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30 Black-and-White Quotes to Inspire Racial Harmony

For over a decade, Ms. Dora has been sharing poetry, creative writing, positive quotes, and reflections online. Her aim is life enrichment.

Quotes to inspire racial harmony

Quotes to inspire racial harmony

The Beauty and Power of 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.

Simple Facts

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?’

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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

Twins Millie and Marcia Briggs were born one White, one Black.

Twins Millie and Marcia Briggs were born one White, one Black.

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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

It's not even about black and white anymore.

It's not even about black and white anymore.

The Dream

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”
Mawuena Addo

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


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 03, 2020:

Jo, it's was a pleasure to compile these quotes. Good to hear from you. I appreciate your encouragement.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on August 03, 2020:

Thanks for sharing these wonderful, inspiring quotes--especially at a time when they are greatly needed.

CaribTales on August 02, 2020:

Bill, it's unfortunate that we can't convince everyone to believe that all human beings are equal in their human status. We who know better will do better.

William Kovacic on August 02, 2020:

I like #8, Dora. A child is a child. A person is a person. And a human is a human. That's the end of the discussion for me. One thing is for sure. It can't be argued. Thanks for this one.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 31, 2020:

As promised I will be back. But this one is worth 3. Down here from the border Muchas Gracias.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 31, 2020:

Thanks, Devika. So glad you appreciate the quotes. It was a solemn task.

Devika Primic on July 31, 2020:

Hi Dora these quotes are useful. I like the way you put together hub that reminds us of struggles and of how one should be together in such times.

Antonio50S on July 30, 2020:

To Dora.

I was just looking at some old photoes online about how the Germans treated the Jews, and other nations. It's really strange how one dictator can get so many people to commit wars crimes against humanity in the name of "race" not religion.

You would think millions of Germans would stand up to one dictator, or at least be conscientious objectors, but how can they object when they choose to ignore their conscience, and go along with the dictator ? ( I just do what I am told attitude ). No they didn't, they "Chose" to go along with what they did. The human heart hasn't changed since Gods dealings with the Israelites, let alone 80 Years from the 2nd world war.

Defending your country is one thing, but to go out the way and kill Innocence and defendless women and children in the name of some crazy ideology is NUTS. Black, White or Asian, if we don't have any spirituality about us, if we don't Dip on the side of God, we can ALL be guilty of that if put in that situation, by not being an objector.

Just recently i heard of a Group of young men beating up on a Police officer, and they thought it was amusing. It maybe just as well we don't know the ethnicity of that Group or we maybe tempted to marginalize that that race, then that race will protest about being discriminated against under human rights.

But next time we're tempted to think our Race, Country, Black, White, or Asian is better than the next, or that we're Incapable of being Racist ourselves, we need to Rethink that, all else we're Calling God a Lair. ( Romans 3:10 ) "Their is NO ONE righteous, not even one"

Personally, I have never been to America myself, but "even I" know America was built on other existing natives, ( As mentioned ) even before the 1620s Pilgrims from Plymouth to massachussetts.

Let's Not call God a Liar.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 30, 2020:

Thanks, Denise. Sure, it's about each of us. We need to be reminded as often as possible.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 30, 2020:

You're welcome, Linda. It was my pleasure to find and record these wise words, worthy for all to heed.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 30, 2020:

These are wonderful quotes. I loved them all. Very moving. I agree. It is about all of us if we want justice to prevail.



Antonio50S on July 30, 2020:

Thanks Dora.

These are Good Quotes "which Inspire Harmony" but also trying to be realistic as well. If God the creator of life don't come into it, especially following the teachings of Jesus, then i think we may always be dealing with these kinds of issues.

( Not talking about Black or White in particular ) but not only are certain races unwilling to forgive and put the past behind them, they are "also" guilty of the same things themselves, especially when they've been "treated good for years". You don't change history by destroying monuments and statues in protest like thugs, then expect to be treated with respect as well. If it's a race issue, then there's other ways to communicate. I bet they could deal with this issue much better by having a sense of humour ? i don't mean by overlooking injustices. Look at Paul and Jesus in the bible, how they were treated. It may not have been a race issue with them, but their attitude in dealing with injustices are a great example to all of us. Paul was filled with Joy despite his sufferings, and unlike some of us, he paid the ultimate price.

And if Jesus protested his innocence, none of us would have a hope, and Bob Marley was right. It shouldn't be either a Black or White issue, it's a God issue by Dipping on the side of God.

The right attitude can a long way.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 29, 2020:

You've shared some wonderful quotations. Dora. Thank you for creating the collection.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 29, 2020:

Thanks for reading, Ernest. The struggle continues. You and I have our parts to play. Let's do the best we can.

Ernest Festus Awudey from Ho, Ghana. on July 29, 2020:

Whoosh... what an article? Thanks for sharing this Miss Dora. Racism really should be eliminated from society.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 29, 2020:

Thanks, Robert. Gregory hit a home run with that one. Thanks for mentioning Rep. John Lewis. I loved him dearly.

Robert Levine from Brookline, Massachusetts on July 29, 2020:

I like Dick Gregory's quote the most.

R.I.P. Rep. John Lewis.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 29, 2020:

Antonio, thanks for sharing your observations. True, Bob Marley's "Dip on God's side" is a great principle to adopt.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 29, 2020:

Thanks, Umesh. Your comment is encouraging.

Antonio50S on July 29, 2020:

To Dora. P.S.

Putting things into perspective a little, "Alpha Centauri" our closest Star System in our Galaxy is that Far away "In Miles" it's much easier measuring the distance in Light Years. "Speed of Light" 186,000 miles a second. It takes 4 Light Years for that Light to reach earth. That's just our "Closest Star System" Yet their are more Stars in our universe than grains of sand on our planet, In fact some of them stars we see at night are actually Whole Galaxies.

( Psalms 8 ) Is really interesting.

King David knew from experience the Reality and Existence of an Almighty God. When he considered our universe with all the stars in it, he asked the Question:

"What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?" ( "You made him a little lower than heavenly beings" ) "You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet"

How many animals question the existence and meaning of life ? Only human beings do that, and only human beings recognise and Pray to a higher being. ( That's not because we're Primitive ) it's because we're made a little lower than angels with Free Will with the Ability to Either Love or Hate our Neighbour, our Fellow Man.


Antonio50S on July 29, 2020:

Hello Dora.

( Quote 13 ) Bob Marley. "Me dip on God's side"

If everybody thought like that, we would focus on the INTERNAL and POTENTIAL Qualities of a person rather than the colour of their Skin.

It's NOT a White or Black issue, it's a HEART issue with every human being no matter what the colour. If we wasn't all human to begin with, with the Potential to Either "Love or Hate" our fellow man, we wouldn't even be having these issues, but instead we sooner rather Stereotype Certain Races because of their differences.

Oh how we love our Multi coloured pets :) but we humans seem to Struggle with different "Shades" of Skin Colour, but the real battle is the battle going on within, NOT with the Black, White, Chinese, or Asian Man. ( It's because we are Human )

Diversity is actually a good thing, but if we took away all the things that made us different, we would likely turn the attention on each other, or just want to continue to Dominate each other as the bible and history has already shown. ( Ecclesiastes 8:9 ) Mankind has a Heart Problem. But if we want to Fix it, we have to "Dip on God's side" So true from Bob Marley.


Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 29, 2020:

Splendid collection.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 28, 2020:

Eric, shocked that George Lopez has a serious streak? I guess it takes something as important as our subject matter to bring out that side of him. I agree that the older quotes are more memorable.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 28, 2020:

Thanks, Antonio. I appreciate your confidence and your encouragement. Happy reading!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 28, 2020:

Dora, I appreciate you. Thanks.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 28, 2020:

Alright then I liked the civil rights era ones the most. I never thought of George Lopez that way.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 28, 2020:

Thanks, Mary. We all share your hope. We probably need to share our thoughts too, and advance to action.

Antonio50S on July 28, 2020:

Oh Dora.

I haven't read this yet, but you really picked a good subject now. Cannot wait to read it.

I Just know it's going to be good.

I'm LOVING it already :)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 28, 2020:

Michael, good to see you. Sure love is the most solid foundation for living together in harmony and peace.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 28, 2020:

It is good to think about these thoughts these days when the issue of racial difference has again come up strongly. I hope that eventually, we get out of this and embrace one another.

Michael-Milec on July 28, 2020:

Ms Dora thanks for adding moral support to that famous one “ love your neighbor as yourself,” a spirit elevating to live in harmony and peace. Shalom.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2020:

Peggy, thanks for the affirmation. I just wrote in someone else's comment that life is in the blood; the blood is all of us is red; we all are blood relatives.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 27, 2020:

We are all the same under our different skin tones. Your number one quote by Judy Garland sets the tone for this article beautifully.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2020:

James, Gregory might still be laughing over that one. It helps to keep our wits about us when life gets complicated.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2020:

Thanks, Shauna. Life is so simple for the children. And they're so happy. We could be too, if we shared their perspective.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2020:

Thanks, Ann. Glad you managed to laugh at something. We need to relief the stress of situations like these. I appreciate your input.

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on July 27, 2020:

Dick Gregory was on point. I love his response to the waitress.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 27, 2020:

Thank you, Dora. We so need this right now! I love quote number eleven. Why can't the adults see other as children do?

Ann Carr from SW England on July 27, 2020:

Your introduction is excellent, Dora.

I love the quote from Dick Gregory - superb and it made me laugh!

We talk about seeing things in 'black and white' when we're being too clinical, too contrasting, in a discussion, don't we? Instead we should be seeing all sides to an argument, and therefore all colours.

Everyone should read this, Dora. It's excellent.


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2020:

Bill, still we hope that the harmony will improve around us. Thanks for weighing in.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2020:

Thanks, Pam. "Life is too short." Wish we all knew the significance of this truth.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 27, 2020:

We could sure use a lot more of this harmony thing you speak of. I will go to my grave not understanding racism. :)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 27, 2020:

I really like this article with all the wonderful quotes. I wish Dr. King was not assinated as he ws making such a difference. Life is too short in my mind for us to make any decision based on color. After all we all bleed red. I mean we are the same on the inside, so what difference should skin color make? This is such a good article, Ms Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2020:

Thanks, Tim. You raise a super-important point. Our love for each other says something about our love for the God who made us all.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2020:

Thanks, Eric. You are welcome to visit as often as you wish. Honored to have you!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2020:

Thanks, Liz. We wish that everyone would adopt that simple truth by which to live. There would be far less complications in our interaction with each other.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2020:

Thanks, Chitrangada. Your comment is also a good quote to remember. "Let there be only love, peace and harmony, among the children of God, irrespective of their colour, race, religion, gender or nationality."

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2020:

Thanks, Lorna. Bob Marley's attitude is commendable. If we all were concerned with gratitude for the gift of life, we would have less energy for negativity toward eash other.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2020:

Sally, good to hear from you. One would think that by now, there would be more compassion, tolerance and respect for each other as fellow humans. The struggle continues. Hoe we learn real soon.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2020:

Miebakagh, I appreciate your observations. Right now, we're all here together, so let's appreciate that we all have some contribution to make for the benefit of all of us.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on July 27, 2020:

Wonderful, Ms. Dora. It's really all about us, every human being. I always felt God made us all different for many reasons. But one reason is to test our ability to love. If we can't do that unconditionally on Earth, we may have a challenge when we are ready to go home. Each one of your quotes represent gems. Loved them. May you have peace.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2020:

True, Flourish. We recognize that we are comprised of many different types of people; it's just left for us to recognize that we are all valuable.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on July 27, 2020:

Thanks, John. You're right. It makes a difference if some try. Every little helps; imagine if the majority is on board!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 27, 2020:

Thank you. I will come back to absorb more.

Liz Westwood from UK on July 27, 2020:

You have put together a thoughtful and positive list of quotes. Skin colour should not matter. What should matter is how we live our lives and treat others.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 27, 2020:

What a beautiful collection of quotes!

This subject is close to my heart.

Let there be only love, peace and harmony, among the children of God, irrespective of their colour, race, religion, gender or nationality.

I liked all your quotes, so meaningful, each one of them.

Thanks for sharing.

Lorna Lamon on July 27, 2020:

These quotes simply make sense to me Dora. They are not only inspirational but tell a powerful truth - we need to listen. My favourite quote, if I had to pick one would be No: 13 by Bob Marley.

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on July 27, 2020:

Ms Dora you always manage to bring a sense of kindness and sensibility to your writing. Many of your quotes brought a smile to my face but my smile was tinged with sadness when I read the quote by Oliver Tambo because I was born in SA. Things are dire in that country, people now live in fear and in poverty as the ruling party plunder what little is left of that country. When will we ever learn?

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on July 27, 2020:

Dora, race is not a problem. The mind is. It may like a person or not, causing discrimation and racial issues. As a history enthusiast, I have observed and said it that America as a country is a mixture of African blood first. Then Indians, Russians, Spainish, Germany, Irish, and Pakistanians, French, Arabians and including original native. Indians. They is no nations of the world whose blood is not mingled to say he or she is America. Fact is that there is no pure America. Whereas you can find pure Germans, Frenchs, British, Indians, and Chinese, and Irishs. So, that is why the quote of Richard M. Nixon become aptly relevant here. Much thanks.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 26, 2020:

I like the emphasis on multiple races, racial identities that defy a simple dichotomy, and the growing complexity. We get the messages from the top from political and organizational leaders but see the practice of our beliefs locally.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 26, 2020:

What intelligent and wonderful quotes, MsDora. I wish the majority of people would live by these.

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