15 Movie Quotes about Racism

15 Movie Quotes about Racism

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere
 
Unfortunately racism is still a problem. Although in modern society there is lack of tolerance for racist behaviour, it is expressed in more subtle and nuanced ways. Racism is like a virus that mutates while it adapts to a changing environment. Today it is no longer socially acceptable to express racism directly but minorities still don't feel 100% safe. In other words, racial prejudice has not disappeared, it has just mutated. There is a lot of work to do and everyone has to do their part.

From the movie: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

“If you got rid of every cop with vaguely racist leanings, then you'd have three cops left, and all o' them are gonna hate the fags, so what are ya gonna do, y'know?”

Woody Harrelson - Willoughby

From the movie: I Am Not Your Negro

“But the Negro in this country... the future of the Negro in this country... is precisely as bright or as dark as the future of the country. It is entirely up to the American people and not representatives. It is entirely up to the American people whether or not they are going to face and deal with and embrace the stranger they have maligned so long.”

James Baldwin - self

From the movie: I Am Not Your Negro

“It is not a racial problem. It's a problem of whether or not you're willing to look at your life and be responsible for it, and then begin to change it. That great western house I come from is one house, and I am one of the children of that house. Simply, I am the most despised child of that house. And it is because the American people are unable to face the fact that I am flesh of their flesh, bone of their bone, created by them. My blood, my father's blood, is in that soil.”

James Baldwin - Self

From the movie: I Am Not Your Negro

“The story of the Negro in America is the story of America, and it is not a pretty story.”

James Baldwin - Self

From the movie: I Am Not Your Negro

“It comes as a great shock, around the age of five or six or seven, to discover that Gary Cooper killing off the Indians, when you were rooting for Gary Cooper, that the Indians were you. It comes as a great shock to discover the country which is your birthplace and to which you owe your life and your identity has not in its whole system of reality evolved any place for you.”

James Baldwin - Self

From the movie: I Am Not Your Negro

“For a very long time, America prospered. This prosperity cost millions of people their lives. Now, not even the people who are the most spectacular recipients of the benefits of this prosperity are able to endure these benefits. They can neither understand them nor do without them. Above all, they cannot imagine the price paid by their victims, or subjects, for this way of life, and so they cannot afford to know why the victims are revolting. This is the formula for a nation or a kingdom decline.”

James Baldwin - self

From the movie: I Am Not Your Negro

“What white people have to do, is try and find out in their own hearts why it was necessary to have a nigger in the first place, because I'm not a nigger, I'm a man, but if you think I'm a nigger, it means you need it.”

James Baldwin - Self

From the movie: I Am Not Your Negro

“You cannot lynch me and keep me in ghettos without becoming something monstrous yourselves. And furthermore, you give me a terrifying advantage. You never had to look at me. I had to look at you. I know more about you than you know about me.”

James Baldwin - Self

From the TV Series: The Good Place

“Everyone here thinks I’m Taiwanese. I’m Filipino. That’s racist. Heaven is so racist.”

Manny Jacinto - Jason Mendoza

From the TV Series: The Good Place

“I am a trash bag from Arizona, which is saying something. Our biggest exports are racist sheriffs and HPV.”

Kristen Bell - Eleanor Shellstrop

From the movie: Brawl in Cell Block 99

- Gil: I like that nigger. Or is it - is it "nigga" with an A at the end, when you're saying it nice?
- Bradley Thomas: Don't think someone like you can say that word any way polite.

referring to Cuz

Marc Blucas - Gil
Vince Vaughn - Bradley Thomas

From the movie: The Butler

“Negroes? Since when did he start calling us negroes? That nigger uses the word nigger more than I use it.”

Cuba Gooding Jr. - Carter Wilson

From the movie: The Revenant

“- Hawk: At least he heard me.
- Hugh Glass: They don't hear your voice! They just see the color of your face. You understand? You understand?”

Glass is talking to his son

Forrest Goodluck - Hawk
Leonardo DiCaprio - Hugh Glass

From the movie: Selma

“Who murdered Jimmie Lee Jackson? Every white lawman who abuses the law to terrorize. Every white politician who feeds on prejudice and hatred. Every white preacher who preaches the Bible and stays silent before his white congregation.”

David Oyelowo - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

From the movie: A Time to Kill

“Nigger, negro, black, African-american, no matter how you see me, you see me different, you see me like that jury sees me, you are them. Now throw out your points of law, Jake. If you was on that jury, what would it take to convince you to set me free? That's how you save my ass. That's how you save us both.”

talking to Jake, the white lawyer who's defending him

Samuel L. Jackson - Carl Lee Hailey

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