„Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.“

—  Rosa Parks

Letzte Aktualisierung 7. Dezember 2021. Geschichte
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US-amerikanische Bürgerrechtlerin 1913 - 2005

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„That’s what makes us who we are. And just as we meet our responsibilities as individuals, we must be prepared to meet them as nations. Because we live in a world in which our ideals are going to be challenged again and again by forces that would drag us back into conflict or corruption. We can’t count on others to rise to meet those tests.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

2014, Address to European Youth (March 2014)
Kontext: In the end, the success of our ideals comes down to us -- including the example of our own lives, our own societies. We know that there will always be intolerance. But instead of fearing the immigrant, we can welcome him. We can insist on policies that benefit the many, not just the few; that an age of globalization and dizzying change opens the door of opportunity to the marginalized, and not just a privileged few. Instead of targeting our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, we can use our laws to protect their rights. Instead of defining ourselves in opposition to others, we can affirm the aspirations that we hold in common. That’s what will make America strong. That’s what will make Europe strong. That’s what makes us who we are. And just as we meet our responsibilities as individuals, we must be prepared to meet them as nations. Because we live in a world in which our ideals are going to be challenged again and again by forces that would drag us back into conflict or corruption. We can’t count on others to rise to meet those tests.

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„If the spirit of God is not in us, and if we will not prepare to give all that we have and all that we are to preserve Christian civilization in our land, we shall go to destruction.“

—  Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd President of the United States 1882 - 1945

Speech at the Dedication of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, September 2, 1940
1940s

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„Because it is not just Negroes, but really it is all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome.“

—  Lyndon B. Johnson American politician, 36th president of the United States (in office from 1963 to 1969) 1908 - 1973

1960s, The American Promise (1965)
Kontext: But even if we pass this bill, the battle will not be over. What happened in Selma is part of a far larger movement which reaches into every section and state of America. It is the effort of American Negroes to secure for themselves the full blessings of American life. What happened in Selma is part of a far larger movement which reaches into every section and State of America. It is the effort of American Negroes to secure for themselves the full blessings of American life. Their cause must be our cause too. Because it is not just Negroes, but really it is all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome.

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„We are struggling with racism, but racism is also alive and well in many other countries. And what we must overcome is racism being the cause of conflict. And what we need to recognize human beings as human beings; to award merit.“

—  F. W. de Klerk South African politician 1936

On The Washington Journal of C-SPAN https://www.c-span.org/video/?124979-1/the-trek-beginning (11 June 1999)
1990s, 1999

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„Soothe the present as much as we may; look forward as hopefully as we can to the future, still the dreadful past must overshadow us.“

—  Arthur Helps British writer 1813 - 1875

Quelle: Brevia: Short Essays and Aphorisms. (1871), p. 116

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„We are very much what others think of us. The reception our observations meet with gives us courage to proceed, or damps our efforts.“

—  William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830

No. 364
Characteristics, in the manner of Rochefoucauld's Maxims (1823)

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„In the light of eternity we shall see that what we desired would have been fatal to us, and that what we would have avoided was essential to our well-being.“

—  François Fénelon Catholic bishop 1651 - 1715

Nous verrons à sa lumière, dans l'éternité, que ce que nous désirions nous eût été funeste, et que ce que nous voulions éviter était essentiel à notre bonheur.
Instructions et avis sur divers points de la morale et de la perfection chrétienne, ch. 18, cited from Œuvres de Fénelon (Paris: Firmin Didot, 1845) vol. 1, p. 325; translation from Selections from the Writings of Fénelon (Boston: Samuel G. Simpkins, 1844) p. 82.

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„What is imposed on us by birth and environment is what we are called upon to overcome.“

—  Saul Bellow Canadian-born American writer 1915 - 2005

Part I, p. 28
A Jewish Writer in America (2011)

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„Are we still of any use? What we shall need is not geniuses, or cynics, or misanthropes, or clever tacticians, but plain, honest, straightforward men. Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough, and our honesty with ourselves remoreseless enough, for us to find our way back to simplicity and straightforwardness?“

—  Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi 1906 - 1945

Quelle: Letters and Papers from Prison (1967; 1997), Are we still of any use?, p. 16.
Kontext: We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds: we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretence; experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical. Are we still of any use? What we shall need is not geniuses, or cynics, or misanthropes, or clever tacticians, but plain, honest, straightforward men. Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough, and our honesty with ourselves remoreseless enough, for us to find our way back to simplicity and straightforwardness?

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„What we prepare for is what we shall get.“

—  William Graham Sumner American academic 1840 - 1910

Essays of William Graham Sumner, I: "War", 1903, http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/sumner-war-and-other-essays?q=prepare#Sumner_0255_13.

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