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Racism tears down your insides so that no matter what you achieve, you're not quite up to snuff.

Tags: Matter, Quite  ✍ Author: Alvin Ailey

If you live in the elite world of dance, you find yourself in a world rife with racism. Let's face it.

Tags: Dance, Yourself  ✍ Author: Alvin Ailey

One of the worst things about racism is what it does to young people.

Tags: Worst, Young  ✍ Author: Alvin Ailey

Racism is ridiculous no matter where it's coming from.

Tags: Coming, Matter  ✍ Author: Alan Ball

When I wasn't famous, I had a lot of friends, almost all of them Italian. The racism only started when I started to play football.

Tags: Famous, Football  ✍ Author: Mario Balotelli

People sometimes hold themselves back because they want to use racism as an excuse for them not being able to achieve what they want to achieve.

Tags: Able, Sometimes  ✍ Author: Herman Cain

African-Americans know about racism, but I don't think we really know the causes. I decided it's first of all a family problem.

Tags: Family, Problem  ✍ Author: Bebe Moore Campbell

Racism, in the first place, is a weapon used by the wealthy to increase the profits they bring in by paying Black workers less for their work.

Tags: Black, Work  ✍ Author: Angela Davis

Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it's perhaps far more terrible than it's ever been.

Tags: Far, Time  ✍ Author: Angela Davis

Sure, there's a chunk of African-Americans out there who associate the Republican Party with racism, frankly particularly in the Deep South. It's an unfair perception, but it exists. Over a period time, that perception will die away if Republicans are focusing on issues that happen to impact African-Americans.

Tags: Deep, Time  ✍ Author: Artur Davis

Today, nostalgia is almost as unacceptable as racism.

Tags: Almost, Today  ✍ Author: Terry Eagleton

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

Tags: Country, Education  ✍ Author: Jane Elliot

We don't know anything about racism. We've never experienced it. If words can make a difference in your life for seven minutes, how would it affect you if you heard this every day of your life?

Tags: Life, Words  ✍ Author: Herb Elliott

Sometimes I feel like rap music is almost the key to stopping racism.

Tags: Music, Sometimes  ✍ Author: Eminem

The Mormon mission to Africa, as to other dark-skinned parts of the world, was for a long time hobbled by the racism of the movement's scripture.

Tags: Africa, Time  ✍ Author: James Fenton

Let's be very honest about what this is about. It's not about bashing Democrats, it's not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston tea party was about, they don't know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up.

Tags: Black, History  ✍ Author: Janeane Garofalo

I think that the roots of racism have always been economic, and I think people are desperate and scared. And when you're desperate and scared you scapegoat people. It exacerbates latent tendencies toward - well, toward racism or homophobia or anti-Semitism.

Tags: Desperate, Scared  ✍ Author: Henry Louis Gates

I believe in the law. I think we have a great system of justice. But I do think that system of justice has been corrupted by racism and classism. I think it's difficult for 'poor people' - poor white people, brown people - to be treated fairly before the law in the same way that upper-class people are.

Tags: Great, Justice  ✍ Author: Henry Louis Gates

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.

Tags: America, Become  ✍ Author: Henry Louis Gates

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

Tags: Learned, Society  ✍ Author: Alex Haley

I want to reach young women and to get them involved in the mission of the YWCA, economic empowerment of women and girls, and ending racism.

Tags: Women, Young  ✍ Author: Patricia Ireland

Bosnia is a complicated country: three religions, three nations and those 'others'. Nationalism is strong in all three nations; in two of them there are a lot of racism, chauvinism, separatism; and now we are supposed to make a state out of that.

Tags: Country, Strong  ✍ Author: Alija Izetbegovic

People know about the Klan and the overt racism, but the killing of one's soul little by little, day after day, is a lot worse than someone coming in your house and lynching you.

Tags: After, Someone  ✍ Author: Robert Jackson

We can go on talking about racism and who treated whom badly, but what are you going to do about it? Are you going to wallow in that or are you going to create your own agenda?

Tags: Create, Talking  ✍ Author: Judith Jamison

I love Canadians because I don't see very much racism in Canada.

Tags: Canada, Love  ✍ Author: Patti LaBelle
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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.

Tags: School, Youth  ✍ Author: Shia LaBeouf

Any concept of one person being superior to another can lead to racism.

Tags: Another, Lead  ✍ Author: Walter Lang

Black writers, of whatever quality, who step outside the pale of what black writers are supposed to write about, or who black writers are supposed to be, are condemned to silences in black literary circles that are as total and as destructive as any imposed by racism.

Tags: Black, Whatever  ✍ Author: Audre Lorde

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.

Tags: Black, Society  ✍ Author: Audre Lorde

I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit.

Tags: Nature, Strength  ✍ Author: Miriam Makeba

It is only human supremacy, which is as unacceptable as racism and sexism, that makes us afraid of being more inclusive.

Tags: Afraid, Human  ✍ Author: Ingrid Newkirk

We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism.

Tags: Both, Fight  ✍ Author: Huey Newton

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

Tags: Gun, Soldiers  ✍ Author: Huey Newton

Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.

Tags: Children, Equality  ✍ Author: Rosa Parks

The Internet has provided small communities for racism online, and people feel free to do it. Ultimately, there should be some consequence - if you promote your racism online then there should be a consequence.

Tags: Free, Small  ✍ Author: Charlotte Rae

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

Tags: Confront, Employment  ✍ Author: Tariq Ramadan

I, for one, would think both about how far we have come as a country and how much further we need to go to erase racism and discrimination from our society.

Tags: Country, Society  ✍ Author: Charles Rangel

Let me just say that to imagine racism does not exist is imagination. And to imagine that it does not create its own set of problems is true imagination. So let's not imagine that racism is gone, extinguished, because it's not. We are seeing this in the top levels of the political arena, and we are seeing it very, very plainly.

Tags: Political, True  ✍ Author: Phylicia Rashad

A kind of racism still exists in the United States, and Islamophobia is a more convenient way to express that sentiment. There has also been an attempt to paint Muslims as enemies of the United States.

Tags: Express, United  ✍ Author: Melissa Rauch

People would write me hate letters. How dare I try to represent Hispanics when I was so white? I tried to make them see it was racism.

Tags: Hate, Try  ✍ Author: Cristina Saralegui

The word 'racism' is like ketchup. It can be put on practically anything - and demanding evidence makes you a 'racist.'

Tags: Makes, Put  ✍ Author: Thomas Sowell

Racism, xenophobia and unfair discrimination have spawned slavery, when human beings have bought and sold and owned and branded fellow human beings as if they were so many beasts of burden.

Tags: Human, Unfair  ✍ Author: Desmond Tutu

The hardest thing I had to overcome in life? I think racism. That's so difficult because I don't think anyone can ever understand it. It's not that people don't want to understand it, but they don't want to touch it.

Tags: Life, Understand  ✍ Author: Herschel Walker

Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.

Tags: Best, Excellence  ✍ Author: Oprah Winfrey

I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life.

Tags: Best, Life  ✍ Author: Oprah Winfrey

Our theme for this year's festivities, Dreams and Challenges of Asian Pacific Americans, speaks to the many generations of Asian Pacific Americans who worked hard to overcome economic hardship, racism and other barriers in their pursuit of the American dream.

Tags: Dreams, Hard  ✍ Author: Lucille Roybal-Allard

Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and to destroy. It is the enemy of freedom, and deserves to be met head-on and stamped out.

Tags: Enemy, Freedom  ✍ Author: Pierre Berton

In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat some persons equally, we must treat them differently.

Tags: Equality, Treat  ✍ Author: Harry A. Blackmun

Racism built me into a person that was set up to be self-destructive.

Tags: Built  ✍ Author: Jayson Blair

You face racism in small and large ways.

Tags: Face, Small  ✍ Author: Jayson Blair

Violence and racism are bad. Whenever they occur they are to be condemned and we should not turn a blind eye to them.

Tags: Bad, Violence  ✍ Author: Cate Blanchett

Black reporters are as capable of racism as anyone else.

Tags: Black, Else  ✍ Author: Julian Bond

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

Tags: Black, Family  ✍ Author: Lisa Bonet

I came into this whole business by going to see Rock Against Racism gigs with the Clash.

Tags: Business, Rock  ✍ Author: Billy Bragg

The really important victory of the civil rights movement was that it made racism unpopular, whereas a generation ago at the turn of the last century, you had to embrace racism to get elected to anything.

Tags: Last, Victory  ✍ Author: Carol Moseley Braun

I have never experienced racism in the feminist movement, so it concerned me to think that I was unable to see the subject clearly because I came from white, middle-class privilege.

Tags: Concerned, White  ✍ Author: Betty Buckley

And the basis on which we agreed to operate with them involved a manifesto, where it states that we proceed from different ideologies and policies. One thing that we insisted on was that they should take an oath to reject racism and discrimination.

Tags: Involved, Reject  ✍ Author: Mangosuthu Buthelezi

One of the tragedies of the struggle against racism is that up to now there has been no national organization which could speak to the growing militancy of young black people in the urban ghetto.

Tags: Black, Struggle  ✍ Author: Stokely Carmichael

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

Tags: Country, Seems  ✍ Author: Stokely Carmichael

Racism is always there underneath, but usually it is exploited in these times of economic crisis, and it's hard to find out when one slides into another.

Tags: Crisis, Hard  ✍ Author: Iris Chang

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.

Tags: Change, Hope  ✍ Author: Eldridge Cleaver

I have always abhorred the word 'racism.' I never use it.

Tags: Abhorred, Word  ✍ Author: Jim Clyburn

Antiwhite racism is developing in sections of our cities where individuals - some of whom have French nationality - contemptuously designate French people as gaulois on the pretext they don't share the same religion, color or origins.

Tags: Color, Religion  ✍ Author: Jean-Francois Cope

I know I'm breaking a taboo by using the term antiwhite racism, but I do so intentionally, because it's the reality some of our fellow citizens live with, and remaining quiet about it only aggravates their trauma.

Tags: Quiet, Reality  ✍ Author: Jean-Francois Cope

If only Al Sharpton were around, Lincoln would have known he was a victim of racism.

Tags: Known, Victim  ✍ Author: Ann Coulter

People have been killing because of racial differences since the time of Adam and Eve, but in this country racism has been primarily aimed at African Americans.

Tags: Country, Time  ✍ Author: Bob Cousy

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

Tags: Father, Listening  ✍ Author: Stanley Crouch

In England, I've never really had a problem with racism.

Tags: England, Problem  ✍ Author: Didier Drogba

Evil is the shadow of angel. Just as there are angels of light, support, guidance, healing and defense, so we have experiences of shadow angels. And we have names for them: racism, sexism, homophobia are all demons - but they're not out there.

Tags: Evil, Healing  ✍ Author: Matthew Fox

If I was in a room with a bunch of skinheads talking about racism, then I would be disturbed, but after we finished a take, we were normal people again.

Tags: After, Again  ✍ Author: Edward Furlong

I'm not going to sit here now and say 'do this,' or 'do that.' But you must - must - expunge any vestige of racism.

Tags: Here, Sit  ✍ Author: A. Bartlett Giamatti

You know, modern liberals are just, I think frankly, totally off the deep end... their only answer is to yell racism and hide.

Tags: Deep, End  ✍ Author: Newt Gingrich

Imagine a judicial nominee said 'my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latina woman.' Wouldn't they have to withdraw? New racism is no better than old racism.

Tags: Experience, Woman  ✍ Author: Newt Gingrich

If we talk about the environment, for example, we have to talk about environmental racism - about the fact that kids in South Central Los Angeles have a third of the lung capacity of kids in Santa Monica.

Tags: Kids, Talk  ✍ Author: Danny Glover

My instinct was that it was Sidney's childhood in the Bahamas that gave him the fearlessness to fight racism. So this documentary was a kind of rounding out of what had begun in that scene in In the Heat of the Night.

Tags: Fight, Him  ✍ Author: Lee Grant

I'm not trying to say that it never hurt or that I never felt its sting, but I can honestly say that I never blamed anybody for racism. I have considered it more of a manifestation of humanity's problem rather than my personal problem.

Tags: Humanity, Hurt  ✍ Author: Robert Guillaume

I've certainly experienced racism, but it has not made a great impact on me. I have always thought, as I got older and older, I was more in charge of who I was. What someone thought about me or said about me made less of an impression on me at very vulnerable times.

Tags: Great, Someone  ✍ Author: Robert Guillaume

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.

Tags: Great, May  ✍ Author: Robert Guillaume

If black people mistrust white people, they are mistrusting racism, and that is appropriate.

Tags: Black, White  ✍ Author: Jasmine Guy

I think there are universal principles that we should want to understand, but that are not necessarily good for us. We could recognise universal propensities which current cultures can't fully eradicate, which we would want to eradicate if we could. Let's say, a tendency for tribal violence. Or racism.

Tags: Good, Understand  ✍ Author: Sam Harris

Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.

Tags: Hatred, Reason  ✍ Author: Abraham Joshua Heschel

The Holocaust illustrates the consequences of prejudice, racism and stereotyping on a society. It forces us to examine the responsibilities of citizenship and confront the powerful ramifications of indifference and inaction.

Tags: Powerful, Society  ✍ Author: Tim Holden

I've written 18 books, mostly dealing with issues of social justice, ending racism, feminism, and cultural criticism.

Tags: Justice, Social  ✍ Author: Bell Hooks

Using a big word like 'plagiarism'... always causes some damage. It will always do lasting damage, like accusations of racism.

Tags: Big, Word  ✍ Author: Michel Houellebecq

Racism is essentially natural, it's old fashioned it's an evolutionary phase that we're going through. Ultimately it wont exist.

Tags: Natural, Old  ✍ Author: Michael Hutchence

If anti-Semitism is a variety of racism, it is a most peculiar variety, with many unique characteristics. In my view as a historian, it is so peculiar that it deserves to be placed in a quite different category. I would call it an intellectual disease, a disease of the mind, extremely infectious and massively destructive.

Tags: Mind, Unique  ✍ Author: Paul Johnson

My grandmother though, began to prepare in her own neurotic - and I think psychotic - way to face racism. So she taught us to be racist, which is something I had to undo later when I got to Michigan, you know.

Tags: Her, She  ✍ Author: James Earl Jones

I found this out over the years, that racism is a thinly veiled disguise over economics and money. It really is.

Tags: Found, Money  ✍ Author: Quincy Jones

I - listen, racism - being a racist is the worst thing you can say about somebody. I mean, it is such a charged accusation. And I really think people should be very careful before they level that.

Tags: Accusation, Mean  ✍ Author: Megyn Kelly

Everybody's scared for their ass. There aren't too many people ready to die for racism. They'll kill for racism but they won't die for racism.

Tags: Die, Everybody  ✍ Author: Florynce Kennedy

I vividly remember the summer of 1964 with its voter registration drives, boiling racial tensions, and the erupting awareness of the cruelty of racism. I was never the same after that summer.

Tags: After, Remember  ✍ Author: Sue Monk Kidd

I didn't really understand racism because I grew up in an all-black society, so I didn't see how it was possible not to like me!

Tags: Society, Understand  ✍ Author: Thomas Kincade

Racism springs from the lie that certain human beings are less than fully human. It's a self-centered falsehood that corrupts our minds into believing we are right to treat others as we would not want to be treated.

Tags: Human, Lie  ✍ Author: Alveda King

Racism is a way to gain economic advantage at the expense of others. Slavery and plantations may be gone, but racism still allows us to regard those who may keep us from financial gain as less than equals.

Tags: May, Others  ✍ Author: Alveda King

Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.

Tags: Group, Humanity  ✍ Author: Coretta Scott King

Racism isn't born, folks, it's taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list.

Tags: End, Son  ✍ Author: Denis Leary

However, while we should certainly celebrate the demise of overt official racism, we must also critically examine where we are at this historical moment, recognize the many challenges ahead and reaffirm our commitment to making Brown v. Board a reality.

Tags: Moment, Reality  ✍ Author: Ed Markey

My encounters with racism are sort of second-hand situations where I might be standing around with a group of white friends and someone makes a comment that they wouldn't make at my family reunion.

Tags: Family, Someone  ✍ Author: Wentworth Miller

As much as everyone wants to downplay racism, it exists. There's a great mistrust among some African-Americans of white people.

Tags: Everyone, Great  ✍ Author: Shay Mitchell

In 2006, I entered the presidential palace in the main square of La Paz as the first indigenous president of Bolivia. Our government, under the slogan 'Bolivia Changes,' is committed to ending the colonialism, racism and exclusion that many of our people lived under for many centuries.

Tags: Government, President  ✍ Author: Evo Morales

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