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Racial Identity Quotes


"The demand for racial (and sexual) justice gets reduced to politics of identity - and excoriating the so-called perpetrators of the identity politics." - Michael Eric Dyson

"By dismantling the narrow politics of racial identity and selective self-interest, by going beyond 'black' and 'white,' we may construct new values, new institutions and new visions of an America beyond traditional racial categories and racial oppression." - Manning Marable

"Vietnamese must be made to feel that they are racial inferiors with no right to national identity." - Wilfred Burchett

"Without dignity, identity is erased." - Laura Hillenbrand

"Materialism is an identity crisis." - Bryant H Mcgill

"I got Twitter identity theft." - Elizabeth Banks

"Exposing their own humility and vulnerability is one of the most difficult challenges for white antiracist, even after achieving an autonomous white racial identity." - Eileen O'Brien

"The corniest movie ever made about the white man's need to lose his identity and assuage racial, political, sexual and historical guilt." - Armond White

"By encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so called 'diversity' actually perpetuate racism. Their obsession with racial group identity is inherently racist..." - Ron Paul

"Identity can be so gelatinous sometimes." - Neil Gaiman

"To accept duality is to earn identity." - Joss Whedon

"Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification." - Ayn Rand

"The best artists transcend nationality and identity." - Rula Jebreal

"People are hard-wired for tribal identity." - Bruce Pavitt

"Guns are part of the American identity." - Henry Rollins

"There is no German identity without Auschwitz," - Joachim Gauck

"The building's identity resided in the ornament." - Louis Sullivan

"I can't give up my own identity." - Shirley Maclaine

"You have to find a way - and thankfully for me, it's been music - to separate yourself from the racial identity. It's not easy, and I continue to work, God bless, and I'm really, truly appreciative of it." - Utkarsh Ambudkar

"A racial community provides not only a sense of identity, that luxury of looking into another's face and seeing yourself reflected back, but a sense of security and support." - Wentworth Miller

"The identity of the Filipino today is of a person asking what is his identity." - Nick Joaquín

"Having an identity is one thing. Being born into an identity is quite a different matter." - Henry Rollins

"My national identity is first American. My religious identity is first Muslim." - Dalia Mogahed

"Judaism is not a religion. At best, it is a racial credo, designed to maintain racial cohesion, in this case the Khazar bloodlines." - Henry Makow

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

"Most whites do not have a racial identity, but they would do well to understand what race means for others. They should also ponder the consequences of being the only group for whom such an identity is forbidden and who are permitted no aspirations as a group." - Jared Taylor

"What the left ends up missing is that politics have always been at the heart of American culture; it's been a white identity that's been rendered invisible and neutral because it's seen as objective and universal. As a result, we don't pay attention to how whiteness is one among many racial identities, and that identity politics have been here since the get-go." - Michael Eric Dyson

"It's hard enough to be a middle-school kid, because you're dealing with so many facets of your identity - you're changing socially, you're changing physically, you're changing emotionally, everything is in flux, and to put race on top of that as well and have to figure out your racial identity is extremely hard." - Rick Riordan

"Our identity is not in our joy, and our identity is not in our suffering. Our identity is in Christ, whether we have joy or are suffering." - Mark Driscoll

"The Jew has always been a people with definite racial characteristics and never a religion." - Adolf Hitler

"Racial prejudice is of ignorance. There is no place for it..." - Spencer W. Kimball

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

"Most poor people in America are white. The family breakdown issue is an issue that crosses all sorts of racial lines. High school dropout issues. But because of the flow of events which involve the racial component, we've sometimes confused racial issues with other issues which are trans-racial." - David Brooks

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

"I think that most minorities have experienced some form of racial abuse." - Lynn Swann

"I have my own identity as a player." - Carmelo Anthony

"And I sit here without identity: faceless. My head aches." - Sylvia Plath

"Dessert doesn't count if you eat under an assumed identity." - Valerie Harper

"Repetition builds continuity, Continuity builds history, History builds Identity." - Roshan Samtani

"Taste, like identity, has value only when there are differences," - Carlo Petrini

"To be free means to be lacking in constitutive identity" - Jose Ortega Y Gasset

"Individualism and mobility are at the core of American identity." - Deborah Tall

"Becoming a vampire means completely changing your identity." - Park Chanwook

"Without work, so much of one's identity just evaporates." - Joshua Ferris

"My essential identity is that of a writer." - Athol Fugard

"All discomfort comes from suppressing your true identity." - Bryant H Mcgill

"Individualism and mobility are at the core of American identity" - Deborah Tall

"The whole campaign was a tragic case of mistaken identity." - George Mcgovern

"The illusion of selfhood, ego, a separate identity is false." - Frederick Lenz

"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

"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 was' just race that was a social construct. So was I." - Tim Wise

"Perception, after all, is not simply a matter of what you believe about yourself, it all encompasses what others think about you, and what has been thought of you historically. I say we can pay attention to those other dimensions of our identity - class, gender, sexual orientation, geographical region - while at the same time understanding how our historically produced racial identity continues to serve, or undercut us." - Michael Eric Dyson

"Since the notion that we should all forsake attachment to race and/or cultural identity and be "just humans" within the framework of white supremacy has usually meant that subordinate groups must surrender their identities, beliefs, values, and assimilate by adopting the values and beliefs of privileged-class whites, rather than promoting racial harmony this thinking has created a fierce cultural protectionism." - Bell Hooks

"I look white to a lot of people. And I'm not. I'm African-American. I'm mixed. I like to call myself Mulatto because that definition fits. So, you know, I've dealt with the conflict my whole life between how I look and my actual ethnic and racial identity." - Mat Johnson

"I feel like because black Cuban artists don't have the kind of pressure to thematize race in the way that African-American artists do, there's more space for them to do their art without having to discuss it in terms of racial identity." - Rachael Price

"I grew up having great awareness of who I was in regards to racial identity and socio-economic status. This caused me great frustration until I was about 19 years old at Tuskegee University. My brother became a Christian along with my father and they shared the Gospel with me on occasion." - Sho Baraka

"I am admittedly insecure about my racial identity, an attitude that has much improved since my younger days when I absolutely abhorred it. Any attention paid to me being different was incredibly shameful...but the mirrors became too much...what a disappointing reality check!" - Margaret Cho

"Being LGBT is not a choice. It's not about "a sexual proclivity." It's not a "lifestyle," as you put it. It's about our identity. Pride is a time when we come together to celebrate our community and when others do, too. Just as we do for other racial, ethnic, and religious groups that are part of the "tossed salad" nature of our society." - Steven Petrow

"Although skin color is undoubtedly the most salient signal of racial identity in America, other actual or imagined bodily features have also been seen as distinctive markers of Negritude. These include the shapes of heads, feet, lips, and noses as well as the texture of hair." - Randall Kennedy

"It becomes more and more difficult to avoid the idea of black men as subjects of not just racial profiling but of an insidious form of racial obliteration sanctioned by silence." - Aberjhani

"Each time I visit Japan, I am reminded of how Canadian I am and how little racial connection matters." - David Suzuki

"Great nations do not succumb through lost wars, but rather through racial decay and the destruction of their internal order." - Adolf Hitler

"This is why I hate white people. You guys try to turn everything into a racial issue." - Charles Barkley

"It's a wonder you don't see the zebra being trotted out as a metaphor for racial harmony more often." - Dov Davidoff

"I am going to get officers training to deescalate situations, ban racial profiling, and make body cameras available." - Hillary Clinton

"Racial profiling has to stop." - Bobby Rush

"But it all came, and for me, hip-hop has done more for racial divide and racial sort of bringing together than anything in the last 30 years. Seeing people like Eminem sounding like somebody like Jay-Z and just the racial aspects of it all." - Michael Rapaport

"Society imposes an identity on you because of the way you look. Your struggle as a self has to do with an identity being imposed on you that you know is not your identity." - Vijay Seshadri

"Each human being has his or her own sexual identity and should be able to exercise that identity without guilt as long as they do not force that sexual identity on others." - Paulo Coelho

"I had a family. They can be a nuisance in identity but there is no doubt no shadow of doubt that that identity the family identity we can do without." - Gertrude Stein

"Your ethnic or sexual identity, what region of the country you're from, what your class is - those aspects of your identity are not the same as your aesthetic identity." - Stanley Crouch

"I just believed. I believed that the technology would change people's lives. I believed putting real identity online - putting technology behind real identity - was the missing link." - Sheryl Sandberg

"There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender; that identity is performatively constituted by the very expressions that are said to be its results." - Judith Butler

"My identity and my security are not in my spiritual progress. My identity and my security are in God's acceptance of me given as a gift in Christ." - J. D. Greear

"Growing has no connection with audience. Audience has no connection with identity. Identity has no connection with a universe. A universe has no connection with human nature." - Gertrude Stein

"If I thought it was my identity to be a spiritual teacher, that would be a delusion. It's not an identity. It's simply a function in this world." - Eckhart Tolle

"All forms of violence are quests for identity. When you live on the frontier, you have no identity. You're a nobody." - Marshall Mcluhan

"There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender... identity is performatively constituted by the very 'expressions' that are said to be its results." - Judith Butler

"The strongest force in the universe is a human being living consistently with his identity." - Tony Robbins

"Our true reality is in our identity and unity with all life." - Joseph Campbell

"Harmony of aim, not identity of conclusion, is the secret of sympathetic life." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"in New York there's such diversity that there's no one central identity; everyone is marginal." - Vivian Gornick

"Efficiency obliterates identity" - William Greider

"A group needs enemies, because without enemies its identity cannot continue to be defined." - Eckhart Tolle

"Each human needs to find his or her timeless and formless essence identity" - Eckhart Tolle

"The lover's fatal identity is precisely this: I am the one who waits." - Roland Barthes

"Your illness is not your identity. Your chemistry is not your character." - Rick Warren

"When the Christian loses himself, he finds himself, he discovers his true identity." - John Stott

"Perfume is a mark of female identity and the final touch of her style" - Christian Dior

"Avoid contradiction. Clear institutional identity helps give you the competitive edge." - Marty Sklar

"I'm slammed with an identity that can no longer say a word; mute with responsibility," - Kate Millett

"Printing links the present with forever. It carries personal identity into realms unknown." - Neil Postman

"Everyone has an identity. One of their own, and one for show." - Jacqueline Susann

"Your only identity is I AM undefined and infinite. Any label you give yourself limits yourself." - Deepak Chopra

"Stigma is a process by which the reaction of others spoils normal identity." - Erving Goffman

"Don't put the whole of your identity into the smallness of a situation." - Lysa TerKeurst

"Your personal boundaries protect the inner core of your identity and your right to choices." - Gerard Manley Hopkins

"Every loss recapitulates earlier losses, but every affirmation of identity echoes earlier moments of clarity." - Mary Catherine Bateson

"Identity is such a crucial affair that one shouldn't rush into it." - David Quammen

"You seek identity in the midst of indistinguishab le chaos, in sprawling nameless reality." - Jack Kerouac

"The disciple is rich not in possessions, but in personal identity." - Oswald Chambers

"You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with Jesus Christ." - Rick Warren

"I always put my identity at the forefront of my music." - Lotic

"Demonstration, similitude & harmony are objects of reasoning. Invention, identity & melody are objects of intuition." - William Blake

"It's our landscape which defines our identity and it's what I'm most grateful for." - Mick Dodson

"You have to make sure that [grants] reach people by virtue of their Identity Documents." - Thabo Mbeki

"Fragrance is so intimate for a lot of women - it's your essence, your identity." - Christian Louboutin

"I haven't made art about Israel. There's a covert subtext of Jewish identity in my artwork." - Jill Soloway

"I suggest the importance of developing common identity in overcoming the negative consequences of polarization." - Brian Mistler

"A faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"The particular human chain we're part of is central to our individual identity." - Elizabeth Stone

"We want to change the identity of Delhi from Generator Capital to Power Generation Capital." - Narendra Modi

"Our identity in the world must change from Scam India to Skill India." - Narendra Modi

"Royalty is my identity. Servanthood is my assignment. Intimacy with God is my life source." - Bill Johnson

"Brand handling synergy means developing and communicating your company's values and identity consistently." - Martin Lindstrom

"If you dont love, youve lost your distinction, definition, uniqueness, and identity." - Judah Smith

"This story of loss and regaining of identity is, I think, the framework of all literature." - Northrop Frye

"For the Arabs in Israel there is always a tension between nationality and identity." - Mahmoud Darwish

"Absolute nakedness was intrusive, confusing to the senses. Paradoxically, it both revealed and diminished identity." - P D James

"When you break up, your whole identity is shattered. It's like death." - Dennis Quaid

"The firmest friendship is based on an identity of likes and dislikes." - Sallust

"Viral videos aren't just about being funny. They're about identity creation." - Ricky Van Veen

"As soon as you 'Botox' your smile lines away, you lose part of your identity." - Nigel Barker

"Americans may have no identity, but they do have wonderful teeth." - Jean Baudrillard

"Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the nation - especially in the suburbs." - Melissa Bean

"From the beginning, each human embryo has its own unique genetic identity." - Robert Casey

"The value of identity of course is that so often with it comes purpose." - Richard Grant

"I'm Owen Hart and I have my own identity and my own style." - Owen Hart

"Giving votes in exchange for ideological support. To wit: identity politics for homosexuals." - Harry Hay

"Performancism is the mindset that equates our identity and value directly with our performance and accomplishments." - Tullian Tchividjian

"For some of us, books are intrinsic to our sense of personal identity." - John Updike

"The true identity theft is not financial. It's not in cyberspace. It's spiritual. It's been taken." - Stephen Covey

"I have some idea of the pressure of finding your own identity with a famous father." - Michael Douglas

"Everyone thinks that a new place or a new identity will jumpstart a new life." - Caroline Leavitt

"I know imitation is the highest form of flattery, but stealing one's identity is totally different." - Annalynne Mccord

"Canada is the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity." - Marshall Mcluhan

"I like to make things. It's been part of my identity since I was a kid." - Bre Pettis

"Southerners are also like ethnic groups in that they have a sense of group identity." - John Shelton Reed

"When you don't inherit an identity you have to define it on your own." - Marc Webb

"Fighting for identity is something that is very much in my life." - Ang Lee

"Absolute identity with one's cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership." - Woodrow Wilson

"In the mirror of your paper you will discover your identity as an artist." - Rex Brandt

"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

"As a Black lesbian feminist comfortable with the many different ingredients of my identity, and a woman committed to racial and sexual freedom from oppression, I find I am constantly being encouraged to pluck out some one aspect of myself and present this as the meaningful whole, eclipsing or denying the other parts of self. But this is a destructive and fragmenting way to live." - Audre Lorde

"James Baldwin is one of the greatest, North American writers of the second half of the Twentieth Century. A prolific writer and a brilliant social critic, he foreshadowed the destructive trends happening now in the whole Western world and beyond, while always maintaining a sense of humanistic hope and dignity. He explored palpable, yet unspoken, intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies and the inevitable, if unnameable, tensions with personal identity, assumptions, uncertainties, yearning, and questing." - Raoul Peck

"Ironically enough, if the case involves race, and one claims that race is a disqualifying factor, nobody could hear the case. Everybody comes to these cases with some preconceptions, and the premise of our judicial system is that judges by training and by ethical codes are obligated to set those prejudices aside and to decide on the facts and the law. And to claim that somebody can't simply because of their racial identity is deeply offensive." - Deborah Rhode

"Where there has been racial hatred, it must be ended. Where there has been tribal animosity, it will be finished. Let us not dwell upon the bitterness of the past. I would rather look to the future, to the good new Kenya, not to the bad old days. If we can create this sense of national direction and identity, we shall have gone a long way to solving our economic problems." - Jomo Kenyatta

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

"Classified ads of the Ku Klux Klan: Tired of all the games? Do you like racial purity, horses and dressing up like a ghost?" - Dana Gould

"Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity." - Martin Luther King, Jr.



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