"We who are clay blended by the Master Potter, come from the kiln of Creation in many hues. How can people say one skin is colored, when each has its own coloration? What should it matter that one bowl is dark and the other pale, if each is of good design and serves its purpose well."Author: Polingaysi Qoyawayma, Hopi, Source: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Native_American_proverbs