Racism is not a comfortable topic to tackle. It is a subject that stirs up confusion, anger and deep-seeded prejudices, especially here in the United States. Our national baggage on the topic is heavy and although our country has made much progress from the days of slavery and segregation, there is still a whole lot of work to be done.
The wounds of racism were exposed and became part of our national dialogue this week after the George Zimmerman trial ended in a not guilty verdict for the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. While Trayvon’s murder was tragic, it was not totally in vain. Trayvon Martin’s father told Time’s Elizabeth Dias that, “God had a purpose for Trayvon to use his death to open the eyes of America.”
As part of our national discussion, here are ten powerful quotes about race to ponder, now more than ever.
10 Powerful Quotes on Race and Racism 1 of 11
Click through for ten quotes about race and racism as part of our national dialogue on this important topic.
Rosa Parks 2 of 11
Rosa Parks was a icon of the civil rights movement. This quote is a poignant one about our responsibility as parents.
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Racism Isn’t Born 3 of 11
Comic and actor Denis Leary made a great point about how racism is learned not inherent.
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Martin Luther King 4 of 11
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, it is our responsibility to make it come true.
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Thurgood Marshall 5 of 11
A very powerful quote about racism by Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court.
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Barack Obama 6 of 11
Beautiful words about a united United States of America from our President when he first hit the national stage.
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Robert Kennedy 7 of 11
Robert Kennedy made a great point, that we should never treat anyone as inferior.
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Maya Angelou 8 of 11
A great point that illustrated how damaging prejudice can be.
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Mark Twain 9 of 11
Mark Twain, an American treasure, shared some great insight with this quote.
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Be Noble 10 of 11
We should ALL strive to be noble.
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Nelson Mandela 11 of 11
Nelson Mandela on how racism is not born, and yes, we should all teach love.
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