Those who deplore our militants, who exhort patience in the name of a false peace, are in fact supporting segregation and exploitation. They would have social peace at the expense of social and racial justice. They are more concerned with easing racial tension than enforcing racial democracy.— A. Philip Randolph
Pioneering Racial Justice quotations
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
The fate of millions of people—indeed the future of the black community itself—may depend on the willingness of those who care about racial justice to re-examine their basic assumptions about the role of the criminal justice system in our society.
Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.
Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.
Too many young folk have addiction to superficial things and not enough conviction for substantial things like justice, truth and love.
Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.
My fight is not for racial sameness but for racial equality and against racial prejudice and discrimination.
It is clear that the way to heal society of its violence .
. . and lack of love is to replace the pyramid of domination with the circle of equality and respect.
If there is no justice for the people, there be no peace for the government.
I would like to believe that the discovery of even a single fossil bacteria on Mars would teach us what we ought to know all along, and that is what binds us here on earth - all the diverse peoples here - is really much more profound than what seems to separate us.
My hope is that feminist, racial justice, reproductive rights and LGBT movements build a coalition that centers on the lives of women who lead intersectional lives and too often fall in between the cracks of these narrow mission statements.
This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy
Justice goes across racial and economic barriers - like the good Samaritan.
One in three young African American men is currently under the control of the criminal justice system in prison, in jail, on probation, or on parole - yet mass incarceration tends to be categorized as a criminal justice issue as opposed to a racial justice or civil rights issue (or crisis).
Stand up for what is right even if you stand alone.
The fact that more than half of the young black men in any large American city are currently under the control of the criminal justice system (or saddled with criminal records) is not - as many argue - just a symptom of poverty or poor choices, but rather evidence of a new racial caste system at work.
I put everything I had into it - all my feelings and everything I'd learned in 46 years of living, about family life and fathers and children. And my feelings about racial justice and inequality and opportunity.
Prejudice is an opinion without judgment.
Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.
Mass incarceration is the most pressing racial justice issue of our time.
When you say you want to talk about racial justice, that`s not the same as I want to do something about racial justice. Saying I want to hold police accountable is doing something. Saying that I want to take money out of politics, big money, is doing something.
Whatever community organization, whether it's a women's organization, or fighting for racial justice ... you will get satisfaction out of doing something to give back to the community that you never get in any other way.
Do not give up your dreams of a more just world.
Trans women of color dangerously fall in between the cracks of racial justice, feminist and LGbt movements.
We all decry prejudice, yet are all prejudiced.
My great crime wasn't refusing to represent an innocent man;
my great crime was imagining that there was some path to racial justice that did not include those we view as 'guilty'.
Whether we or our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.
Ignorance is stubborn and prejudice is hard.
Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral.
It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all.
Over and above the political, economic, sociological, and international implications of racial prejudices, their major significance is that they place unnecessary burdens upon human beings.
I wanted a racially just society. I wanted to end wars. I wanted to end white supremacy. I wanted to create a world that was based on egalitarianism, sharing, racial justice.
We Americans have a chance to become someday a nation in which all racial stocks and classes can exist in their own selfhoods, but meet on a basis of respect and equality and live together, socially, economically, and politically.
The recognized achievements of some Negroes, despite rigid racial barriers, indicate that society by its prejudices may be depriving itself of valuable contributions from many others. It is now doubtful whether America can afford the luxury of such a waste of human resources.
We have a history of gender and racial bias on our court that continues to undermine the system. Excluding individuals based on race is antagonistic to the pursuit of justice.
Racial discrimination in elections in Texas is no mere historical artifact.
To the contrary, Texas has been found in violation of the Voting Rights Act in every redistricting cycle from and after 1970.
Racial justice is key to a compassionate, inclusive, dynamic society.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to honor the greatest champion of racial equality who taught a nation - through compassion and courage - about democracy, nonviolence and racial justice.
It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley.
I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people, and I should stick to the issue of racial justice.
I think there is a commitment on the part of the White House to racial justice in this country, and no ambiguity.
I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.
's dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.