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Negroes Quotes

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Even schools for Negroes, then, are places where they
must be convinced of their inferiority.
- Carter G. Woodson

It is notoriously true that the public mind is seriously
agitated with apprehensions of negroes insurrections
and that it is becoming more and more so.
- Thomas L. Smith

Offhand, the only North American writers I can think
of who have come from a background of rural poverty
and gone on to write about it have been Negroes.
- Alden Nowlan

The large majority of the Negroes who have put on the
finishing touches of our best colleges are all but
worthless in the development of their people.
- Carter G. Woodson

 

Negroes are human beings with exactly the same faults
and virtues as members of the other races.
- Ethel Waters

The fire trucks are out, there are thousands of people in the streets.
You have a choice.
You can have this, or you let Negroes eat at the lunch counters.
- Burke Marshall

As yet, the Negroes themselves do not fully appreciate these old slave songs.
- James Weldon Johnson

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It is incontestable and deplorable
that Negroes have committed crimes;
but they are derivative crimes.
They are born of the greater crimes of the white society.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The people of the Southern States now own near five
millions of these negroes,
and they are worth to them near three millions of dollars.
- John H. Reagan

I'm proud of our court.
It knocks back a lot of the propaganda the Communists
put out about the way America treats her Negroes.
- Nat King Cole

Du Bois marked a great stage in the history of Negro
struggles when he said that Negroes could no longer
accept the subordination which Booker T. Washington had preached.
- C. L. R. James

I think Muslims have become the new Negroes in America.
They are being mistreated at airports,
by the Immigration - everywhere.
Islam is a religion of peace.
They are wrong.
- Jermaine Jackson

Negroes - Sweet and docile, Meek, humble,
and kind: Beware the day - They change their mind.
- Langston Hughes

One can cite cases of Negroes who opposed emancipation
and denounced the abolitionists.
- Carter G. Woodson

I often wonder whether Negroes like myself who are
pretty well known help out at all in breaking down barriers.
- Nat King Cole

If the Negroes are to remain forever removed from the producing atmosphere,
and the present discrimination continues,
there will be nothing left for them to do.
- Carter G. Woodson

Negroes at last were on Broadway, and there to stay.
We were artists and we were going a long way.
- Will M. Cook

However the Southern man may have been master of the negro,
there were compensatory processes whereby certain negroes
were masters of their masters' children.
- John Sergeant Wise

Negroes who have been so long inconvenienced and denied
opportunities for development are naturally afraid
of anything that sounds like discrimination.
- Carter G. Woodson

I'd become sort of involved in things that were happening to people.
No matter what color they be, whether they be Indians,
or Negroes, the poor white person or anyone who was
I thought more or less getting a bad shake.
- Gordon Parks

What I did not yet know so intensely was the hatred
of the white American for the black,
a hatred so deep that I wonder if every white man in this country,
when he plants a tree, doesn't see Negroes hanging from its branches.
- Jean Genet

The Negroes have little invention, but strong powers of imitation,
so that they readily acquire mechanic arts.
They have a great talent for music, and all their external
senses are remarkably acute.
- Samuel George Morton

Even if my mother had no qualms of conscience concerning ownership of negroes,
her sense of duty carried her far beyond the mere supplying of their physical needs,
or requiring that they render faithful service.
- John Sergeant Wise

In a word, if any kind of slavery can be vindicated by the Holy Scriptures,
we are already sure our making and holding the Negroes our slaves,
as we do, cannot be vindicated by any thing we can find there,
but is condemned by the whole of divine revelation.
- Samuel Hopkins

The Negroes are facing the alternative of rising in
the sphere of production to supply their proportion
of the manufacturers and merchants or of going down
to the graves of paupers.
- Carter G. Woodson

Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes
in every waking moment of their lives
to remind them that the lie of their inferiority
is accepted as truth in the society dominating them.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am not prejudiced against the Negro.
When I was governor, I did more to help the Negroes
in our State than any previous Governor,
and I think you can find Negro leaders in the State
who will attest to this fact.
- Strom Thurmond

Why should the Negroes ever fight against the only
nations of the world where racial discrimination is prohibited,
and where the people can live freely? Never!
I can assure you, they will never fight against either
the Soviet Union or the peoples' democracies.
- Paul Robeson

The alleged menace of universal suffrage having been
avoided by the absolute suppression of the negro vote,
the spirit of mob murder should have been satisfied
and the butchery of negroes should have ceased.
- Ida B. Wells

It would be against all nature for all the Negroes
to be either at the bottom,
top, or in between.
We will go where the internal drive carries us like everybody else.
It is up to the individual.
- Zora Neale Hurston

A few years ago no hotel or restaurant in Boston refused Negro guests;
now several hotels,
restaurants, and especially confectionary stores,
will not serve Negroes, even the best of them.
- Ray Stannard Baker

If I can do one hundredth part for the Indian that Mrs.
Stowe did for the Negro, I will be thankful.
- Helen Hunt Jackson

The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears.
The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

What becomes a crime deserving capital punishment when
the tables are turned is a matter of small moment when
the negro woman is the accusing party.
- Ida B. Wells

Would it be better if I'd married a Negro woman? Would
they treat my child any better? Erect fewer barriers?
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

Do you know most of the Jewish songs have the same
trend of sadness as Negro spirituals?
- Mahalia Jackson

The steady expansion of welfare programs can be taken
as a measure of the steady disintegration of the Negro
family structure over the past generation in the United States.
- Daniel Patrick Moynihan

So Ham's wife that was preserved on the Ark was a Negro
of the seed of Cain and there was a priestly purpose in it,
that the Devil would have a representation as well as God.
- Warren Jeffs

A Negro woman has the same kind of problems as other women,
but she can't take the same things for granted.
- Dorothy Height

Negro banks, as a rule, have failed because the people,
taught that their own pioneers in business cannot function in this sphere,
withdrew their deposits.
- Carter G. Woodson

As you know from reading many of these Negro writers,
we don't deal too much with the discussion of democracy
and what it means and how improvisation fits in all that.
- Stanley Crouch

An American, a Negro...
two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings;
two warring ideals in one dark body,
whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn asunder.
- W. E. B. Du Bois

You've got to appreciate the things that come from
the art of the Negro and from the heart of the man farthest down.
- William Christopher Handy

We Negro writers, just by being black,
have been on the blacklist all our lives.
Censorship for us begins at the color line.
- Langston Hughes

Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted
in places where the average Negro could never hope to go and get insulted.
- Sammy Davis, Jr.

If the white man wants to hold on to it,
let him do so; but the Negro, so far as he is able,
should develop and carry out a program of his own.
- Carter G. Woodson

The closer a Negro got to the ballot box,
the more he looked like a rapist.
- E. Franklin Frazier

When our thoughts - which bring actions -
are filled with hate against anyone, Negro or white,
we are in a living hell.
That is as real as hell will ever be.
- George Washington Carver

It was impossible to reason with a negro-that the only
way to keep him in his place was to keep him under fear.
- Henry Carter Stuart

I am not the world's greatest Negro violinist.
I am the greatest violinist in the world!
- Will M. Cook

I believe the Negro blood counts, and counts to my advantage -
though it has caused me at times a life of great humiliation and sorrow.
- Henry Ossawa Tanner

We do not show the Negro how to overcome segregation,
but we teach him how to accept it as final and just.
- Carter G. Woodson

I was a guinea pig for some hoodlums who thought they
could hurt me and frighten me and keep other Negro
entertainers from the South.
- Nat King Cole

And thus goes segregation which is the most far-reaching
development in the history of the Negro since the enslavement of the race.
- Carter G. Woodson

But I must own that I also felt stirred by an unselfish
desire to voice all the joys and sorrows,
the hopes and ambitions, of the American Negro,
in classic musical form.
- James Weldon Johnson

I was bred as an outcast, part Negro and part Seminole,
in my early years raised as an Indian.
- Willie Stargell

The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent
will not pass until there is
an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The thought of' the inferiority of the Negro is drilled
into him in almost every class he enters and in almost every book he studies.
- Carter G. Woodson

Besides paid white laborers, there was everywhere a
class of white servants bound without wages for a term of years,
and a more miserable class of Negro slaves.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

The drums of Africa still beat in my heart.
They will not let me rest while there is a single Negro
boy or girl without a chance to prove his worth.
- Mary McLeod Bethune

I do not think white America is committed to granting
equality to the American Negro.
This is a passionately racist country;
it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future.
- Susan Sontag

The Negro, however, has been tested on an extensive scale.
- Ellsworth Huntington

Negro music and culture are intrinsically improvisational,
existential.
Nothing is sacred.
After a decade, a musical idea, no matter how innovative,
is threatened.
- Archie Shepp

Rap actually took root in the Negro community,
and then in the Hispanic community, long before it
impacted on the larger American community as a whole.
- Archie Shepp

To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively
conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.
- James A. Baldwin

The whites come to applaud a Negro performer just like the colored do.
When you've got the respect of white and colored,
you can ease a lot of things.
- Nat King Cole

In the north we could not hope to keep the worst and
poorest servant for a single day in the wretched discomfort
in which our negro servants are forced habitually to live.
- Fanny Kemble

If I allow the fact that I am a Negro to checkmate my will to do,
now, I will inevitably form the habit of being defeated.
- Paul Williams

I know no national boundary where the Negro is concerned.
The whole world is my province until Africa is free.
- Marcus Garvey

A whole generation of young whites have involved themselves
with traditional Negro music.
- Archie Shepp

Washington shows the Negro not only at his best,
but also at his worst.
- James Weldon Johnson


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