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Racism In America Quotes


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

"We don't have a refugee crisis in America; we have a racism crisis here." - Phyllis Bennis

"I have nothing to do with racism in America; it was here when I got here." - Paul Mooney

"By the 1960s, many of us believed that the Civil Rights Movement could eliminate racism in America during our lifetime. But despite significant progress, racism remains." - Bill Cosby

"There is a bunch of racism in America, and sadly, most of it's on the left side of the aisle." - Rush Limbaugh

"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 America there is institutional racism that we all inherit and participate in, like breathing the air in this room - and we have to become sensitive to it." - Henry Louis Gates

"Telling me that I'm obsessed with talking about racism in America is like telling me I'm obsessed with swimming when I'm drowning." - Hari Kondabolu

"Telling me that I'm obsessed with talking about racism in America is like telling me I'm obsessed with swimming when I'm drowning." - Hari Kondabolu

"For many years, I believed racism in America was dead and that opportunity existed for all. My beliefs were shaken when the Rodney King officers were acquitted." - John Hope Bryant

"Many people who are drawn to work about racism and transphobia may be new to thinking deeply about colonialism and indigenous resistance in their North America." - Dean Spade

"Racism. It's ugly. Even in tubers." - Alton Brown

"The racism in South Asia is the most specific racism in the world. It's like racism against a slightly different language group. It's like micro-racism." - Riz Ahmed

"A white leftist Mexican activist isn't the same in the media as the son of a farmer in Guerrero, they aren't worth the same. In the same imaginary of the Latin American Left exists a racism, a racism that corresponds to processes of colonialism internal to almost all countries in Latin America." - Bocafloja

"I have experienced racism in this country. My children have experienced racism in this country. I wouldn't say America is against me. It is not an either/or proposition. But there are some people who hold fast to certain religious beliefs." - James Peterson

"As much as racism bleeds America, we need to understand that classism is the real issue." - Immortal Technique

"Racism is a cancer that America does not want to cure." - Willie D

"If you admit to being racist, it says you acknowledge that you are being driven by projections and stereotypes that were formed in the creation of our country. Racism is deeply rooted in America." - Claudia Rankine

"In America right now, the people who talk about race the most are people of color - and if we are going to move the needle forward, it's WHITE people who need to acknowledge their role in racism." - Jodi Picoult

"I think that America certainly has racism, I think that any industrialized country does. But when you see how many million fans Barack Obama has who are not black, it would lead one to the conclusion that millions of Americans are in fact not burdened by the albatross of racism." - Henry Rollins

"The black people's struggle has vanquished racism. It was God who created colour. Today Obama, a son of Kenya, a son of Africa, has made it in the United States of America." - Muammar al-Gaddafi

"I think the clearest manifestation for anyone who doubts that racism and classism exist in America, all one need do is take a real serious objective look at our criminal justice system." - Tim McDonald

"If you're getting harassed, it's not helpful to know that racism has generally declined in America, when you're still experiencing it. That is a reality that we're still vulnerable to." - Shelby Steele

"In America, we have struggled too much, too long as a country trying to overcome racism and sexism and homophobia. We cannot go back to a more discriminatory society." - Bernie Sanders

"You could feel America starting to ease up a little bit on racism, against blacks in certain pockets, and then suddenly The Cosby Show bubbled up and it was the right time for it." - Adam Mckay

"The black people's struggle has vanquished racism. It was God who created colour. Today Obama, a son of Kenya, a son of Africa, has made it in the United States of America." - Muammar Gaddafi

"Racism in America absolutely exists - it is an issue. We need to fix it. We're a great country - probably the greatest country but we could be a hell of a lot greater." - Spike Lee

"Africans who immigrate to America know how little racism exists there. They suspect it before emigrating from Africa, and they know it after arriving in America. Indeed, America, the Left's depiction of it notwithstanding, is the least racist country in the world." - Dennis Prager

"More whites believe in ghosts than believe in racism," - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"Racism today is the ultimate evil in the world" - Pope Francis

"We have gaps that are rooted in systemic racism." - Hillary Clinton

"There was no racism; there was no problem [in Mecca]." - Malcolm X

"In England, I've never really had a problem with racism." - Didier Drogba

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

"I couldn't adjust to the racism in Florida." - Sidney Poitier

"All of you are aware of the tragic history of racism in America, but for a very long time, African-Americans and their white allies came together and they struggled and they stood up for justice and they stood up to lynching and they stood up to segregation and the stood up to a nation where African-Americans couldn't even vote in America." - Bernie Sanders

"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

"In America, racism exists but racists are all gone. Racists belong to the past. Racists are the thin-lipped mean white people in the movies about the civil rights era. Here's the thing: the manifestation of racism has changed but the language has not. So if you haven't lynched somebody then you can't be called a racist. If you're not a bloodsucking monster, then you can't be called a racist. Somebody has to be able to say that racists are not monsters." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"Racism is still America's greatest addiction. I also believe that America is the greatest sin against God." - Michael Pfleger

"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

"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

"We must never remain silent in the face of bigotry. We must condemn those who seek to divide us. In all quarters and at all times, we must teach tolerance and denounce racism, anti-Semitism and all ethnic or religious bigotry wherever they exist as unacceptable evils. We have no place for haters in America - none, whatsoever." - Ronald Reagan

"I can honestly say that in my time in America, I have not encountered any racism. When Jim Thorpe and I make fun of each other on the range, or even when a white player makes a joke about my color, I take it as what it is-a joke-and give it back accordingly." - Vijay Singh

"Indians in America are yet to be considered human beings, even though the Pope issued a papal bull in 1898 that declared us to be human beings. But to show you the institutional racism, the sports teams are still using the Indians as mascots." - Russell Means

"Why don't we hear more about and from Asians when it comes to race in America? Are Asians the new Invisible Man - there but not there? In some ways, yeah. Blacks and whites are always carping about the metrics of racism. And any conversation about immigration reform is immediately flipped into a referendum on Hispanics." - John Ridley

"I found there's a fairly blatant racism in America that's already there, and I don't think I noticed it when I lived here as a kid. But when I went back to South Africa, and then it's sort of thrust in your face, and then came back here - I just see it everywhere." - Dave Matthews

"I'm inspired by people like Nelson Mandela. Can you imagine - you know how racist America was back then - imagine how racism was in South Africa when he had to stand up and say what he had to say. That's bravery beyond comprehension." - Nas

"Today the governments of Latin America should be ashamed of not havingexterminated the indigenous, at the end of the twentieth century, because weexist at the end of this century. We are not myths of the past, ruins in thejungle, or zoos. We are people and we want to be respected, not to be victims ofintolerance and racism." - Rigoberta Menchu

"The lessons of the past suggest that racism and resentment against people of color will continue to flourish in America as long as the history that is taught transposes the heroes and the villains. That is the unspoken truth at the heart of the nation's racial divide." - Susan L Taylor

"I feel sorry for Obama because he's still got to fight the innate racism of Americans. I mean, did you see his first speech, when he got made President and they put all that bullet proof glass in front of him? I think that shows you how racist America still is. Just because he's black doesn't mean he's going to shoot anybody." - Frankie Boyle

"America is supposed to pride itself on freedom of religion, race, and class. It's something that is carried on from ignorance and territorialism. I don't know if it's a transcendental pre-colonial mentality but I don't see too many other races of people trippin' about who is coming in and coming out. I think it's primarily racism disguised as class wars." - Myka 9

"I truly believe that one of the things that has been lacking in America is a spirit of repentance about the injustices of slavery and the injustices of segregation and racism generally. I truly believe that we cannot come to a place of reconciliation until there is individual repentance and corporate repentance." - David Oyelowo

"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

"I am disappointed that after all of the struggles that we have had in this country for such a long time, trying to get through and beyond racism and bigotry and discrimination - I think it is sad. It just tells us the kind of work that we have to do as - as America, as a nation." - Bernie Sanders

"I would not be standing here today if my skin were white or my religion were Presbyterian. I am here today only because my skin is yellow and my religion is Unification Church. The ugliest things in this beautiful country of America are religious bigotry and racism." - Sun Myung Moon

"I was the only white kid in my neighborhood for most of my youth even in high school, so reverse racism was just as apparent as racism." - Shia Labeouf

"The United States of America is a nation where people are not united because of those three glaring frailties: racism, injustices and inequities." - Yuri Kochiyama

"Imperialism is the underlying motor of racism. The underlying reason that racism keeps on being promoted in all of its various forms." - Assata Shakur

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

"In America everyone's fast." - Scott Dixon

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

"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 belief in the inherent superiority of one race over another." - Neal Boortz

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

"We've got to address the systemic racism in our criminal justice system." - Hillary Clinton

"That notion that we're in the post-racism, post-sexism world is so not true." - Margaret Cho

"I don't know anywhere in the world where there is not racism against somebody." - Alex Haley

"I'm in favor of everything with regards to ending institutional racism." - Rand Paul

"I love Canadians because I don't see very much racism in Canada." - Patti Labelle

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

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

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

"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

"The problem is, is the White House and this administration have created a war against police officers in this country, with their allegations and false assertions that there's widespread and pervasive racism in the United States of America that lives in the heart and minds of the men and women in blue. This is a false narrative. It is dangerous. It is reckless. It has resulted in the loss of lives. They are not being held accountable." - Kimberly Guilfoyle

"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

"One of the ongoing crises in America is institutional racism. We have a very broken criminal justice system. We live in a country where there are more people in jail than any other country on Earth. There are some 2.2 million people currently incarcerated and they are disproportionally African American and Hispanic. Unarmed African Americans have been abused and sometimes killed while in police custody. Clearly these are issues that must be dealt with and changed." - Bernie Sanders

"It's so hard for me to even acknowledge America without talking about race. If you look at our society, if you look at the prisons, if you look at the poverty and which side of the line the majority of people are, we have to acknowledge how we divide ourselves up, that there's racism alive in this country. And it's not in the law. It's in our minds. And that's what we have to actively battle." - Dave Matthews

"Shouldn't the American leadership be addressing what is happening in America, with its domestic policies on racism, discrimination, illegal monitoring, solitary confinement, torture, Guantanamo Bay and any other social and political issues related to the American society not directly connected to Islam? American Muslims must speak out and be involved as well in international policies and, through their institutions, they should raise their voice. This is the way you serve the community." - Tariq Ramadan

"America doesn't exist in decline! America never has existed in decline, and people do not want to be told that the country that they live in now is in decline and to live it, learn it, and love it. And so they rejected it. So Van Jones goes out and he understands it's not racism - at least he says he understands. I'm gonna give him the benefit of the doubt. He says he understands. He hears... He listens to Trump's speech and he finally sees how other people are hearing it." - Rush Limbaugh

"One of the funny things about the racism of the system, when I started 30 years ago, I'm in an area called Koreatown and most of the kids were Asian. And when the kids did well, people said, "Well, of course, they did well. They're Asians." But when we had this huge influx of Latino children from Central America, they said, "Oh, you're gonna have problems now."" - Rafe Esquith

"We treat racism in this country like it's a style that America went through. Like flared legs and lava lamps. Oh, that crazy thing we did. We were hanging black people. We treat it like a fad instead of a disease that eradicates millions of people. You've got to get it at a lab, and study it, and see its origins, and see what it's immune to and what breaks it down." - Chris Rock

"Claudia Rankine's Citizen comes at you like doom. It's the best note in the wrong song that is America. Its various realities-'mistaken' identity, social racism, the whole fabric of urban and suburban life-are almost too much to bear, but you bear them, because it's the truth. Citizen is Rankine's Spoon River Anthology, an epic as large and frightening and beautiful as the country and various emotional states that produced it." - Hilton Als

"There's racism everywhere." - Denzel Washington

"Racism really does exist." - Normani Hamilton

"Love music. Love racism." - Simon Amstell

"Racism springs from ignorance." - Mario Balotelli

"Let me offer you, metaphorically, two magic wands that have sweeping powers to change society. With one wand you could wipe out all racism and discrimination from the hearts and minds of white America. The other wand you could wave across the ghettos and barrios of America and infuse the inhabitants with Japanese or Jewish values, respect for learning and ambition. ... I suggest that the best wand for society and for those who live in the ghettos and barrios would be the second wand." - Richard Lamm

"Diversity means, when the left teaches it, the people responsible for building America and maintaining it get the short end of the stick from now on. With this singular American culture that people came and wanted to be part of, they were proud, couldn't wait to become Americans, tears in their eyes when it happened. It was a special place. Defending it now, defending that America, defending our cultural, defending our founding, defending all of the things that made this country great is now called racism or xenophobia or hate." - Rush Limbaugh

"I'd hasten to say that the prejudice in Dust City isn't completely analogous to racism in the real world." - Robert Paul Weston

"The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishments hand. They make the racist secure in his racism." - Huey Newton

"Racism cannot be cured solely by attacking some of the results it produces, like discrimination in housing or in education." - Sargent Shriver

"I experienced racism in different settings: I was followed in stores, in cars. The way you experience racism depends on how you deal with it. My memories of Goodeve are good ones." - Perry Bellegarde

"Memory in America suffers amnesia." - Meridel Le Sueur

"America is in such trouble." - Donald Trump

"I love being in America." - Charlotte Church

"It's morning again in America." - Hal Riney

"In America everything is fantastical." - Alejo Carpentier

"What's appropriate in America anymore?" - Fuzzy Zoeller

"Discussion in America means dissent." - James Thurber

"I get recognised in America." - Nicole Trunfio

"People were nicer to me when I was in the arts. I experienced extreme racism in small-town New Zealand. Racism which really went away when I got into the arts." - Cliff Curtis

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

"Racism is a system of power and in the absence of power you cannot be considered a racist." - Sister Souljah

"If we're going to address trafficking in our country we have to address poverty, racism & gender based violence." - Rachel Lloyd

"My message is really that racism has no place in the hearts and minds of our children." - Ruby Bridges

"Hatred of producers of wealth still flourishes and has become, in fact, the racism of the intelligentsia." - George Gilder

"The world and man are identical. This is why racism is the most stupid thing in the world." - Paul Virilio

"Racism is the most divisive force in our society, so until it is dealt with we cannot hope for much." - Michael Yates

"Rescind the appointment of [Steve] Bannon. We will not be involved in the expansion of bigotry, of racism, sexism, homophobia." - Bernie Sanders

"Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics." - Alex Haley

"Seems to me that the institutions that function in this country are clearly racist, and that they're built upon racism." - Stokely Carmichael

"You'd never know that listening to people in the UN but tribalism is the father of racism." - Stanley Crouch

"When I was growing up, I never heard the word 'racism.' It was only in Paris I encountered that." - Azzedine Alaia

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

"Racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, sexism, anything Nazi and a boatload of other things have no place in my life." - Sandra Bullock

"Part of our identity is the idea that racism is still there and that we are vulnerable to it. So, the question is, 'How vulnerable?' In other words, is it really a problem for us, or is it just a small thing. How do you evaluate racism in America on a scale of 1 to 10? My suspicion is that most blacks overrate it a bit. Not to say it's not there, but we overrate it because this masking is part of our relationship to the larger society. This is a way we keep whites on the hook. We keep them obligated, and we keep ourselves entitled. There's an incentive, you see, to inflate it a little bit." - Shelby Steele

"Automobile in America,Chromium steel in America,Wire-spoke wheel in America,Very big deal in America!Immigrant goes to America,Many hellos in America,Nobody knows in America,Puerto Rico's in America!I like the shores of America!Comfort is yours in America!Knobs on the doors in America!Wall-to-wall floors in America!" - Stephen Sondheim

"[The media's] fantasy of an America bristling with racists allows them to portray any criticism of our massively incompetent and dangerous president as just another sad episode of oh-so-typical white racism." - Ann Coulter

"This is the United States of America and unfortunately, race still matters to a lot of people. The evil head of racism doesn't hide, it sticks its head up." - Kwame Kilpatrick

"If a man like Malcolm X could change and repudiate racism, if I myself and other former Muslims can change, if young whites can change, then there is hope for America." - Eldridge Cleaver

"Racism may be as systemic as it always was. It is the great problem of America. It's the one stumbling block that I don't believe was ever smoothed over." - Robert Guillaume

"Standing up for America, investing in America, will pay off." - Hillary Clinton

"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

"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

"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

"Is Zionism racism? I would say yes. It's a policy that to me looks like it has very many parallels with racism. The effect is the same. Whether you call it that or not is in a sense irrelevant." - Desmond Tutu

"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 that we teach." - Max Lerner

"That's what is always fascinating about racism - how it is allowed, if not encouraged, to flourish freely in public spaces, the way racism and bigotry are so often unquestioned." - Roxane Gay

"The arts in America exist in spite of America, not because of America." - Henry Rollins

"I am disappointed with America. And there can be no great disappointment where there is not great love. I am disappointed with our failure to deal positively and forthrightly with the triple evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism. We are presently moving down a dead-end road that can lead to national disaster. America has strayed to the far country of racism and militarism." - Martin Luther

"Racism should be viewed as an intervening variable. You give me a set of conditions and I can produce racism in any society. You give me a different set of conditions and I can reduce racism. You give me a situation where there are a sufficient number of social resources so people don't have to compete for those resources, and I will show you a society where racism is held in check." - William Julius Wilson

"If one lives in a country where racism is held valid and practiced in all ways of life eventually, no matter whether one is a racist or a victim, one comes to feel the absurdity of life....Racism generated from whites is first of all absurd. Racism creates absurdity among blacks as a defense mechanism." - Chester Himes

"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

"Another response to racism has been the establishment of unlearning racism workshops, which are often led by white women. These workshops are important, yet they tend to focus primarily on cathartic individual psychological personal prejudice without stressing the need for corresponding change in political commitment and action. A woman who attends an unlearning racism workshop and learns to acknowledge that she is racist is no less a threat than one who does not. Acknowledgment of racism is significant when it leads to transformation." - Bell Hooks

"The way racism works in Canada, it's very subtle. You may feel you're a victim of racism or have experienced racism, but you can't necessarily prove it - unless you get a [white] friend to go check out that rental, go check out that job, whatever. Unless you're willing to really dig to prove you're a victim of racism, it might be difficult to do that. And so what you're dealing with then is feeling, it's emotion." - George Elliott Clarke

"Critical Race Theory offers of discrimination frameworks as ways of understanding and eradicating racism. The focus on "discrimination" as the way to understand racism in the US has meant that racism is considered a question of discriminatory intentions - whether or not somebody intentionally left someone out or did something harmful because of their biased feelings about a person's race. This focus on individual racists with bad ideas hides the reality that racism exists wherever conditions of racialized maldistribution exist." - Dean Spade

"Racism is like high blood pressure-the person who has it does' know he has it until he drops over with a God damned stroke. There are no symptoms of racism. The victim of racism is in a much better position to tell you whether or not you're a racist than you are." - Coleman Young

"Racism is like high blood pressure-the person who has it doesn't know he has it until he drops over with a God damned stroke. There are no symptoms of racism. The victim of racism is in a much better position to tell you whether or not you're a racist than you are." - Coleman Young

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

"What I've always said is that I'm opposed to institutional racism, and I would've, had I've been alive at the time, I think, had the courage to march with Martin Luther King to overturn institutional racism, and I see no place in our society for institutional racism." - Rand Paul

"The denial of racism is a form of racism itself." - Tim Wise

"The great thing about 2017 is that, because of the terrible political state that we're in and that America is in, young people are so vocal at the moment about so many issues, from racism to LGBT rights to beyond. I feel like - especially when I look at my fan-base - people are so vocal about their opinions and so vocal about spreading love. That's really important, and I think it's really amazing that people are talking about that. I just want that to keep happening." - Charli Xcx

"Racism is a worldwide problem..." - Patterson Hood

"Racism is a visual pathology." - Adrian Piper



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