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value of anger is not limited to peace activists, but is relevant to all who work
for social change. It may be argued that anger is the personal fuel in the social
motor that resolves the institutional contradictions that arise in the course
of history. As such. it applies to the activists who rid the world of slavery,
and who moved the political economic systems from feudalism to capitalism and
from capitalism to socialism, and who are fighting today to rid the world of racism
travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all
peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the
idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become
-- Maya Angelou
is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present
million Sarvodaya adherents in Sri Lanka have proved that they can transcend racial,
religious, linguistic and ethnic barriers to accept a common state of ideals,
principles, and constructive programs to build a new society as collectively envisioned
Dr. Ari Ariyaratne
demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your
neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your
child to hate."
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."
now, we must assume, is in our hands; we have no right to assume otherwise. If
we do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, handful that we are, to end
the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.
-- James Baldwin
has no historical, political and certainly no philosophical origins. Anti-Semitism
is a disease.
hope that my new status will be an example of Israeli-Palestinian co-existence,
I believe that the destinies of the Israeli people and the Palestinian people
are inextricably linked.
want to address racial disparity in the juvenile justice system, everybody has
to have a role in it. Everybody has some responsibility.|
the threat of global terror hanging over all of us, there is only one path: to
pursue the Millennium Development Goals with fresh resolve –confronting violence,
bigotry and hatred with the same determination that we attack the causes from
which they spring – conflict, ignorance, poverty and disease. The world we seek,
where every child can grow to adulthood in health, peace and dignity – in short,
a world fit for children – has remained a dream for more years than we can count.
But we at UNICEF are convinced that working together with committed partners,
and with an appropriate plan of action and a commitment to resources, we can make
that dream a reality for each and every child on earth.”
is an ism to which everyone in the world today is exposed; for or against, we
must take sides. And the history of the future will differ according to the decision
which we make.”|
we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility
ourselves. We should, therefore, protest openly everything ... that smacks of
discrimination or slander.
-- Mary McLeod Bethune
heart of the problem is the fact that the United States is a racially divided
nation where extreme racial inequalities continue to persist.
Grassroots groups challenge the "business-as-usual" environmentalism that is generally
practiced by the more privileged wildlife-and conservation-oriented groups. The
focus of activists of color and their constituents reflects their life experiences
of social, economic, and political disenfranchisement.
Prejudices are the
chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.
--Countess of Blessington
are the locks on the door to wisdom."
-- Merry Browne
racial, gender violence and other forms of discrimination and violence in a culture
cannot be eliminated without changing culture.
-- Charlotte Bunch
but little heeded the advice of the wise men. He has been - fatefully, if not
willingly - less virtuous, less constant, less rational, less peaceful than he
knows how to be, than he is fully capable of being. He has been led astray from
the ways of peace and brotherhood by his addiction to concepts and attitudes of
narrow nationalism, racial and religious bigotry, greed and lust for power.|
-- Ralph J. Bunche
can be no assumption that today’s majority is “right” and the Amish or others
like them are “wrong.” A way of life that is odd or even erratic but interferes
with no right or interests of others is not to be condemned because it is different.
-- Justice Warren Burger
of women, mass hunger, disregard for freedom of conscience and for freedom of
speech, widespread and racial discrimination -- all these evils are far too prevalent
to be overlooked.
-- René Samuel Cassin
racism, fear, religious fundamentalism: these are the ways of appealing to people
if you're trying to organize a mass base of support for policies that are really
intended to crush them."
-- Noam Chomsky
can truly flourish when the world is free of poverty, hunger, discrimination,
exclusion, intolerance and hatred - when women and men can realize their highest
potential and live a secure and fulfilling life. Until then, each and every one
of us would have to contribute - collectively and individually - to build peace
"We hate some persons
because we do not know them; and will not know them because we hate them."
-- Charles Caleb Colton
conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have
a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty
thing when you look into it.
~ Joseph Conrad
person listens to my act and he laughs and he thinks, 'Yeah, that's the way I
see it too.' Okay. He's white. I'm Negro. And we both see things the same way.
That must mean that we are alike..... So I figure I'm doing as much for good race
relations as the next guy."
propagandists like Limbaugh and Coulter are essentially entertainers, entertainers
who stimulate prejudice, selfishness and meanness the way a comedian works for
laughs or a tragedian plays for tears. Theirs is a new art form, exclusive to
America and bewilderingly successful. In place of traditional conservative ideology,
they offer their audience partisan belligerence and a complete package of mail-order
hatreds, designed for the conceptually and ethically impaired."
-- Hal Crowther
“We have been
basically persuaded that we should not talk about racism.”
is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same
time it's perhaps far more terrible than it's ever been.
is cruel and unjust. It cuts deep and lingers long in individual and community
memories. And it is not a thing of the past....We all have a duty to do what we
can to turn this around.
does not fare well where poverty and deprivation reign. It does not flourish where
there is ignorance and a lack of education and information. Repression, injustice
and exploitation are inimical with peace. Peace is gravely threatened by inter-group
fear and envy and by the unleashing of unrealistic expectations. Racial, class
and religious intolerance and prejudice are its mortal enemies." |
W. de Klerk
prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.
-- Dr. Wanye
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