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Racism Black And White Quotes


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

"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

"There's sort of a persistent misperception that talking about race is black folk's burden. Ultimately, only men can end sexism, and only white people can end racism." - Benjamin Todd Jealous

"Symbolic racism is hurtful and it is especially hurtful to Black children who get called Black Pete in school and grow up with the sense that they are inferior to white kids." - Roger Ross Williams

"White, adj. and n. Black." - Ambrose Bierce

"Where white is black and black is white, I won." - Ted Hughes

"Racism was not a problem on the Discworld, because - what with trolls and dwarfs and so on - speciesism was more interesting. Black and white lived in perfect harmony and ganged up on green." - Terry Pratchett

"Sex and racism have always been tied together. Look at the thousands of black men who got lynched and castrated. The reason the Klan came into being was to protect white southern women." - Spike Lee

"But, on the other hand, I get bored with racism too and recognize that there are still many things to be said about a Black person and a White person loving each other in a racist society." - Audre Lorde

"Where the really sincere white people have got to do their 'proving' of themselves is not among the black victims, but out on the battle lines of where America's racism really is - and that's in their own home communities." - Malcolm X

"In order for us, black and white, to disenthrall ourselves from the harshest slavemaster, racism, we must disinter our buried history.... We are all the Pilgrim, setting out on this journey." - Studs Terkel

"Even when black youth gangs target white strangers on the streets and spew out racial hatred as they batter them and rob them, mayors, police chiefs and the media tiptoe around their racism and many in the media either don't cover these stories or leave out the race and racism involved." - Thomas Sowell

"If you look hard enough, you can find race issues and racism in everything. I know people who say, 'See, I don't play pool 'cuz that's where the white ball chase the black ball off the table. So I prefer bowling, where the big black ball knock down the white pins with the red necks.'" - Chi Mcbride

"Some stories aren't black and white." - CJ Roberts

"...everything looks worse in black and white." - Paul Simon

"Human beings are not black and white." - Hugh Panaro

"Diversity doesn't mean black and white only." - Henry Louis Gates

"The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people's expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn't care if you are a white person who likes Black people; it's still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don't look like you." - Scott Woods

"As for the not-black black president issue - white people can imagine blacks worse off than them, no problem. And now they can imagine blacks better off, no problem. But they still can't imagine black people who are just like them. That's the real problem. That's racism. Not being able to believe that those others are actually just like you." - Darryl Pinckney

"We black women must forgive black men for not protecting us against slavery, racism, white men, our confusion, their doubts. And black men must forgive black women for our own sometimes dubious choices, divided loyalties, and lack of belief in their possibilities. Only when our sons and our daughters know that forgiveness is real, existent, and that those who love them practice it, can they form bonds as men and women that really can save and change our community." - Marita Golden

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

"We have to stop making excuses. One of the things that I'm careful to show is the horrendous effects of institutional and structural racism, but in the end, you can't wait for white man or a Black man to come riding in on a white horse to save you. We have to save ourselves, and that's the lesson of "The African Americans."" - Henry Louis Gates

"It's a significant question: should black people only adopt black children, and white people white children?" - Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

"And finds, with keen, discriminating sight, Black 's not so black, - nor white so very white." - George Canning

"It's a significant question: should black people only adopt black children, and white people white children?" - Adewale Akinnuoyeagbaje

"We got to face some facts. That the masses are poor, that the masses belong to what you call the lower class, and when I talk about the masses, I'm talking about the white masses, I'm talking about the black masses, and the brown masses, and the yellow masses, too. We've got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don't fight racism with racism. We're gonna fight racism with solidarity. We say you don't fight capitalism with no black capitalism; you fight capitalism with socialism." - Fred Hampton

"..."white supremacy" is a much more useful term for understanding the complicity of people of color in upholding and maintaining racial hierarchies that do not involve force (i.e slavery, apartheid) than the term "internalized racism"- a term most often used to suggest that black people have absorbed negative feelings and attitudes about blackness. The term "white supremacy" enables us to recognize not only that black people are socialized to embody the values and attitudes of white supremacy, but we can exercise "white supremacist control" over other black people." - Bell Hooks

"There's a lot of racism going on. Who's more racist, black people or white people? It's black people! You know why? Because we hate black people too! Everything white people don't like about black people, black people really don't like about black people." - Chris Rock

"Unfortunately, the greater consciousness among Whites about Black equality has not carried over to the new victims of racism - Muslims and Immigrants. There is no racial enlightenment for these groups, which are huge. Millions of Muslims and an equal number of immigrants, who whether legal or illegal, face discrimination both legally from the government and extra-legally from White Americans - and sometimes Black and Hispanic Americans. The Democratic Presidential candidates are avoiding these issues in order to cultivate support among White Americans." - Howard Zinn

"Racism is when you have laws set up, systematically put in a way to keep people from advancing, to stop the advancement of a people. Black people have never had the power to enforce racism, and so this is something that white America is going to have to work out themselves. If they decide they want to stop it, curtail it, or to do the right thing... then it will be done, but not until then." - Spike Lee

"We shall be free only together, black and white. We shall survive only together, black and white. We can be human only together, black and white." - Desmond Tutu

"I have visited some places where the differences between black and white are not as profound as they used to be, but I think there is a new form of racism growing in Europe and that is focused on people who are Middle Eastern. I see it." - Montel Williams

"Racial terrorism affects the lives of white people and black people and everyone, everything. Racism is contaminating. It can affect the dogs in the street. So the process of beginning to rid the country of prejudice was in itself a kind of nation-building." - Ayana Mathis

"There's something strange and powerful about black-and-white imagery." - Stefan Kanfer

"What's black and white and red all over?" - Saying

"I like contrasting between black and white and color." - Robert Barry

"We know longer live in a homogenous society, it is not black, white, Asian or Latin, it is a melting pot. Until we learn to assimilate and learn about other cultures, we will continue to have racism problems. Of course, there are other '-isms' as our ills. We have sexism, ageism, elitism, homophobia-ism, there are many -isms we have to overcome." - Octavia Spencer

"When the Kerner Commission told white America what black America has always known, that prejudice and hatred built the nation's slums, maintains them and profits by them, white America could not believe it. But it is true. Unless we start to fight and defeat the enemies in our own country, poverty and racism, and make our talk of equality and opportunity ring true, we are exposed in the eyes of the world as hypocrites when we talk about making people free - (Chapter 9)." - Shirley Chisholm

"When the Kerner Commission told white America what black America has always known, that prejudice and hatred built the nation's slums, maintains them and profits by them, white America could not believe it. But it is true. Unless we start to fight and defeat the enemies in our own country, poverty and racism, and make our talk of equality and opportunity ring true, we are exposed in the eyes of the world as hypocrites when we talk about making people free - (Chapter 9)." - Shirley Chisholm

"Security should not be a black and white thing." - Greg Gutfeld

"Life is never straightforward or emotionally black and white." - Christopher Meloni

"Colour is everything, black and white is more." - Dominic Rouse

"I like the black and white movies on AMC." - Slick Rick

"White, black and yellow men - they all cry salt tears." - Claude Aveline

"Mortals. Everything is so black and white to you." - Kami Garcia

"Why black and white? Because color can be too demanding." - Diane Keaton

"The blues - there's no black and white - it's the truth." - Van Morrison

"In black and white you suggest, in color you state." - Paul Outerbridge

"Color is descriptive. Black and white is interpretive." - Elliott Erwitt

"Without music, my life would be black and white." - Robin S. Sharma

"Things aren't black and white in the world." - Randy Newman

"Lawyers and painters can soon change white to black." - Proverbs

"Too black for heav'n, and yet too white for hell." - John Dryden

"Lawyers and painters can soon make what's black, white." - Proverbs

"I think the truth is black-and-white ." - Nancy Grace

"We don't live in a world that's black and white." - Shannon Elizabeth

"Black-and-white always looks modern, whatever that word means." - Karl Lagerfeld

"In the beginning it was all black and white." - Maureen Ohara

"Look at any black-and-white movie; everybody is smoking." - Loni Anderson

"Kids today don't watch a black and white movie." - Robert Englund

"I think the truth is black-and-white." - Nancy Grace

"There are very few really stark black and white stories." - Jim Lehrer

"Celluloid will be the next decade's black and white." - Danny Boyle

"In the beginning it was all black and white." - Maureen O'Hara

"Most makeup campaigns are not in black and white." - Carine Roitfeld

"I know the difference between black magic and white magic." - Tina Turner

"Lawyers and painters can soon change white to black." - Henry George Bohn

"Color can do anything that black-and-white can." - Vincente Minnelli

"My definition of "good" is that you understand that this is a question of power, that you be willing to give up some power, that you be willing to give up some resources, that you be willing to pay black people reparations for our years and years of service in this country, that you be willing to go home and tell your white mother and father about white racism and how it affects and kills black people in our communities. That's my definition of good white people and I haven't met any like that." - Sister Souljah

"I hope and trust to meet you in Heaven, both white and black-both white and black." - Andrew Jackson

"Acknowledging the realities of structural and institutional racism is hard for conscionable white people. It might ask them to consider how they're personally implicated, or have gained from systems that have oppressed and rejected others. It might require them to take a next step. It's easier to say, "I don't see race," or to dismiss the Black Lives Matter movement as structureless and theatrical than to embrace and promote its most basic premise, which is to believe that black lives have worth." - Emily Raboteau

"It's never black and white on 'Game of Thrones.' If you think it's black and white, you're watching it wrong." - Maisie Williams

"Hip-hop has done more damage to black and brown people than racism in the last 10 years," - Geraldo Rivera

"What a moth might see from birth to death if black were white and white were black," - Stan Brakhage

"The world is not black and white. More like black and grey." - Graham Greene

"Human nature is not black and white but black and grey." - Graham Greene

"Assumptions that racism is more oppressive to black men than black women, then and now ... based on acceptance of patriarchal notions of masculinity." - Bell Hooks

"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

"Racism is America's greatest disease, racism is a disease of the white man." - Albert Einstein

"Taking the continent as a whole, this religious tension may be responsible for the revival of the commonest racial feeling. Africa is divided into Black and White, and the names that are substituted- Africa south of the Sahara, Africa north of the Sahara- do not manage to hide this latent racism. Here, it is affirmed that White Africa has a thousand-year-old tradition of culture; that she is Mediterranean, that she is a continuation of Europe and that she shares in Graeco-Latin civilization. Black Africa is looked on as a region that is inert, brutal, uncivilized - in a word, savage." - Frantz Fanon

"The best cure for racism is to have somebody shoot at you. Man, it does not matter then what color the arse is that comes to save yours-black or white, you're ready to give it a big fat kiss." - Wilbur Smith

"When it comes to racism, you hear people say, "I don't care if people are white, black, purple or green." Hold on, now, purple or green? Come on now, you gotta draw the line somewhere." - Mitch Hedberg

"White privilege is the other side of racism." - Paula Rothenberg

"Black reporters are as capable of racism as anyone else." - Julian Bond

"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

"Ironically, there is a history of black/Irish communion here in the states; Irish and African American brothers and sisters have often found common cause in fighting the bigotry both communities faced earlier in the 20th century. However, white skin privilege among the Irish separated them from blacks, who had no such advantage to fall back upon. The solution is to fight bigotry and racism wherever they appear, and to root out the forces of oppression as conscientiously as possible." - Michael Eric Dyson

"Nothing is black or white." - Nelson Mandela

"I don't understand racism. I have many black friends and many others have been my opponents. Respect is basic. Unfortunately racism is a social problem, and football belongs to society." - Francesco Totti

"Not every alt-right thinker or activist is a white nationalist, by far, but there's a sense that political correctness is a bigger problem than racism, and that racism is used as a cudgel for silencing." - David Weigel

"Some white people hate black people, and some white people love black people, some black people hate white people, and some black people love white people. So you see it's not an issue of black and white, it's an issue of Lovers and Haters." - Eden Ahbez

"A part of being black in America and, you know, I presume being any minority, is constantly being told that we're being too aware of race somehow, we're obsessed with it or we're seeing racism where there just isn't racism." - Jordan Peele

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

"Racism and hatred are synonymous." - Alex Haley

"Sexism and racism and homophobia and classism are so naturalized. All these stereotypes make people think it's just normal that straight white men are getting all the breaks." - Kathleen Hanna

"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

"When we don't have information, we go to the simplest outlook, to black and white. But then we have to lie to ourselves. Black is never as black as you're painting it and white is never as white." - Patricia Sun

"The United States is not a nation of black and white people. Any fool can see that white people are not really white, and that black people are not black." - Albert Murray

"If you are white, racism is too easily ignored and forgiven, regarded as of burning concern only to the ethnic minorities, and therefore of relatively marginal significance." - Martin Jacques

"I make a composition with a white and a black, and make adjustments when the white has become a paper and the black a shadow." - Juan Gris

"Only in black and white can I see the design and textures. I don't consider color photography art. Black and white is an interpretation. Color is a duplication." - Clyde Butcher

"The U. S. is becoming more hostile to Black people and other people of color. Racism is running rampant and xenophobia is on the rise" - Assata Shakur

"The black community sees itself as one group, and they are all experiencing the same experiences as a group with racism and whatnot, growing up in this country." - Andrea Navedo

"Racism is a moral catastrophe, most graphically seen in the prison industrial complex and targeted police surveillance in black and brown ghettos rendered invisible in public discourse." - Cornel West

"Black power is organizing the rage of Black people and putting new hard questions and demands to white America." - Charles Hamilton Houston

"Freedom is a struggle, and we do it together. Not only together as black citizens, but black and white together." - Andrew Young

"It is wonderful how much depends upon the relations of black and white A black and white, if properly balanced, suggests colour." - Winslow Homer

"Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world." - Joel Sternfeld

"There is much institutionalized racism in The Netherlands and the non-White population is just now beginning to fight for their rights." - Roger Ross Williams

"One of the ways [racism] pops up is when they turn a comic into a live-action movie and there's this temptation to make Asian characters white." - Gene Luen Yang

"As we search as a nation for constructive ways to challenge racism and white supremacy, it is absolutely essential that progressive female voices gain a hearing." - Bell Hooks

"In the time when my mother began standing up against prejudice and racism, the vast majority of white Americans rarely thought about civil rights." - Ezekiel Emanuel

"One ought to be against racism and sexism because they are wrong, not because one is black or one is female." - Eleanor Holmes Norton

"Racism is so extreme and so pervasive in our American society that no black individual lives in an atmosphere of freedom." - Margaret Walker

"I think the two issues, racism and chauvinism, are linked. Look at how much weaker was support for U.S. actions in Iraq among black people." - Michael Yates

"I was literally the black sheep of the family, and there were definitely moments of discomfort while my grandmother was working through her racism." - Lisa Bonet

"Many voted in 2008 with the desire to see racism and racists humiliated by having a qualified black man elected president." - Douglas Wilder

"Barack Obama will appeal to both black and white voters in America. White voters who'll think he's Tiger Woods." - Frankie Boyle

"Robert of Lincoln is gayly drest, Wearing a bright black wedding-coat; White are his shoulders and white his crest." - William Cullen Bryant

"I'm a suspicious mulatto, which means I'm too black to be white and too white to be doing it right." - Lemon Andersen

"I think that many black people thought this would be a wonderful and extraordinary thing, for a black family to occupy the White House. Not only black people; a lot of white people thought that, too, but particularly black people." - Randall Kennedy

"Skilled in every trick, a worthy heir of his paternal craft, he would make black look like white, and white look black." - Ovid

"Everytime I look at a zebra, I can't figure out whether it's black with white stripes or white with black stripes, and that frustrates me." - Jodi Picoult

"Black crime rates fell more steeply than white crime rates, and now black incarceration is falling more steeply than white incarceration." - Kevin Drum

"No black man wants a blue-eyed black child, and no white man wants a kinky-haired white child. Nature didn't mean it to be that way." - Muhammad Ali

"Oh, the white folks hate the black folks, And the black folks hate the white folks; To hate all but the right folks Is an old established rule." - Tom Lehrer

"As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them." - Maya Angelou

"If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?" - Sister Souljah

"Abortion and racism are evil twins, born of the same lie. Where racism now hides its face in public, abortion is accomplishing the goals of which racism only once dreamed. Together, abortionists are destroying humanity at large and the black community in particular." - Alveda King

"Embryos and idiots, eremites and friars, White, black, and grey, with all their trumpery." - John Milton

"America is White and Black and Latino and Asian. America is mixed. America is immigrants." - Jose Antonio Vargas

"Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves." - Lynne Truss

"back from when they watched black and white TV and hunted dinosaurs." - Rick Riordan

"The wings of Time are black and white, Pied with morning and with night." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Salt is the difference between eating in Technicolor and eating in black and white." - Jay Rayner

"A world of contradictions, wherein everything is gray and almost nothing is black and white." - David Sheff

"King and Arum are alike. One's black and one's white. That's the only difference." - Pinklon Thomas

"It's hard to live your life in color, and tell the truth in black and white." - Gregg Allman

"The situation of women and men is not comparable to worker-boss or black and white." - Betty Friedan

"Sheryl's heroes are in black and white photos, and so are mine." - John Mayer

"Black spirits and white, red spirits and gray, Mingle, mingle, mingle, you that mingle may. 16" - Thomas Middleton

"I have always liked black and white! It is simple and the colour of the piano." - Hiromi

"He will bring us all, rich and poor, white and black, to his judgment seat." - Jupiter Hammon

"This nation is being divided into black and white, and the present system encourages this." - Pauline Hanson

"Americans are inclined to see the world and foreign affairs in black and white." - Richard Kerry

"I love to unwind and watch movies, especially those from the classic black-and-white era." - Fred Savage

"Because, also the world of showbiz is not just black and white, good and bad." - Klaus Schulze

"I love black lingerie and white shoes, and I love knives." - Carine Roitfeld

"My uniform: grey suit, white shirt, grey tie and tie bar, grey cardigan and black wingtips." - Thom Browne

"I always carry my classic black-and-white tux and custom-made George Esquivel saddle shoes." - Janelle Monae

"See the fear and terror as black men run. White is right in the white man's world, on the big white screen." - Robert Banks



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