51+ Best Racism Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Racism, the social cancer, is a bad idea that must end in the world. Humanity must live hand in hand without separation, racial hatred and discrimination. Ensuring true peace is directly proportional to the absence of racism. Strong quotations about racism will provide a different perspective and give you the strength to fight for equality.

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Famous Quotes About Racism

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. Malcolm X

And you not going to have your own special toilet and your own special made eight foot bed either. And a valet and a cook and a secretary to travel with you and do everything you say.

Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation Coretta Scott King

No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise. Marian Anderson

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. Desmond Tutu

Tolerance, inter cultural dialogue and respect for diversity are more essential than ever in a world where peoples are becoming more and more closely interconnected. Kofi Annan

Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed. Will Smith

A rattlesnake, if cornered will become so angry it will bite itself. That is exactly what the harboring of hate and resentment against others is  a biting of oneself. We think we are harming others in holding these spites and hates, but the deeper harm is to ourselves. E. Stanley Jones

In a racist society it is not enough to be non racist, we must be anti racist. Angela Davis

The very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Toni Morrison

White feelings should never be held in higher regard than black lives. Rachel Cargle

Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible. Maya Angelou

The beauty of anti racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be an anti racist. Anti racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward. Ijeoma Oluo

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite Nelson Mandela

Ignorance is stubborn and prejudice is hard. Adlai E. Stevenson

If I take your race away, and there you are, all strung out. And all you got is your little self, and what is that? What are you without racism? Are you any good? Are you still strong? Are you still smart? Do you still like yourself? I mean, these are the questions. Part of it is, Yes, the victim. How terrible it’s been for black people.’ I’m not a victim. I refuse to be one  if you can only be tall because somebody is on their knees, then you have a serious problem. And my feeling is that white people have a very, very serious problem, and they should start thinking about what they can do about it. Take me out of it. Toni Morrison

To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice. ConfuciusIt belongs to the very substance of nonviolence never to destroy or damage another person’s feeling of self worth, even an opponent’s Bernard Haring

Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened, when we fail to speak up and speak out, we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice. Robert F. Kennedy

The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box. As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something, and don’t you forget it  whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash. Harper Lee

Racism is man’s gravest threat to man  the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason. Abraham Heschel

We don’t want to see Targets burning. We want to see the system that sets up systemic racism burned to the ground. Killer Mike

At the heart of racism is the religious assertion that God made a creative mistake when He brought some people into being. Friedrich Otto Hertz

As long as people can be judged by the color of their skin, the problem is not solved Oprah Winfrey

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. Audre Lorde

Enough is enough! What will it take? A civil war? A new president? Violent riots? It’s tired. I’m tired. The country is tired! You don’t put fear in people when you do this, you just show how cowardly you are and how America is really not the land of the free. Cardi B

Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color you hate. It’s just plain wrong. Muhammad Ali

It is never too late to give up your prejudices. Henry David Thoreau

People only see what they are prepared to see. Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is white people’s responsibility to be less fragile; people of color don’t need to twist themselves into knots trying to navigate us as painlessly as possible. Robin DiAngelo

None of us is responsible for the complexion of his skin. This fact of nature offers no clue to the character or quality of the person underneath. Marian Anderson

We have a right to protest for what is right. That’s all we can do. There are people hurting, there are people suffering, so we have an obligation, a mandate, to do something. Rep. John Lewis

In a racist society, it is not enough to be non racist. We must be anti racist. Angela Davis

George Floyd’s murder is not only an outrage. It is the latest manifestation of a system that callously devalues the lives of Black people. Our struggle is and always has been about justice  not justice on paper, but real justice in the real lives of real people.  Sen. Bernie Sanders

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. Nelson Mandela

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. President Abraham Lincoln

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

Until the philosophy which hold one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned  everywhere is war Bob Marley

Action is the only remedy to indifference: the most insidious danger of all. Elie Wiesel

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Indira Gandhi

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

Prejudices are the props of civilization. André Gide

The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be an anti racist. Anti racism is the commitment to fight racism where you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward. Ijeoma Oluo

We’ve come a long way in our thinking, but also in our moral decay. I can’t imagine Dr. King watching the Real Housewives or Jersey Shore. Samuel L. Jackson

Activism is my rent for living on the planet. Alice Walker

For years, with every horrific murder of an innocent Black man, woman or child, I have always tried to find the right words to express my condolences and outrage, but the privilege I am afforded by the color of my skin has often left me feeling like this is not a fight I can truly take on as my own. Not today, not anymore Even though I will never know the pain and suffering they have endured, or what it feels like to try to survive in a world plagued by systemic racism, I know I can use my own voice to help amplify those voices that have been muffled for too long. Kim Kardashian West

I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls. Martin Luther King Jr.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness. Mark Twain

We all decry prejudice, yet are all prejudiced. Herbert Spencer

None of us alone can save the nation or the world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so. Cornel West