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1. "Besides paid white laborers, there was everywhere a class of white servants bound without wages for a term of years, and a more miserable class of Negro slaves."
Author: Albert Bushnell Hart
2. "I later heard somewhere, or read, that Malcolm X telephoned an apology to the reporter. But this was the kind of evidence which caused many close observers of the Malcolm X phenomenon to declare in absolute seriousness that he was the only Negro in America who could either start a race riot-or stop one. When I once quoted this to him, tacitly inviting his comment, he told me tartly, "I don't know if I could start one. I don't know if I'd want to stop one."
Author: Alex Haley
3. "Me invitó a café, la nueva infusión que, procedente de Turquía, se hace cada vez más popular y causa furor en toda Europa. [...] Es un líquido intensamente negro, muy aromático, con un sabor amargo que puede ser amortiguado añadiéndole azúcar."
Author: Antonio Cavanillas De Blas
4. "Like vampires and extremely rich people, black folk can sense one another. Use your Spidey Sense (Blacky Sense?). Use your blackdar to inspect the workplace for signs of Other Negroes. They may be working security for the building. They may be in administrative support. They may be among the associate pool, or they may even be in upper management. Black folk can be anywhere. After all, you're here. But one of the biggest mistakes you can make as The Black Employee is to assume you are the only one."
Author: Baratunde R. Thurston
5. "I have seen periods of progress followed by reaction. I have seen the hopes and aspirations of Negroes rise during World War II, only to be smashed during the Eisenhower years. I am seeing the victories of the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations destroyed by Richard Nixon."
Author: Bayard Rustin
6. "Se habia arreglado para la boda, llevando un esmoquin negro a la medida y su mejor sonrisa depravada"
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick Finale
7. "I knew that, in a large degree, we were trying an experiment--that of testing whether or not it was possible for Negroes to build up and control the affairs of a large education institution. I knew that if we failed it wold injure the whole race."
Author: Booker T. Washington
8. "Aura vestida de verde, con esa bata de tafeta por donde asoman, al avanzar hacia ti la mujer, los muslos color de luna: la mujer, repetirás al tenerla cerca, la mujer, no la muchacha de ayer: la muchacha de ayer - cuando toques sus dedos, su talle - no podía tener mas de veinte anos; la mujer de hoy - y acaricies su pelo negro, suelto, su mejilla pálida - parece de cuarenta: algo se ha endurecido, entre ayer y hoy, alrededor de los ojos verdes; el rojo de los labios se ha oscurecida fuera de su forma antigua, como si quisiera fijarse en una mueca alegre, en una sonrisa turbia: como si alternara, a semejanza de esa plata del patio, el sabor de la miel y el de la amargura. No tienes tiempo de pensar mas: (47)"
Author: Carlos Fuentes
9. "The large majority of the Negroes who have put on the finishing touches of our best colleges are all but worthless in the development of their people."
Author: Carter G. Woodson
10. "If you teach the Negro that he has accomplished as much good as any other race he will aspire to equality and justice without regard to race. Such an effort would upset the program of the oppressor in Africa and America. Play up before the Negro, then, his crimes and shortcomings. Let him learn to admire the Hebrew, the Greek, the Latin and the Teuton. Lead the Negro to detest the man of African blood--to hate himself."
Author: Carter G. Woodson
11. "Does anyone in this room have it?""No, Chris, no one here has it.""How do you know?""Because the mark was dark skin. Negroes are the descendants of Cain."I didn't have my civil-rights sensibilities yet, but I was starting to get a bad feeling about God...."
Author: Chris Crutcher
12. "Just being a Negro doesn't qualify you to understand the race situation any more than being sick makes you an expert on medicine."
Author: Dick Gregory
13. "America has this understanding of Africans that plays like National Geographic: a bunch of Negroes with loincloths running around the plain fields of Africa chasing gazelles."
Author: Djimon Hounsou
14. "The egalitarian mania of demagogues is even more dangerous than the brutality of men in gallooned coats. For the anarch, this remains theoretical, because he avoids both sides. Anyone who has been oppressed can get back on his feet if the oppression has not cost him his life. A man who has been equalized is physically and morally ruined. Anyone who is different is not equal; that is one of the reasons why the Jews are so often targeted. Equalization goes downward, like shaving, hedge trimming, or the pecking order of poultry. At times, the world spirit seems to change into monstrous Procrustes – a man has read Rousseau and starts practicing equality by chopping off heads or, as Mimie le Bon called it, 'making the apricots roll.' The guillotinings in Cambrai were an entertainment before dinner. Pygmies shortened the legs of tall Africans in order to cut them down to size; white Negroes flatten the literary languages."
Author: Ernst Jünger
15. "Cuando estás mal, cuando lo ves todo negro, cuando no tienes futuro, cuando no tienes nada que perder, cuando...cada instante es un peso enorme, insostenible. Y resoplas todo el tiempo. Y querrías liberarte como sea. De cualquier forma. De la más simple, de la más cobarde, sin dejar de nuevo para mañana este pensamiento: <>. Ya no está. Y entonces, simplemente, querrías no estar tampoco tú. Desaparecer. Paf. Sin demasiados problemas, sin molestar."
Author: Federico Moccia
16. "I'd become sort of involved in things that were happening to people. No matter what color they be, whether they be Indians, or Negroes, the poor white person or anyone who was I thought more or less getting a bad shake."
Author: Gordon Parks
17. "Race relations never improve in war time; they always worsen. And it is when the boys come home the Ku Klux Klans are organized. I believe with George Schuyler that the only really feasible way to improve the general situation of the American Negro is to convince more and more whites that he is, as men go in this world, a decent fellow, and that amicable living with him is not only possible but desirable. Every threat of mass political pressure, every appeal to political mountebanks, only alarms the white brother, and so postpones the day of reasonable justice."
Author: H.L. Mencken
18. "The warm bittersweet smell of clean Negro welcomed us as we entered the churchyard-Hearts of Love hairdressing mingled with asafoetida, snuff, Hoyt's Cologne, Brown's Mule, peppermint, and lilac talcum."
Author: Harper Lee
19. "It might be because he knows in his heart that very few people in Maycomb really believed his and Mayella's yarns. He thought he'd be a hero, but all he got for his pain was… was, okay, we'll convict this Negro but get back to your dump."
Author: Harper Lee
20. "Many of the artists who have represented Negro life have seen only the comic, ludicrous side of it, and have lacked sympathy with and appreciation for the warm big heart that dwells within such a rough exterior."
Author: Henry Ossawa Tanner
21. "I believe the Negro blood counts, and counts to my advantage - though it has caused me at times a life of great humiliation and sorrow."
Author: Henry Ossawa Tanner
22. "Si hubieras tenido el pelo tan negro como lo tienes ahora, los patrones habrian tirado la caja en la basura."
Author: Isabel Allende
23. "La memoria imprime en blanco y negro, los grises se pierden por el camino."
Author: Isabel Allende
24. "That was the Old Man's favorite song. "Blow Ye Trumpet." Them Negroes was far away from the doings on the plaza where the Old Man was to hang, way out from it. But they sang it loud and clear….Blow ye trumpet blowBlow ye trumpet blow….You could hear their voices for a long way, seemed like they lifted up and carried all the way into the sky, lingering in the air long afterward. And up above the church, high above it, a strange black-and-white bird circled ‘round, looking for a tree to roost on, a bad tree, I expect, so he could alight upon it and get busy, so that it would someday fall and feed the others."
Author: James McBride
25. "As yet, the Negroes themselves do not fully appreciate these old slave songs."
Author: James Weldon Johnson
26. "But I must own that I also felt stirred by an unselfish desire to voice all the joys and sorrows, the hopes and ambitions, of the American Negro, in classic musical form."
Author: James Weldon Johnson
27. "I think Muslims have become the new Negroes in America. They are being mistreated at airports, by the Immigration - everywhere. Islam is a religion of peace. They are wrong."
Author: Jermaine Jackson
28. "Even if my mother had no qualms of conscience concerning ownership of negroes, her sense of duty carried her far beyond the mere supplying of their physical needs, or requiring that they render faithful service."
Author: John Sergeant Wise
29. "However the Southern man may have been master of the negro, there were compensatory processes whereby certain negroes were masters of their masters' children."
Author: John Sergeant Wise
30. "Baltasar Mateus, o Sete-Sóis, está calado, apenas olha fixamente Blimunda, e de cada vez que ela o olha a ele sente um aperto na boca do estômago, porque olhos como estes nunca se viram, claros de cinzento, ou verde, ou azul, que com a luz de fora variam ou o pensamento de dentro, e às vezes tornam-se negros noturnos ou brancos brilhantes como lasca de carvão de pedra."
Author: José Saramago
31. "Algunos dicen que este mundo está gobernado por la eterna batalla entre el bien y el mal, negro y blanco. Pero yo digo que no. La guerra es entre el negro, el blanco y el gris."
Author: L.A. Serröt
32. "He adds, wistfully, "I don't suppose you have syphilis, do you?""No.""Pity. There's a study starting in Alabama that would have paid for all your medical care if you did. Although you'd have to be a Negro.""I'm not that, either.""Too bad." The doctor shrugs."
Author: Lauren Beukes
33. "Do you know most of the Jewish songs have the same trend of sadness as Negro spirituals?"
Author: Mahalia Jackson
34. "We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members. [Explaining rationale for using prominent black leaders to advocate birth control and abortion]"
Author: Margaret Sanger
35. "I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream -- a dream yet unfulfilled."
Author: Martin Luther King Jr.
36. "The words 'bad timing' came to be ghosts haunting our every move in Birmingham. Yet people who used this argument were ignorant of the background of our planning...they did not realize that it was ridiculous to speak of timing when the clock of history showed that the Negro had already suffered one hundred years of delay."
Author: Martin Luther King Jr.
37. "It was awful to be Negro and have no control over my life. It was brutal to be young and already trained to sit quietly and listen to charges brought against my color with no chance of defense. We should all be dead. I thought I should like to see us all dead, one on top of the other. A pyramid of flesh with the whitefolks on the bottom, as the broad base, then the Indians with their silly tomahawks and teepees and wigwams and treaties, the Negroes with their mops and recipes and cotton sacks and spirituals sticking out of their mouths. The Dutch children should all stumble in their wooden shoes and break their necks. The French should choke to death on the Louisiana Purchase (1803) while silkworms ate all the Chinese with their stupid pigtails. As a species, we were an abomination. All of us."
Author: Maya Angelou
38. "- Uma coisa é certa, disse Southman, vocês, daquele lado, e nós, deste lado, temos uma única luta, a afirmação dos negros...- Irrita-me, senhor Benjamin, esse discurso da afirmação dos negros.- Irrita-o porquê?- O que diria você se encontrasse uns brancos proclamando o orgulho de serem brancos: não diria que eram nazis, racistas?- Não pode comparar, meu amigo. São percursos diferentes...- Ora, diferentes, diferentes... Por que somos tão complacentes connosco próprios?- A verdade é só uma, afirmou Benjamin, nós, os negros, temos que nos unir...- É o contrário.- O contrário, como? Sugere que nos devemos desunir?- Nós temos que lutar para deixarmos de ser pretos, para sermos simplesmente pessoas."
Author: Mia Couto
39. "Honor miró por la ventana... y vio la sobrecogedora imagen de un ángel con alas de color azul plateado aterrizando en la zona verde del césped.-Es... -Se quedó sin aliento.Había visto fotos, incluso imágenes de televisión, que mostraban a aquel ángel de alas azules, pero ninguna de ellas le hacía justicia. Nada podría hacérsela.Resultaba mucho más impactante de cerca. No le quitó la vista de encima mientras se reunían con él junto al coche. Tenía los ojos del color del oro veneciano, el cabello negro con matices azules, y un rostro de una belleza tan pura que resultaba casi demasiado hermoso. Casi.Era, sencillamente, la criatura más hermosa que había visto en su vida.-Soy Illium -dijo el ángel mirándola a los ojos.Honor estuvo a punto de esbozar una sonrisa al ver la curiosidad pintada en sus iris dorados.-Yo soy Honor."
Author: Nalini Singh
40. "¿Se dan cuenta, ahora, de por qué los libros son odiados y temidos? Muestran los poros del rostro de la vida. La gente comodona sólo desea caras de luna llena, sin poros, sin pelo, inexpresivas. Vivimos en una época en que las flores tratan de vivir de flores, en lugar de crecer gracias a la lluvia y al negro estiércol."
Author: Ray Bradbury
41. "A few years ago no hotel or restaurant in Boston refused Negro guests; now several hotels, restaurants, and especially confectionary stores, will not serve Negroes, even the best of them."
Author: Ray Stannard Baker
42. "But the color of a Negro's skin makes him easily recognizable, makes him suspect, converts him into a defenseless target"
Author: Richard Wright
43. "I did not lie awake at night worrying about the problems of Negroes."
Author: Robert F. Kennedy
44. "The World's Fair audience tended to think of the machine as unqualifiedly good, strong, stupid and obedient. They thought of it as a giant slave, an untiring steel Negro, controlled by Reason in a world of infinite resources."
Author: Robert Hughes
45. "A ver, ¿qué hay que ponerse para cortar con alguien? ¿Negro, de luto? ¿O algo colorido y alegre, para distraerlos de su dolor? ¿O mejor algo de camuflaje, que te ayude a desaparecer rápidamente en caso de que no se lo tomen bien?"
Author: Sarah Dessen
46. "Nada es negro donde luce el sol y el único sitio en que se ve negro es donde no brilla el sol. Lo que la gente de color necesitamos es ser ricos. No hay otra solución."
Author: Saul Bellow
47. "As you know from reading many of these Negro writers, we don't deal too much with the discussion of democracy and what it means and how improvisation fits in all that."
Author: Stanley Crouch
48. "The workman cut to the left, still laying on his horn, and roared around the drunkenly weaving limousine. He invited the driver of the limo to perform an illegal sex act on himself. To engage in oral congress with various rodents and birds. He articulated his own proposal that all persons of Negro blood return to their native continent. He expressed his sincere belief in the position the limo driver's soul would occupy in the afterlife. He finished by saying that he believed he had met the limodriver's mother in a New Orleans house of prostitution."
Author: Stephen King
49. "[We need reforms] to make the Negro church a place where colored men and women of education and energy can work for the best things regardless of their belief or disbelief in unimportant dogmas and ancient and outworn creeds."
Author: W.E.B. Du Bois
50. "Anyone who looked more white folkish than herself was better than she was in her criteria, therefore it was right that they should be cruel to her at times, just as she was cruel to those more negroid than herself in direct ratio to their negroness."
Author: Zora Neale Hurston

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