George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis could be a turning point in our country for racial injustice. Sparked by yet another senseless killing of a black male – this time caught on videotape – people in all 50 states and in countries worldwide held protests that in combination formed the biggest civil rights protest ever in the world.
To understand some of the backgrounds that have framed these events, one must have some knowledge of the history of systemic racism and police brutality in America.
Obviously, much work on a local, city, state, country, and world basis needs to be done. There are many things an individual can do to help bring about change. First, improve your awareness of racial justice issues. Read good books like So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Listen to knowledgeable speakers, podcasts, and TV interviews. Support organizations like Black Lives Matter with financial donations. Get active. Engage friends and family in meaningful conversation. Speak out against racism when you see or hear it.
Below are 27 carefully selected racial justice quotes, racism quotes, and justice sayings. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, President Barack Obama, and James Baldwin are just some of the authors featured. Familiarizing yourself with these insights might provide you the inspiration you need to help make a difference.
Racism Quotes — Justice and Peace
1.) If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
2.) Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
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3.) Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
4.) Protest is not the end of progress, it is the beginning… I stand with Minneapolis. I believe in us. Change is gonna come.
Quotes on Equality
5.) You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.
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6.) If you live in this system of white supremacy, you are either fighting the system or you are complicit. There is no neutrality to be had towards systems of injustice, it is not something you can just opt-out of.
7.) Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible – until you let the sun in. Then you see it’s everywhere. As long as we keep shining that light, we have a chance of cleaning it.
8.) In this country, American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.
Racial Justice Quotes
9.) Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.
10.) At the heart of racism is the religious assertion that God made a creative mistake when He brought some people into being.
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Inspirational Racism Quotes
11.) It’s important for us to also understand that the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ simply refers to the notion that there’s a specific vulnerability for African Americans that needs to be addressed. It’s not meant to suggest that other lives don’t matter. (And) It’s to suggest that other folks aren’t experiencing this particular vulnerability.
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12.) No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise.
13.) Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Quotes on Equality and Justice
14.) I am where I am because of the bridges that I crossed. Sojourner Truth was a bridge. Harriet Tubman was a bridge. Ida B. Wells was a bridge. Madame C.J. Walker was a bridge. Fannie Lou Hamer was a bridge.
15.) I hate racial discrimination most intensely and all its manifestations. I have fought all my life; (and) I fight now and will do so until the end of my days. Even although I now happen to be tried by one, whose opinion I hold in high esteem, I detest most.
16.) I keep my ideals because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.
17.) I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit.
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James Baldwin Quotes
18.) It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
19.) People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
20.) I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.
21.) I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes on Peace and Justice
22.) Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
23.) A riot is the language of the unheard.
24.) We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.
25.) We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
26.) The ultimate measure of a person is not where one stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where one stands in times of challenge and controversy.
27.) I plan to stand by nonviolence because I have found it to be a philosophy of life that regulates not only my dealings in the struggle for racial justice, but also my dealings with people, and with my own self.
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We hope you enjoyed these racial justice quotes.
— Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet.
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