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Racial Justice Quotes


"Racial justice is key to a compassionate, inclusive, dynamic society." - Rinku Sen

"Affirmative action was always racial justice on the cheap." - Joe Klein

"When you say I want to talk about racial justice, that`s not the same as saying I want to do something about racial justice." - Marco Rubio

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

"Justice goes across racial and economic barriers - like the good Samaritan." - John M. Perkins

"Justice delayed is justice denied." - William Ewart Gladstone

"I want you to understand that racial justice is not about justice for those who are black or brown; racial justice is about American justice. Justice for LGBT Americans is not about gay and lesbian justice; it's about American justice. Equality for women isn't about women; it's about United States equality. You cannot enjoy justice anywhere in this country until we make sure there is justice everywhere in this country." - Cory Booker

"Trans women of color dangerously fall in between the cracks of racial justice, feminist and LGbt movements." - Janet Mock

"Until racial justice and freedom is a reality in this land, our union will remain profoundly imperfect." - Hubert H Humphrey

"Justice too long delayed is justice denied." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to honor the greatest champion of racial equality who taught a nation - through compassion and courage - about democracy, nonviolence and racial justice." - Mark Pryor

"Expediency often silences justice." - Seneca the Younger

"More law, less justice." - Cicero

"Justice has long arm." - Laozi

"Mercy trumps justice." - Pat Robertson

"Justice satisfies everybody." - Maria Edgeworth

"More law, less justice." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Justice is horrible." - Friedrich Durrenmatt

"Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"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

"Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I think there is a commitment on the part of the White House to racial justice in this country, and no ambiguity." - Richard Lugar

"There are many pointers in the Bible concerning the rightness, the goodness, the beauty, the justice, the preciousness of racial harmony and diversity." - John Piper

"Those who deplore our militants, who exhort patience in the name of a false peace, are in fact supporting segregation and exploitation. They would have social peace at the expense of social and racial justice. They are more concerned with easing racial tension than enforcing racial democracy." - A Philip Randolph

"When you say you want to talk about racial justice, that`s not the same as I want to do something about racial justice. Saying I want to hold police accountable is doing something. Saying that I want to take money out of politics, big money, is doing something." - Killer Mike

"Justice, and only justice, shall always be our motto." - Woodrow Wilson

"Justice is no longer a concern of the justice system." - Paul Craig Roberts

"Partial justice may exist with hatred; full justice requires charity." - Austin O'Malley

"Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical." - Blaise Pascal

"There may be more poetry than justice in poetic justice." - George Will

"Injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Extreme justice is extreme injustice." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Time at length becomes justice." - Cynthia Ozick

"Thou shalt not ration justice." - Sophocles

"Without justice, courage is weak." - Benjamin Franklin

"Justice delayed is democracy denied." - Robert Kennedy

"Without justice courage is weak." - Benjamin Franklin

"Injustice all around is justice." - Proverbs

"Extreme justice is often unjust." - Jean Racine

"Justice lacking passion fails, betrays." - Jane Hirshfield

"Ajamu Baraka is a human rights advocate and an international human rights advocate, who's been defending racial justice, economic justice, worker justice, indigenous justice, and justice for black and brown people all over the world, and in the United States has been helping to lead the charge against the death penalty here, and is an extremely eloquent and empowering person. And one of the great things about running with him is that we speak to all of America." - Jill Stein

"One in three young African American men is currently under the control of the criminal justice system in prison, in jail, on probation, or on parole - yet mass incarceration tends to be categorized as a criminal justice issue as opposed to a racial justice or civil rights issue (or crisis)." - Michelle Alexander

"Whatever community organization, whether it's a women's organization, or fighting for racial justice ... you will get satisfaction out of doing something to give back to the community that you never get in any other way." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice." - Coretta Scott King

"It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley." - Rachel Dolezal

"My great crime wasn't refusing to represent an innocent man; my great crime was imagining that there was some path to racial justice that did not include those we view as 'guilty'." - Michelle Alexander

"I plan to stand by nonviolence, because I have found it to be a philosophy of life that regulates not only my dealings in the struggle for racial justice, but also my dealings with people, and with my own self." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I put everything I had into it - all my feelings and everything I'd learned in 46 years of living, about family life and fathers and children. And my feelings about racial justice and inequality and opportunity." - Gregory Peck

"My hope is that feminist, racial justice, reproductive rights and LGBT movements build a coalition that centers on the lives of women who lead intersectional lives and too often fall in between the cracks of these narrow mission statements." - Janet Mock

"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.

"I wanted a racially just society. I wanted to end wars. I wanted to end white supremacy. I wanted to create a world that was based on egalitarianism, sharing, racial justice." - Bill Ayers

"I think racial justice - and addressing the sick and enduring legacy of structural racism - remains one of the greatest challenges of our time, and one that's particularly important for more and more white people to speak up about." - Sally Kohn

"Trans rights formation that mimics the models and strategies of the lesbian and gay rights framework is growing, and there are many significant strategy disagreements between those building that work and those doing racial and economic justice centered trans work." - Dean Spade

"We must always refill and ensure there is a critical mass of leaders and activists committed to nonviolence and racial and economic justice who will keep seeding and building transforming movements." - Marian Wright Edelman

"We have a history of gender and racial bias on our court that continues to undermine the system. Excluding individuals based on race is antagonistic to the pursuit of justice." - Anita Hill

"The fate of millions of people-indeed the future of the black community itself-may depend on the willingness of those who care about racial justice to re-examine their basic assumptions about the role of the criminal justice system in our society." - Michelle Alexander

"Individual heterosexual women came to the movement from relationships where men were cruel, unkind, violent, unfaithful. Many of these men were radical thinkers who participated in movements for social justice, speaking out on behalf of the workers, the poor, speaking out on behalf of racial justice. However when it came to the issue of gender they were as sexist as their conservative cohorts." - Bell Hooks

"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

"I am honored to have Ajamu Baraka as a running mate. I think he brings enormous credibility in the disenfranchised communities, not just African American but Latino, Asian American and Native American. He is a recognized advocate for racial justice, economic justice and human rights, and I think this conversation is only just begun. It is very important." - Jill Stein

"If you want peace, work for justice." - Pope Paul Vi

"Charity isn't a good substitute for justice." - Jonathan Kozol

"The foundation of justice is good faith." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Forgiveness is no substitute for justice." - Pope Benedict Xvi

"I don't want tea, I want justice!" - Ally Carter

"Justice, even if slow, is sure." - Solon

"We do justice coldly, injustice hotly." - Mason Cooley

"Precedent goes in support of justice." - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"The essence of justice is mercy." - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

"The more laws, the less justice." - Cicero

"The business of government is justice." - Millicent Fenwick

"Justice is the infrastructure of proprietorship." - Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

"Justice renders to every one his due." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"There's no justice in this world." - Frank Costello

"Justice is Equality...but equality of what?" - Aristotle

"The Justice Dept. is the new F.E.M.A." - Bill Press

"Justice by any and all means necessary." - Marilyn Mosby

"The adulterer dies. An old custom, justice." - Aeschylus

"Revenge is simply justice with teeth." - Simon R. Green

"There is no freedom without justice." - Simon Wiesenthal

"Mercy detached from justice grows unmerciful." - C S Lewis

"Justice, not the majority, should rule." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"Justice is impartiality. Only strangers are impartial." - George Bernard Shaw

"The wheels of justice - they're square wheels." - Barbara Corcoran

"Truthfulness is composed of justice and courage." - Ibn Hazm

"Conscience is the chamber of justice." - Origen

"Justice for All in the World" - Confucius

"Peace without justice is an impossibility." - Desmond Tutu

"Gratitude is a species of justice." - Samuel Johnson

"Passion is more important than justice." - Carson Mccullers

"there's no justice, there's only love." - Marilyn French

"Love is more just than justice." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Whoever fights, whoever falls, Justice conquers evermore" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"THERE'S NO JUSTICE, said Mort. JUST US." - Terry Pratchett

"The scales of justice are in disarray" - Charlie Sheen

"The sword of justice has no scabbard." - Antoine Rivarol

"I shall temper so Justice with mercy." - John Milton

"Poetic Justice, with her lifted scale." - Alexander Pope

"Where might is master, justice is servant." - Proverbs

"Rigid justice is the greatest injustice." - Thomas Fuller

"Mercy and justice, marching cheek by joule." - Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas

"Revenge is a kind of wild justice." - Francis Bacon

"The more laws the less justice." - Proverbs

"Justice? Who asks for justice? We make our own justice ... Let us not rail about justice as long as we have arms and the freedom to use them." - Frank Herbert

"Freedom and Justice are twin sisters." - Friedrich Ebert

"Moderation is the basis of justice." - George Macdonald

"Justice is the soul of the universe." - Omar Khayyam

"Justice in the extreme is often unjust." - Jean Racine

"The price of justice is eternal publicity." - Arnold Bennett

"The greatest enemy of justice is privilege." - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

"There is no power without justice." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"There is no strength without justice." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Punishment is justice for the unjust." - Saint Augustine

"Charity is no substitute for justice withheld." - Saint Augustine

"There is no truly global justice." - Ralph Steadman

"There is no justice among men." - Nicholas Ii

"I don't think Dr. King helped racial harmony, I think he helped racial justice. What I profess to do is help the oppressed and if I cause a load of discomfort in the white community and the black community, that in my opinion means I'm being effective, because I'm not trying to make them comfortable. The job of an activist is to make people tense and cause social change." - Al Sharpton

"Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God's children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the qu icksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Justice pleaseth few in their owne house. [Justice pleases few in their own house.]" - George Herbert

"We desire justice, and justice has never been obtained in haste and strong feeling." - Walter Van Tilburg Clark

"Justice is the handmaiden of truth, and when truth dies, justice is buried with it." - Ravi Zacharias

"Mercy without justice is the mother of dissolution; justice without mercy is cruelty." - Thomas Aquinas

"Men are always invoking justice; yet it is justice which should make them tremble." - Sophie Swetchine

"The halls of justice. That's the only place you see the justice, is in the halls." - Lenny Bruce

"There is no peace without justice, and no justice without forgiveness." - Pope John Paul Ii

"Justice is not something God has. Justice is something that God is." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"Men are always invoking justice; yet it is justice which should make them tremble." - Madame Swetchine

"Justice is not cheap. Justice is not quick. It is not ever finally achieved." - Marian Wright Edelman

"Justice is justice though it's always delayed and finally done only by mistake." - George Bernard Shaw

"Justice is juxtaposition in us Justice for all just ain't specific enough." - Common

"It's the latest trendy thinking by the Ministry of Justice... Restorative justice is a fad." - Douglas Carswell

"The civil justice system is a backup system when the criminal justice system fails." - Ralph Nader

"Military justice is to justice as military music is to music." - Georges Clemenceau

"For, as thou urgest justice, be assured Thou shalt have justice, more than thou desir'st." - William Shakespeare

"But men often mistake killing and revenge for justice. They seldom have the stomach for justice." - Robert Jordan

"Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment." - Mahatma Gandhi

"We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party." - Mahatma Gandhi

"If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us." - Francis Bacon

"In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls." - Lenny Bruce

"Military justice is to justice what military music is to music." - Groucho Marx

"Racial profiling has to stop." - Bobby Rush

"We have fought for social justice. We have fought for economic justice. We have fought for environmental justice. We have fought for criminal justice. Now we must add a new fight - the fight for electoral justice." - Barbara Boxer

"I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people." - Coretta Scott King

"The criminal-justice system is, obviously, the sole source of racial tension in this country [USA] or the key institution to resolving the opportunity gap. It is a part of the broader set of challenges that we face in creating a more perfect union." - Barack Obama

"The fact that more than half of the young black men in any large American city are currently under the control of the criminal justice system (or saddled with criminal records) is not - as many argue - just a symptom of poverty or poor choices, but rather evidence of a new racial caste system at work." - Michelle Alexander

"Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Though the rampant racial injustices throughout the criminal justice system were offensive to me and to millions of other people, I've never drawn a tight circle around the black community to define the limits of my moral concern. But that narrative tends to get imposed on you, if you're an African-American activist." - Van Jones

"The real nightmare resides in a society that hides behind the mutually informing and poisonous notions of colorblindness and a post-racial society, a convenient rhetorical obfuscation that allows white Americans to ignore the institutional and individual racist ideologies, practices and policies that cripple any viable notion of justice and democracy." - Henry Giroux

"I wrote Normal Life using concepts that have been helpful to me, and hoping to offer those as accessible tools for thinking differently about the pitfalls trans resistance faces, in particular the temptation to focus on legal equality and the limitations of that approach, and the alternative approaches being taken by racial and economic justice focused trans activists." - Dean Spade

"We're more concerned about climate or economic equality or racial justice or anything else that is good for people and the planet, we simply must also spend some time wresting back our money-marinated democracy. This will require getting money out of politics and then getting people back in." - Annie Leonard

"When I look at that record in light of the 1985 job application to the [Ronald] Reagan Justice Department, it's even more troubling.That document lays out an ideological agenda that highlights Judge Samuel Alito in belonging to an alumni group at Princeton that opposed the admission of women and proposed to curb the admission of racial minorities." - Edward Kennedy



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