Race, Thoughts, Voices, Attitudes: The Conversation Continues- Accord1

image Johann Zoffany’s 18th century painting portrays Dido Elizabeth Belle and her cousin Elizabeth Murray.

The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken. Audre Lorde

“What Is Right Can Never Be Impossible” John Danvier: “Laws that allow us to diminish the humanity of anybody are not laws.” Lord Ashford: “One does not make a wife of the rare and exotic.” Lady Ashford: “Does she still have a tongue?” Dido Elizabeth Belle: “I have a tongue though yours explains well enough why I may not marry your son. My greatest misfortune would be to marry into a family who would carry me as their shame.” Lord Mansfield: “There are rules in place which dictate how we live.” Dido Elizabeth Belle: “You break every rule when it matters enough, papa. I am the evidence.”

Belle the Movie Quotes

I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that’s how I operate my life.”

Oprah Winfrey

White America died last night. Obama’s reelection killed it. Our 200 plus year history as a Western nation is over. We’re a Socialist Latin American country now. Venezuela without the oil.” “Of course that’s what I’m saying,” Buchanan replied “Isn’t it obvious? Anything worth doing on this Earth was done first by white people.” “Who landed on the moon? White people. Who climbed Mount Everest? White people.  Who invented the transistor? White people. Who invented paper? White people. Who discovered algebra? White people.” “And don’t give me all this nonsense about Martin Luther King and civil rights and all that. Who do you think freed the slaves? Abraham Lincoln. A white guy!”

Pat Buchanan 2012


I too remember a time when I would turn on the TV and only see pale skin. I got teased and taunted about my night shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter skinned.

12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong

“It don’t matter if you’re Black or white

Michael Jackson

Why are black people afraid of chain saws?” “Run N***er,” mimicking the sound of a chain saw.

Justin Bieber

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” “I detest racialism, because I regard it as a barbaric thing, whether it comes from a black man or a white man

Nelson Mandella

“Talking about issues of race is like bodily hygiene: it’s something you have to do and keep up every day, when we embrace our own imperfections we are on the path to becoming a good person, a better human being.”

Jay Smooth TED Talk about Race and Pockets of Prejudice

“The Census Bureau recently estimated that whites already account for less than two-thirds of the population and will be a minority by 2050,” Coulter states. “…One may assume the new majority will not be such compassionate overlords as the white majority has been. If this sort of drastic change were legally imposed on any group other than white Americans, it would be called genocide. Yet whites are called racists merely for mentioning the fact that current immigration law is intentionally designed to reduce their percentage in the population.”

Ann Coulter

“Don’t be color blind, be color brave. Embrace diversity as a competitive advantage.” “In my view, color blindness is very dangerous, because it means we’re ignoring the problem.” “Being comfortable with the uncomfortable conversation about race” “Purposefully

invite people into your life who aren’t like you.” “Observe your environment. Invite people into your life that don’t look like you or think like you”

Mellody Hobson TED

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

Maya Angelou

“Building the Bridge Together” Kevin Robinson Executive Director Accord1

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