quotes on racism

- A race is commonly described as the lower, the more fundamentally it differs from the white race. Franz Boas (1858-1942) The Mind of Primitive Man, 1911.
- I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man. Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
- Maurizio Gasparri and Nelson Mandela: according to some people one of them belongs to a lower race: guess who? Andrea Gaddini (1961-)
- Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd. Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
- I have a dream: that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal" Martin Luther King (1929-1968) Speech in Washington, 28th August 1963.
- There are no lesser human being, except for racists. Andrea Gaddini (1961-)
- 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 (1897-1962) Essays, Speeches & Public Letters, 1966.
- It's very unusual that the ethnic group the racialist author belongs to is not placed at the top of his hierarchy. Tzvetan Todorov (1939-) Nous et les autres, 1989.
- The less a white man is intelligent, the more the black man seems stupid to him. André Gide (1869-1951) Voyage au Congo, 1927.
- You are always the southerner of somebody. Luciano De Crescenzo (1928-2019) Così parlò Bellavista, 1977.
- In the world there are only two races, my grandmother used to say, those who have and those who have not. Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Don Quixote, 1615, book II, chap. XX.
- I have no race prejudices nor caste prejudices nor creed prejudices. All I care to know is that a man is a human being, and that is enough for me; he can't be any worse. Mark Twain (1835-1910) Concerning the Jews (Harper's Magazine, Sept. 1899).
- Racism is the expression of human brain reduced to its lowest terms. Rigoberta Menchú (1959-)
- Fascism is treated reading and racism is treated travelling. Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936)
- Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum hatred for a minimum reason. Abraham J. Heschel (1907-1972)
- The twentieth-century history taught us: the racists are never innocent. Maria Novella Oppo article: "Bossi e la tribù padana", l'Unità, 05/04/12
- I always knew there are no races, human brain is the same. There are only racists. We must defeat them with the weapons of wiseness. Rita Levi Montalcini (1909-2012) l'Unità, 2008.
- What he (the very distinguished, very humanistic, very Christian bourgeois of the twentieth century) cannot forgive Hitler for is not the crime in itself, the crime against man, it is not the humiliation of man as such, it is the crime against the white man, the humiliation of the white man, and the fact that he applied to Europe colonialist proceures which until then had been reserved exclusively for the Arabs of Algeria, the "coolies" of India, and the "niggers" of Africa. Aimé Césaire (1913-2008) Discorso sul colonialismo, 1955 (translation by Joan Pinkham):
- It is not immigration that threatens our culture now, but nascent fascism and neo-Nazism - with the violence and intimidation that are associated with those political creeds - among the Maltese. Perhaps my fellow Maltese will one day realise that it is far better to live freely in a country where there are many immigrants, than to live in a country where there are no immigrants, but where one is too afraid to speak or to be different for fear of being attacked. Daphne Caruana Galizia (1964-2017) Press statement, 14 May, 2006
- I have a dream this afternoon that my four little children, that my four little children will not come up in the same young days that I came up within, but they will be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Martin Luther King (1929-1968) Speech in Washington, 28th August 1963.
- Racism is a doctrine of, by and for brutes. Ayn Rand (1905-1982) The Virtue of Selfishness
- TV News: "Enters a church wearing a veil and is mistaken for a Moslem: a racist activist attacks his bride-to-be". Simone Salis, StaiSerena, Rai Radio2, 6th March 2015

Sources:
- http://it.wikiquote.org/wiki/Razzismo;
- http://fr.wikiquote.org/wiki/Racisme;
- http://www.innatia.com/s/c-frases-citas-reflexiones/a-frases-contra-el-racismo.html
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http://www.aforismario.it/aforismi-razzismo.htm;
- http://www.pensieriparole.it/aforismi/autori/m/martin-luther-king/pag7

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