Racism is one of the most primitive problems because of which the world is still suffering. Although it’s a proven fact that human being anywhere, irrespective of caste, class, color, and creed are equal and have the same blood running through their veins, people just refuse to believe that. They still consider black people to be a liability to them and the society as a whole. As a result, we see so many racial killings.
In this time of emergency, let us recall some of our world leaders who criticized racism and gave a clarion call to all of us to join together to end racism.
Here are our top 10 picks on racism:
- “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
The famous speech was delivered on 28thAugust 1963 at the Lincoln War Memorial, Washington DC
- I always looked upon the acts of racist exclusion, or insult, as pitiable for the other person. I never absorbed that. I always thought that there was something deficient about such people. ”
― Toni Morrison
The Nobel Laureate said the above words in her book, “Toni Morrison: Conversations”
- Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it’s perhaps far more terrible than it’s ever been.
— Angela Davis
Angela Davis is an American scholar, author, and a political activist.
- Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everything is war”-Bob Marley
The famous Jamaican singer, musician, and guitaristwas equally vocal about racism.
- No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
Nelson Mandela wrote the above in his memoirs, “Long Walk To Freedom” (1955)
- 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.
The famous Nobel Laureate William Faulkner wrote this in his book, “On Fear: Deep South in Labor: Mississippi”
- No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them”
― Elie Wiesel
The Romanian-born author and Holocaust survivor said in an interview with Parade Magazine in 1992, titled “Have You Learned The Most Important Lesson of All”
- Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.”
― Kofi Annan
The former UN Secretary General said this in one of his memorable speech in 1999
- Defeating racism, tribalism, intolerance and all forms of discrimination will liberate us all, victim and perpetrator alike.
The UN Secretary General made this comment to High-level Symposium on South Africa’s contribution to combating xenophobia and racism.
- “Jingoism, racism, fear, religious fundamentalism: these are the ways of appealing to people if you’re trying to organize a mass base of support for policies that are really intended to crush them.”
– Noam Chomsky
The famous American linguist, scholar, social critic and political activist have been vocal about racism in his work and speech.