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"Battling racism and battling heterosexism and battling apartheid share the same urgency inside me as battling cancer." - Audre Lorde

"As a country, we are in a state of denial about issues of race and racism. And too many of our leaders have concluded that the way to remedy racism is to simply stop talking about race." - Lani Guinier

"Racism is so universal in this country, so widespread and deepseated, that it is invisible because it is so normal." - Shirley Chisholm

"Culture is one thing and varnish is another." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Racism cannot be separated from capitalism." - Angela Davis

"As much as the world has an instinct for evil and is a breeding ground for genocide, holocaust, slavery, racism, war, oppression, and injustice, the world has an even greateer instinct for goodness, rebirth, mercy, beauty, truth, freedom and love." - Desmond Tutu

"Age-based retirement arbitrarily severs productive persons from their livelihood, squanders their talents, scars their health, strains an already overburdened Social Security system, and drives many elderly people into poverty and despair. Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism." - Claude Pepper

"I refuse to believe in a god who is the primary cause of conflict in the world, preaches racism, sexism, homophobia, and ignorance, and then sends me to hell if I'm 'bad'." - Mark Fuhrman

"The plague of racism is insidious, entering into our minds as smoothly and quietly and invisibly as floating airborne microbes enter into our bodies to find lifelong purchase in our bloodstreams." - Maya Angelou

"My beliefs are now one hundred percent against racism and segregation in any form and I also believe that we don't judge a person by the color of his skin but rather by his deeds." - Malcolm X

"The pursuit of otherness, the sense that we are somehow different than our brothers and sisters, no matter where we find them, allows for all the other great evils: racism, sexism, homophobia, violence against gay people and against women." - Anna Quindlen

"Every time one of us starts talking about more effective immigration controls, somebody else throws up the Statue of Liberty, how we're a nation of immigrants and all of that. The debate takes on tinges of racism, emotion." - Alan K Simpson

"Anything that is as old as racism is in the blood line of the nation. It's not any superficial thing-that attitude is in the blood and we have to educate about it." - Nannie Helen Burroughs

"The culture of the hop ... so analagous to the culture and uses of the grape, may afford a theme for future poets." - Henry David Thoreau

"Our ambitions are bold and so must be our desire to change and evolve our culture." - Satya Nadella

"I'm filled with despair. We live in a pathological culture filled with rage and bitterness and greed. The hate-mongering and racism is reaching a frightening pitch." - Alison Hawthorne Deming

"Racism and hatred are synonymous." - Alex Haley

"When there is no such thing as religious culture and moral education, serious social problems such as drug addiction and racism fill the gap." - Recep Tayyip Erdogan

"Only faith in Christ gives rise to a culture contrary to egotism and death." - Pope John Paul Ii

"The only thing of real importance that leader do is to create and manage culture" - Edgar Schein

"The core of the culture is racism and how black men are viewed. They've always been demonized and seen as threats in our culture. Another holdover from slavery. We've got to deal with that core root of racism and demonization of the upbringing of black men. Black women are not exempt by any means." - Marian Wright Edelman

"Landscape shapes culture" - Terry Tempest Williams

"Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Joblessness is a weapon of mass destruction, homelessness, a weapon of mass destruction... racism, a weapon of mass destruction, fear, a weapon of mass destruction. We must disarm these weapons and renew our commitment to quality public schools and dedicated teachers and good housing and quality health care and decent jobs and stronger neighborhoods." - Dennis Kucinich

"The international community cannot accept that whole communities are marginalized because of the color of their skin. People of African descent are among those most affected by racism. Too often, they face denial of basic rights such as access to quality health services and education. Such fundamental wrongs have a long and terrible history." - Ban Ki-moon

"Two half-truths do not make a truth, and two half- cultures do not make a culture" - Arthur Koestler

"We need a new global culture that finds the existence of millions of thirsty people thoroughly and immediately unacceptable." - Jean-Michel Cousteau

"I resolutely believe that respect for diversity is a fundamental pillar in the eradication of racism, xenophobia and intolerance. There is no excuse for evading the responsibility of finding the most suitable path toward the elimination of any expression of discrimination against indigenous peoples." - Rigoberta Menchu

"We call for the end of bigotry as we know it. The end of racism as we know it. The end of child abuse in the family as we know it. The end of sexism as we know it. The end of homophobia as we know it. We stand for freedom as we have yet to know it. And we will not be denied." - Urvashi Vaid

"Here in the U.S., culture is not that delicious panacea which we Europeans consume in a sacramental mental space and which has its own special columns in the newspapers - and in people's minds. Culture is space, speed, cinema, technology. This culture is authentic, if anything can be said to be authentic." - Jean Baudrillard

"Racism always exists cheek by jowl with, inside, and alongside culture and class. As a rule, it is inseparable from them. That is why, for example, food, language and names assume such importance in racial prejudice." - Martin Jacques

"This film isn't about "white racism", or racism at all. DEAR WHITE PEOPLE is about identity. It's about the difference between how the mass culture responds to a person because of their race and who they understand themselves to truly be. And this societal conflict appears to be one that many share." - Justin Simien

"While it has become "cool" for white folks to hang out with black people and express pleasure in black culture, most white people do not feel that this pleasure should be linked to unlearning racism." - Bell Hooks

"Mainstream Canadians, what some might call the dominant culture, like to think this racism doesn't happen. It's important to remind people that it does and that we have work to do to end it." - Don Iveson

"There is a theory behind the culture of victimhood: It's called "intersectionality." This theory posits that racism, sexism, classism, ableism, etc. are interconnected, overlapping, and mutually reinforcing. Together they form a "matrix of oppression."" - Christina Hoff Sommers

"We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism." - Huey Newton

"It may seem sometimes as if a culture of peace does not stand a chance against the culture of war, the culture of violence and the cultures of impunity and intolerance. Peace may indeed be a complex challenge, dependent on action in many fields and even a bit of luck from time to time. It may be a painfully slow process, and fragile and imperfect when it is achieved. But peace is in our hands. We can do it." - Kofi Annan

"...let us continue to work together to develop and nurture in future generations a culture of human rights, to promote freedom, security and peace in all nations." - Kofi Annan

"It is impossible for any culture to be sound and healthy without a proper respect and proper regard for the soil." - Andrew Nelson Lytle

"It is too often forgotten that when the Europeans gained enough maritime skills and gunpowder to conquer most of the world, they not only colonized the bulk of the world's people but they colonized the interpretation of history itself. Human history was rewritten to favor them at the expense of other people. The roots of modern racism can be traced to this conquest and colonization." - John Henrik Clarke

"Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going." - Rita Mae Brown

"How women view religion's role in society is shaped more by their own country's culture and context than one monolithic view that religion is simply bad for women." - Dalia Mogahed

"Culture is the sum of all the forms of art, of love, and of thought, which, in the coarse or centuries, have enabled man to be less enslaved" - Andre Malraux

"The greatest change in corporate culture - and the way business is being conducted - may be the accelerated growth of relationships based... on partnership." - Peter Drucker

"Our attitude toward our own culture has recently been characterized by two qualities, braggadocio and petulance. Braggadocio - empty boasting of American power, American virtue, American know-how - has dominated our foreign relations now for some decades. Here at home - within the family, so to speak - our attitude to our culture expresses a superficially different spirit, the spirit of petulance. Never before, perhaps, has a culture been so fragmented into groups, each full of its own virtue, each annoyed and irritated at the others." - Daniel J Boorstin

"Conscious business.. business that is conscious of inner and outer worlds.. would therefore be business that takes into account body, mind, and spirit in self, culture, and nature. Put differently, conscious business would be mindful of the way that the spectrum of consciousness operates in the Big Three worlds of self and culture and nature." - Ken Wilber

"There's a difference between racism and "I don't know any better. I'm clueless." Racism is like, "I'm trying to make you feel bad." That's racism." - Chris Rock

"First there was racism. Then liberals created institutional racism and coded racism. You can only hear it with a dog whistle." - Evan Sayet

"If we say, as we do, that no one in this country intends for racism to lead to genocide, the effects of racism are genocidal, regardless of our intentions." - John Howard Griffin

"In the end, as any successful teacher will tell you, you can only teach the things that you are. If we practice racism then it is racism we teach." - Max Lerner

"Feminism is to sexism what black nationalism is to racism; the most rational response to the problem." - Pearl Cleage

"Fear and ignorance are the key roots to racism." - Timothy Long

"Abortion and racism stem from the same poisonous root, selfishness." - Hillary Clinton

"Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes." - Ayn Rand

"racism is alive and doing too well in America." - Johnnetta B. Cole

"Western interests: imperialism, colonialism, exploitation, racism, and other negative -isms." - Malcolm X

"We can`t allow racism and xenophobia to gain traction." - Bernie Sanders

"Racism is within each and every one of us." - Jordan Peele

"You face racism in small and large ways." - Jayson Blair

"I stand for anti-bigotry, anti-Semitism, and anti-racism." - George H W Bush

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

"Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism." - Claude Pepper

"Culture is a matrix of infinite possibilities and choices. From within the same culture matrix we can extract arguments and strategies for the degradation and ennoblement of our species, for its enslavement or liberation, for the suppression of its productive potential or its enhancement." - Wole Soyinka

"Culture is the name for what people are interested in, their thoughts, their models, the books they read and the speeches they hear, their table-talk, gossip, controversies, historical sense and scientific training, the values they appreciate, the quality of life they admire. All communities have a culture. It is the climate of their civilization." - Walter Lippmann

"Colorblind racism is the new racial music most people dance to, the 'new racism' is subtle, institutionalized and seemingly nonracial." - Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

"We must confront our own racism. Discriminatory housing and employment policies are nothing more than institutionalised racism." - Tariq Ramadan

"The end of culture is right living" - W Somerset Maugham

"Even if, personally, I'm in a place of contentment or solidity, I feel like it's hard not to look out into American culture and see vast inequity, widespread institutionalized violence and racism and transphobia and environmental destruction. It's hard to be in this world and feel a sense of innate satisfaction at all. There's plenty of things to feel unsettled about." - Carrie Brownstein

"Humanity may destroy the possibilities for life on earth unless the freedom and power that we have acquired are channeled in new creative directions by a spiritual awareness and moral commitment that transcend nationalism, racism, sexism, religious sectarianism, anthropocentrism, and the dualism between human culture and nature. This is the great issue for the 1990s and the twenty-first century." - Steven Clark Rockefeller

"Few white citizens are acquainted with blacks other than those projected by the media and the so-called educational system, whichis nothing more than a system of rewards and punishments based upon one's ability to pledge loyalty oaths to Anglo culture. The media and the "educational system" are the prime sources of racism in the United States." - Ishmael Reed

"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

"I think that in his 39 short years of life, Malcolm X came to symbolize Black urban America, its culture, its politics, its militancy, its outrage against structural racism and at the end of his life, a broad internationalist vision of emancipatory power far better than any other single individual that he shared with DuBois and Paul Robeson, a pan-Africanist internationalist perspective." - Manning Marable

"To be a soulful person means to go against all the pervasive, prove-yourself values of our culture and instead treasure what is unique and internal and valuable in yourself and your own personal evolution." - Jean Shinoda Bolen

"What stands out to me in America was all the police vs. citizens turmoil. It's decades of bad policing, bad schooling, racism, bigotry and other factors finally spilling into mainstream culture. I would like to see America evolve on how the laws are enforced on the streets." - Henry Rollins

"One of the popular views in the liberal circles of the West is that we are actually 'all victims of capitalism'. I disagree. This savage global capitalism is only one of the most terrible bi-products of the dominant Western culture of racism, greed, brutality and unbridled desire to control the world." - Andre Vltchek

"I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The Program further aims to make the benefits of American culture and technology available to the world and to enrich American life by exposing it to the science and art of many societies." - J William Fulbright

"...Any definition of a culture of peace must address the problem of achieving justice for communities and individuals who do not have the means to compete or cope without structured assistance and compassionate help." - Mahnaz Afkhami

"I learned that along with the towering achievements of the cultures of ancient Greece and China there stood the culture of Africa, unseen and denied by the imperialist looters of Africa's material wealth." - Paul Robeson

"Many other such substitutes for war will be discovered, but perhaps precisely thereby it will become more and more obvious that such a highly cultivated and therefore necessarily enfeebled humanity as that of modern Europe not only needs wars, but the greatest and most terrible wars, consequently occasional relapses into barbarism, lest, by the means of culture, it should lose its culture and its very existence." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"Any historian of the literature of the modern age will take virtually for granted the adversary intention, the actually subversive intention, that characterizes modern writing - he will perceive its clear purpose of detaching the reader from the habits of thought and feeling that the larger culture imposes, of giving him a ground and a vantage point from which to judge and condemn, and perhaps revise, the culture that produces him." - Lionel Trilling

"What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real." - George Bernard Shaw

"I think there are only three things that America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music and baseball. They're the three most beautifully designed things this culture has ever produced." - Gerald Early

"We have the ability to achieve, if we master the necessary goodwill, a common global society blessed with a shared culture of peace that is nourished by the ethnic, national and local diversities that enrich our lives." - Mahnaz Afkhami

"Yoga is not an ancient myth buried in oblivion. It is the most valuable inheritance of the present. It is the essential need of today and the culture of tomorrow" - Satyananda Saraswati

"SMILE! In every language, in every culture - it is the light in your window that tells people there's a caring, sharing individual inside and it's the universal code for "I'm O. K. - You're O. K., too!"" - Denis Waitley

"It has seemed so strange to me that the larger culture, with its own absence of spirit and lack of attachment for the land, respects these very things about Indian traditions, without adopting those respected ways themselves." - Linda Hogan

"On street corners everywhere, people are looking at their cell phones, and it's easy to dismiss this as some sort of bad trend in human culture. But the truth is life is being lived there." - Ze Frank

"At the heart of racism is the religious assertion that God made a creative mistake when He brought some people into being" - Frederick Hertz

"There are three things, and it depends on the group that we're talking about, but there's history, there's culture, and then there's social networks. So, you know, historically black and white, they worship together until about the end of slavery, and people started moving out into separate churches. But it was because of discrimination and racism and such that blacks began to establish their own denominations and their own churches." - Michael Emerson

"A universal renunciation of violence requires the commitment of the whole of society. These are not matters of government but matters of State; not only matters for the authoirities, but for society in its entirety, including civilian, military, and religious bodies. The mobilization which is urgently needed to effect the transition within two or three years from a culture of war to a culture of peace demands co-operation from everyone. In order to change, the world needs everyone." - Federico Mayor Zaragoza

"The impact of racism has changed our look at ourselves because basically racism was meant to make us look unfaithfully at ourselves, and to not treasure our institutions." - John Henrik Clarke

"I grew up in traditional black patriarchal culture and there is no doubt that I'm going to take a great many unconscious, but present, patriarchal complicities to the grave because it so deeply ensconced in how I look at the world. Therefore, very much like alcoholism, drug addiction, or racism patriarchy is a disease and we are in perennial recovery and relapse. So you have to get up every morning and struggle against it." - Cornel West

"I grew up in traditional black patriarchal culture and there is no doubt that I'm going to take a great many unconscious, but present, patriarchal complicities to the grave because it so deeply ensconced in how I look at the world. Therefore, very much like alcoholism, drug addiction, or racism patriarchy is a disease and we are in perennial recovery and relapse. So you have to get up every morning and struggle against it." - Cornel West

"Racism and injustice and violence sweep our world, bringing a tragic harvest of heartache and death." - Billy Graham

"The drug war has nothing to do with making communities livable or creating a decent future for black kids. On the contrary, prohibition is directly responsible for the power of crack dealers to terrorize whole neighborhoods. And every cent spent on the cops, investigators, bureaucrats, courts, jails, weapons, and tests required to feed the drug-war machine is a cent not spent on reversing the social policies that have destroyed the cities, nourished racism, and laid the groundwork for crack culture." - Ellen Willis

"I am convinced that imprisonment is a way of pretending to solve the problem of crime. It does nothing for the victims of crime, but perpetuates the idea of retribution, thus maintaining the endless cycle of violence in our culture. It is a cruel and useless substitute for the elimination of those conditions-poverty, unemployment, homelessness, desperation, racism, greed-which are at the root of most punished crime. The crimes of the rich and powerful go mostly unpunished." - Howard Zinn

"The underpinning of immigration concerns is xenophobia and racism and nationalism." - David Cross

"Growing inequality is a huge problem, and of course is intimately connected to xenophobia and racism." - Adam Hochschild

"Denying racism is the new racism" - Bill Maher

"Racism is wrong, racism is very dangerous." - Justin Simien

"You cannot cure racism with more racism." - Edwin A. Locke

"Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Despair." - Richey James Edwards

"It is sad to witness the persistence in our society of the racism and xenophobia that seems to be a permanent part of our political culture. It is shameful to see politicians exploiting these human weaknesses in order to gain political power. It is most depressing of all to contemplate a future in which politicians who do this will continue to have influence over people's lives." - Allen W. Wood

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

"Introverts paradoxically pull away from culture and create culture." - Laurie Helgoe

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

"I'm interested in youth culture and popular culture." - Marc Newson

"Racism is a learned affliction and anything that is learned can be unlearned" - Jane Elliott

"I think anybody who is honestly struggling against racism must struggle against imperialism and vice versa." - Assata Shakur

"Education in this country is about how to maintain the status quo and to perpetuate racism." - Jane Elliott

"Abortion and racism are both symptoms of a fundamental human error." - Alveda King

"Racism should never have happened and so you don't get a cookie for reducing it." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"It's impossible for a white person to believe in capitalism and not believe in racism." - Malcolm X

"Fascism is cured by reading, and racism is cured by traveling" - Miguel De Unamuno

"Ignorance, arrogance, and racism have bloomed as Superior Knowledge in all too many universities." - Alice Walker

"What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition." - Christopher Hitchens

"Racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it." - Ruby Bridges

"Practically anything you read or hear about racism, sexism, and homophobia is cant." - John Derbyshire

"Racism doesn't know color, death doesn't know age, and pain doesn't know might." - Jacqueline Woodson

"Under Trump, the US will give its blessing to Israeli imperialism and racism." - Lawrence Davidson

"You factor in racism as a reality and you keep moving." - Jewell Jackson McCabe

"There's more than just racism. There's ageism and sexism as well." - Brandon Marshall

"Racism, pollution and the rest of it are themselves very close to extinction." - R Buckminster Fuller

"Of course, hate speech and racism have no place on Facebook" - Mark Zuckerberg

"My belief system is that you laugh at racism, and that's how it goes away." - Sung Kang

"Education in this country is about how to maintain the status quo and to perpetuate racism." - Jane Elliot

"If black people mistrust white people, they are mistrusting racism, and that is appropriate." - Jasmine Guy

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

"I will fight the rest of my life against racism and apartheid." - Arnon Milchan

"Racism is unacceptable in the real world, and it's unacceptable online." - Fka Twigs

"The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism." - Martin Luther

"Racism is beyond common sense and has no place in our society." - Steven Morrissey

"The roots of racism lie deep in man's nature, wounded and bruised by original sin." - Sargent Shriver

"Racism is beyond common sense and has no place in our society." - Steven Patrick Morrissey

"And what is the Republican solution to these outrageous [racial] inequalities? There isn't one. And that's the point. Denying racism is the new racism. To not acknowledge those statistics, to think of that as a 'black problem' and not an American problem. To believe, as a majority of FOX viewers do, that reverse-racism is a bigger problem than racism, that's racist," - Bill Maher

"There's racism everywhere." - Denzel Washington

"Racism really does exist." - Normani Hamilton

"Love music. Love racism." - Simon Amstell

"Racism springs from ignorance." - Mario Balotelli

"The issue of racism happens all over the world. Granted, people - especially Americans - don't know the the Canadian culture. But if you look outside this country, it's a problem all around the planet." - Stephan James

"Men are rewarded for learning the practice of violence in virtually any sphere of activity by money, admiration, recognition, respect, and the genuflection of others honoring their sacred and proven masculinity. In male culture, police are heroic and so are outlaws; males who enforce standards are heroic and so are those who violate them." - Andrea Dworkin

"Every age, every culture, every custom and tradition has its own character, its own weakness and its own strength, its beauties and cruelties; it accepts certain sufferings as matters of course, puts up patiently with certain evils. Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap" - Hermann Hesse

"I never had any other desire so strong, and so like covetousness, as that ... I might be master at last of a small house and a large garden, with very moderate conveniences joined to them, and there dedicate the remainder of my life to the culture of them and the study of nature." - Abraham Cowley

"I'm not the kind of writer who's able to block out the world around me. I'm mindful of our own haves and have-nots, how our culture often blames and punishes the have-nots. I worry about our precarious economic and political climate." - Walter Bagehot

"We need to get to kids who have no idea what we do. We need to open the doors wide and let them in. There are many undiscovered voices out there - voices that, against all odds, can rise up and enrich this culture and perhaps change the very nature of the marketplace for the better." - Dan Wieden

"Feminism's agenda is basic: it asks that women not be forced to "choose" between public justice and private happiness. It asks that women be free to define themselves-instead of having their identity defined for them, time and again, by their culture and their men." - Susan Faludi

"Racism had grown out of slavery and exploitation and was very hard to eradicate quickly and completely." - Assata Shakur

"Slavery, racism, sexism, and other forms of bigotry, subordination, and human rights abuse transform and adapt with the times." - John Prendergast

"I remember after I dated this white man, nobody said anything but there was a couple of men in my family that joked after that. 'Oh yeah, we had a party when y'all broke up. Hee hee hee.' And, you know, they laughed, and it was like light and a joke. But, you know, that's real. That was real and they let me know. And, it's almost acceptable within our culture to be prejudiced toward whites because of our history. This country is loaded with racism ." - Sanaa Lathan

"What good is it to me that Mary gave birth to the son of God fourteen hundred years ago, and I do not also give birth to the Son of God in my time and in my culture? We are all meant to be mothers of God. God is always needing to be born." - Meister Eckhart



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