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Racial Discrimination Quotes


"Racial discrimination does not always violate public policy." - Trent Lott

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

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

"End discrimination. Hate everybody." - Elle Eden

"Discrimination is a disease." - Roger Staubach

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

"A man with a long history of racial discrimination should never run our government." - Hillary Clinton

"That so called "original sin" does not know any racial discrimination." - Desmond Tutu

"I say to you quite frankly that the time for racial discrimination is over." - Jimmy Carter

"Ending racial discrimination in jury selection can be accomplished only by eliminating peremptory challenges entirely." - Thurgood Marshall

"Racial discrimination in public education is unconstitutional.....All provisions of federal, state or local law requiring or permitting such discrimination must yield to this principle." - Earl Warren

"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

"Discrimination involves reflection and absorption." - Frederick Lenz

"[It is] a historic step toward eliminating the shameful practice of racial discrimination in the selection of juries." - Thurgood Marshall

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

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

"Gay adoption is discrimination against children" - Pope Francis

"Hollywood is the definition of sexual discrimination." - Ally Sheedy

"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

"I wrote a piece in the New York Times back in the Nineties saying that racial discrimination ought to be a criminal offense, not just a civil one. I'm all for the criminalization of discrimination." - Shelby Steele

"People understand who Donald Trump is. There was a lawsuit against him for housing discrimination, racial discrimination against African-Americans that`s been in "The New York Times". Decades ago with "The New York Times"." - Chris Hayes

"The conviction that all men are equal by reason of their natural dignity has been generally accepted. Hence racial discrimination can no longer be justified." - Pope John Xxiii

"I agree with the (Supreme Court's) holding that racial discrimination in higher education admissions will be illegal in 25 years. They are illegal now." - Clarence Thomas

"A new era has begun in South Africa. My government is removing racial discrimination. We want to be accepted by our African brothers." - Pik Botha

"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

"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

"It is of the highest importance to provide equal access to the labour market. Governments should act to establish equitable employment standards and penalise racial discrimination." - Tariq Ramadan

"It is with great satisfaction that I learned of the adoption by consensus of the Durban Declaration against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and the intolerance associated with it" - Lionel Jospin

"Racial discrimination is illegal. It's illegal in the United States. It's illegal in Arizona. It has been and it will continue to be." - Jan Brewer

"[Van Jones] you should be a racial polemicist. You should be a racial reconciler." - Mary Matalin

"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

"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

"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

"No discrimination, that's what we're about as a country." - Barack Obama

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

"Transgender discrimination is the civil rights issue of our time" - Joe Biden

"If you believe that discrimination exists, it will." - Anthony J. D'Angelo

"If personal safety means discrimination, then I'm all for it." - Janet Parshall

"This is discrimination against gay, nautically-themed cupcake mascots." - Kerry Jackson

"If you believe that discrimination exists, it will." - Anthony J Dangelo

"To be sympathetic without discrimination is so very debilitating." - Ronald Firbank

"Discrimination , in all its forms, is bad for business." - Tim Cook

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

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

"Racial discrimination in elections in Texas is no mere historical artifact. To the contrary, Texas has been found in violation of the Voting Rights Act in every redistricting cycle from and after 1970." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"The unhappy persistence of both the practice and the lingering effects of racial discrimination an unfortunate reality...and the government is not disqualified from acting in response to it." - Sandra Day O'Connor

"The NYPD with the unconditional support of Mayor Michael Bloomberg has stopped-and-frisked more black men than there are black men in New York City. Institutionalized racial discrimination in the United States is alive and well." - Chris Hayes

"We have the disgrace of racial discrimination, or we have prejudice against people because of their religion. We have not had the courage to uproot these things, although we know they are wrong." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"Communism will never be defeated by atomic bombs. Our greatest defense against Communism is to take offensive action on behalf of justice and righteousness. We must seek to remove conditions of poverty, injustice, and racial discrimination." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"We put no condition of any kind to the U.S., we don't want it to change its system, we don't want racial discrimination to cease in the U.S., we put no conditions to the establishment of relations." - Che Guevara

"A good many people voted for [Barack] Obama, and I'm not only talking about the black vote. A lot of people voted for Obama because of our history of racial discrimination in this country." - Nat Hentoff

"The exploitation of women, mass hunger, disregard for freedom of conscience and for freedom of speech, widespread and racial discrimination all these evils are far too prevalent to be overlooked." - Rene Cassin

"The ills of discrimination are still with us. We have to continue the tenacity and vigilance of the 1960s. Racial understanding is not something we find; it's something we create." - Thomas Cole

"It may be shocking to some people in this country to realize that, without meaning to do so, they hold views in common with Hitler when they preach discrimination against other religious, racial or economic groups." - Henry A Wallace

"When growing up, I saw segregation. I saw racial discrimination. I saw those signs that said white men, colored men. White women, colored women. White waiting. And I didn't like it." - John Lewis

"By the time I was at college, I became very alert to the question of racial discrimination, and I remember one of my first writing attempts had to do with a lynching." - Albert Maltz

"The exploitation of women, mass hunger, disregard for freedom of conscience and for freedom of speech, widespread and racial discrimination all these evils are far too prevalent to be overlooked." - Rene Cassin

"I had to endure the worst time of all in terms of racial discrimination in Hollywood when I first started out. It was inconcievable to American directors and producers that a Mexican woman could have a lead role." - Salma Hayek

"...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

"Reject racial or religious hate. Embrace moderate Islam" - Geraldo Rivera

"The goal is to meet the challenge of racial interbreeding..." - Nicolas Sarkozy

"We are about to have a racial explosion." - Malcolm X

"Racial superiority is a mere pigment of the imagination." - Anonymous

"Soul has no musical geographical or racial boundaries." - Roy Ayers

"Racial distinctions should not play a role in sport." - Pierre De Coubertin

"Clearly, the Obama presidency hasn't wiped out racial prejudices." - Ron Fournier

"There's not a racial divide in the city of Ferguson." - James Knowles Iii

"Factories are the workplaces of our National Socialist racial comrades." - Fritz Todt

"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

"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

"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

"Racial problems can't be easily reconciled with a pat account about racism and discrimination that lets us sort of relax into saying when we finally get this right, when we get rid of racism, when we reach the post-racial society, everything is going to be okay. Well, no, because along the way here, as we've not yet been in this racial nirvana, facts on the ground have been created." - Glenn Loury

"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

"So-called racial characteristics are not really racial at all but are due to the historical experiences of the communities in question." - Arnold J Toynbee

"So-called racial characteristics are not really racial at all but are due to the historical experiences of the communities in question." - Arnold Toynbee

"I think the O.J. Simpson case conjured all the paranoia, the racial anxiety, but also the racial fatigue that America has endured over the last half century." - Michael Eric Dyson

"I loved the fact that Obama is multi-racial. I thought that was terrific, as my wife is the same racial make-up." - Clint Eastwood

"Racial relations in this country are plummeting. Racial strife is rising. All the while, Obama is out there talking about unity and bringing us together." - Rush Limbaugh

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

"The US government should not be in the business of discrimination." - Christine Gregoire

"The camera could be a very powerful instrument against discrimination, against poverty, against racism." - Gordon Parks

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

"I've always met more discrimination being a woman than being are men." - Shirley Chisholm

"What is required of a working hypothesis is a fine capacity for discrimination" - Jean-Francois Lyotard

"I had met far more discrimination because I am a woman than because I am black." - Shirley Chisholm

"Women don't even have equal treatment when it comes to filing a lawsuit for discrimination," - Kim Gandy

"Leave it to a girl to take the fun out of sex discrimination." - Bill Watterson

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

"The Amendment nullifies sophisticated as well as simple-minded modes of discrimination." - Felix Frankfurter

"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

"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

"Tact is the discrimination of differences. It consists in conscious deviations." - Theodor Adorno

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

"The yoga of discrimination is only practiced once you have started to go into Samadhi." - Frederick Lenz

"In order to eliminate discrimination, the Modern Liberal has opted to become utterly indiscriminate." - Evan Sayet

"Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children." - Nelson Mandela

"John Lennon imagined a world filled with peace and love. Martin Luther King dreamt of a world free from racial discrimination and oppression. The guy who invented the Frisbee, dreamt of a world where people would throw a fat, circular object at each other in order to pass the time. He succeeded." - Jon Lajoie

"There could be no more powerful argument against mixing religion and government than the success of independent African American churches in placing racial segregation and discrimination on a reluctant nation's social agenda. Would black churches have been able to take the lead in the struggle had they been dependent on funds doled out for 'faith-based initiatives' . . . ?" - Susan Jacoby

"The new racism: Racism without 'racists.' Today, racial segregation and division often result from habits, policies, and institutions that are not explicitly designed to discriminate. Contrary to popular belief, discrimination or segregation do not require animus. They thrive even in the absence of prejudice or ill will. It's common to have racism without racists." - Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

"Embracing a certain quotient of racial bias and discrimination against the poor is an inexorable aspect of supporting capital punishment. This is an immoral condition that makes rejecting the death penalty on moral grounds not only defensible but necessary for those who refuse to accept unequal or unjust administration of punishment." - Bryan Stevenson

"That is what I want to make clear today. A man with a long history of racial discrimination, who traffics in dark conspiracy theories drawn from the pages of supermarket tabloids and the far, dark reaches of the Internet, should never run our government or command our military." - Hillary Clinton

"Remember, Donald [Trump] started his career back in 1973 being sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination because he would not rent apartments in one of his developments to African-Americans, and he made sure that the people who worked for him understood that was the policy. He actually was sued twice by the Justice Department." - Hillary Clinton

"At the end of a long campaign, I believe I know the people of our state as well as anyone. Based on this knowledge of Georgians North and South, Rural and Urban, liberal and conservative, I say to you quite frankly that the time for racial discrimination is over." - Jimmy Carter

"The black middle-class in America is a prosperous community that is now larger in absolute terms than the black underclass. Does its existence not suggest that economic adversity is the result of failures of individual character rather than the lingering after-effects of racial discrimination and a slave system that ceased to exist well over a century ago?" - David Horowitz

"The civil rights movement was based on faith. Many of us who were participants in this movement saw our involvement as an extension of our faith. We saw ourselves doing the work of the Almighty. Segregation and racial discrimination were not in keeping with our faith, so we had to do something." - John Lewis

"My parents told me in the very beginning as a young child when I raised the question about segregation and racial discrimination, they told me not to get in the way, not to get in trouble, not to make any noise." - John Lewis

"In the treatment of poverty nationally, one fact stands out: there are twice as many white poor as Negro poor in the United States. Therefore I will not dwell on the experiences of poverty that derive from racial discrimination, but will discuss the poverty that affects white and Negro alike." - Martin Luther

"I have a big passion about civil rights for everyone - whoever is being downtrodden at the moment, it doesn't matter: racial discrimination or sexual orientation or gender. Whatever it is, I'm there. I think I was a born civil rights activist. I can't stand the smashing of a community. It's not fair and it's not right." - Pauley Perrette

"Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited, and where the people can live freely? Never! I can assure you, they will never fight against either the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies." - Paul Robeson

"We need to recognize that the situation in Ferguson speaks to broader challenges that we still face as a nation. The fact is, in too many parts of this country, a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color. Some of this is the result of the legacy of racial discrimination in this country." - Barack Obama

"Silhouettes are reductions, and racial stereotypes are also reductions of actual human beings." - Kara Walker

"[On the racial backlash about Hunger Games casting]: "People should have ignored the five racist idiots." - Nina Jacobson

"Mass incarceration is the most pressing racial justice issue of our time." - Michelle Alexander

"Love transcends international boundaries. It heals the wounds of racial hatred, prejudice, bigotry and ignorance." - Michael Jackson

"Men like to become Christians without crossing racial, linguistic or class barriers" - Donald McGavran

"Their racial characteristics are such that we cannot understand or trust even the citizen Japanese." - Henry L Stimson

"Anti-Semitism, as an extreme form of racial chauvinism, is the most dangerous vestige of cannibalism." - Joseph Stalin

"So why is the sex barrier not taken as seriously as the racial one?" - Gloria Steinem

"Religious and racial persecution is moronic at all times, perhaps the most idiotic of human stupidities." - Harry S Truman

"We stand for the segregation of the races and the racial integrity of each race." - Strom Thurmond

"What was it, then, about the development of capitalism that gave rise to modern racial ideology?" - David McNally (professor)

"Though being underestimated has its advantages, the stench of racial inferiority still confounds my olfactory nerves." - Clarence Thomas

"Bob Marley stood for universal peace and love. He tried to break racial barriers." - Wyclef Jean

"There is more racial prejudice in India than anywhere else in the world." - Shekhar Kapur

"A people that does not protect its racial purity will perish!" - Julius Streicher

"I'm tri-racial: African-American, Native American and Euro - that's the Scotch-Irish part." - Alice Walker

"As black folks we're always sensitive. As a black person it's always racial." - Jamie Foxx

"Racial segregation has come back to public education with a vengeance." - Jonathan Kozol

"It would be difficult, in this day and age, to fund art that made racial slurs." - Jane Alexander

"There is not racial or ethnic domination of hopelessness. It's everywhere." - Sidney Poitier

"Shootouts are not gunfights of honor, they're gang wars and racial riots." - Jessica Savitch

"The Constitution favors no racial group, no political or social group." - William O Douglas

"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

"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

"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

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

"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

"Liberalism, above all, means emancipation - emancipation from one's fears, his inadequacies, from prejudice, from discrimination, from poverty." - Hubert Humphrey

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

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

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

"In the long run, there is not much discrimination against superior talent. It constrains men to recognize it." - Carter G Woodson

"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

"Our focus on discrimination against women during the past 30 years has blinded us to opportunities for women." - Warren Farrell

"It's incredibly disturbing when a country, particularly your own country, uses discrimination as a basis for an investigation." - Hasan M Elahi



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