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Radar flashcards: racism quotations


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The document was created for Project RADAR (Regulating AntiDiscrimination and Racism). Project number: JUST/2013/FRAC/AG/6271

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Radar flashcards: racism quotations

  1. 1. 1 RADAR Project: Regulating Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism Racism quotations Learnmera Being vegan is easy. Are there so- cial pressures that encourage you to continue to eat, wear, and use animal products? Of course there are. But in a patriarchal, racist, homophobic, and ableist society, there are social pressures to participate and engage in sexism, racism, homophobia, and ableism. We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity. Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ig- norance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the out- stretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated. Racist thought and action says far more about the person they come from than the person they are direct- ed at. Gary L. Francione Fred Hampton Kofi Annan Chris Crutcher Whale Talk
  2. 2. 2 RADAR Project: Regulating Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism Racism quotations Learnmera Parents and schools should place great emphasis on the idea that it is all right to be different. Racism and all the other ‘isms’ grow from primi- tive tribalism, the instinctive hostility against those of another tribe, race, religion, nationality, class or whatever. You are a lucky child if your parents taught you to accept diversity. Racism springs from the lie that cer- tain human beings are less than fully human. It’s a self-centered falsehood that corrupts our minds into believ- ing we are right to treat others as we would not want to be treated. I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memo- ries. We must dissent from the indif- ference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust… Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here. Roger Ebert Alveda King Thurgood Marshall Eleanor Roosevelt
  3. 3. 3 RADAR Project: Regulating Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism Racism quotations Learnmera Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physi- cal characteristics. Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenome- non, but at the same time it’s perhaps far more terrible than it’s ever been. Racism is man’s gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a mini- mum of reason. No human race is superior; no reli- gious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them” Alex Haley Angela Davis Abraham Joshua Heschel Eliezer Wiesel
  4. 4. 4 RADAR Project: Regulating Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism Racism quotations Learnmera The worst moment in my life was when I was seven years old and I discovered that there was a thing such as racism. You don’t know you’re different until someone lets you know. Simple peck-order bullying is only the beginning of the kind of hierarchical behavior that can lead to racism, sex- ism, ethnocentrism, classism, and all the other ‘isms’ that cause so much suffering in the world. Racism is a moral catastrophe, most graphically seen in the prison indus- trial complex and targeted police sur- veillance in black and brown ghettos rendered invisible in public discourse. If anti-Semitism is a variety of racism, it is a most peculiar variety, with many unique characteristics. In my view as a historian, it is so peculiar that it de- serves to be placed in a quite different category. I would call it an intellectu- al disease, a disease of the mind, ex- tremely infectious and massively de- structive. Sanjeev Bhaskar Octavia E. Butler Cornel West Paul Johnson
  5. 5. 5 RADAR Project: Regulating Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism Racism quotations Learnmera Racism is ignorant. And it’s stupid. And it’s old. And it’s played out. So beat it already with that, you know what I mean? ‘Let’s all get along’ - I’m so tired of that damn sentence, but it’s true. 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 accord- ing to the decision which we make. People sometimes hold themselves back because they want to use racism as an excuse for them not being able to achieve what they want to achieve. Racism oppresses its victims, but also binds the oppressors, who sear their consciences with more and more lies until they become prisoners of those lies. They cannot face the truth of hu- man equality because it reveals the horror of the injustices they commit. Queen Latifah Ruth Benedict Herman Cain Alveda King
  6. 6. 6 RADAR Project: Regulating Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism Racism quotations Learnmera Violence and racism are bad. When- ever they occur they are to be con- demned and we should not turn a blind eye to them. We must confront our own racism. Discriminatory housing and employ- ment policies are nothing more than institutionalised racism. We are never racist against some- body 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. I was the only white kid in my neigh- borhood for most of my youth even in high school, so reverse racism was just as apparent as racism. Cate Blanchett Tariq Ramadan Umberto Eco Shia LaBeouf
  7. 7. 7 RADAR Project: Regulating Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism Racism quotations Learnmera The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is an insid- ious cultural disease. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifes- tation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. 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 rac- ism actually IS. 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. Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal. Scott Woods Jon Stewart Samuel L. Jackson Benjamin Spock
  8. 8. 8 RADAR Project: Regulating Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism Racism quotations Learnmera The new racism: Racism without ‘rac- ists.’ Today, racial segregation and divi- sion often result from habits, policies, and institutions that are not explicitly designed to discriminate. Contrary to popular belief, discrimination or seg- regation do not require animus. They thrive even in the absence of preju- dice or ill will. Things like racism are institutional- ized. 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.The opportuni- ties that you have, you’re privileged in ways that you might not even realize because you haven’t been deprived of certain things. The police can go to downtown Har- lem and pick up a kid with a joint in the streets. But they can’t go into the elegant apartments and get a stock- broker who’s sniffing cocaine. If you are neutral in situations of injus- tice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Dave Chappelle Noam Chomsky Desmond Tutu
  9. 9. 9 RADAR Project: Regulating Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism Racism quotations Learnmera Race is the great taboo in our society. We are afraid to talk about it. White folks fear their unspoken views will be deemed racist. People of colour are filled with sorrow and rage at un- righted wrongs. Drowning in silence, we are brothers and sisters drowning each other. Many interviewers when they come to talk to me, think they’re being pro- gressive by not mentioning in their stories any longer that I’m black. I tell them, ‘Don’t stop now. If I shot some- body you’d mention it.’ Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned everything is war. If you as parents cut corners, your chil- dren will too. If you lie, they will too. And if parents snicker at racial and gender jokes, another generation will pass on the poison adults still have not had the courage to snuff out. Eva Paterson Colin Powell Bob Marley Marian Wright Edelman
  10. 10. 10 RADAR Project: Regulating Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Racism Racism quotations Learnmera In the end, anti-black, anti-female, and all forms of discrimination are equiva- lent to the same thing - anti-human- ism. Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immor- al. It is impractical because it is a de- scending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to an- nihilate rather than to convert. Vio- lence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. When we lose the right to be differ- ent, we lose the privilege to be free. Sex and race because they are easy and visible differences have been the primary ways of organizing human be- ings into superior and inferior groups and into the cheap labour in which this system still depends. We are talk- ing about a society in which there will be no roles other than those chosen or those earned. We are really talking about humanism. Shirley Chisholm Martin Luther King, Jr. Charles Evan Hughes Gloria Steinem