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Race Relations Quotes


"It's not easy to be a martyr in the field of race relations." - Jackie Robinson

"I think that, ultimately, the only thing that affects race relations is fair treatment." - Ras Baraka

"The history of race relations in America is very different than something like the Holocaust." - Jamaica Kincaid

"When Thurgood Marshall became a lawyer, race relations in the United States were particularly bad." - Constance Baker Motley

"[Race relations in 2015 are] almost as bad as they have ever been in the history of the country." - Donald Trump

"I am absolutely convinced that race relations on the whole are actually better now than they were 20 years [ago]." - Barack Obama

"People are very comfortable when race relations get looked at retrospectively. Slavery, the civil rights movement, etc." - Paul Beatty

"I think that the opportunity to improve race relations in the United States has been put off temporarily." - Stephen Ambrose

"Hip hop culture has done more for race relations in American than anything since Martin Luther King. And I really believe that." - Steve Stoute

"I believe in terms of the work that I do, in establishing dialogue about race relations in Latin America, steps on one of the most relevant themes today." - Bocafloja

"In many people's many people's minds this is the sole reason Barack Obama was elected. He was elected to fix race relations." - Rush Limbaugh

"I think if we continue to create jobs at levels that I'm creating jobs, I think that's going to have a tremendous impact - positive impact - on race relations." - Donald Trump

"A nation's hope of lasting peace cannot be firmly based upon any race in armaments but rather upon just relations and honest understanding with all other nations." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"The vast majority of Malaysians are sensible people; they're moderates, they want peace, they want harmonious race relations at home. They look for national unity." - Najib Razak

"The country has come a long way in race relations, but the pendulum swings so far back. Everyone wants to be so sensitive." - Clint Eastwood

"There is only one race, the human race." - Robert Sobukwe

"The human race has improved everything, but the human race." - Adlai E Stevenson

"We will finish the race." - Barack Obama

"Here's the thing. When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it's all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they're not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before." - Chris Rock

"I think various places in this country are ready to explode. I think [race relations] are very tense. I think that [Barack] Obama has divided the country as far as race relations are concerned, and I think that you have certain sections, and you have lots of different locations within this country that potentially are powder kegs." - Donald Trump

"If you are going to abolish slavery, that opens up all these other questions: what system of labor is going to replace slave labor? What system of race relations is going to replace the race relations of slavery? Who is going to have power in the post-war South? The Emancipation Proclamation doesn't answer that question, but it throws [it] open." - Eric Foner

"I have compromised down the line. I've disliked it intensely in the old days when you were trying to talk race relations and they would not allow you to talk about the legitimacies of race relations. In the old days, you didn't talk about black, you talked about Eskimo or American Indian, and the American Indian was assumed not to be a problem area." - Rod Serling

"We have many companies, I say pouring back into America. I think that's going to have a huge, positive impact on race relations. You know why? It's jobs. What people want now, they want jobs. They want great jobs with good pay. And when they have that, you watch how race relations will be." - Donald Trump

"What we are working for is an educational program that has become a resource and rallying point for scores of brave southerners who are leading the fight for justice and better race relations in these crucial days" - Septima Poinsette Clark

"The changes in thinking about same-sex marriage have come slowly at first and then in rapid course. If such change is possible in this area, is it also possible in the vexed and sordid realm of race relations?" - Barack Obama

"I think it's sinful to give the audience material it knows already, whether the material is about race relations or the car culture or the depiction and placement of a candy bar." - Manny Farber

"Race relations can be an appropriate issue... but only if you want to craft solutions, and not catalogue complaints. If we use the issue appropriately, we can transform it from the cancer of our society into the cure." - David Dinkins

"Historically - when you look at how America has evolved, typically we make progress on race relations in fits and starts. We make some progress, and then there's maybe some slippage." - Barack Obama

"The share of Americans who say race relations are bad in this country is the highest it's been in decades, much of it amplified by shootings of African-Americans by police, as we've seen recently in Charlotte and Tulsa." - Lester Holt

"And still when the delicate and unconscious machinery of race relations slips, there will be murder again. How can law contradict the lives of millions of people and hope to be administered successfully?" - Richard Wright

"We keep looking for some good to come out of this. Maybe it might help in putting race relations back on the front burner after they've been subjugated so long as a result of the Reagan years." - Bryant Gumbel

"Dreams from 1991 are becoming reality. We will build good relations between nations and people. We will strive towards mutual respect and equality of every individual, sex, race and national or any other minority." - Janez Drnovsek

"The Windrush era is a very important part of British history as it helps us understand how and why we became the multicultural society we are today, and also helps us understand the history of race relations in this country." - Naomie Harris

"It's a weird scene. You win a few baseball games and all of a sudden you're surrounded by reporters and TV men with cameras asking you about Vietnam and race relations." - Vida Blue

"If you care to define the South as a poor, rural region with lousy race relations, that South survives only in geographical shreds and patches and most Southerners don't live there any more." - John Shelton Reed

"Is there nothing the prodigiously talented Ann Patchett can't do? She's channeled the world of opera, Boston politics, magic, unwed motherhood, and race relations, creating scenarios so indelible, you swear they are right outside your door." - Caroline Leavitt

"Neighbor is no longer confined to the vocabulary of the individual. It is a national word. Modern inventions have annihilated distance. Commercial relations have broken down barriers of race and religion, and the family of nations is a recognized fact." - David Josiah Brewer

"In high school, I discovered myself. I was interested in race relations and the legal profession. I read about Lincoln and that he believed the law to be the most difficult of professions." - Constance Baker Motley

"Sabotage did not involve loss of life, and it offered the best hope for future race relations. Bitterness would be kept to a minimum and, if the policy bore fruit, democratic government could become a reality." - Nelson Mandela

"Hip-hop has done so much for racial relations, and I don't think it's given the proper credit. It has changed America immensely. I'm going to make a very bold statement: Hip-hop has done more than any leader, politician, or anyone to improve race relations." - Jayz

"Hip-hop has done so much for racial relations, and I don't think it's given the proper credit. It has changed America immensely. I'm going to make a very bold statement: Hip-hop has done more than any leader, politician, or anyone to improve race relations." - Jay-Z

"Human race cannot coexist with nuclear weapons" - Iccho Itoh

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

"I've got to win every race." - Dale Earnhardt

"The share of Americans who say race relations are bad in this country is the highest it's been in decades, much of it amplified by shootings of African-Americans by police, as we've seen recently in Charlotte and Tulsa. Race has been a big issue in 2016 campaign." - Lester Holt

"Every time I race, I will race so fiercely my legs cry." - Jens Voigt

"Race totally matters. Race totally changes your point of view. It's a different experience." - Bryan Fuller

"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

"It so happens that I never talk about race. I do not know what race is." - Enoch Powell

"Race hate isn't human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature." - Orson Welles

"I've never seen a NASCAR race; I've seen an Indianapolis 500 race." - Cheech Marin

"Anything can be art. Art is the relations between relations, not the relations between objects." - Joseph Kosuth

"Intersectionality has made an important contribution to social and political analysis, asking all of us to think about what assumptions of race and class we make when we speak about "women" or what assumptions of gender and race we make when we speak about "class." It allows us to unpack those categories and see the various kinds of social formations and power relations that constitute those categories." - Judith Butler

"They had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior, that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect;... This opinion was at that time fixed and universal in the civilized portion of the white race." - Roger B Taney

"A race track is a place where windows clean people." - Danny Thomas

"Scribblers are a self-conceited and self-worshipping race." - Horace

"We belong to the race that knows Joseph" - Lucy Maud Montgomery

"The only reason race matters is because of racism." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"Books are the curse of the human race." - Benjamin Disraeli

"Beginnings are easy, the thing is to finish the race" - Vitor Belfort

"I was born to race and to win." - Lewis Hamilton

"No particular race is the enemy. Ignorance is the enemy." - George Lopez

"The human race is one big dysfunctional family." - Robert Barron

"TV is the rat race of the century." - Groucho Marx

"If the race is good, so is the place." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I'm not investigating race as much as I'm investigating intimacy." - Claudia Rankine

"No horse named Morbid ever won a race." - Ernest Hemingway

"The English as a race are not worth saving!" - Jack Straw

"Swift was the race, but short the time to run." - John Dryden

"My place, your place, slapped face, rat race." - Roger Daltrey

"Kids are always the only future the human race has." - William Saroyan

"Islam is an ideology. It's not a race." - Ibrahim Hooper

"It's an unbelievably tight race for hideous today." - Michael Kors

"I race to win, not to please people" - Bernard Hinault

"The human race built most nobly when limitations were greatest." - Frank Lloyd Wright

"There really is no such thing as race..." - Bill Nye

"I've gotten in trouble with every race you can imagine." - George Lopez

"Running from your problems is a race you'll never win." - Kid Cudi

"In order to survive, the human race must defend itself." - Erica Brown

"A great library contains the diary of the human race." - George Mercer Dawson

"First we had the legs race. Then we had the arms race. Now we're going to have the brain race. And, if we're lucky, the final stage will be the human race." - John Brunner

"Travellers like poets are mostly an angry race." - Richard Francis Burton

"Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race." - William Ewart Gladstone

"The human race knows enough about thinking to prevent it." - Celia Green

"Morality knows nothing of geographical boundaries, or distinctions of race." - Herbert Spencer

"London is the most multicultural, mixed-race place on Earth." - Jj Feild

"Up, you mighty race, accomplish what you will." - Marcus Garvey

"Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race." - William E Gladstone

"That show, 'The Amazing Race' - is that about white people?" - Zach Galifianakis

"It's important for me to think I'm mixed-race." - Dan Obrien

"I still favor alternatives to governmental race-based preferences." - Marvin Olasky

"I like to race, not to do laps alone." - Fernando Alonso

"When I'm driving the race track, it's all about repetition." - Helio Castroneves

"The race of children possesses magically sagacious powers." - Gail Godwin

"Nobody has ever convinced me that race is real." - Alice Walker

"I love all people, whatever race they are." - Alain Robert

"When a pagan race comes in contact with a Christian race, they are converted, absorbed, or exterminated." - Joseph Bartlett

"In the name of a race you cannot find any dignity in the contemptability of your race." - Khem Veasna

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

"In the last few years, race relations in America have entered upon a period of intensified craziness wherein fear of being called a racist has so thoroughly overwhelmed fear of being a racist that we are in danger of losing sight of the distinction." - Florence King

"There was never a promise that race relations in America would be entirely resolved during my presidency or anybody's presidency. I mean, this has been a running thread - and - and fault line in American life and American politics since its founding." - Barack Obama

"Christopher Columbus introduced two phenomena that revolutionized race relations and transformed the modern world: the taking of land, wealth, and labor from indigenous people in the Western Hemisphere, leading to their near extermination, and the transatlantic slave trade, which created a racial underclass." - James W. Loewen

"To those of my race who depend on bettering their condition in a foreign land or who underestimate the importance of cultivating friendly relations with the Southern white man, who is their next-door neighbor, I would say 'Cast down your bucket where you are.'" - Booker T Washington

"School performance, public health, crime rates, clinical depression, tax compliance, philanthropy, race relations, community development, census returns, teen suicide, economic productivity, campaign finance, even simple human happiness - all are demonstrably affected by how (and whether) we connect with our family and friends and neighbours and co-workers." - Robert D. Putnam

"A white person listens to my act and he laughs and he thinks, 'Yeah, that's the way I see it too.' Okay. He's white. I'm Negro. And we both see things the same way. That must mean that we are alike..... So I figure I'm doing as much for good race relations as the next guy." - Bill Cosby

"a white person who claims to have no impediment of vision in this country is not, I think, telling the whole truth. And when it comes to race relations, not telling the whole truth about the fog one inhabits slows down the work of groping forward." - Naomi Wolf

"in race relations, the single gesture and the single individual are more often than not doomed to failure. Only the group and the long-term, undeviating policy make much headway. ... if you want to make the world a better place, the first thing you must accept is the fact that you cannot transcend your limitations as an individual." - Margaret Halsey

"One of the less dismaying aspects of race relations in the United States is that their improvement is not a matter of a few people having a great deal of courage. It is a matter of a great many people having just a little courage." - Margaret Halsey

"Contrary to the claims of the supporters of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the sponsors of H.Res. 676, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not improve race relations or enhance freedom. Instead, the forced integration dictated by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 increased racial tensions while diminishing individual liberty." - Ron Paul

"Though President Obama was at his smooth and polished best the other night, two aspects of his worldview came into sharper relief - his reflexive hostility toward and misunderstanding of business and his reliable resort to left-wing fables about race relations." - Mona Charen

"President Obama, when he was elected, he could have been a unifying figure. He could have chosen to be a leader on race relations and bring us together. And he hasn't done that, he's made decisions that I think have inflamed racial tensions that have divided us rather than bringing us together." - Ted Cruz

"When you are honest in your comedy, you have to acknowledge the world that you're in. Through a comedic voice you're talking about what needs to be talked about, whether it's race relations or politics or anything that's happening on a global or an American scale." - Trevor Noah

"We humans are wired for empathy by evolution, but when children grow up in dominator families they internalize this male over female template for relations early on. They then automatically apply it to other differences, whether based on race, religion, sexual orientation, and so forth." - Riane Eisler

"To those of my race who... underestimate the importance of cultivating friendly relations with the Southern white man, who is their next-door neighbor, I would say, 'Cast down your bucket where you are'-cast it down in making friends in every manly way of the people of all races by whom we are surrounded." - Booker T Washington

"I don't want to, in any way, characterize a race or a people or get accused of racial profiling, but the Irish, as lyrical and romantic as they can be in their poetry, they can be every bit as repressed in their personal relations." - Stephen Lang

"We could only solve our problems by cooperating with other countries. It would have been paradoxical not to cooperate. And therefore we needed to put an end to the Iron Curtain, to change the nature of international relations, to rid them of ideological confrontation, and particularly to end the arms race." - Mikhail Gorbachev

"The 1950s felt so safe and smug, the '60s so raw and raucous, the revolutions stacked one on top of another, in race relations, gender roles, generational conflict, the clash of church and state - so many values and vanities tossed on the bonfire, and no one had a concordance to explain why it was all happening at once." - Nancy Gibbs

"Workplace relations is about getting the best out of people. An argument which says that the only way we can compete with other nations in the world is engaging in a race to the bottom in terms of pay rates, penalty rates, protections on rosters, getting rid of family friendly provisions - that is not Australia's future." - Bill Shorten

"We understand 'Roots,' and that experience was mind-boggling, and it changed the way society viewed race relations. It was incredibly important. With 'Roots,' I was just as proud as anybody else that people of color were getting their stories told." - Esai Morales

"When I was trained as a journalist, as a race-relations reporter in Nashville covering the end of the civil-rights movement, we were strictly forbidden to use the first-person pronoun. There was kind of an electric charge around it. To come out from hiding and use the word 'I' carried a lot of fright for me." - Lawrence Wright

"Yes, 'Black Girl/White Girl' might be described as a 'coming-of-age' novel, at least for the survivor Genna. It is also intended as a comment on race relations in America more generally: we are 'roommates' with one another, but how well do we know one another?" - Joyce Carol Oates

"Education is the science of relations" - Charlotte Mason

"Always maintain good relations with your public." - L Ron Hubbard

"Keep good relations with the Grecians." - George W Bush

"U.S.-China relations doesn't need another lawyer." - Abigail Washburn

"The Telephone will democratize hierarchic relations." - Ithiel de Sola Pool

"Knavery and flattery are blood relations." - Abraham Lincoln

"Friends are God's apology for relations." - Hugh Kingsmill

"Unity should be the cornerstone of relations" - Haile Selassie

"Bargaining has neither friends nor relations." - Benjamin Franklin

"The laws expressing the relations between energy and matter are, however, not solely of importance in pure science. They necessarily come first in order ... in the whole record of human experience, and they control, in the last resort, the rise or fall of political systems, the freedom or bondage of nations, the movements of commerce and industry, the origin of wealth and poverty, and the general physical welfare of the race." - Frederick Soddy

"The progress of the human race is effected by the operation of two forces which correspond in most respects to what in physics are often called, for want of better terms, the centripetal and centrifugal forces. These are the forces of convergence and divergence, the one tending to concentration of powers and properties, and the other to their separateness or the independence of parts. Socialism and Individualism are to appearance conflicting, though in reality complemental, in their relations to the societary movement." - Joshua K. Ingalls

"Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. In area after area - crime, education, housing, race relations - the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them." - Thomas Sowell

"In a manner akin to the influence of Tiger Woods on the other side of the Atlantic, Thierry Henry has helped kick down a few of the remaining bigoted stereotypes. Through his undisputable class and dignity, Henry has made a deep-seated difference to race relations in this country. Racism will flounder whenever white children grow up with a black man as their hero. That so few comment on Henry's colour is a silent tribute to his impact." - Pete Gill

"I read Norman Lock's The Boy in His Winter with delight and amazement. Styled in the vernacular of a rapidly changing America, it stays true to the themes of Mark Twain's original: class relations, race and slavery, childhood innocence, moral hypocrisy-and, of course, the stark beauty and unforgiving nature of America's greatest river. I finished this absolutely elegant narrative feeling that Huck Finn has never been more alive." - David Oshinsky

"I read Norman Lock's The Boy in His Winter with delight and amazement. Styled in the vernacular of a rapidly changing America, it stays true to the themes of Mark Twain's original: class relations, race and slavery, childhood innocence, moral hypocrisy-and, of course, the stark beauty and unforgiving nature of America's greatest river. I finished this absolutely elegant narrative feeling that Huck Finn has never been more alive." - David Oshinsky

"I think there's a lot of shame in American race relations. There's a lot of suppressed guilt that lashes itself out still. I see that all the time, and whereas opposed to sort of trying to address the issue in an up-front way, they're attacking and thus perpetuating the problem thinking that they're being sophisticated and post-racial, when, in fact, they're being completely regressive." - Danny Strong

"Now, I've lived long enough to know that race relations are better than they were 10 or 20 or 30 years ago no matter what some folks say. You can see it not just in statistics, you see it in the attitudes of young Americans across the political spectrum. But we're not where we need to be. And all of us have more work to do." - Barack Obama

"The Brazilian national identity is not one of Joao Gilberto Noll primary concerns. This does not mean social critique is absent: race, gender, and class relations are considered in Quiet Creature. And these are universal relational matters, not necessarily particular to any country. Some critics have commented that understanding the specific Brazilian political context of the novel is helpful for reading Quiet Creature. This may be true, but it's not prerequisite for understanding it." - Adam Morris

"We're just at a point in regard to race relations, we're at a tipping point in America. It's a crucial time. It's sad, honestly, I think it's a place that deep down no one wants to be in. But it's something that needs to be addressed, it's something that needs to be fixed, and hopefully we can figure it out and take steps toward doing that." - Andrew Hawkins

"You could do much more in movies than you could on TV, and even movies were heavily censored. But in television, the areas of timorousness were fairly laid out. Race relations. Sex. Politics. There was a whole conglomeration of taboo themes. And even to date, though television has become a much freer medium, it's still far less free, far less creatively untrammeled than are the movies. They're infinitely more adult in that respect." - Rod Serling

"You also had in Detroit that summer, an early variation of Ferguson. A black prostitute was shot in the back by police. And all of the efforts that a very progressive police chief and mayor of that period had put into trying to restore race relations started to fall apart again, and you could see that unraveling for several years until the riots or rebellion of 1967." - David Maraniss

"Living here in North America - I have been Americanized. When I go back home now, there are things that I have far less tolerance for in South Africa. We've come such a long way in terms of race relations and the economy as well as people's willingness to move on. There are still a lot of things that are frustrating about being in South Africa." - Kandyse Mcclure

"I think jobs can have a big impact. I think if we continue to create jobs - over a million, substantially more than a million. And you see just the other day, the car companies coming in with Foxconn. I think if we continue to create jobs at levels that I'm creating jobs, I think that's going to have a tremendous impact - positive impact on race relations." - Donald Trump

"Your goal is simple: Finish. Experience your first race, don't race it. Your first race should be slightly longer or slightly faster than your normal run. Run your first race. Later you can race. You will be a hero just for finishing, so don't put pressure on yourself by announcing a time goal. Look at it this way: The slower you run the distance, the easier it will be to show off by improving your time the next race!" - Bob Glover

"Every race will have disagreements amongst themselves, but we must put aside our differences, and work together for the advancement of that race" Sandra Forsythe" - Frantz Fanon

"It is not how you start the race or where you are during the race-it is how you cross the finish line that will matter." - Robert D. Hales

"There are two races of men in this world but only these two: the race of the decent man and the race of the indecent man." - Viktor E Frankl

"We are an unfortunate priest-ridden race and always were and always will be tell the end of the chapter.... A priest-ridden Godforsaken race." - James Joyce



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