84+ 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

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

If the first words out of your mouth are to cry ‘political correctness!’, … chances are very, very high that you are in fact part of the problem. ― N.K. Jemisin

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. ― Samuel L. Jackson

Racism springs from ignorance. ― Mario Balotelli

White people don’t like to believe that they practice identity politics. The defining part of being white in America is the assumption that, as a white person, you are a regular, individual human being. Other demographic groups set themselves apart, to pursue their distinctive identities and interests and agendas. Whiteness, to white people, is the American default. ― Tom Scocca

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

You don’t fight racism with racism, the best way to fight racism is with solidarity. ― Bobby Seale

Hating people because of their color is wrong and it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just wrong. ― Muhammad Ali

No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them ― Elie Wiesel

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. ― Martin Luther King

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence? We call it prejudice. ― Michael Crichton

To like an individual because he’s black is just as insulting as to dislike him because he isn’t white. ― E. E. Cummings

To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against snow. ― William Faulkner

Prejudice is the child of ignorance. ― William Hazlitt

If a white man falls off a chair drunk, it’s just a drunk. If a Negro does, it’s the whole damn Negro race. ― Bill Cosby

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 ― Angela Davis

Racism is an ism to which everyone in the world today is exposed; for or against, we must take sides. And the history of the future will differ according to the decision which we make. ― Ruth Benedict

Whites must be made to realize that they are only human, not superior. Same with blacks. They must be made to realize that they are also human, not inferior. ― Steve Biko

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

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

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

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

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. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything. ― Scott Woods

It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate. ― James Arthur Baldwin

Racism, because it favors color over talent, is bad for business. ― Steven Pinker

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

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. ― Pierre Berton

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

In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate. ― Toni Morrison

Let’s practice motivation and love, not discrimination and hate. ― Zendaya

If tolerance, respect and equity permeate family life, they will translate into values that shape societies, nations and the world. ― Kofi Annan

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

Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated. ― Kofi Annan

Insightful Racism Quotes

The color of the skin is in no way connected with strength of the mind or intellectual powers. ― Benjamin Banneker

People of color, women, and gays who now have greater access to the centers of influence that ever before are under pressure to be well-behaved when talking about their struggles. There is an expectation that we can talk about sins but no one must be identified as a sinner: newspapers love to describe words or deeds as racially chargedeven in those cases when it would be more honest to say racist; we agree that there is rampant misogyny, but misogynists are nowhere to be found; homophobia is a problem but no one is homophobic. One cumulative effect of this policed language is that when someone dares to point out something as obvious as white privilege, it is seen as unduly provocative. Marginalized voices in America have fewer and fewer avenues to speak plainly about what they suffer; the effect of this enforced civility is that those voices are falsified or blocked entirely from the discourse. ― Teju Cole

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

I grew up like a neglected weed, – ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it. Then I was not happy or contented. ― Harriet Tubman

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

Racism is ridiculous no matter where it’s coming from. ― Alan Ball

The minute you understand racism, you’re responsible for being racist. It’s like eating from the tree of knowledge. ― Lynda Barry

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. ― Harry A. Blackmun

Things like racism are institutionalized. You might not know any bigots. You feel like well I don’t hate black people so I’m not a racist,but you benefit from racism. Just by the merit, the color of your skin. The opportunities that you have, you’re privileged in ways that you might not even realize because you haven’t been deprived of certain things. We need to talk about these things in order for them to change. ― Dave Chappelle

Defeating racism, tribalism, intolerance and all forms of discrimination will liberate us all, victim and perpetrator alike. ― Ban Ki-moon

The best way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race. ― John Roberts

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. ― Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery. ― Frederick Douglass

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, To Kill a Mockingbird

The modern definition of ‘racist’ is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal. ― Peter Brimelow

A group of white South Africans recently killed a black lawyer because he was black. That was wrong. They should have killed him because he was a lawyer. ― A. Whitney Brown

Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal. ― Benjamin Spock

When people like me, they tell me it is in spite of my colour. When they dislike me, they point out that it is not because of my colour. ― Frantz Fanon

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

Our true nationality is mankind. ― H.G. Wells

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

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

We cannot educate white women and take them by the hand. Most of us are willing to help but we can’t do the white woman’s homework for her. That’s an energy drain. More times than she cares to remember, Nellie Wong, Asian American feminist writer, has been called by white women wanting a list of Asian American women who can give readings or workshops. We are in danger of being reduced to purvey­ors of resource lists. ― Gloria Anzaldúa

Lukewarm acceptance is more bewildering than outright rejection. ― Martin Luther King

A racially integrated community is a chronological term timed from the entrance of the first black family to the exit of the last white family. ― Saul Alinsky

Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away, and that in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty. ― Martin Luther King

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 there is racial privilege, racism will never end. ― Wayne Gerard Trotman

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., I Have a Dream

You face racism in small and large ways. ― Jayson Blair

Racism is not dead. Definitely, there are these biases. ― John McWhorter

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

Quotes on Racial Injustice

The denial of racism is a form of racism itself. ― Tim Wise

What is it you most dislike? Stupidity, especially in its nastiest forms of racism and superstition. ― Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Racism, unfortunately, is part of the fabric of America’s society. ― David Scott

Ours is not the struggle of one day, one week, or one year. Ours is not the struggle of one judicial appointment or presidential term. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part. ― John Lewis

Racial superiority is a mere pigment of the imagination. ― unknown

Discrimination is a disease. ― Roger Staubach

Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances. ― Wayne W. Dyer

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. ― Joseph Fort Newton

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

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority. ― Ralph W. Sockman

We have made enormous progress in teaching everyone that racism is bad. Where we seem to have dropped the ball… is in teaching people what racism actually IS. ― Jon Stewart

Our thoughts are unseen hands shaping the people we meet. Whatever we truly think them to be, that’s what they’ll become for us. ― Richard Cowper

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. ― Desmond Tutu

America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem. Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white, but the white attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam. I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all together, irrespective of their color. ― Malcolm X

Richard exhaled. It was like somebody sprinkling pepper on his wound: Thousands of Biafrans were dead, and this man wanted to know if there was anything new about one dead white man. Richard would write about this, the rule of Western journalism: One hundred dead black people equal to one dead white person. ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Religious discrimination is not like racial discrimination. One you choose for yourself, the other God chose for you. ― Habeeb Akande

This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, cannot long retain it. ― Abraham Lincoln

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