An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Racism? But isn't it only a form of misanthropy?


Joseph Brodsky (1940-, Russian-born American poet, critic)


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 (1887-1948, American anthropologist)


I wasn't always black... There was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger.


Bill Cosby (1937-, American actor, comedian, producer)


The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line -- the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea. It was a phase of this problem that caused the Civil War.


William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963, American historian, educator, writer, journalist)


If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew.


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


What I did not yet know so intensely was the hatred of the white American for the black, a hatred so deep that I wonder if every white man in this country, when he plants a tree, doesn't see Negroes hanging from its branches.


Jean Genet (1910-1986, French playwright, novelist)


As the global expansion of Indian and Chinese restaurants suggests, xenophobia is directed against foreign people, not foreign cultural imports.


E. J. Hobsbawm (1917-, British historian)


Racism as a form of skin worship, and as a sickness and a pathological anxiety for America, is so great, until the poor whites -- rather than fighting for jobs or education -- fight to remain pink and fight to remain white. And therefore they cannot see an alliance with people that they feel to be inherently inferior.


Jesse Jackson (1941-, American clergyman, Civil Rights leader)


I realize that I'm black, but I like to be viewed as a person, and this is everybody's wish.


Michael Jordan (1963-, American basketball player, actor)


Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never everywhere is war.


Bob Marley (1954-, Jamaican-born American  musician, song writer)


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 (1926-, American author)


Racism is when you have laws set up, systematically put in a way to keep people from advancing, to stop the advancement of a people. Black people have never had the power to enforce racism, and so this is something that white America is going to have to work out themselves. If they decide they want to stop it, curtail it, or to do the right thing... then it will be done, but not until then.


Spike Lee (1956-, American film director)


And so this is Xmas for black and for white, for yellow and red, let's stop all the fight.


John Lennon (1940-1980, British rock musician)


A child born to a black mother in a state like Mississippi has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It's not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for.


Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993, American judge)


Anti-Semitism is a horrible disease from which nobody is immune, and it has a kind of evil fascination that makes an enlightened person draw near the source of infection, supposedly in a scientific spirit, but really to sniff the vapors and dally with the possibility.


Mary McCarthy (1912-1989, American author, critic)


The worst mistake I made was that stupid, suburban prejudice of anti-semitism.


Ezra Pound (1885-1972, American poet, critic)


I do not think white America is committed to granting equality to the American Negro. This is a passionately racist country; it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future.


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


I am obliged to confess that I do not regard the abolition of slavery as a means of warding off the struggle of the two races in the Southern states. The Negroes may long remain slaves without complaining; but if they are once raised to the level of freemen, they will soon revolt at being deprived of almost all their civil rights; and as they cannot become the equals of the whites, they will speedily show themselves as enemies.


Alexis De Tocqueville (1805-1859, French social philosopher)


I am fifty-two years of age. I am a bishop in the Anglican Church, and a few people might be constrained to say that I was reasonably responsible. In the land of my birth I cannot vote, whereas a young person of eighteen can vote. And why? Because he or she possesses that wonderful biological attribute -- a white skin.


Bishop Desmond Tutu (1931-, South African prelate)


Our true nationality is mankind.


H.G. Wells (1866-1946, British-born American author)


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


Elie Wiesel (1928-, Rumanian-born American writer)


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