Quotations About / On: BLACK

  • 31.
    ... white people, like black ones, are victims of a racist society. They are products of their time and place.
    (Shirley Chisholm (b. 1924), African American politician and feminist. Unbought and Unbossed, ch. 15 (1970).)
  • 32.
    Not being a K.N. [Know-Nothing] I am left as a sort of waif on the political sea with symptoms of a mild sort towards Black Republicanism.
    (Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. I, p. 497, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Hayes to Guy M. Bryan (April 16, 1856). Bryan, a proslavery Democrat, was an old college chum.)
  • 33.
    Never 'eld with mournin' meself. I always say, life's black enough as it is without dressin' in it, too.
    (Philip Dunne (1908-1992), U.S. screenwriter, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Martha (Edna Best), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947). To Mrs. Muir, who has just put away her mourning dress. From the novel by R.A. Dick.)
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  • 34.
    Never 'eld with mournin' meself. I always say, life's black enough as it is without dressin' in it, too.
    (Philip Dunne (1908-1992), U.S. screenwriter. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Martha (Edna Best), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, to Mrs. Muir, who has just put away her mourning dress (1947). From the novel by R.A. Dick.)
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  • 35.
    ... a legitimate revolution must be led by, made by those who have been most oppressed: black, brown, yellow, red, and white women—with men relating to that the best they can.
    (Robin Morgan (b. 1941), U.S. author, feminist, and child actor. Goodbye to All That (January 1970).)
  • 36.
    We black men seem the sole oasis of simple faith and reverence in a dusty desert of dollars and smartness.
    (W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868-1963), U.S. civil rights leader, author. The Souls of Black Folk, ch. 1 (1903).)
  • 37.
    Lots of white people think black people are stupid. They are stupid themselves for thinking so, but regulation will not make them smarter.
    (Stephen Carter (b. 1954), U.S. lawyer, author. Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby, ch. 8 (1992).)
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  • 38.
    So the brother in black offers to these United States the source of courage that endures, and laughter.
    (Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. High John de Conquer, American Mercury (1943).)
  • 39.
    By dying I wanted to maintain my honor, and hide a flame so black from the daylight!
    (Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Phaedra, in Phaedra, act 1, sc. 3 (1677). Phaedra describes her horror at her own incestuous passion.)
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  • 40.
    Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow—red, yellow, brown, black and white—and we're all precious in God's sight.
    (Jesse Jackson (b. 1941), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. Speech, July 16, 1984, Democratic National Convention, San Francisco. Quoted in The Harper Book of American Quotations, ed. Gorton Carruth and Eugene Ehrlich (1988). Jackson added, "My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected and the despised.")
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