Quotes on Race

Assembled by John “Birdman” Bryant

“All is race; there is no other truth, and every race must fall which carelessly suffers its blood to become mixed.” – Benjamin Disraeli, Jewish Prime Minister of Great Britain, in Tancred, by Frederick Warne, London, 1868,p. 106.

“No man will treat with indifference the principle of race. It is the key to history, and why history is often so confused is that it has  been written by men who are ignorant of this principle and all the knowledge it involes… Language and religion do not make a race — there is only one thing which makes a race, ond that is blood.” – Benjamin Distaeli, in Endymion pp. 249 – 250.

“Whatever may be the sociological value of the legal fiction that ‘all men are born free and equal,’ there can be no doubt that … in its biological application, at any rate, this statement is one of the most stupendous falsehoods ever uttered by man through his misbegotten gift of articulate speech.” – Dr. Earnest Hooton, Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University, Crime and the Man, p. 342.

“Negro equality! Fudge!! How long, in the government of a God, great enough to make and maintain this Universe, shall there continue to be knaves to vend, and fools to gulp, so low a piece of demagogism as this?” – Abraham Lincoln ( From Fragments: Notes for Speeches, September 1859, Vol.III, p. 399 of  The Collected Works of Abraham Loncoln ).

” I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the White and Black races — that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with White people, and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the White and Black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be tahe position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the White race… I give… the most solemn pledge that I will to the very last, stand by the law of the State, which forbids the marrying of white people with negroes.” – Abraham Lincoln ( Fourth Debate with Stephen Douglas at Charleston, Illinois on September 18, 1858. Vol.III.p. 145-146 of The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln).

“Now I say to you, my fellow citizens, that in my opinion, the signers of the Declaratio of Independence had no reference to the Negro whatever. One great evidence is to be found in the fact that at the time every one of the thirteen colonies was a slaveholding colony, every signer of the Declaration representing a slaveholding constituency , and not one of them emancipated his slaves, muchless offered citizenship to them when they signed the Declaration. If they intended to declare the Negro was equal of the white man, they were bound that day and hour to have put the Negroes on an equality with themselves.” – Abraham Lincoln, during the October 16, 1858 debaate in Peoria, IL with Douglas.

“I can conceive of no greater calamity than the assimilation of the Negro into our social and political life as our equal…We can never attain the ideal union our fathers dreamed, with millions of an alien, inferior race among us, whose assimilation is neither possible nor desirable.” – Abraham Lincoln, after signing the Emancipation Proclamation ( like other presidents, Lincoln sought to repatriation of freed Blacks to Africa ).

“Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people (the Blacks) are to be free, nor is it less certain that thae two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government.” – Thomas Jefferson (Letter to George Washington, Jan. 4, 1786).

“‘The major cause for American Negroes intellectual and social deficits is hereditary and racially genetic in origin and thus not remedial to a major degree by improvement in environment.” – Dr. William Shockley, of Stanford University, Nobel Prize winner

“I have given my life to try to alleviate the sufferings of Africa. There is something that all white men who have lived here like I must learn and know: that these individuals are a sub-race. They have neither the intellectual, mental, or emotional abilities to equate or to share equally with white men in any function of our civilization. I have given my life to try to bring them the advantages which our civilization must offer, but I have become well aware that we must retain this status: the superior and they the inferior. For whenever a white man seeks to live among them as their edquals they will either destroy him or devour him. And they will destroy all of his work. Let white men from anywhere in the world, who would come to Africa, remember that you must continually retain this status; you the master and they the inferior like children that you would help or teach. Never fraternise with them as equals. Never accept them as your social equals or they will devour you. They will destroy you.” – Dr. Albert Schweitzer, winner of the 1952 Nobel Prize for peace, in his 1961 book, From My African Notebook.

“I am apt to suspect the Negroes to be naturally inferior to the Whites. There scarcely ever was a civilization of their complexion, nor even any individual, eminent either in action or speculatioon.” – David Hume, English philosopher, in his book, Essays, Moral and Political, Vol.II

“If a man acknowledes the facts of race, he is a racist. I suppose if he acknowledges the facts of sex he is a sexist!” – Carleton Putnam, writer, in an address to the Washington Putnam Letters Club, Feb. 12, 1963. Published in The Mankind Quarterly, Vol. IV, No. 1, pp. 12 – 27.  See p. 19.

“A racist is a man who believes in history, genetics, and his eyes!” – Tom Anderson, Article: “Tom Anderson’s Straight Talk on Equality and Race,” The Citizen, Jackson, Miss. , June 1970.

“As a social anthropologist, I naturally accept and even stress the fact that there are major differences, both mental and psychological, which separate the different races of mankind. Indeed, I would be inclined to suggest that however great may be the physical differences between such races as the European and the Negro, the mental and psychological differences are greater still.” – L.S. B. Leakey,in The Progress And Evolution Of Man In Africa ( Oxford University Press ), 1961.

“It will be seen that when we classify mankind by color, the only one of the primary races, given by this classification,which has not made a creative contribution to any one of our twenty-one civilizations is the Black Race.” – Dr. Arnold Toynbee, The Study of History, Vol. I, page 233.

“In most if not all of the newly independent Black nations of Africa, little if anything during the past 5000 or more years can be pointed to as having made a contribution that in anyway enhances the life of man.” – Walter Arnold, The Evolution of Man in Relation to That of the Earth, Part V, The Mankind Quarterly, Vol. X, No.2 (Oct-Dec 1969) p. 78.