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Race And Discrimination Quotes


"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination," - Sonia Sotomayor

"Racial discrimination against a white is as unconstitutional as race discrimination against a black." - William O Douglas

"We cannot keep turning our backs on gay and lesbian Americans. I have fought too hard and too long against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up against discrimination based on sexual orientation." - John E. Lewis

"So much has happened to obscure the dialogue about race and about gender and discrimination in general, especially where those things touch on economics." - Tracy Chapman

"Discrimination is alive and soaring." - Jonathan Kozol

"Discrimination involves reflection and absorption." - Frederick Lenz

"The FBI has had a history of sex discrimination complaints brought against it, as well as race discrimination" - Anita Hill

"The FBI has had a history of sex discrimination complaints brought against it, as well as race discrimination." - Anita Hill

"I believe that there is a moral and constitutional equivalence between laws designed to subjugate a race and those that distribute benefits on the basis of race in order to foster some current notion of equality.... In my mind, government-sponsored racial discrimination based on benign prejudice is just as noxious as discrimination inspired by malicious prejudice." - Clarence Thomas

"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." - John G. Roberts

"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race." - John Roberts

"Poverty, discrimination, and ignorance restrict growth." - William J Clinton

"I have fought too hard and for too long against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up against discrimination based on sexual orientation. I've heard the reasons for opposing civil marriage for same-sex couples. Cut through the distractions, and they stink of the same fear, hatred and intolerance I have known in racism and in bigotry." - John Lewis

"Those who automatically say that the social pathology of the ghetto is due to poverty discrimination and the like cannot explain why such pathology was far less prevalent in the 1950s, when poverty and discrimination were worse. But there were not nearly as many grievance mongers and race hustlers then." - Thomas Sowell

"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." - Nelson Mandela

"Race and class reinforce one another in housing. Our America Divided story, "A House Divided," shows that racist discrimination in housing is alive and well in the Big Apple." - Solly Granatstein

"The Army has carried the American ... ideal to its logical conclusion. Not only do they prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, creed and color, but also on ability." - Tom Lehrer

"The Army has carried the American ideal to its logical conclusion. Not only do they prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, creed and color, but also on ability." - Tom Lehrer

"There are still traces of discrimination against race and gender, but it's a lot different than when I started out. It just comes quietly, slowly, sometimes so quietly that you don't realize it until you start looking back." - Eddie Bernice Johnson

"Critical Race Theory offers of discrimination frameworks as ways of understanding and eradicating racism. The focus on "discrimination" as the way to understand racism in the US has meant that racism is considered a question of discriminatory intentions - whether or not somebody intentionally left someone out or did something harmful because of their biased feelings about a person's race. This focus on individual racists with bad ideas hides the reality that racism exists wherever conditions of racialized maldistribution exist." - Dean Spade

"In an era when America is still too divided by race and by riches, Judge [Samuel] Alito has not written one single opinion on the merits in favor of a person of color alleging race discrimination on the job: in 15 years on the bench, not one." - Edward Kennedy

"...The Court ...[recognizes]...the persistence of racial inequality and a majority's acknowledgement of Congress's authority to act affirmatively, not only to end discrimination, but also to counteract discrimination's lingering effects. Those effects, reflective of a system of racial caste [legal segregation and discrimination] only recently ended, are evident in our work places, markets, and neighborhoods. Job applicants with identical resumes, qualifications, and interview styles still experience different receptions, depending on their race." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"People who are overweight face discrimination. African-Americans face discrimination. Women face discrimination and sexism. So I don't have the luxury of not being tolerant of anyone." - Octavia Spencer

"Is there discrimination against women? Yes, like the old boys' network. And sometimes discrimination against women becomes discrimination against men: in hazardous fields, women suffer fewer hazards." - Warren Farrell

"Individuals who have been wronged by unlawful racial discrimination should be made whole; but under our Constitution there can be no such thing as either a creditor or a debtor race. That concept is alien to the Constitution's focus upon the individual. ...To pursue the concept of racial entitlement - even for the most admirable and benign of purposes - is to reinforce and preserve for future mischief the way of thinking that produced race slavery, race privilege and race hatred. In the eyes of government, we are just one race here. It is American." - Antonin Scalia

"Read widely and with discrimination. Bad writing is contagious." - P D James

"Through love one acquires renunciation and discrimination naturally." - Ramakrishna

"Racism, prejudice and discrimination are an inexplicable collective stupidity" - Anderson Silva

"I never will let anyone make, maneuver me into making a distinction between the Mississippi form of discrimination and the New York City form of discrimination. It's, it's both discrimination; it's all discrimination." - Malcolm X

"Discrimination, viveka, means you know the difference between the transient and the eternal. That's what discrimination means in Shankara's yoga." - Frederick Lenz

"It especially annoys me when racists are accused of 'discrimination.' The ability to discriminate is a precious faculty; by judging all members on one 'race' to be the same, the racist precisely shows himself incapable of discrimination." - Christopher Hitchens

"The parallel between antifeminism and race prejudice is striking. The same underlying motives appear to be at work, namely fear, jealousy, feelings of insecurity, fear of economic competition, guilt feelings, and the like. Many of the leaders of the feminist movement in the nineteenth-century United States clearly understood the similarity of the motives at work in antifeminism and race discrimination and associated themselves with the anti slavery movement." - Ashley Montagu

"Sadly, if President Obama is willing to ignore the pain of race-based discrimination and injustice so as to make whites comfortable - and this, after he has already been elected and the campaign is long over - then the likelihood he will ever speak the truth about these matters, let alone address them, shrinks to nearly zero." - Tim Wise

"Watch the walls come down, whether it's in the South or on Wall Street. When the walls come down, what do we find? More markets, more talent, more capital and growth. Which means that the race and sex discrimination stunt economic growth. It's not good for capitalism. It's not good for America's growth. And it's not morally right." - Jesse Jackson

"All human beings bear God's image and must be respected for what each person is. Therefore, no external description of one's being, whether based on race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, can properly be used as the basis for either rejection or discrimination." - John Shelby Spong

"Ever so subtly, without even alluding to the last obstacles preserved by earlier opinions that we now push out of our path, we effectively replace the goal of a discrimination-free society with the quite imcompatible goal of proportionate representation by race and by sex in the workplace." - Antonin Scalia

"I share this view, that Hillary Clinton did not get a fair chance with both media perspectives and the subtleties on the gender discrimination. I think there was in the media particularly there's a zone of protection around Senator Obama on race where none existed on gender." - Maria Echaveste

"Preferring members of any one group for no reason other than race or ethnic origin is discrimination for its own sake. This the Constitution forbids." - Colin Powell

"Freedom from discrimination for women, ensuring that female children can learn to read, these are human needs for half the human race, not western values." - Mary Robinson

"Preferring members of any one group for no reason other than race or ethnic origin is discrimination for its own sake. This the Constitution forbids." - Lewis F. Powell, Jr.

"Everybody deserves fair treatment, equal treatment in the eyes of the law and the state. And that includes gays, lesbians, transgender persons. I am not a fan of discrimination and bullying of anybody on the basis of race, on the basis of religion, on the basis of sexual orientation or gender. This is actually part and parcel of the agenda that's also going to be front and centre, and that is how are we treating women and girls." - Barack Obama

"If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves. We should, therefore, protest openly everything ... that smacks of discrimination or slander." - Mary Mcleod Bethune

"Discrimination at any level sends a harmful message to youth, gay or straight alike, and that discrimination has no place in Scouting." - Gwen Ifill

"Is there discrimination against women? Yes. There's no denying that the old boys' network is alive and well. But there's also discrimination against men." - Warren Farrell

"What drives me is a sense of urgency. We live in frightening times. Progress towards gender equality and vital battles to end discrimination on grounds such as race, age, sexuality and disability are stalling and in some places, reversing. This is happening because of the collapse of trust in nearly all public institutions, and in particular in politics and media, and the inescapable feeling that the current system isn't working for most people." - Catherine Mayer

"The equal protection standard of the constitution has one clear and central meaning - it absolutely prohibits invidious [repugnant] discrimination by government...Under our Constitution, any official action that treats a person differently on account of his race or ethnic origin is inherently [by nature] suspect and presumptively [probably] invalid...Under the Constitution we have, one practice in which government may never engage in the practice of racism - not even "temporarily" and not even as an "experiment."" - Potter Stewart

"The purpose of affirmative action is to give our nation a way to finally address the systemic exclusion of individuals of talent on the basis of their gender, or race from opportunities to develop, perform, achieve and contribute. Affirmative action is an effort to develop systematic approach to open the doors of education, employment, and business development opportunities to qualified individuals who happen to be members of groups that have experienced long-standing and persistent discrimination." - William J Clinton

"Culture is not race and race is not culture." - Jaune Quick–to–See Smith

"Culture is not race and race is not culture." - Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

"What has changed since the collapse of Jim Crow has less to do with the basic structure of our society than with the language we use to justify it. In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. So we don't. Rather than rely on race, we use our criminal justice system to label people of color "criminals" and then engage in all the practices we supposedly left behind." - Michelle Alexander

"The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success are concentration, discrimination, organization, innovation and communication." - Michael Faraday

"The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success are concentration, discrimination, organization, innovation and communication." - Michael E. Gerber

"Diversity is, by definition, discrimination. It leads to things like quotas and racial profiling." - Mary Kissel

"The way to eliminate ignorance is through steady, focused discrimination between the observer and the world." - Patanjali

"With thought, patience, and discrimination, book passion becomes the signature of a person's character." - Nicholas A. Basbanes

"Employers are NOT prohibited from practicing sex discrimination in hiring and promoting employees." - Warren Farrell

"I believe discrimination still exists in society and we must fight it in every form." - Andrew Cuomo

"The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation and Communication." - Harold S Geneen

"Labor has a proud history of tackling discrimination and introducing important social reform." - Lara Giddings

"Discrimination against Jews can be read in Thomas Aquinas, and insults against Jews in Martin Luther." - Lionel Blue

"Racism and discrimination of any kind have no place in football." - Sepp Blatter

"Because of the lack of education on AIDS, discrimination, fear, panic, and lies surrounded me." - Ryan White

"Most recently my battle has been against AIDS and the discrimination surrounding it." - Ryan White

"Now, since I'm a husband and father, discrimination against women isn't just political, it's personal." - Warren Farrell

"Discrimination and prejudice of any kind have no place in sports or in our society." - Jerry Reinsdorf

"End discrimination. Hate everybody." - Elle Eden

"Discrimination is a disease." - Roger Staubach

"If discrimination based on race is constitutionally permissible when those who hold the reins can come up with "compelling" reasons to justify it, then constitutional guarantees acquire an accordionlike quality." - William O Douglas

"Election made me more aware, more conscious, more sensitive. Not just of sexism but of discrimination in all areas - class, gender, race. I had realized that there were problems ." - Blake Lively

"Many who wave American flags also practice discrimination on the basis of race. Many who wave American flags practice anti-Semitism. We think that betrays the fundamental ideals of our democracy." - Billy Campbell

"From attachment comes longing, and longing breeds anger. From anger comes delusion, and from delusion, confused memory. From confused memory comes the ruin of discrimination; and from the ruin of discrimination, a man perishes." - Swami Vivekananda

"I know for me, when I would drink, I circumvented my own self-protection and my own judgment and my own discrimination - the healthy kind of judgment and discrimination." - Alison Rosen

"My fight is not for racial sameness but for racial equality and against racial prejudice and discrimination." - John Oliver Killens

"Classics postures, when practiced with discrimination and awareness, bring the body, mind, and consciousness into a single, harmonious whole." - B.K.S. Iyengar

"The qualities in music which I considered most important - and still do - were beauty, simplicity, originality, discrimination, and sincerity." - Paul Desmond

"[ Tucker Carlson] thought that was the paramount example of discrimination and bigotry and all of these buzzwords these people use." - Rush Limbaugh

"And each of us can practice rights ourselves, treating each other without discrimination, respecting each other's dignity and rights." - Carol Bellamy

"Defeating racism, tribalism, intolerance and all forms of discrimination will liberate us all, victim and perpetrator alike." - Ban Kimoon

"Discrimination means keeping the negative and unhappy thoughts away and allowing the pretty thoughts to come inside you." - Frederick Lenz

"Sexual, racial, gender violence and other forms of discrimination and violence in a culture cannot be eliminated without changing culture." - Charlotte Bunch

"If you do not possess the staff of caution and discrimination, use the eyes of him who sees. If there is no staff of caution and discrimination, do not wander on the road without a guide." - Rumi

"Over the centuries, we've moved on from Scripture to accumulate precepts of ethical, legal and moral philosophy. We've evolved a liberal consensus of what we regard as underpinnings of decent society, such as the idea that we don't approve of slavery or discrimination on the grounds of race or sex, that we respect free speech and the rights of the individual. All of these things that have become second nature to our morals today owe very little to religion, and mostly have been won in opposition to the teeth of religion." - Richard Dawkins

"Don't say this is good and that is bad. Drop all discrimination. Accept everything as it is." - Rajneesh

"Democracy is not compatible with financial oligarchy, with discrimination against Blacks and outrages by the Ku Klux Klan." - Che Guevara

"Reports in matters of this world are many, and our resources of mind for the discrimination of them very insufficient" - John Newman

"Well, we in America are about to break up with oil. Why not break up with poverty and discrimination too?" - Van Jones

"A girl should not expect special privileges because of her sex, but neither should she "adjust" to prejudice and discrimination." - Betty Friedan

"Jinnah is a constant source of inspiration for all those who are fighting against racial and group discrimination." - Nelson Mandela

"Don't say this is good and that is bad. Drop all discrimination. Accept everything as it is." - Osho

"A girl should not expect special privileges because of her sex but neither should she 'adjust' to prejudice and discrimination." - Betty Friedan

"In the end anti-black, anti-female, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing: anti-humanism." - Shirley Chisholm

"A cheap and easy cynicism rails at everything. The master of the art accomplishes the formidable task of discrimination." - Ambrose Bierce

"We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination." - Nelson Mandela

"That's part of American greatness, is discrimination. Yes, sir. Inequality, I think, breeds freedom and gives a man opportunity." - Lester Maddox

"Today, unless women gain jobs and athletic scholarships commensurate with their percentage of the population, feminists scream discrimination." - Marvin Olasky

"Genocide begins, however improbably, in the conviction that classes of biological distinction indisputably sanction social and political discrimination." - Andrea Dworkin

"There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all." - Lou Gehrig

"Picking and choosing what kind of love is worth recognizing is an expensive choice. Is discrimination worth that price?" - Nancy Lublin

"To practice jnana yoga, the yoga of knowledge and discrimination, it's necessary to have a highly developed mind." - Frederick Lenz

"An ambassador for peace, Pope John Paul II stood steadfast against communism and condemned discrimination against all people." - Shelley Berkley

"I grew up in Derry, of course, and it was - Derry was the worst example of Northern Ireland's discrimination." - John Hume

"When I get a case about discrimination, I have to think about people in my own family who suffered discrimination because of their ethnic background or because of religion or because of gender. And I do take that into account." - Samuel Alito

"They don't worship at the altar of forced busing and mandatory quotas. They don't believe you can remedy past discrimination by mandating new discrimination. (Defending his nominees for Civil Rights Commission)" - Ronald Reagan

"Western civilisation, the elitists all understood, is built upon discrimination: a culture that does not rest on discrimination, that penalises people who discriminate, or rewards the undiscriminating, is worth very little and has only callow, childish pleasures." - Richard Davenport-Hines

"Institutionalized discrimination is bad for people and for societies. Widespread discrimination is also bad for economies. There is clear evidence that when societies enact laws that prevent productive people from fully participating in the workforce, economies suffer." - Jim Yong Kim

"We have a lot more work to do in our common struggle against bigotry and discrimination. I say "common struggle" because I believe very strongly that all forms of bigotry and discrimination are equally wrong and should be opposed by right-thinking Americans everywhere. Freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation is surely a fundamental human right in any great democracy, as much as freedom from racial, religious, gender, or ethnic discrimination." - Coretta Scott King

"Race, redemption and healing - thats my thing." - Bebe Moore Campbell

"Remember, slow and steady wins the race." - Ieyasu Tokugawa

"Gamsters and race-horses never last long." - George Herbert

"Slow and steady wins the race." - Aesop

"Race, redemption and healing - that's my thing." - Bebe Moore Campbell

"Slow and steady wins the race." - Robert Lloyd

"The Indian race are waiting and praying." - Chief Joseph

"The suggestion of denying any measure of their full political rights to such a great group of our population as the colored peopleis one which, however it might be received in some other quarters, could not possibly be permitted by one who feels a responsibility for living up to the traditions and maintaining the principles of the Republican Party. Our Constitution guarantees equal rights to all of our citizens, without discrimination on account of race or color. I have taken my oath to support that Constitution." - Calvin Coolidge

"For there is no constitutional right for any race to be preferred... If discrimination based on race is constitutionally permissible when those who hold the reins can come up with compelling reasons to justify it, then constitutional guarantees acquire an accordion-like quality." - William O Douglas

"Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you're labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination - employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service - are suddenly legal." - Michelle Alexander

"Indicate which principles you support regarding affirmative action and discrimination. 1. The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs. 2. The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public sector. 3. The federal government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the private sector." - Newt Gingrich

"I would like to say that racial attitude and prejudice are probably here...It is very difficult to act this out - discrimination - discrimination is an act. After you have the prejudices, the disciminations come out, if there is an institution for it but the Cubans have attempted to create institutions free of discrimination." - Huey Newton

"Discrimination is not liberal. Arguing against discrimination is not intolerance." - Richard Dawkins

"Choose the human race over the nuclear race. Bury the weapons and don't burn the people." - Jesse Jackson

"While skin and race are often synonymous, skin cleansing is good, race cleansing is bad." - Stephen Colbert

"The arms race is a race between nuclear weapons and ourselves." - Martin Amis

"I save the race for the race and I don't let it all out in practice." - Tyson Gay

"I own a Ferrari race team, and we race all over North America." - Robert Herjavec

"What surprises me is-even though discrimination against women and racial discrimination still exist, they have improved a lot, especially among artists. And just when I felt I could finally take a break, I encounter the age discrimination. I turned 72 and started noticing a drastic difference in people's attitudes. I started with racism and sexism in the beginning and fought them so hard and was finally ready to relax. Then, here comes ageism, and I feel like, "Give me a break!"" - Yoko Ono

"Islam is a religion of justice and dignity, and we are taught to never keep silent when facing injustice, discrimination and double standards." - Tariq Ramadan

"Gay and lesbian people, and the children they are raising, wrongfully face discrimination, and I want them to know that I'm on their side." - Juan Pablo Galavis

"My life has been immensely enriched by gay mentors, colleagues and friends, and any discrimination and persecution of gay people is unacceptable." - Mikhail Baryshnikov

"And affirmative action is a very nice term for racial discrimination against better-qualified white people in jobs, employment, promotions and scholarships, and college admittance." - David Duke

"We have such a culture of discrimination and hatred, and one that has scapegoats and affects people so extremely. That's something that very easily crosses borders." - Hozier

"Back in the 70s and 80s, women felt the discrimination of being overweight. And now 35% of the letters I receive are from men." - Richard Simmons

"I really think that discrimination and racism is a horrible thing. And I don't want any form of it in our government, in our public sphere." - Rand Paul

"We've all been acculturated into accepting the inevitability of wrongful convictions, unfair sentences, racial bias, and racial disparities and discrimination against the poor." - Bryan Stevenson

"There are clear patterns of discrimination against Blacks and Latinos. The big banks targeted Blacks and Latinos with toxic packages of subprime predatory lending." - Jesse Jackson

"Ignorance makes for weakness and fear; knowledge gives strength and confidence. Nothing surprises an intellect that knows all things with a sense of discrimination." - Madeleine de Souvre, marquise de ...

"I suggest that those groups whose culture and values stress delayed gratification - education, hard work, success, and ambition - are those groups that succeed in America, regardless of discrimination." - Richard Lamm

"Racial discrimination, South Africa's economic power, its oppression and exploitation of all the black peoples, are part and parcel of the same thing." - Oliver Tambo

"I have the utmost respect and 'aloha' for black people - who have already suffered so much due to racial discrimination and acts of hatred." - Duane Chapman

"The magnitude of discrimination and stigma faced by people with disability in Australia cannot be underestimated. People do not understand disability, and people fear what they don't understand." - Stella Young

"The fact that a baby can be born today and condemned to a life of hardship, struggle, and discrimination simply because of sex is enraging." - Adora Svitak

"The method of the critic is to balance praises with censure, and thus to do justice to the subject and-his own discrimination." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"Knowledge born of the finest discrimination takes us to the farthest shore. It is intuitive, omniscient, and beyond all divisions of time and space." - Patanjali

"Every discrimination against women in the constitutions and laws of the several States is today null and void, precisely as in every one against Negroes." - Susan B Anthony

"While housing discrimination and segregation in 2005 still affect millions of people, that's not the way it has to be. Some things can change and should." - Bruce Hornsby

"We need election systems that are free from fraud, discrimination, and partisan influence and that are more, not less, accessible to the citizens of this country." - Eric Holder

"Once you're labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination - employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service - are suddenly legal. As a criminal, you have scarcely more rights, and largely less respect, than a black man living in Alabama at the height of Jim Crow. We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." - Michelle Alexander

"Nonetheless, GAO's conclusion that employer sanctions had somehow caused employment discrimination was contradicted by GAO's own Chief of Methodology, who criticized the GAO report. is what she said, 'I believe the truth is that we have no strong causal link between IRCA and discrimination, and in [my] view it is just as likely that the discrimination we found has always been there, or that it is spurious, as that IRCA has caused it.'" - Alan K Simpson

"Remember the vast majority of the Democrats as well as all the Republicans in the House of Representatives in Louisiana voted for my signature-piece of legislation in the house which was a bill, actually a bill for true civil rights. That there must be no discrimination against anyone on the basis of race in affirmative-action." - David Duke

"You want to hate somebody, if you can, just to keep your powers of discrimination bright, and to save yourself from becoming a mere mush of good-nature." - Charles Dudley Warner

"My view is that discrimination against anyone at the ballot box is wrong and should have the full enforcement of the federal government." - Barack Obama



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