Regarding Racism

Sunday, July 26, 2009 – Regarding Racism

The human race is challenged more than ever before to demonstrate our mastery – not over nature but of ourselves. ~ Rachel Carson

It’s time for the human race to enter the solar system. ~ Dan Quayle

If I can send the flower of the German nation into the hell of war without the smallest pity for the shedding of precious German blood, then surely I have the right to remove millions of an inferior race that breeds like vermin. ~ Adolf Hitler

The difference of race is one of the reasons why I fear war may always exist; because race implies difference, difference implies superiority, and superiority leads to predominance. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it. ~ Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

It seems like such a terrible shame that innocent civilians have to get hurt in wars, otherwise combat would be such a wonderfully healthy way to rid the human race of unneeded trash. ~ Fred Woodworth

God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation. ~ John Calvin

Nature has color-coded groups of individuals so that statistically reliable predictions of their adaptability to intellectually rewarding and effective lives can easily be made and profitably be used by the pragmatic man in the street. ~ William Shockley

If this humor be the safety of our race, then it is due largely to the infusion into the American people of the Irish brain. ~ William Howard Taft

The time given to athletic contests and the injuries incurred on the playing field are part of the price which the English-speaking race has paid for being world conquerors. ~ Henry Cabot Lodge

Western civilization, Christianity, decency are struggling for their very lives. In this worldwide civil war, race prejudice is our most dangerous enemy, for it is a disease at the very root of our democratic life. ~ Mordecai Wyatt Johnson

At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace the savage races throughout the world. ~ Charles Darwin

Race hate isn’t human nature; race hate is the abandonment of human nature. ~ Orson Welles

I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest, to make money they don’t want, to buy things they don’t need, to impress people they dislike. ~ Emile Henry Gauvreau

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

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

The class distinctions proper to a democratic society are not those of rank or money, still less, as is apt to happen when these are abandoned, of race, but of age. ~ W. H. Auden

It occurred to me that there was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Just being a Negro doesn’t qualify you to understand the race situation any more than being sick makes you an expert on medicine. ~ Dick Gregory

I never thought much about race. ~ Thelonious Monk

To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships. ~ W. E. B. Du Bois

The way I was taught, being black was a plus, always. Being a human being, being in America, and being black, all three were the greatest things that could happen to you. The combination was unbeatable. ~ Leontyne Price

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. ~ Miriam Makeba

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. ~ Robert Guillaume

Capitalism knows only one color: that color is green; all else is necessarily subservient to it, hence, race, gender and ethnicity cannot be considered within it. ~ Thomas Sowell

If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed and color, we would find some other causes for prejudice by noon. ~ George Aiken

Emancipation came to the colored race in America as a war measure. It was an act of military necessity. Manifestly it would have come without war, in the slower process of humanitarian reform and social enlightenment. ~ Wendell Willkie

I have one criticism about the Negro troops who fought under my command in the Korean War. They didn’t send me enough of them. ~ Douglas Macarthur

I got nothing against no Viet Cong. No Vietnamese ever called me a nigger. ~ Muhammad Ali, 1967

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. ~ Florynce R. Kennedy

But you know, my dad called me the laziest white kid he ever met. When I screamed back at him that he was putting down a race of people to call me lazy, his answer was that’s not what he was doing, and that I was also the dumbest white kid he ever met. ~ Norman Lear

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

If you wish to make a man look noble, your best course is to kill him. What superiority he may have inherited from his race, what superiority nature may have personally gifted him with, comes out in death. ~ Alexander Smith

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

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

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

Lukewarm acceptance is more bewildering than outright rejection. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 Baldwin

Be nice to whites, they need you to rediscover their humanity. ~ Desmond Tutu