Racism Quotes

Even the most blatant bigots, when made aware of their racism, can change.

Charles R. Ridley

Racism is when you have laws set up, systematically put in a way to keep people from advancing, to stop the advancement of a people. Black people have never had the power to enforce racism, and so this is something that white America is going to have to work out themselves. If they decide they want to stop it, curtail it, or to do the right thing ... then it will be done, but not until then.

Spike Lee

Racism has been an integral component of American culture since its founding upon the genocide of Native Americans, and the forced slavery of Africans and Afro-Americans.

Vincent F. Rocchio

In all manifestations of racism from the mildest to the most severe, what is being denied is the possibility that the racializers and the racialized can coexist in the same society, except perhaps on the basis of domination and subordination.

George M. Fredrickson

We can go on talking about racism and who treated whom badly, but what are you going to do about it? Are you going to wallow in that or are you going to create your own agenda?

Judith Jamison

Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.

Abraham J. Heschel

In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently.

Harry A. Blackmun

Feminists have often claimed a moral equivalence for sexual and racial prejudice. There are certain affinities and one or two of these affinities are mildly and paradoxically encouraging. Sexism is like racism: we all feel such impulses. Our parents feel them more strongly than we feel them; our children, we trust, will feel them less strongly than we feel them. People don\'t change or improve much, but they do evolve. It is very slow.

Martin Amis

Racism does not limit itself to biology or economics or psychology or metaphysics; it attacks along many fronts and in many forms, deploying whatever is at hand, and even what is not, inventing when the need arises.

Albert Memmi

There aren’t too many people ready to die for racism. They’ll kill for racism but they won’t die for racism.

Florynce R. Kennedy

Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.

Oprah Winfrey

Racism isn't born, folks, it's taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list.

Dennis Leary

At the heart of racism is the religious assertion that God made a creative mistake when He brought some people into being

Friedrich Otto Hertz

Racism is an ism to which everyone in the world today is exposed; for or against, we must take sides. And the history of the future will differ according to the decision which we make.

Ruth Benedict

Racism rests upon and functions as a kind of seesaw: the persecutor rises by debasing and inferiorizing his victim.

Albert Memmi
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