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    racism Quotes

    The United States of America is a nation where people are not united because of those three glaring frailties: racism, injustices and inequities.
    — Yuri Kochiyama
    tags: people  racism  america 
    Each one of us must ask how we contribute to the racist climate that seems only to grow stronger in spite of our best efforts at legislative and social remedies. Whether we are victims of racism or its perpetrators, we must begin on our knees.
    — Wilton Daniel Gregory
    tags: racism  victim 
    Racism is a cancer that America does not want to cure.
    — Willie D
    tags: racism  america 
    Patriotism at the expense of another nation is as wicked as racism at the expense of another race. . . Let us resolve to be patriots always, nationalists never. Let us love our country, but pledge allegiance to the earth and to the flora and fauna and human life that it supports - one planet indivisible, with clean air,... soil and water; with liberty, justice and peace for all.
    — William Sloane Coffin
    If we could create the conditions that make racism difficult, or discourage it, then there would be less stress and less need for affirmative action programs. One of those conditions would be an economic policy that would create tight labor markets over long periods of time. Now does that mean that affirmative action is here only temporarily? I think the ultimate goal should be to remove it.
    — William Julius Wilson
    I maintain that the period during the first half of the 1990s, the period in which rising inequality reached its peak, was a period in which we came very, very close to a demagogic immobilization of racism in this society.
    — William Julius Wilson
    tags: society  racism 
    Racism should be viewed as an intervening variable. You give me a set of conditions and I can produce racism in any society. You give me a different set of conditions and I can reduce racism. You give me a situation where there are a sufficient number of social resources so people don't have to compete for those resources, and I will show you a society where racism is held in check.
    — William Julius Wilson
    tags: people  society  racism 
    Millions of people of color still experience racism daily.
    — William J. Clinton
    Racism is cruel and unjust. It cuts deep and lingers long in individual and community memories. And it is not a thing of the past....We all have a duty to do what we can to turn this around.
    — William Deane
    tags: memory  community  racism 
    I don't wanna believe that racism exists, but the more I wish it away, the more I realize it's in our system.
    — will.i.am
    tags: believe  wishes  racism 
    The best cure for racism is to have somebody shoot at you. Man, it does not matter then what color the arse is that comes to save yours-black or white, you're ready to give it a big fat kiss.
    — Wilbur Smith
    tags: men  racism  kiss 
    My encounters with racism are sort of second-hand situations where I might be standing around with a group of white friends and someone makes a comment that they wouldn't make at my family reunion.
    — Wentworth Miller
    tags: friends  racism 
    Any concept of one person being superior to another can lead to racism.
    — Walter Lang
    tags: people  racism 
    For the multiculturist/diversity crowd, culture, ideas, customs, arts and skills are a matter of racial membership where one has no more control over his culture than his race. That's a racist idea, but it's politically correct racism. It says that one's convictions, character and values are not determined by personal judgment and choices but genetically determined. In other words, as yesteryear's racists held: race determines identity.
    — Walter E. Williams
    You might not agree with something, but it doesn't mean you don't need to listen to it. White people have to accept that they don't always know about racism.
    — W. Kamau Bell
    tags: people  racism 
    I'm most biased about how white people have to learn to shut up when the conversation of racism comes up. White people have to learn to listen. Whether they agree with what they're hearing or not, they have to know to shut up and listen.
    — W. Kamau Bell
    tags: people  racism  learn 
    As a person of color, you're in a PhD level racism class, every day. Every day, I'm in a deep racism seminar. And I'm not saying that white people aren't taking that class, but they don't show up that often and they're auditing it.
    — W. Kamau Bell
    tags: people  saying  racism 
    Writing about racism requires a directness that writing a love story does not.
    — Vivek Shraya
    tags: racism  writing  stories 
    In my thirties, I have felt a greater urgency to make art that highlights what it feels like to be racialized, likely due to living in a country that obscures our racism with the idea of "multiculturalism."
    — Vivek Shraya
    tags: living  racism  ideas 
    I didn't want to give the white reader an opportunity to think of racism as imaginary - a sentiment that is already a central barrier in addressing the problem.
    — Vivek Shraya
    The internal sexism within womanhood is very ­predominant in Hollywood, because we all want to be ­successful. There's a plug to it: You all have to be skinny! You all have to be pretty! You all have to be likable, because that's the ­formula that works. On an ­executive level. On a power level. And it's not always the same working with black people, because of the internalized racism. The colorism.
    — Viola Davis
    tags: people  work  power  racism  black 
    I live in a pretty liberal place, so it's a lot of hidden racism and things like that. If you really look up California, it's a really shitty place when it comes to things like that. So I think it will just take time. Old people have to die. Once the generation right under my Mom dies, we'll be fine.
    — Vince Staples
    tags: time  people  live  right  die  racism 
    I can honestly say that in my time in America, I have not encountered any racism. When Jim Thorpe and I make fun of each other on the range, or even when a white player makes a joke about my color, I take it as what it is-a joke-and give it back accordingly.
    — Vijay Singh
    tags: time  fun  racism  america 
    In other words, I'm against cheating, greed, cruelty, racism, imperialism, religious fundamentalism, treason, and the seemingly limitless capacity for hypocrisy shown by Bush and his administration.
    — Viggo Mortensen
    In terms of activism, the Trump-era transformation of news into entertainment has had a deep effect on the way that collegiate politics are perceived. Campuses are a main flashpoint of the post-2016 culture wars about free speech, racism, and elite privilege. That's undeniable.
    — Vanessa Grigoriadis
    I have become the poster child for calling all the Trump people racists, when, in fact, I don't think they're all racists, but they tolerated racism. And that's a problem.
    — Van Jones
    People can tell if you don't like 'em. African Americans can tell we're not welcome in the Republican Party no matter how many times they say we are. All the signals that it's a party that tolerates anti-black racism is very clear.
    — Van Jones
    tags: time  people  racism  american 
    We call for the end of bigotry as we know it. The end of racism as we know it. The end of child abuse in the family as we know it. The end of sexism as we know it. The end of homophobia as we know it. We stand for freedom as we have yet to know it. And we will not be denied.
    — Urvashi Vaid
    Most liberal-minded folk would like to think that since they are not hostile to people of a different race, racism is a disease of the uneducated, unenlightened and socially backward - football hooligans, British National Party supporters, policemen. You could call this the Bad Guy Theory. But the Bad Guy Theory does not explain why Indian-heritage children do nearly twice as well as Pakistani-heritage children at GCSE.
    — Trevor Phillips
    We have a fair amount of racism.
    — Trevor Noah
    tags: racism 
    As for the European far left, it has very little to do with Marxism-Leninism these days. It has more to do with anti-Semitism, racism, anti-migration. They claim to be left-wing but they're espousing positions which would actually be classically brown.
    — Toomas Hendrik Ilves
    tags: racism 
    I think we've produced a stronger prohibition on real racism, while maintaining freedom of speech in ordinary public discussion. So I'm very comfortable with where we're at. We're not dogmatic or impervious to a further argument, that's why we released it as an exposure draft rather than simply releasing it straight into the parliament.
    — Tony Abbott
    tags: freedom  real  speech  racism 
    Ulysses is the greatest anti-racist text in the English language, and it challenges right from the beginning the vicious racism which lies near the foundations of the Irish Free State and of the Irish republic.
    — Tom Paulin
    This unprecedented racism, bigotry and proto-fascist agenda that Donald Trump is trying to shove down America's throat has unleashed the resistance that will dethrone him.
    — Tom Morello
    tags: racism  america 
    Fear and ignorance are the key roots to racism.
    — Timothy Long
    tags: fear  key  racism  ignorance 
    Hippies started the ecology movement. They combated racism. They liberated sexual stereotypes, encouraged change, individual pride, and self-confidence. They questioned robot materialism. In four years they managed to stop the Vietnam War. They got marijuana decriminalized in fourteen states during the Carter Administration.
    — Timothy Leary
    When love of one's people becomes an absolute, it turns into racism. When love of equality turns into a supreme thing, it can result in hatred and violence toward anyone who has led a privileged life. It is the settled tendency of human societies to turn good political causes into counterfeit gods.
    — Timothy Keller
    I think for folks of color the key to combatting racism period is a) trusting their instincts and b) solidarity with one another.
    — Tim Wise
    tags: key  racism  instinct 
    The denial of racism is a form of racism itself.
    — Tim Wise
    tags: denial  racism 
    Hardly any aspect of my life, from where I had lived to my education to my employment history to my friendships, had been free from the taint of racial inequity, from racism, from whiteness. My racial identity had shaped me from the womb forward. I had not been in control of my own narrative. It wasn't just race that was a social construct. So was I.
    — Tim Wise
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