Black Racism

Black racism has plagued America for hundreds of years. Listen to what these prominent African-Americans have to say.

Black is beautiful when it is a slum kid studying to enter college, when it is a man learning new skills for a new job , or a slum mother battling to give her kids a chance for a better life. But white is beautiful, too, when it helps change society to make our system work for black people also. White is ugly when it oppresses blacks -- and so is black ugly when black people exploit other blacks. No race has a monopoly on vice or virtue, and the worth of an individual is not related to the color of his skin.
Whitney Young, Jr

Ending racial discrimination in jury selection can be accomplished only by eliminating peremptory challenges entirely.
Thurgood Marshall

Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will eventually destroy the hater.
George Washington Carver

From the beginning, it has been a no-no for a black man to touch a white woman.
Nina Simone, Nina Simone Interview

I also have been called that terrible "N" word straight to my face and not known what to do about it because it was just in like 1993 that someone called me that.
Halle Berry

I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color.
Malcolm X

In my own country for nearly a century I have been nothing but a nigger.
W.E.B. Dubois

In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.
Toni Morrison

Once you begin to explain or excuse all events on racial grounds, you begin to indulge in the perilous mythology of race.
James Earl Jones

Racism as a form of skin worship, and as a sickness and a pathological anxiety for America, is so great, until the poor whites -- rather than fighting for jobs or education -- fight to remain pink and fight to remain white. And therefore they cannot see an alliance with people that they feel to be inherently inferior.
Jesse Jackson

Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can.
Arthur Ashe

Racism, in the first place, is a weapon used by the wealthy to increase the profits they bring in by paying Black workers less for their work.
Angela Davis

The color of the skin is in no way connected with strength of the mind or intellectual powers.
Benjamin Banneker

The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishment?s hand. They make the racist secure in his racism.
Huey Newton

The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line -- the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea. It was a phase of this problem that caused the Civil War.
W. E. B. Dubois, The Souls of Black Folk

The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line.
W. E. B. Dubois, The Souls of Black Folk

The whites were really brutishly ignorant, blitheringly, so they killed people sometimes - just came into the African-American community and maimed people because they didn't agree with God's choice for the colors of the people's skin.
Maya Angelou

We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism.
Huey Newton

When I was younger, living in an all-black neighborhood the other kids thought I was better than them because of my light skin and straight hair. Then we moved to an all-white neighborhood and that was a culture shock ... I'd been used to being around all black kids.
Halle Berry