30 Black-and-White Quotes to Inspire Racial Harmony
This is not an attempt to ignore the atrocities of racism; we must confront racism in order to fix it. However, it helps every now and then to exhale, reconsider the goal of the struggle, visualize the outcome, and ensure that we proceed with the right attitudes and intentions.
These 30 Black-and-White quotes throw no blame, nor do they promote any race above another. They show the beauty and power of racial harmony and inspire our efforts to improve positive concern for each other.
1.“When you get to know a lot of people, you make a great discovery. You find that no one group has a monopoly on looks, brains, goodness or anything else. It takes all the people—Black and White . . . to make up America.” ―Judy Garland
2. “Freedom is a struggle, and we do it together. Not only together as Black citizens, but Black and White together.” ―Andrew Young
3. “We talk about race as a Black and White issue . . . We're generally talking about it as if it's a binary equation whereas, in fact, there's more than two races and, in fact, those races blend together.” —Celeste Ng
4. “South Africa belongs to all who live in it, Black and White.” ―Thabo Mbeki
5. “Washington is a great international city and . . . we have people who are rich and poor, Black and White, and from every part of the world. ” ―James Green Somerville
6. “Good and bad times are like black and white color, incomplete without each other.” ―Vikrmn
7. “Dr. King gave his life to peace and justice and reconciliation between people, Black and White, rich and poor, and he was a great hero for not only people who were oppressed in our country but for people who believed in justice both here and around the world.” ―Kerry Kennedy
8. “I see the face of a child . . . he is Black. Or he is White. He is Mexican, Italian, Polish. None of that matters. What matters, he's an American child.” ―Richard M. Nixon
9. “Black and White thinking limits understanding and feedback, two necessary ingredients for successful resolution in creative conflict and successful understanding.” ―David W. Earle
10. “Finally, let us understand that when we stand together, we will always win . . . When Black, White and Hispanic people stand together for justice, we win.” ―Bernie Sanders
The Children's Version
11. “Once upon a time they was two girls . . . one girl had black skin, one girl had white . . . little colored girl say to little white girl, 'How come your skin be so pale?'
White girl say, 'I don't know. How come your skin be so black? What you think that mean?'
But neither one a them little girls knew. So little white girl say, 'Well, let's see. You got hair, I got hair.’
Little colored girl say 'I got a nose, you got a nose.’
Little white girl say, 'I got toes, you got toes.'
'So we's the same. Just a different color', say that little colored girl. The little white girl she agreed and they was friends. The end." ―Kathryn Stockett (The Help)
12. “When people see us, they think that we’re just best friends . . . when they learn that we’re twins, they’re kind of shocked because one’s Black and one’s White.” ―Marcia Biggs
Insights From Celebrities
13. "Me don't dip on the Black man's side, not the White man's side. Me dip on God's side, the one who create me and cause me to come from Black and White." ―Bob Marley
14. “Yeah, I did see where the people dissing me were coming from. But, it's like, anything that happened in the past between Black and White, I can't really speak on it, because I wasn't there. I don't feel like me being born the color I am makes me any less of a person." ―Eminem
15. “Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant, and this White waitress came up to me and said: 'We don't serve colored people here.' I said: 'that's all right, I don't eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken.” ―Dick Gregory
16. “We promote Asian storytelling—not just Asian stories but Asian people in stories with the full spectrum of the human experience. When you say, ‘Oh, it's not enough attention on Asians. It's more Black and White,’ that game becomes like you're playing the discrimination Olympics.” ―Ronny Chieng
17. “I want to be known for what I am, Black and White, because I'm proud of both.” ―Logic
18. “In my Philly neighborhood, Black and White kids hung together without even thinking about it. The spirit of Martin Luther King was alive and well.” ―Daryl Hall
19. “When I look into the crowd, I see young and old, Black and White—it's amazing that I'm able to connect with so many different kinds of people.” ―Patti LaBelle
20. “Sidney Poitier became a star in part by helping Black and White Americans negotiate their new relationship in the post-Civil Rights era.” ―Wesley Morris
21. “Hollywood maids are so idiotic. They grin at everything. I told Norman Lear I didn't want to play a maid because of that 'hee-hee/grin-grin’ attitude, and he said . . . he wanted two strong women that are the Black and White of the same coin. I said, 'Oh, well—in that case, I'll be right there!’” ―Esther Rolle
22. “The only question we should ask is, 'Are they good?' I've met great actors, Black and White, and I've met bad actors, Black and White.” ―Noma Dumezweni
23. “I have a dream that one day little Black boys and girls will be holding hands with little White boys and girls.” ―Martin Luther King Jr.
24. “Now we have Black and White elected officials working together. Today, we have gone beyond just passing laws. Now we have to create a sense that we are one community, one family.” ―John Lewis
25. “We have a vision of South Africa in which Black and White shall live and work together as equals in conditions of peace and prosperity.” ―Oliver Tambo
26. “Don’t look away and don’t hold back the tears
It is not only a cry for White victims
It is not only a cry for Black victims
It is a cry for a better South Africa
A cry for a richer, charcoal, chalky Africa”
27. “Relations between Black and White would be greatly improved if we were more accepting of our fears and our feelings and more vocal about it.” ―Sarah Silverman
28. “It's not even about Black and White anymore, because so many people are from mixed backgrounds and mixed ethnicities, and it's just a great time to be able to pull all that together.” ―George Lopez
29. “We talk of a rainbow nation—in a country that remains dichotomized between Black and White. We must acknowledge that the rainbow, in fact, is still a dream.” ―Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
30. “By dismantling the narrow politics of racial identity and selective self-interest, by going beyond 'Black' and 'White,' we may construct new values, new institutions and new visions of an America beyond traditional racial categories and racial oppression.” ―Manning Marable
© 2020 Dora Weithers