Racism concept. Stop hate and discrimination. Against prejudice and violence. Hand wiping off and erasing the word from blackboard.

Quotations on racism and racists: notable people weigh in on the reality of racism. Race is a biological myth. Ethnic heritage and genetic connections between people who lived in a place together for thousands of years are real, but no biological races exist. Racism assumes race exists and that races have different characteristics, roles, and capacities. Racist ideas and policies define who is “better” and who gets more of the social, economic, political and cultural goods in society. Here are some historical and current quotations on the topic of racism.

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There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.

— Booker T. Washington

Every Black person you meet is a miracle… We are valuable because of our humanity and declared valuable because our ancestors declared our worth when they fought for us to live.

— Brittany Packnett

Not talking about race and racism has been a strategy our society has used in the past, but it has not worked. People continue to have biases that they act on, with the biggest impact falling upon communities of color.

— Carolyn B. Helsel

Racism began with white people using it to justify enslaving African peoples, and it was white Christians who argued for slavery on biblical grounds. White people as a group continue to benefit unfairly from a racist system. This is why white people need to take responsibility to do our own work, to learn about the struggle against racism, and to teach one another.

— Carolyn B. Helsel

Understanding history is one of many ways to break the cycle. Lift up/amplify Black voices. Support Black owned businesses. Reach back. Mentor.

— Chadwick Boseman

When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

— Charles Evan Hughes

Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism.

— Claude Pepper

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.

— Colin Kaepernick

I’ve had times where one of my roommates was moving out of the house in college, and because we were the only black people in that neighborhood, the cops got called, and we had guns drawn on us. Came in the house, without knocking, guns drawn on my teammates and roommates. So I have experienced this.

— Colin Kaepernick

Many interviewers when they come to talk to me, think they’re being progressive by not mentioning in their stories any longer that I’m black. I tell them, ‘Don’t stop now. If I shot somebody you’d mention it.’

— Colin Powell

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.

— Coretta Scott King

Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.

— Coretta Scott King

Particularly in the South, efforts continue to be made to deny blacks access to the polls, even where blacks constitute the majority of the voters.

— Coretta Scott King

Wherever there was injustice, war, discrimination against women, gays and the disadvantaged, I did my best to show up and exert moral persuasion.

— Coretta Scott King

To abandon affirmative action is to say there is nothing more to be done about discrimination.

— Coretta Scott King

The woman power of this nation can be the power which makes us whole and heals the rotten community, now so shattered by war and poverty and racism. I have great faith in the power of women who will dedicate themselves whole-heartedly to the task of remaking our society.

— Coretta Scott 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.

— Coretta Scott King

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

There are a lot of well meaning white liberals. And a lot of well meaning black liberals. But you know what? When all they do is sit around and preach to the choir it does absolutely no good. If you’re not a racist it doesn’t do any good for me to meet with you and sit around and talk about how bad racism is.

— Daryl Davis

Racism is a cancer. Black people have been dealing with this ever since we landed on these shores in shackles and chains. If we’ve been doing it for that long, those of us who are impatient need to be a little more patient and keep on addressing those things, not ignoring it. White people need to do the same thing. Don’t turn a blind eye to it.

— Daryl Davis

I never believed in Santa Claus because I knew no white man would be coming into my neighborhood after dark.

— Dick Gregory

Racism and sexism, misogyny and homophobia, they’re so visible. They’re out in the open. When they’re visible, it’s a lot easier to deal with them.

— Dolores Huerta

I wish I could say to all those people who consider themselves anarchists or radicals: Please join the nonviolent movement. This is how Gandhi freed India. If Gandhi freed India, we can certainly free the United States from our racism, misogyny, and bigotry.

— Dolores Huerta

The United States does not depend on Archie Bunkers to defend white supremacy…. Modern racial ideology does not thrive on the ugliness of the past or on the language and tropes typical of slavery and Jim Crow.

— Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Racism without Racists

We have to build our own power. We have to win every single political office we can, where we have a majority of black people… The question for black people is not, when is the white man going to give us our rights, or when is he going to give us good education for our children, or when is he going to give us jobs — if the white man gives you anything-just remember when he gets ready he will take it right back. We have to take for ourselves.

— Fannie Lou Hamer

Whether you have a Ph.D., or no D, we’re in this bag together. And whether you’re from Morehouse or Nohouse, we’re still in this bag together. Not to fight to try to liberate ourselves from the men — this is another trick to get us fighting among ourselves — but to work together with the black man, then we will have a better chance to just act as human beings, and to be treated as human beings in our sick society.

— Fannie Lou Hamer

Black people know what white people mean when they say “law and order”.

— Fannie Lou Hamer

America that is divided against itself cannot stand, and we cannot say we have all of this unity they say we have when black people are being discriminated against in every city in America I have visited.

— Fannie Lou Hamer

It is our right to stay here and we will stay and stand up for what belongs to us as American citizens, because they can’t say that we haven’t had patience.

— Fannie Lou Hamer

The only thing I really feel is necessary is that the black people, not only in Mississippi, will have to actually upset this applecart. What I mean by that is, so many things are under the cover that will have to be swept out and shown to this whole world, not just to America. This thing they say of “the land of the free and the home of the brave” is all on paper.

— Fannie Lou Hamer
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