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segregation Quotes

15 of the best book quotes about segregation
  1. #1
    ″ I’ve been to England, France and Mexico, but I don’t know how people live ten blocks from me. We know so little about each other. ”
  2. #2
    “Through nonviolent resistance we shall be able to oppose the unjust system and at the same time love the perpetrators of the system.”
  3. #3
    ″ Maybe we wanted him to do it! Maybe we would have had no chance or justification to stage attacks against hundreds of thousands of people if he had acted sanely and normally! ”
  4. #4
    “They felt they had you fenced off so that you could not do what you did. Now they’re mad because deep down in them they believe that they made you do it. When people feel that way, you can’t reason with ‘em.”
  5. #5
    “Was what he had heard about rich white people really true? Was he going to work for people like you saw in the movies . . . ? He looked at Trader Horn unfold and saw pictures of naked black men and women whirling in wild dances . . . .”
  6. #6
    “To Bigger and his kind, white people were not really people; they were a sort of great natural force, like a stormy sky looming overhead or like a deep swirling river stretching suddenly at one’s feet in the dark.”
  7. #7
    “David drove Henrietta nearly twenty miles to get [to Hopkins], not because they preferred it, but because it was the only major hospital for miles that treated black patients. This was the era of Jim Crow—when black people showed up at white-only hospitals, the staff was likely to send them away, even it if meant they might die in the parking lot”
  1. #8
    “The breaking up of a village community, a tribe or a nation into autonomous individuals does not eliminate or stifle the spirit of rebellion against the ruling power. An effective division is one that fosters a multiplicity of compact bodies — racial, religious or economic — vying with a suspicious of each other.”
  2. #9
    “I pause to look up at this massive school—two blocks square and seven stories high, a place that was meant to nourish us and prepare us for adulthood. But because we dared to challenge the Southern tradition of segregation, this school became, instead, a furnace that consumed our youth and forged us into reluctant warriors.”
  3. #10
    “I ran to my room and fell onto the bed, burying my face in the pillow to hide the sobs that wrenched my insides. All my disappointment over not getting into Central High and the mob chase as well as the big sudden changes in my life over the past few weeks came crashing in on me.”
  4. #11
    “It was a story of white selling black, of black cultures “contaminating” white ones with a single cell in an era when a person with “one drop” of black blood had only recently gained the legal right to marry a white person. It was also the story of cells from an uncredited black woman becoming one of the most important tools in medicine.”
  5. #12
    “It felt as though we always had a white foot pressed against the back of our necks.”
  6. #13
    “After three full days inside Central, I know that integration is a much bigger word than I thought.”
  7. #14
    “It felt as though we always had a white foot pressed against the back of our necks.”
  8. #15
    “They whose lot is gravest must have the carefullest training to think aright.”

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