"Habit creates the appearance of justice; progress has no greater enemy than habit."
— José Martí
"It is not a persuasive argument that an evil should continue because it has existed in the past."
— William Hastie
Politifact rated MOSTLY FALSE: Claim that term “Redskins” was historically used as a term of respect.
"In the end, as any successful teacher will tell you, you can only teach the things that you are. If we practice racism then it is racism we teach."
— Max Lerner
"The favorite device of the devil, ancient and modern, is to force a human being into a more or less artificial class, accuse the class of unnamed and unnameable sin, and then damn any individual in the alleged class, however innocent he [or she] may be."
— W.E.B. Du Bois
"You’re not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it."
— Malcolm X