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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If I have to jump six feet to get the same thing that you have to jump two feet for – that’s how racism works.

— Ta-Nehisi Coates

We have this long history of racism in this country, and as it happens, the criminal justice system has been perhaps the most prominent instrument for administering racism. But the racism doesn’t actually come from the criminal justice system.

— Ta-Nehisi Coates

I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories…. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…. We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.

— Thurgood Marshall

There are still courses in the United States that I am not allowed to play because of the color of my skin.

— Tiger Woods

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.

— Tim Holden

There is no such thing as race. None. There is just a human race — scientifically, anthropologically.

— Toni Morrison

Racist white people don’t understand that they are also a race; it’s also constructed, it’s also made.

— Toni Morrison

We are never racist against somebody who is very far away. I don’t know any racism against the Eskimos. To have a racist feeling, there must be an other who is slightly different from us – but is living close to us.

— Umberto Eco

Rosa sat so Martin could walk, Martin walked so Barack could run, Barack ran so we all can fly.

— Unknown

To be an American is to be indoctrinated with racism, violence, capitalism and manifest destiny, the principles upon which the land of the free was founded.

— Vic Mensa

To-day the two groups of Negroes, the one in the North, the other in the South, represent these divergent ethical tendencies, the first tending toward radicalism, the other toward hypocritical compromise.

— W. E. B. Du Bois

The ultimate of arrogance is achieved when a white person thinks another white person can make a judgment without being influenced by race, and a black person cannot.

— Wade Hampton McCree Jr.

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu walked by a construction site on a temporary sidewalk the width of one person. A white man appeared at the other end, recognized Tutu, and said, ‘I don’t make way for gorillas.’ At which Tutu stepped aside, made a deep sweeping gesture, and said, ‘Ah, yes, but I do.’

— Walter Wink

The free world cannot afford to accept any form of extremism, whether it is fascism, racism, or religious extremism.

— Widad Akrawi

Sometimes I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.

— Zora Neale Hurston

I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background.

— Zora Neale Hurston
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