„The government needs to start asking searching questions about social housing, to promote integration, to avoid segregated social housing estates where people living there are from the same single minority ethnic background. Similarly in education, while overall segregation in schooling is declining, in our most divided communities, the education that our young people receive is actually even more segregated than the neighbourhoods they live in.“
„A segregated school means a school that is controlled by people who have no real interest in it whatsoever.“
— Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965
Context: A segregated school system produces children who, when they graduate, graduate with crippled minds. But this does not mean that a school is segregated because it’s all black. A segregated school means a school that is controlled by people who have no real interest in it whatsoever. Let me explain what I mean. A segregated district or community is a community in which people live, but outsiders control the politics and the economy of that community. They never refer to the white section as a segregated community. It’s the all-Negro section that’s a segregated community. Why? The white man controls his own school, his own bank, his own economy, his own politics, his own everything, his own community; but he also controls yours. When you’re under someone else’s control, you’re segregated.
„We cannot deny that people who know more about the educational needs of local people are those who work and live within that community.“
— Sukavich Rangsitpol Thai politician 1935
„While abhorring segregation, we shall love the segregationist. This is the only way to create the beloved community.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
Context: Time is cluttered with wreckage of communities which surrendered to hatred and violence. For the salvation of our nation or mankind, we must follow another way. This does not mean that we abandon our righteous efforts. With every ounce of our energy we must continue to rid this nation of the incubus of segregation. But we shall not in the process relinquish our privilege and our obligation to love. While abhorring segregation, we shall love the segregationist. This is the only way to create the beloved community.
„Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people.“
— Coretta Scott King American author, activist, and civil rights leader. Wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. 1927 - 2006
As quoted in The Last Word : A Treasury of Women's Quotes (1992), by Carolyn Warner, p. 99
„Writers don’t so much write about their own lives as create them, Barthes said; it’s an oddly modern idea. Bengalis, similarly, had to make their own history. They did it in houses, tenements, and in neighbourhoods connected by stifling alleys that are no wider than a small room... And this is why I feel, even now, that the most revealing places in Calcutta are not the museums or the great monuments... but the houses and lanes in which people live.“
— Amit Chaudhuri contemporary Indian-English novelist 1962
„[I] can’t actually imagine a time in which the need for more diversity would ever cease. Affirmative action has been an issue since segregation practices. The question is not when does it end, but when does it begin [.. ] When do people of color truly get the benefits to which they are entitled?“
— Eric Holder 82nd Attorney General of the United States 1951
Holder talks financial crime, affirmative action at Low http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2012/02/24/holder-talks-financial-crime-affirmative-action-low, Columbia Spectator, February 24, 2012.
„What the country needs most at the present moment is a spirit of self-sacrifice on the part of our educated young men, and they may take it from me that they cannot spend their lives in a better cause than raising the moral and intellectual level of their unhappy low castes and promoting their well-being.“
— Gopal Krishna Gokhale social and political leader during the Indian Independence Movement 1866 - 1915
Extract from his speech on improving the lot of low-caste Hindus. Page=702
„The difference between de jure and de facto segregation is the difference between open, forthright bigotry and the shamefaced kind that works through unwritten agreements between real estate dealers, school officials, and local politicians.“
— Shirley Chisholm American politician 1924 - 2005
„We need a renewed emphasis on civic learning in schools. And our young people need positive role models. Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children. The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.“
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
„A man builds a house in England with the expectation of living in it and leaving it to his children; while we shed our houses in America as easily as a snail does his shell. We live a while in Boston, and then a while in New York, and then, perhaps, turn up at Cincinnati. Scarcely any body with us is living where they expect to live and die. The man that dies in the house he was born in is a wonder. There is something pleasant in the permanence and repose of the English family estate, which we, in America, know very little of.“
— Harriet Beecher Stowe Abolitionist, author 1811 - 1896
Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands (1854).
„A great British prime minister once remarked that the people were divided into two nations, the rich and the poor, and in effect that these had no knowledge of each other. One might say the same, perhaps, of those who live in parts of the world where segregation by races is practised. But these barriers, or the reasons for them, belong to a part of our history which is fortunately passing away. There is one barrier, however, which no amount of progress or tolerance or legislation can ever diminish. I'm talking about the barrier between the attractive and the unattractive.“
— Kingsley Amis English novelist, poet, critic, teacher 1922 - 1995
„Regimes of racial segregation were not disestablished because of the work of leaders and presidents and legislators but rather because of the fact that ordinary people adopted a critical stance in the way in which they perceived their relationship to reality. Social realities that may have appeared inalterable, impenetrable, came to be viewed as malleable and transformable; and people learned how to imagine what it might mean to live in a world that was not so exclusively governed by the principle of white supremacy. This collective consciousness emerged within the context of social struggles.“
— Angela Davis American political activist, scholar, and author 1944
„The worst side effect of wealth is the social associations it forces on its victims, as people with big houses end up socializing with other people with big houses.“
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, former trader and risk analyst 1960