Minorities—The Ultimate Quotation Collection
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175 Page Quotation Collection on Minorities
This 175 page quotation collection contains the most interesting, thought-provoking, and useful quotations on Minorities. A unique collection presenting only pertinent and straightforward quotes that address all aspects of Minorities, this set of quotations includes the classic quotes as well as quotes carefully chosen from primary sources with particular attention given to quotes from women and minorities. In addition to the wisdom and guidance quotes provide, the quotations in this collection function particularly well in displays, presentations, speeches, research, students’ papers, and classroom lessons and discussions. Teachers using quotations as a lesson component directly address the Common Core Standards by facilitating critical thinking and promoting skills such as analyzing, inferencing, paraphrasing, and comparing and contrasting.
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I stationed myself by the side of the road, along which the slaves, amounting to three hundred and fifty, were to pass. The purchaser of my wife was a Methodist minister, who was about starting for North Carolina. Pretty soon five wagon-loads of little children passed, and looking at the foremost one, what should I see but a little child, pointing its tiny hand towards me, exclaiming, ‘There’s my father; I knew he would come and bid me good-bye.’ It was my eldest child! Soon the gang approached in which my wife was chained. I looked, and beheld her familiar face; but O, reader, that glance of agony! may God spare me ever again enduring the
excruciating horror of that moment! She passed, and came near to where I stood. I seized hold of her hand, intending to bid her farewell; but words failed me; the gift of utterance had fled, and I remained speechless. I followed her for some distance, with her hand grasped in mine, as if to save her from her fate, but I could not speak, and I was obliged to turn away in silence.
--Virginia slave Henry Brown (1816-1897)
Today in downtown San Diego, I watched a blue collar Mexican man get harassed for being Mexican. It was a blatant act of discrimination. And the man actually
began crying. As he left the office building, he took off his jacket. His t-shirt
underneath read, ‘I love the USA!’
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the
silence over that by the good people.
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
I am an invisible man. No I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe: Nor am I one of your Hollywood movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids, and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, simply because people refuse to see me.
—Ralph Ellison (1913-1994)
Race prejudice is not only a shadow over the colored—it is a shadow over all of us, and the shadow is darkest over those who feel it least and allow its evil effects
to go on.
--Pearl S. Buck
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?...
Or does it explode?
We’re all here from somewhere else. America, Mother of Exiles.
Sometimes I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s
—Zora Neale Hurston
We are all descendants of Adam, and we are all products of racial miscegenation.
--Lester B. Pearson
It is not healthy when a nation lives within a nation, as colored Americans are
living inside America. A nation cannot live confident of its tomorrow if its refugees are among its own citizens.
--Pearl S. Buck
Diversity without unity makes about as much sense as dishing up flour, sugar,
water, eggs, shortening, and baking powder on a plate and calling it a cake.
--C. William Pollard
Let me tell you about prejudice. It starts in the home, and that’s in all cultures, all races, all creeds. The only thing we can do, as educated people, is understand that we do have these feelings and say to ourselves, ‘Hey, that’s racist, I don’t have to think that way.’
--Edward James Olmos
The fear I heard in my fathers’ voice...when he realized that I really believed I could do anything a white boy could do, and had every intention of proving it, was not at all like the fear I heard when one of us was ill or had fallen down the stairs or strayed too far from the house. It was another fear, a fear that the child, in
challenging the white world’s assumptions, was putting himself in the path
I vividly remember seeing a dozen black men and women chained to one another, once, and lying in a group on the pavement, awaiting shipment to the Southern slave market. Those were the saddest faces I have ever seen.
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