Racism Quotes

 Death would be a beautiful place if it looks like Brad Pitt. 
Author: Carmen Electra
Nationality: American
b. 20 April 1972
  
 I could prove God statistically. Take the human body alone - the chances that all the functions of an individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity. 
Author: George Horace Gallup
Nationality: American
b. 18 November 1901  - d. 26 September 1984
  
 I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white dude would come into my neighborhood after dark. 
Author: Dick Gregory
Nationality: African-American
b. 12 October 1932
  
 I think because he couldn't say 'nigger,' he said 'corrupt,' George Will can take his hood and go back wherever he came from ... You know I use language very carefully, but I mean this from the bottom of my heart, Will can take his hood and put it off and put it back on again as far as I'm concerned. 
Author: Carol Elizabeth Moseley-Braun
Nationality: American
b. 16 August 1947
  
 I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music, and baseball. 
Author: Gerald Lyn Early
Nationality: African-American
b. 21 April 1952
  
 I wouldn't mind paying taxes - if I knew they were going to a friendly country. 
Author: Dick Gregory
Nationality: African-American
b. 12 October 1932
  
 No man has a right in America to treat any other man 'tolerantly' for tolerance is the assumption of superiority. Our liberties are equal rights of every citizen. 
Author: Wendell L. Willkie
Nationality: American
b. 18 February 1892  - d. 8 October 1944
  
 Nothing factual that I write or say will be as truthful as my fiction. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 On English cricketers: The Australian will never consent to be spat upon by dirty little cads whose soap-boiling or nigger-murdering grandfathers left enough money to get the cads' fathers ennobled and to enable the cad himself to live without working. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: South African   
 Would it not be more Christian to open our doors to 800 Vietnamese displaced by war than to send 800 Australians to kill some more of them? 
Author: Morris Langlo West
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 April 1916  - d. 09 October 1999
  
 People in the United States still have a 'Tarzan' movie view of Africa. That's because in the movies all you see are jungles and animals ... We [too] watch television and listen to the radio and go to dances and fall in love. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 Somewhere in the bible it say Jesus hair was like lamb's wool. Well, say Shug, if he came to any of these churches we talking bout he'd have to have it conked before anybody paid him any attention. The last thing niggers want to think about their God is that his hair is kinky. 
Author: Alice Malsenior Walker
Nationality: American
b. December 1944
  
 The metaphor of the melting pot is unfortunate and misleading. A more accurate analogy would be a salad bowl, for, though the salad is an entity, the lettuce can still be distinguished from the chicory, the tomatoes from the cabbage. 
Author: Carl N. Degler
Nationality: American
b. 06 February 1921
  
 The original ''crime'' of ''niggers'' and lesbians is that they prefer themselves. 
Author: Alice Malsenior Walker
Nationality: American
b. December 1944
  
 A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi... has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It's not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for. 
Author: Thurgood Marshall
Nationality: American
b. 2 July 1908  - d. 24 January 1993
  
 Ending racial discrimination in jury selection can be accomplished only by eliminating peremptory challenges entirely.  
Author: Thurgood Marshall
Nationality: American
b. 2 July 1908  - d. 24 January 1993
  
 Racism isn't born, folks, it's taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list 
Author: Denis Leary
Nationality: American
b. 18 August 1957
  
 Why hate someone for the color of their skin when there are much better reasons to hate them. 
Author: Denis Leary
Nationality: American
b. 18 August 1957
  
 Slavery exists. It is black in the South, and white in the North. 
Author: Andrew Johnson
Nationality: American
b. 29 December 1808  - d.  December 1875
  
 There are no good laws but such as repeal other laws. 
Author: Andrew Johnson
Nationality: American
b. 29 December 1808  - d.  December 1875
  
 Once you begin to explain or excuse all events on racial grounds, you begin to indulge in the perilous mythology of race. 
Author: James Earl Jones
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1931
  
 Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so. 
Author: Brigham Young
Nationality: American
b. 1 June 1801  - d. 29 August 1877
  
 You see some classes of the human family that are black, uncouth, uncomely, disagreeable and low in their habits, wild, and seemingly deprived of nearly all the blessings of the intelligence that is generally bestowed upon mankind....Cain slew his brother. Cain might have been killed, and that would have put a termination to that line of human beings. This was not to be, and the Lord put a mark upon him, which is the flat nose and black skin. 
Author: Brigham Young
Nationality: American
b. 1 June 1801  - d. 29 August 1877
  
 There were very few Jews in Linz. In the course of centuries the Jews who lived there had become Europeanized in external appearance and were so much like other human beings that I even looked upon them as Germans. The reason why I did not then perceive the absurdity of such an illusion was that the only external mark which I recognized as distinguishing them from us was the practice of their strange religion. As I thought that they were persecuted on account of their faith my aversion to hearing remarks against them grew almost into a feeling of abhorrence. I did not in the least suspect that there could be such a thing as a systematic anti-Semitism. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator - by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 I never held Negroes to be inherently inferior. The statement in Marriage and Morals refers to environmental conditioning. I have had it withdrawn from subsequent editions because it is clearly ambiguous. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 I was a misfit. I read, I painted, I didn't hate niggers. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 Hollywood is run by Jews. It is owned by Jews, and they should have a greater sensitivity. They should have greater sensitivity about the issue of people who are suffering because they've [been] exploited. We have seen the nigger, we've seen the greaseball, we have seen the chink, the slit-eyed dangerous Jap. We have seen the wily Filipino. We've seen everything, but we never saw the kike, because they know perfectly well that is where you draw the wagons around. 
Author: Marlon Brando
Nationality: American
b. 3 April 1924  - d. 1 July 2004
  
 I ain't got no quarrel with them Viet Cong. They never called me nigger." 
Author: Muhammad Ali
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1942
  
 Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No Iím not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldnít have to draft me, Iíd join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So Iíll go to jail, so what? Weíve been in jail for 400 years. 
Author: Muhammad Ali
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1942
  
 This is no simple reform. It really is a revolution. Sex and race because they are easy and visible differences have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups and into the cheap labor in which this system still depends. We are talking about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen or those earned. We are really talking about humanism. 
Author: Gloria Steinem
Nationality: American
b. 25 March 1934
  
 I have been a victim of stereotypes. I come from Latin America and to some countries, we are considered 'losers,' drug traffickers, and that is not fair because that is generalizing. 
Author: Ricky Martin
Nationality: Puerto Rico
b. 24 December 1971
  
 From an Aboriginal perspective and from the Aboriginal experience alcohol plays a primary role in both the reasons for detention and for the subsequent chances of deaths occurring. 
Author: Professor Marcia Langton
Nationality: Australian Aboriginal
b. December 1951
  
 Barack the magic negro and halfrican. 
Author: Rush Limbaugh
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 1951
  
 Republicans have been accused of abandoning the poor. It`s the other way around. They never vote for us. 
Author: Dan Quayle
Nationality: American
b. 4 February 1947
  
 I remember the bombing of that Sunday School at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963. I did not see it happen, but I heard it happen, and I felt it happen, just a few blocks away at my fatherís church. It is a sound that I will never forget, that will forever reverberate in my ears. That bomb took the lives of four young girls, including my friend and playmate, Denise McNair. The crime was calculated to suck the hope out of young lives, bury their aspirations. But those fears were not propelled forward, those terrorists failed. 
Author: Condoleezza Rice
Nationality: African-American
b. 14 November 1954
  
 My parents were very strategic, I was going to be so well prepared, and I was going to do all of these things that were revered in white society so well, that I would be armored somehow from racism. I would be able to confront white society on its own terms. 
Author: Condoleezza Rice
Nationality: African-American
b. 14 November 1954
  
 People sometimes ask me if I would not give anything to be white. I answer . . . most emphatically, "No." How do I know what I might be if I were a white man? I might be a sandhog, burrowing away and losing my health for $8 a day. I might be a streetcar conductor at $12 or $15 a week. There is many a white man less fortunate and less well-equipped than I am. In fact, I have never been able to discover that there was anything disgraceful in being a colored man. But I have often found it inconvenient . . . in America. 
Author: Bert Williams
Nationality: African-American
b. 12 November 1875  - d. 04 March 1922
  
 I have told you, mister, that I would not discuss anything with the people who have murdered sixty million of my people, and I will not discuss Stalin with you." And "I will discuss Stalin when I may be among the Russian people some day, singing for them, I will discuss it there. It is their problem." Asked if he had praised Stalin during his previous trip to the Soviet Union, Robeson replied, "I do not know. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 Whatever has happened to Stalin, gentlemen, is a question for the Soviet Union, and I would not argue with a representative of the people who, in building America, wasted sixty to a hundred million lives of my people, black people drawn from Africa on the plantations. You are responsible, and your forebears, for sixty million to one hundred million black people dying in the slave ships and on the plantations, and donít ask me about anybody, please. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 If the American Negro is to have a culture of his own he will have to leave America to get it. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 It was deeply fascinating to watch how strikingly contemporary American audiences from coast to coast found Shakespeare's Othello - painfully immediate in its unfolding of evil, innocence, passion, dignity and nobility, and contemporary in its overtones of a clash of cultures, of the partial acceptance of and consequent effect upon one of a minority group. Against this background, the jealousy of the protagonist becomes more credible, the blows to his pride more understandable, the final collapse of his personal, individual world more inevitable. But beyond the personal tragedy, the terrible agony of Othello, the irretrievability of his world, the complete destruction of all his trusted and sacred values - all these suggest the shattering of a universe. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 In the early days of my carer as an actor, I shared what was then the prevailing attitude of Negro performers - that the content and form of a play or a film scenario was of little importance to us. What mattered was was the opportunity, which came so seldom to our folks. Later I came to understand that the Negro artist could not view the matter simply in terms of of his individual interests, and that he had a responsibility to his people who rightfully resented the traditional stereotyped portrayals of Negros on stage and screen. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 I was deeply fascinating to watch how strikingly American audiences from coast to coast found Shakespeare's Othello painfully immediate in it's unfolding of evil, innocence, passion, dignity and nobility and contemporary in it's overtones of a clash of cultures, of the partial acceptance of and a consequent effect upon, one of a minority group. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 One does not need a very long racial memory to loose on oneself in such a part. As I act, civilization falls away from me. My plight becomes real, the horrors terrible facts. I feel the terror of the slave mart, the degradation of man bought and sold into slavery. Well, I am the son of an emancipated slave and the stories of old father are vivid on the tablets of my memory. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 I found it very offensive to my people. It makes the Negro childlike and innocent and is in the old plantation hallelujah shouter tradition, the same old story, the negro singing his way to glory. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 Could I say that the reason that I am here today, you know, from the mouth of the State Department itself, is: I should not be allowed to travel because I have struggled for years for the independence of the colonial peoples of Africa. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 The artist must elect to fight for freedom or slavery. I have made my choice. I had no alternative. The history of the capsulize era is characterized by the degradation of my people: despoiled of there lands, their true culture destroyed, denied equal protection of the law, and deprived their rightful place in the respect of their fellows. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 If the United States and the United Nations truly want peace and security let them fulfill the hopes of the common people everywhere Ė let them work together to accomplish on a worldwide scale, precisely the kind of democratic association of free people which characterizes the Soviet Union today. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 You want to shut up every Negro who has the courage to stand up and fight for the rights of his people, for the rights of workers, and I have been on many a picket line for the steelworkers too. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 Yes, all Africa remembers that it was Litvinov who stood alone beside Haile Selassie in Geneva, when Mussolini's sons flew with the blessings of the Pope to drop bombs on Ethiopian women and children. Africa remembers that it was the Soviet Union which fought the attempts of the Smuts to annex Southwest Africa to the slave reservation of the Union of South Africa, if the peoples of the Congo refuse to mine the uranium for the atom bombs made in Jim Crow factories in the United States; if all these peoples demand an end to floggings, an end to the farce of 'trusteeship' in the former Italian colonies.The Soviet Union is the friend of the African and the West Indian peoples. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 Vast quantities of U.S. bombers, tanks and guns have been sent against Ho Chi Minh and his freedom-fighters; and now we are told that soon it will be 'advisable' to send America GI's into Indo-China in order that the tin, rubber and tungsten of Southeast Asia be kept by the "free world"-meaning white Imperialism. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 Because my father was a slave, and my people died to build this country, I am going to stay here and have a part of it just like you. And no Fascist-minded people will drive me from it. Is that absolutely and completely clear? I am here because I am opposing the neo-Fascist cause which I see arising in these communities. You're the Alien and Sedition Act, and Jefferson could be sitting here, and Frederick Douglass could be sitting here and what would you say? 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 And at home in the United States we found continued and increased persecution, first of leaders of the Communist Party, and then of all honest anti-fascists. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 And, gentlemen, they have not yet done so, and it is quite clear that no Americans, no people in the world probably, are going to war with the Soviet Union. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen, I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 I did a long concert tour in England and Denmark and Sweden, and I also sang for the Soviet people, one of the finest musical audiences in the world. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 I do not hesitate one second to state clearly and unmistakably: I belong to the American resistance movement which fights against American imperialism, just as the resistance movement fought against Hitler. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 I said it was my feeling that the American people would struggle for peace, and that has since been underscored by the President of these United States. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 In fact, because of this deep desire for peace, the ruling class leaders of this land, from 1945 on, stepped up the hysteria and propaganda to drive into American minds the false notion that danger threatened them from the East. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 In Russia I felt for the first time like a full human being. No color prejudice like in Mississippi, no color prejudice like in Washington. It was the first time I felt like a human being. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 Like any other people, like fathers, mothers, sons and daughters in every land, when the issue of peace or war has been put squarely to the American people, they have registered for peace. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 My mother was born in your state, Mr. Walter, and my mother was a Quaker, and my ancestors in the time of Washington baked bread for George Washington's troops when they crossed the Delaware, and my own father was a slave. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 The other reason that I am here today, again from the State Department and from the court record of the court of appeals, is that when I am abroad I speak out against the injustices against the Negro people of this land. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 This is the basis, and I am not being tried for whether I am a Communist, I am being tried for fighting for the rights of my people, who are still second-class citizens in this United States of America. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 This United States Government should go down to Mississippi and protect my people. That is what should happen. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 Through the years I have received my share of recognition for efforts in the fields of sports, the arts, the struggle for full citizenship for the Negro people, labor's rights and the fight for peace. 
Author: Paul Robeson
Nationality: African-American
b. 09 April 1898  - d. 23 January 1976
  
 I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 I believe today that I am acting in the sense of the Almighty Creator. By warding off the Jews I am fighting for the Lord's work. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 The Jews deserve to be hanged on gallows seven times higher than ordinary thieves. 
Author: Martin Luther
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1483  - d. 18 February 1546
  
 We ought to take revenge on the Jews and kill them. 
Author: Martin Luther
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1483  - d. 18 February 1546
  
 Ungodly wretches. 
Author: Martin Luther
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1483  - d. 18 February 1546
  
 When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read: ďAll men are created equal except negroes, foreigners and Catholics.Ē When it comes to this I should prefer immigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving libertyĖto Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 Religious and racial persecution is moronic at all times, perhaps the most idiotic of human stupidities. 
Author: Harry S. Truman
Nationality: American
b. 8 May 1884  - d. 26 December 1972
  
 Is it because the secretary-general of the United Nations is now a black man? They never did that when secretary-generals were white. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days. Even although I now happen to be tried by one whose opinion I hold in high esteem, I detest most violently the set-up that surrounds me here. It makes me feel that I am a black man in a white man's court. This should not be. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 I have already mentioned that I was one of the persons who helped to form Umkhonto. I, and the others who started the organization, did so for two reasons. Firstly, we believed that as a result of Government policy, violence by the African people had become inevitable, and that unless responsible leadership was given to canalize and control the feelings of our people, there would be outbreaks of terrorism which would produce an intensity of bitterness and hostility between the various races of this country which is not produced even by war. Secondly, we felt that without violence there would be no way open to the African people to succeed in their struggle against the principle of white supremacy. All lawful modes of expressing opposition to this principle had been closed by legislation, and we were placed in a position in which we had either to accept a permanent state of inferiority, or to defy the Government. We chose to defy the law. We first broke the law in a way which avoided any recourse to violence; when this form was legislated against, and then the Government resorted to a show of force to crush opposition to its policies, only then did we decide to answer violence with violence. But the violence which we chose to adopt was not terrorism. We who formed Umkhonto were all members of the African National Congress, and had behind us the ANC tradition of non-violence and negotiation as a means of solving political disputes. We believe that South Africa belongs to all the people who live in it, and not to one group, be it black or white. We did not want an interracial war, and tried to avoid it to the last minute. If the Court is in doubt about this, it will be seen that the whole history of our organization bears out what I have said, and what I will subsequently say, when I describe the tactics which Umkhonto decided to adopt. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 There must be an end to white monopoly on political power, and a fundamental restructuring of our political and economic systems to ensure that the inequalities of apartheid are addressed and our society thoroughly democratized. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Far from the rough and tumble of the politics of our own country. I would like to take this opportunity to join the Norwegian Nobel Committee and pay tribute to my joint laureate. Mr. F.W. de Klerk. He had the courage to admit that a terrible wrong had been done to our country and people through the imposition of the system of apartheid. He had the foresight to understand and accept that all the people of South Africa must through negotiations and as equal participants in the process, together determine what they want to make of their future. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 We do not believe that this Nobel Peace Prize is intended as a commendation for matters that have happened and passed. We hear the voices which say that it is an appeal from all those, throughout the universe, who sought an end to the system of apartheid. We understand their call, that we devote what remains of our lives to the use of our country's unique and painful experience to demonstrate, in practice, that the normal condition for human existence is democracy, justice, peace, non-racism, non-sexism, prosperity for everybody, a healthy environment and equality and solidarity among the peoples. Moved by that appeal and inspired by the eminence you have thrust upon us, we undertake that we too will do what we can to contribute to the renewal of our world so that none should, in future, be described as the "wretched of the earth". 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 We thank all our distinguished international guests for having come to take possession with the people of our country of what is, after all, a common victory for justice, for peace, for human dignity. We trust that you will continue to stand by us as we tackle the challenges of building peace, prosperity, non-sexism, non-racialism and democracy. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 I detest racialism because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Gandhi arrived in South Africa in 1893 at the age of 23. Within a week he collided head on with racism. His immediate response was to flee the country that so degraded people of color, but then his inner resilience overpowered him with a sense of mission, and he stayed to redeem the dignity of the racially exploited, to pave the way for the liberation of the colonized the world over and to develop a blueprint for a new social order. He left 21 years later, a near maha atma (great soul). There is no doubt in my mind that by the time he was violently removed from our world, he had transited into that state. He was no ordinary leader. There are those who believe he was divinely inspired, and it is difficult not to believe with them. He dared to exhort nonviolence in a time when the violence of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had exploded on us; he exhorted morality when science, technology and the capitalist order had made it redundant; he replaced self-interest with group interest without minimizing the importance of self. In fact, the interdependence of the social and the personal is at the heart of his philosophy. He seeks the simultaneous and interactive development of the moral person and the moral society. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Bush is now undermining the United Nations. He is acting outside it, not withstanding the fact that the United Nations was the idea of President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. Both Bush, as well as Tony Blair, are undermining an idea which was sponsored by their predecessors. They do not care. Is it because the secretary-general of the United Nations [Ghanaian Kofi Annan] is now a black man? They never did that when secretary-generals were white. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 Mr. Bush is arrogant and the President is racist for threatening to bypass the United Nations. Is it because the secretary-general of the United Nations is a black man? They never did that when secretary-generals were white. 
Author: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Nationality: South African
b. 18 July 1918
  
 My worst mistake was the stupid suburban prejudice of anti-Semitism, all along. 
Author: Ezra Pound
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1885  - d. 1 November 1972
  
 I am committed to ensure that our 2008 Republican presidential candidates forthrightly address issues of importance to the African-American community. 
Author: Ken Mehlman
Nationality: American
b. 21 August 1966
  
 I don't know the answer to that question. I don't think it matters to the fundamental question here because at bottom, this president believes in non-discrimination. 
Author: Ken Mehlman
Nationality: American
b. 21 August 1966
  
 Our party for the longest time has relied on the votes of white guys. I think that all of these candidates are going to improve our party, our policies, and our nation. 
Author: Ken Mehlman
Nationality: American
b. 21 August 1966
  
 Some Republicans gave up on winning the African-American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization. I am here today as the Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong. 
Author: Ken Mehlman
Nationality: American
b. 21 August 1966
  
 And why is our music called world music? I think people are being polite. What they want to say is that it's third world music. Like they use to call us under developed countries, now it has changed to developing countries, it's much more polite. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 But if you are going to wear blinders then you do not know the world. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 Everybody now admits that apartheid was wrong, and all I did was tell the people who wanted to know where I come from how we lived in South Africa. I just told the world the truth. And if my truth then becomes political, I can't do anything about that. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 For instance, we're always fighting amongst each other. Who gives us the arms? And then we become indebted to wherever we are buying them from - with what? The very resources we need to keep there.  
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 I have to go and say farewell to all the countries that I have been to, if I can. I am 73 now, it is taxing on me. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 I titled the album Reflections because I am reflecting on my music career. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 In the mind, in the heart, I was always home. I always imagined, really, going back home. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 It is very much the theme of our President, President Thabo Mbeki, whose passion is for Africa to work together, and for Africans to get up and do things for us. We are trying as women to do things for ourselves. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 It was hard to be away from home, but I am glad that I am home now. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 It's a really unfair world because life is, where I am; all day long we listen to American music. So I don't see why the radios in the U.S. cannot even put aside one hour a day just to play music that is not American. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 There are a lot of homes for boys, but very few for girls, that is why I chose to do for girls. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 Well there is a lot of work here for younger and older musicians now. Our Ministry of Culture has now really embarked on changing things for artists, and it is getting much better. We just have to organize ourselves as artists, and then things will be better. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 Which goes to show you, you can make all the laws you want, but you cannot change people's ways. If you must change them, you have to understand that it will take a long time. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 You are damned and praised, or encouraged or discouraged by those who listen to you, and those who come to applaud you. And to me, those people are very important. 
Author: Miriam Makeba
Nationality: South African
b. 04 March 1932  - d. 11 November 2008
  
 I used to be into dope, now Iím into racism. Itís much heavier, man. Fucking wogs, man. Fucking Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs. Britain is becoming overcrowded and Enoch will stop it and send them all back. The black wogs and coons and Arabs and fucking Jamaicans and fucking (indecipherable) donít belong here, we donít want them here. This is England, this is a white country, we donít want any black wogs and coons living here. We need to make clear to them they are not welcome. England is for white people, man. We are a white country. I donít want fucking wogs living next to me with their standards. This is Great Britain, a white country, what is happening to us, for fuck's sake? We need to vote for Enoch Powell, heís a great man, speaking truth. Vote for Enoch, heís our man, heís on our side, heíll look after us. I want all of you here to vote for Enoch, support him, heís on our side. Enoch for Prime Minister! Throw the wogs out! Keep Britain white! 
Author: Eric Clapton
Nationality: English
b. 30 March 1945
  
 We owe to the colored man the same opportunities for education that we do to the white man; but we do not owe it to him to force him and the white into social relations that are not, or may not be, mutually congenial. 
Author: Abbott Lawrence Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 13 December 1856  - d. 01 June 1943
  
 Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal. 
Author: Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock
Nationality: American
b. 02 May 1903  - d. 15 March 1998
  
 Black people yelling "racism!" White people yelling "reverse racism!" Chinese people yelling "sideways racism!" And the Indians ain't yelling shit, 'cause they dead. So everybody bitching about how bad their people got it: nobody got it worse than the American Indian. Everyone needs to calm the fuck down. 
Author: Chris Rock
Nationality: African-American
b. 07 February 1965
  
 But the question remains the same: Can white people say "nigger"? And the answer's the same: not really. But wait a minute, there's one exception. There's one exception. There's one instance where white people can say nigger. And I'ma let it out tonight. I'ma let it out here in Johannesburg. The one time that white people can say nigger. White people are like "this is what I paid for! It's a fuckin' great night now!" The one time white people can say nigger: here it goes; listen closely. 'Cause I may never say this shit again. The one time white people can say nigger, OK: if it's Christmas Eve, and it's between 4:30 and 4:49 in the morning. If you white, and you're on your way to Toys 'R' Us to get your kid the last Transformer doll, and right before you walk into Toys 'R' Us, some black person runs up beside you, smacks you in the head with a brick, knocks you to the ground, stomps on your face - "take that, you cracker-ass motherfucker!" Riverdances on your head - "take that, you cracker-ass motherfucker!" Takes your money, pisses on you, and runs away - if you white, at that moment, you can say "Somebody stop that nigger!" Matter of fact, if you white and that happens to you, you can say nigger for a whole month! But you gotta walk around with the police report in your pocket. In case any black people catch you sayin' nigger, the police report will act as your freedom papers. "Hey, I heard you saying nigger; let me see your fuckin' papers. Gimme the papers; show me the papers!" "Christmas Eve! 4:48! You just made it, motherfucker! Pissed on you! ...I hope they catch that nigger!" 
Author: Chris Rock
Nationality: African-American
b. 07 February 1965
  
 Black Santa Claus caused more tears than the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. 
Author: Chris Rock
Nationality: African-American
b. 07 February 1965
  
 And my point was one I think that you'd agree with, which is there's no room in America for a black racist, a Latino racist, or a white racist, or an Asian racist, or a Native American racist. Now, we're either color blind or we're not color blind. 
Author: Newt Gingrich
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1943
  
 Obama has repeatedly shown "a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture". I'm not saying he doesn't like white people. I'm saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist. 
Author: Glenn Beck
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1964
  
 In the nineteen-sixties, apartheid was driven out of America. Legal segregation - Jim Crow - ended. We didn't end racism, but we ended legal segregation. We ended the idea that you can send a million soldiers ten thousand miles away to fight in a war that people do not support. We ended the idea that women are second-class citizens. Now, it doesn't matter who sits in the Oval Office. But the big battles that were won in that period of civil war and strife you cannot reverse. We were young, we were reckless, arrogant, silly, headstrong and we were right! I regret nothing! 
Author: Abbie Hoffman
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1936  - d. 12 April 1989
  
 The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 The gap between the committed and the indifferent is a Sahara whose faint trails, followed by the mind's eye only, fade out in sand. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 I opened the telegram and said, "He's dead -" and as I looked up into Graham Mill's gaze I saw that he knew who, before I could say. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Among the group of people waiting at the fortress was a schoolgirl in a brown and yellow uniform holding a green eiderdown quilt and, by the loop at its neck, a red hot-water bottle. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you've made sense of one small area. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 The creative act is not pure. History evidences it. Sociology extracts it. The writer loses Eden, writes to be read and comes to realize that he is answerable. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 You can't change a regime on the basis of compassion. There's got to be something harder. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 I shall never write an autobiography, I'm much too jealous of my privacy for that. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Mostly I'm interviewed by white people, and identified with white society. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Well, you know, in the fundamentalist milieu of the Afrikaners, there was a sense that they were a chosen people, that they were bringing civilization to the blacks. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Art defies defeat by its very existence, representing the celebration of life, in spite of all attempts to degrade and destroy it. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Learning to write sent me falling, falling through the surface of the South African way of life. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, signified God's Word, the word that was Creation. But over the centuries of human culture the word has taken on other meanings, secular as well as religious. To have the word has come to be synonymous with ultimate authority, with prestige, with awesome, sometimes dangerous persuation, to have Prime Time, a TV talk show, to have the gift of the gab as well as that of speaking in tongues. The word flies through space, it is bounced from satellites, now nearer than it has ever been to the heaven from which it was believed to have come. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Like the prisoners incarcerated with the jaguar in Borges' story, 'The God's Script', who was trying to read, in a ray of light which fell only once a day, the meaning of being from the marking on the creature's pelt, we spend our lives attempting to interpret through the word the readings we take in the societies, the world of which we are part. It is in this sense, this inextricable, ineffable participation, that writing is always and at once an exploration of self and of the world; of individual and collective being. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Humans, the only self-regarding animals, blessed or cursed with this torturing higher faculty, have always wanted to know why. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Since humans became self-regarding they have sought, as well, explanations for the common phenomena of procreation, death, the cycle of seasons, the earth, sea, wind and stars, sun and moon, plenty and disaster. With myth, the writer's ancestors, the oral story-tellers, began to feel out and formulate these mysteries, using the elements of daily life - observable reality - and the faculty of the imagination - the power of projection into the hidden - to make stories. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Myth was the mystery plus the fantasy - gods, anthropomorphized animals and birds, chimera, phantasmagorical creatures - that posits out of the imagination some sort of explanation for the mystery. Humans and their fellow creatures were the materiality of the story, but as Nikos Kazantzakis once wrote, 'Art is the representation not of the body but of the forces which created the body.' 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 There are many proven explanations for natural phenomena now; and there are new questions of being arising out of some of the answers. For this reason, the genre of myth has never been entirely abandoned, although we are inclined to think of it as archaic. If it dwindled to the children's bedtime tale in some societies, in parts of the world protected by forests or deserts from international megaculture it has continued, alive, to offer art as a system of mediation between the individual and being. And it has made a whirling comeback out of Space, an Icarus in the avatar of Batman and his kind, who never fall into the ocean of failure to deal with the gravity forces of life. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Perhaps it is the positive knowledge that humans now possess the means to destroy their whole planet, the fear that they have in this way themselves become the gods, dreadfully charged with their own continued existence, that has made comic-book and movie myth escapist. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 The forces of being remain. They are what the writer, as distinct from the contemporary popular mythmaker, still engage today, as myth in its ancient form attempted to do. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 The writer in relation to the nature of perceivable reality and what is beyond - imperceivable reality - is the basis for all these studies, no matter what resulting concepts are labelled, and no matter in what categorized microfiles writers are stowed away for the annals of literary historiography. Reality is constructed out of many elements and entities, seen and unseen, expressed, and left unexpressed for breathing-space in the mind. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Literary scholars end up being some kind of storyteller, too. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Perhaps there is no other way of reaching some understanding of being than through art? Writers themselves don't analyze what they do; to analyze would be to look down while crossing a canyon on a tightrope. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Any writer of any worth at all hopes to play only a pocket-torch of light - and rarely, through genius, a sudden flambeau - into the bloody yet beautiful labyrinth of human experience, of being. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 I have said that nothing factual that I write or say will be as truthful as my fiction. The life, the opinions, are not the work, for it is in the tension between standing apart and being involved that the imagination transforms both. Let me give some minimal account of myself. I am what I suppose would be called a natural writer. I did not make any decision to become one. I did not, at the beginning, expect to earn a living by being read. I wrote as a child out of the joy of apprehending life through my senses - the look and scent and feel of things; and soon out of the emotions that puzzled me or raged within me and which took form, found some enlightenment, solace and delight, shaped in the written word. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 I was evidence of the theory that books are made out of other books. But I did not remain so for long, nor do I believe any potential writer could. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 With adolescence comes the first reaching out to otherness through the drive of sexuality. For most children, from then on the faculty of the imagination, manifest in play, is lost in the focus on day dreams of desire and love, but for those who are going to be artists of one kind or another the first life-crisis after that of birth does something else in addition: the imagination gains range and extends by the subjective flex of new and turbulent emotions. There are new perceptions. The writer begins to be able to enter into other lives. The process of standing apart and being involved has come. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Both Borges and Sartre, from their totally different extremes of denying literature a social purpose, were certainly perfectly aware that it has its implicit and unalterable social role in exploring the state of being, from which all other roles, personal among friends, public at the protest demonstration, derive. Borges was not writing for his friends, for he published and we all have received the bounty of his work. Sartre did not stop writing, although he stood at the barricades in 1968. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Camus dealt with the question best. He said that he liked individuals who take sides more than literatures that do. 'One either serves the whole of man or does not serve him at all. And if man needs bread and justice, and if what has to be done must be done to serve this need, he also needs pure beauty which is the bread of his heart.' So Camus called for 'Courage in and talent in one's work.' And MŠrquez redefined tender fiction thus: The best way a writer can serve a revolution is to write as well as he can. I believe that these two statements might be the credo for all of us who write. They do not resolve the conflicts that have come, and will continue to come, to contemporary writers. But they state plainly an honest possibility of doing so, they turn the face of the writer squarely to her and his existence, the reason to be, as a writer, and the reason to be, as a responsible human, acting, like any other, within a social context. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Being here: in a particular time and place. That is the existential position with particular implications for literature. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 Most imprisoned writers have been shut away for their activities as citizens striving for liberation against the oppression of the general society to which they belong. Others have been condemned by repressive regimes for serving society by writing as well as they can; for this aesthetic venture of ours becomes subversive when the shameful secrets of our times are explored deeply, with the artist's rebellious integrity to the state of being manifest in life around her or him; then the writer's themes and characters inevitably are formed by the pressures and distortions of that society as the life of the fisherman is determined by the power of the sea. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 There is a paradox. In retaining this integrity, the writer sometimes must risk both the state's indictment of treason, and the liberation forces' complaint of lack of blind commitment. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 The writer must take the right to explore, warts and all, both the enemy and the beloved comrade in arms, since only a try for the truth makes sense of being, only a try for the truth edges towards justice just ahead of Yeats's beast slouching to be born. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 The writer is of service to humankind only insofar as the writer uses the word even against his or her own loyalties, trusts the state of being, as it is revealed, to hold somewhere in its complexity filaments of the cord of truth, able to be bound together, here and there, in art: trusts the state of being to yield somewhere fragmentary phrases of truth, which is the final word of words, never changed by our stumbling efforts to spell it out and write it down, never changed by lies, by semantic sophistry, by the dirtying of the word for the purposes of racism, sexism, prejudice, domination, the glorification of destruction, the curses and the praise-songs. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 I certainly find being the recipient at this celebratory dinner more pleasurable and rewarding than chicken-pox, having now in my life experienced both. But the small girl was not entirely wrong. Writing is indeed, some kind of affliction in its demands as the most solitary and introspective of occupations. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 We must live fully in order to secrete the substance of our work, but we have to work alone. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 When I began to write as a very young person in a rigidly racist and inhibited colonial society, I felt, as many others did, that I existed marginally on the edge of the world of ideas, of imagination and beauty. These, taking shape in poetry and fiction, drama, painting and sculpture, were exclusive to that distant realm known as 'overseas'. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 What we had to do to find the world was to enter our own world fully, first. We had to enter through the tragedy of our own particular place. If the Nobel awards have a special meaning, it is that they carry this concept further. In their global eclecticism they recognize that no single society, no country or continent can presume to create a truly human culture for the world. To be among laureates, past and present, is at least to belong to some sort of one world. 
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Nationality: South African
b. 20 November 1923
  
 The desire to deprive some of our citizens of their rights - economic, civic or political - has the same basic motivation as actuates the Fascist mind when it seeks to dominate whole peoples and nations. It is essential that we eliminate it at home as well as abroad. 
Author: Wendell L. Willkie
Nationality: American
b. 18 February 1892  - d. 8 October 1944
  
 Emancipation came to the colored race in America as a war measure. It was an act of military necessity. Manifestly it would have come without war, in the slower process of humanitarian reform and social enlightenment. 
Author: Wendell L. Willkie
Nationality: American
b. 18 February 1892  - d. 8 October 1944
  
 It has been a long while since the United States had any imperialistic designs toward the outside world. But we have practised within our own boundaries something that amounts to race imperialism. 
Author: Wendell L. Willkie
Nationality: American
b. 18 February 1892  - d. 8 October 1944
  
 It is, therefore, essential that we guard our own thinking and not be among those who cry out against prejudices applicable to themselves, while busy spawning intolerances for others. 
Author: Wendell L. Willkie
Nationality: American
b. 18 February 1892  - d. 8 October 1944
  
 No man has the right to use the great powers of the Presidency to lead the people, indirectly, into war. 
Author: Wendell L. Willkie
Nationality: American
b. 18 February 1892  - d. 8 October 1944
  
 Today it is becoming increasingly apparent to thoughtful Americans that we cannot fight the forces and ideas of imperialism abroad and maintain any form of imperialism at home. The war has done this to our thinking. 
Author: Wendell L. Willkie
Nationality: American
b. 18 February 1892  - d. 8 October 1944
  
 When we talk of freedom and opportunity for all nations, the mocking paradoxes in our own society become so clear they can no longer be ignored. 
Author: Wendell L. Willkie
Nationality: American
b. 18 February 1892  - d. 8 October 1944
  
 While skin and race are often synonymous, skin cleansing is good, race cleansing is bad. 
Author: Stephen Colbert
Nationality: American
b. 13 May 1964
  
 Segregation is not all bad. Have you ever heard of a collision where the people in the back of the bus got hurt? 
Author: Dick Gregory
Nationality: African-American
b. 12 October 1932
  
 Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I understand there are a good many Southerners in the room tonight. I know the South very well. I spent twenty years there one night. 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." Then these three white boys came up to me and said, "Boy, we're giving you fair warning. Anything you do to that chicken, we're gonna do to you". So I put down my knife and fork, I picked up that chicken and I kissed it. Then I said, "Line up, boys!" 
Author: Dick Gregory
Nationality: African-American
b. 12 October 1932
  
 I never learned hate at home, or shame. I had to go to school for that. 
Author: Dick Gregory
Nationality: African-American
b. 12 October 1932
  
 When you have a good mother and no father, God kind of sits in. It's not enough, but it helps. 
Author: Dick Gregory
Nationality: African-American
b. 12 October 1932
  
 Racism used to be offered as the complete explanation for Aboriginal poverty, alienation and early death. Racism hasnít disappeared. Still, if racism caused poverty, why hasnít poverty declined as racism diminished. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 Now, I know that there are some Aboriginal people who arenít happy with Australia Day. For them it remains Invasion Day. I think a better view is the view of Noel Pearson, who has said that Aboriginal people have much to celebrate in this countryís British Heritage. 
Author: Tony Abbott
Nationality: Australian
b. 04 November 1957
  
 A certain kind of paradox is built into jazz music. You had people who created a music that's really celebrating democratic possibilities: liberation, freedom of the spirit, a soaring above adversities - who really hadn't experienced everything that democratic society had to offer, but you could look around and see the promise embedded in the society. Jazz is a kind of lyricism about the great American promise and our inability to live up to it. 
Author: Gerald Lyn Early
Nationality: African-American
b. 21 April 1952
  
 I am perhaps being a bit facetious but if some of my good Baptist brethren in Georgia had done a little preaching from the pulpit against the K.K.K. in the '20s, I would have a little more genuine American respect for their Christianity! 
Author: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1882  - d. 12 April 1945
  
 Lynchings are a vile form of collective murder. 
Author: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1882  - d. 12 April 1945
  




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