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Aboud, Frances  
There is little support for the widespread assumption that children acquire their racial attitudes from parents and friends. ... Prejudice is biological. ... It's not hatred of the others, it's suspicion of differences. ... Eight is the age of reason. [Children] come out of their egocentric state and realize that there are other perspectives.

Jun. 23, 2001 - quoted in "P is for Prejudice" by Allen Abel, published in Saturday Night Magazine
Prejudice isn't entirely due to ignorance. A lot of teachers feel, 'Our goal is to make kids more knowledgeable, so we'll just give kids more knowledge.' But that ... can make kids more prejudiced.

Jun. 23, 2001 - quoted in "P is for Prejudice" by Allen Abel, published in Saturday Night Magazine
Adams, Michael  
... consensus on social values is determined less and less by demographic factors. Among older Canadians, differences in social values are largely determined by such demographic variables such as gender, education and income, but this is less true among younger groups.

1997 - from Sex in the Snow
Augustine, Jean  
 We don't want something for youth at risk, we want something for black youth at risk

Aug. 29, 2001 - from a speech in Toronto announcing special Liberal government support programs for black youths, quoted in the National Post
Barber, Benjamin R.
Just beyond the horizon of current events lie two possible political futures -- both bleak, neither democratic. The first is a retribalization of large swaths of humankind by war and bloodshed: a threatened Lebanonization of national states in which culture is pitted against culture, people against people, tribe against tribe -- a Jihad in the name of a hundred narrowly conceived faiths against every kind of interdependence, every kind of artificial social cooperation and civic mutuality. The second is being borne in on us by the onrush of economic and ecological forces that demand integration and uniformity and that mesmerize the world with fast music, fast computers, and fast food -- with MTV, Macintosh, and McDonald's, pressing nations into one commercially homogenous global network: one McWorld tied together by technology, ecology, communications, and commerce. The planet is falling precipitantly apart and coming reluctantly together at the very same moment.

Mar. 1992 - from "Jihad vs. McWorld", published by The Atlantic Monthly
Barzun, Jacques
Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine.

1959 - from The House of Intellect
Bennett, William J.
Discrimination on the basis of race is illegal, immoral, and unconstitutional, inherently wrong, and destructive of democratic society.

1979 - from Counting by Race, written with Terry Eastland
Bibby, Reginald W.  
In Canada, the time has come to address a centrally important question. If what we have in common is our diversity, do we really have anything in common at all?

1990 - from Mosaic Madness: The Poverty and Potential of Life in Canada
Bork, Robert
If racial discrimination is to be tolerated whenever the government has some purpose in mind, however trivial the purpose and however attenuated the connection between the purpose and the discrimination, the courts will be in for some very ugly tasks.

Dec. 31, 1990 - from a column in National Review
Bradbury, Ray
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

Brimelow, Peter
The modern definition of 'racist' is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal.

Feb. 1, 1993 - from an essay in National Review
Buzuvis, Erin
The past is not rectifiable; and while it is important to recognize and address the evils of history, the baggage of guilt and blame must be dropped by both the majority and the minority in order to build a community without racism and discrimination.

Apr. 04, 1997 - from an editorial in The New Hampshire newspaper
Campbell, Charles M.  
[Canadian, U.S. and Australian studies] show that little or no connection exists between immigration and the welfare of the receiving population.

Jun. 1997 - from a speech in Vancouver
Chan, Raymond  
As I learned more about the history of Canada, I was convinced that if we have to start redressing everyone there is no end to it.

Chapman, Steve
One of the little-noticed facts about racial preferences in university admissions is that applicants of Asian ancestry are penalized, not helped. Why? Not because they've suffered less discrimination on average than, say, Latinos. But because, as a group, they've been too successful -- particularly when it comes to college grades and law school test scores. The diversity [some universities] seek is an oddly one-dimensional kind. Race overrides everything else.

Apr. 5, 2001 - from "Worshipping 'Diversity' At The University of Michigan", published by Creators Syndicate Inc.
Chesterton, Gilbert K.
What we need is to have a culture before we hand it down. In other words, it is a truth, however sad and strange, that we cannot give what we have not got, and cannot teach to other people what we do not know ourselves.

Jul. 5, 1924
Chigbo, Okey  
For many of the black intelligentsia, especially those from the Caribbean, all roads lead to racism, which is both a starting point and an end point for endless discussions about black problems. Racism wields tremendous religious power in that, like a belief in the malignant, pervasive and invisible workings of Satan, it so clearly and simply explains why so much evil and misfortune contaminate black existence.

May 1997 - from "Reading, writing and racism", published in The Next City Magazine, Spring 1997
In the U.S. the teaching of African and Afrocentric history in schools with black populations has been going on for literally decades. American blacks have even set up separate school systems. Do we observe significant improvement in the performance of African-Americans? No, we don't. Similar changes have been occurring in Toronto schools since the 1970s in response to demands by the growing black community and its white supporters. ... a plethora of multicultural policies target the schools with equally dismal results.

May 1997 - from "Reading, writing and racism", published in The Next City Magazine, Spring 1997
Chrétien, Jean  
Some people think that the American culture is a problem. It's not a problem... don't be afraid to be citizens of the world.

Nov. 31, 2000 - from a post-election speech in Ottawa, repudiating the stance he used through most of his political life to curry favour with nationalists, quoted in "The End of Canada?", by Peter Newman, published in Maclean's magazine, Jan. 8, 2001
Clarkson, Adrienne  
 ... European countries are basically tribal. The French, Germans, and Italians are tribes... racism can arise in a country like that. ... We [Canadians] are not a tribe. We are a series, a group, a conglomeration of people. ... That is a positive thing in many ways.

Sep. 9, 1999 - quoted in "Couple used to taking political centre stage", by Luiza Chwialkowska, published in the National Post

Clinton, William Jefferson
 [Thomas Jefferson’s view of equality meant that] you had to be white, you had to be male, and ... you had to own property. ... [Our history is the story of] new and higher definitions - and more meaningful definitions - of equality and dignity and freedom.

1997 - from a speech advocating "a living Constitution", non-traditional interpretation of the American Constitution to accommodate "our changing times"
Connolly, Cyril
Civilization is an active deposit which is formed by the combustion of the Present with the Past. Neither in countries without a Present or in those without a Past is it to be discovered.

1945 - from The Unquiet Grave
Coulter, Ann
Just when you finally defeat one liberal sophistry for "affirmative action," it drops it into the Orwellian memory hole and a new sophistry appears in its place.

Apr. 5, 2001 - from "Racial Profiling In University Admissions", published by Universal Press Syndicate
D'Amato, Alfonse
Quotas don't help anyone. In fact, they are one of the worst forms of racial and gender-based discrimination.

Nov. 2, 1990 - from a letter published in Newsday magazine
D'Souza, Dinesh
It's ... interesting to note that the women's studies and black studies departments, which were originally set up to fight the intolerance of traditional academic departments, are now among the most intolerant places on campus.

Jan. 1995 - from "Forbidden Thoughts", a discussion published in American Enterprise by the American Enterprise Institute
Publicly inconsolable about the fact that racism continues ... activists seem privately terrified that it has abated.

1995 - from The End of Racism, New York : Free Press
Proportional representation for ethnic groups directly violates the democratic principle of equal opportunity for individuals, and the underlying concept of group justice is hostile both to individual equality and to excellence.

1991 - from Illiberal Education
Diefenbaker, John George  
We shall never build the nation which our potential resources make possible by dividing ourselves into Anglophones, Francophones, multiculturalphones, or whatever kind of phonies you choose. I say: Canadians, first, last, and always!

Jun. 04, 1973 - Hansard, Canadian Parliament
I cannot visualize Canada without French Canada. I cannot visualize French Canada without Canada. National unity based on equality must be the goal.

Fosdick, Harry Emerson
[Racism] Hating other people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.

Frum, David  
... Canadians are determined to fray the bonds of nationhood. We are carving racially defined, quasi-sovereign mini-states out of the national territory for the benefit of Indians and Inuit, funded by Canadian taxpayers but not accountable to them. We actively discountenance the notion that there might be such a thing as a distinctly Canadian way of life to which newcomers to the country must adapt. Despite a tradition of fair-mindedness equalled in few countries on earth, we now seem bent on making amends for the prejudices of the past with a program of racial preferences in public- and private-sector employment. ... Of the world's ten largest free-market countries, Canada is the only one whose political stability is seriously in question.

Dec. 1999 - from "Too Many Solitudes", published in Saturday Night magazine
Canada's problems are often said to be far from unique: the nation-state is allegedly fading everwhere and Canada's unhappy binationality is even supposed to confer some advantage upon us, by introducing us early to difficulties that the United States, France, Germany, Britain, and other once-solid polities will sooner or later have to reckon with as well. Perhaps that is true, perhaps not. But whatever may lie ahead for those other countries, for the moment at least they can all show a strong sense of national identity and common citizenship. Canada cannot. And this, our greatest national failure, is what we endlessly insist ought to be our legacy to the rest of the world!

Dec. 1999 - from "Too Many Solitudes", published in Saturday Night magazine
Fry, Hedy  
 [Supporting her oft-repeated claim of widespread racism and hate in Canada] We can just go to British Columbia in Prince George where crosses are being burned on lawns as we speak.

Mar. 21, 2001 - from a speech in the House of Commons. Fry's subsequent attempts to bolster this false claim were described as "an outright lie" by the mayor of Prince George and contradicted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Fulford, Robert  
Complaining about how newspapers thoughtlessly offend this or that cluster of humans has developed into one of the popular folk arts of this era... Those feeling aggrieved happily enlist in the ever-growing army of victims, people who love to insist that they are "hurt." ... It's dangerous to take such complaints seriously: Constant worry about offending will drain the life from journalism.

Sep. 4, 2001 - from "What's wrong with Welsh on a bet?", published in the National Post
Gingrich, Newt
... while we shouldn't have 'affirmative action' we should have 'affirmative outreach' - especially in education. We want every child to be so well educated that he can pursue happiness without needing a quota. If an ethnic group is not getting enough people into law school, the answer is to reform the local primary and secondary schools. And education is pre-eminently local - local parents, local children, and local teachers. ... In addition, children should go to safe, well-disciplined schools where they are expected to learn the basics.

Nov. 01, 1997 - from a speech delivered at the International Conservative Congress, quoted by National Review Magazine
As President Reagan said, we are far more concerned with your destination than with your origin.

1992 - from a speech to the Republican convention
Goldberg, Jonah
Since the 1960s, activist academics and ideologues popularized the idea that we can make human beings whatever we want them to be if we can just throw off a lot of cultural baggage. Nowhere did this idea gain greater footing than in the realm of sexual politics. Feminists rejected the idea there was anything inherently different between men and women.

May 3, 2001 - from "A Lesson in the Obvious", published by Tribune Media Services
Granatstein, J.L.  
The values and traditions of Canadian life should be force-fed to [immigrants]; history should be explained in ways that demonstrate how and why we have regularly settled our disputes without force, how our political system has functioned, and why we have on many occasions gone to war or joined alliances, not for aggressive reasons, but to protect our democratic ideals. Those are the reasons immigrants come here, after all. But do we teach this past to our newcomers? Not a chance. ... Instead the history that is taught focuses on Canada's many sins: Canadian racism, Canadian sexism, Canadian abuses of human and civil rights - these are all studied at length in a well-intentioned, but misguided, attempt to educate children about the need for tolerance.

Aug. 28, 1999 - from "A politically correct history leads to a distorted past and a bleak future", published in the National Post newspaper
Our teaching of the past ... focuses on victimology ... Sometimes these tales [of historical abuse] are accurate, but only sometimes. Not everyone was or is a victim, despite the clamorous legal claims of the present.

Aug. 28, 1999 - from "A politically correct history leads to a distorted past and a bleak future", published in the National Post newspaper
Gwyn, Richard  
Multiculturalism indeed may decay into multinationalism, and Canada will lose all sense of being a collective community.

Mar. 7, 1993 - from his column in the Toronto Star

Hightower, Cullen
If television encouraged us to work as much as it encourages us to do everything else, we could better afford to buy more of everything it advertises.

Hoffer, Eric
There are many who find a good alibi far more attractive than an achievement. For an achievement does not settle anything permanently. We still have to prove our worth anew each day: we have to prove that we are as good today as we were yesterday. But when we have a valid alibi for not achieving anything we are fixed, so to speak, for life.

1955 - from The Passionate State of Mind
Iacobucci, Frank  
Moreover, whenever a judge narrows the choice to a sentence involving a sentence of incarceration, the judge is obliged to consider the unique systemic or background circumstances which may have played a part in bringing the particular aboriginal offender before the courts. As well, the judge must consider the types of practicable procedures and sanctions which would be appropriate in the circumstances for the offender because of his or her particular aboriginal heritage.

Feb. 17, 2000 - from the decision in R. v. Wells, describing provisions in Section 718 of the Criminal Code of Canada
Jefferson, Thomas
Bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant. Education & free discussion are the antidotes of both.

Aug. 1, 1816 - from a letter to John Adams
Kennedy, John F.
The contractor will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, or national origin. The contractor will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin. [emphasis added]

1961 - from Executive Order 10,925, the first official use of the term "affirmative action" according to Roger Clegg in "Beyond Quotas", Policy Review, May-June 1998
Krauthammer, Charles
At the start of this century there were (as a percentage of the population) 50 percent more foreign-born U.S. residents than there are today. And yet the Irish and Italians and Jews and Poles and Chinese and Japanese of that immigrant wave assimilated so remarkably into the American mainstream that today they are the American mainstream. The problem today is not unassimilable immigrants but an American educational elite that, in the name of ethnic authenticity and multiculturalism, would like them to be unassimilable. Hence the imposition of such devices as bilingual education -- a euphemism for slighting and delaying English instruction -- that not just celebrate but perpetuate ethnic separatism. California's Proposition 227, effectively abolishing bilingual education, marks a welcome resurgence of American common sense. Immigrants are our future. We owe a duty to them -- and to ourselves as a nation -- to make them American as quickly as possible. We'd better. Immigrants are the magic cure -- the American cure -- for the birth dearth.

Feb. 17, 1998 - from "Saved by immigrants", Washington Post
Lasky, Melvin J.
One by one, [the illusions of Eldridge Cleaver, the exiled American 'Black Panther', collapsed]. In Castro's Cuba, he found a racism as bad as that he had complained about in the United States; even worse, since back home he at least had the freedom to complain. He began to feel that perhaps bourgeois liberties were not a farce, but the very real basis for extending democratic rights. The 'Left-Fascist' dictatorships of North Africa disillusioned him completely ... [Returning to the USA, agreeing to face trial, his new book, Soul on Fire, 1978] referred to his latter-day sense of burning mission. He reconsidered the importance of constitutional liberties, recognised the collective inhumanity of totalitarian forms of government, and made a return to religious values the basis of personal morality in a free society.

1990 - from an essay in Encounter No. 71
Lemann, Nicholas
Ascribing a society's conditions in part to the culture that prevails there seems benign when the society under discussion is England or California. But as a way of thinking about black ghettos it has become unpopular. Twenty years ago ghettos were often said to have a self-generating, destructive culture of poverty.... But then the left equated cultural discussions of the ghetto with accusing poor blacks of being in a bad situation that was of their own making; thus they would deserve no special help or sympathy from society. The left succeeded in limiting the terms of debate to purely economic ones, and today the right also discusses the ghetto in terms of economic 'incentives to fail,' provided by the welfare system...

Jun. 1986 - from "The Origins of the Underclass", published by The Atlantic Magazine
The view [on the left] that conditions in the ghetto would change only when white society decided to change them seems contradictory to the creed of community development, but it really isn't. The connection is this: if there is not a self-defeating culture in the ghettos, and if the ghettos nonetheless have problems, then white society must be to blame -- who else could it be? The changes by white society that would heal the ghettos were usually described as 'deep,' 'sweeping,' and 'structural.' ... The trouble with this argument is that it is defeatism clothed in hope. This country so far has been unideological and uninclined to engage in deep, structural change except by accident and in order to meet pressing needs. To single out poor blacks as the one group in our society that will really suffer unless deep, structural changes are made, or unless an entirely different value system takes hold, is to consign them to suffering for the foreseeable future.

Jul. 1986 - from "The Origins of the Underclass", published by The Atlantic Magazine
Loney, Martin  
The race industry enthusiastically supports the collection of extensive racial data with one striking exception - crime data. This allows the discussion about ethnicity and crime to proceed unencumbered by basic facts. ... Some sources of information do provide insight into the involvement of individuals from different ethnic backgrounds in crime and they suggest that, far from racializing crime, the media reflect real concerns. The Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada, in it's 1997 report on organized crime, noted the role of Jamaican Posse's in the distribution of crack cocaine in Southern Ontario. The Rae Government's Commission on Systemic Racism showed black adults were admitted to prison at five times the rate of white adults, but that Asians were admitted at only half the rate of white adults. The disparity in some offences was striking: The black-white ratio for drug trafficing and importing was twenty-two to one, for weapons offenses, black-white remand rates were nine to one. The race industry claims such figures result from differential policing, but black admisions for drinking and driving offences, a charge in which the police have considerable discretion, are half those of whites.

Oct. 2, 1999 - from "Reporting on the Colour of Crime", published in the National Post

Loury, Glenn Cartman
A people who languish in dependency, while the means through which they might work toward their own advancement exist, have surrendered their claim to dignity, and to the respect of their fellow citizens. A truly free people must accept responsibility for their fate, even when it does not lie wholly in their hands.

In the absence of a unifying vision of what we should be striving for, various groups of [people] defined by race and ethnicity vie with each other in a zero-sum contest for the moral and political high ground.

May 1, 1997 - from "Straight Talk Instead of 'Race-Talk'", published by SpeakOut.com
We say people should be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin; yet, we sort, count, respond to, cavort with and assess one another on the basis of race.

May 1, 1997 - from "Straight Talk Instead of 'Race-Talk'", published by SpeakOut.com
... the central dilemma raised by the problem of race relations in ... public life is this: We cannot ignore race, but must not define ourselves mainly in racial terms.

May 1, 1997 - from "Straight Talk Instead of 'Race-Talk'", published by SpeakOut.com
It is a tragic irony that, although realizing democratic ideals requires effective civic dialogue across group lines, the very fact of social division can profoundly undermine a polity's capacity for public deliberation. Arguably, this is now the case with respect to debate on questions of race in our society. These debates have been, by turns, hysterical, demagogic, angry, guilt-ridden, or simply inane.

May 1, 1997 - from "Straight Talk Instead of 'Race-Talk'", published by SpeakOut.com
Macaulay, Lord Thomas Babbington
... let not us ... fight the battle of truth with the weapons of error, and endeavor to support by oppression...

Apr. 17, 1833 - from a speech in the British House of Commons about tolerance
MacInnes, Gordon
Supporting integration means opposing multiculturalism, the current variant of the old theme of racial and ethnic nationalism. Multiculturism has an innocent ring: 'Respect diversity so we can all get along,' as if multiculturalism is little more than appreciating differences in cuisines and customs. In fact, multiculturalism collides with the American ethos that assumes individual worth is not defined by race, ethnicity, religion, or national origin.

1995 - from Wrong for All the Right Reasons, New York University Press
Marx, Groucho
I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set I go into the other room and read a book.

Medved, Michael
Hollywood has not only abandoned larger-than-life heroes, but the industry seems to have lost all vision of the heroic elements in daily life - the selflessness and nobility of which ordinary citizens are consistently capable.

1992 - from Hollywood vs. America: Popular Culture and the War on Traditional Values
Morrow, Lance
We must presumably distinguish between the good, official racism (which is polyunsaturated) and bad racism (which is the saturated fat of the redneck). Well, good racism does not drive out bad. It is weak-minded and dangerously innocent to think one can enlist an immoral principle (sorting out individuals by race) in the service of social justice. The battle against bad racism becomes (like the war in Vietnam) not only unwinnable but self-perpetuating. And worse: the effort to combat racism grows evil in itself. Ideological corruption flourishes in government agencies, as it does in the universities - a kind of moral hive. It destroys immune systems.

Dec. 12, 1994 - commenting on "affirmative action" programs in "The Cure for Racism", published in TIME Magazine

I would propose that no African American use the terms racism or racist. The words are a feckless indulgence, corrosive to blacks and whites alike and to relations between them. Such rhetoric has given blacks a leadership that has built its career upon mere race-grievance agitation, and is therefore profoundly, almost unconsciously committed to its perpetuation.

Dec. 12, 1994 - from "The Cure for Racism", published in TIME Magazine
Moskowitz, Daniel B.
Two decades of well-meaning programs to erase racism and poverty in the U.S. have left those at the very bottom of the ladder worse off than ever.

from his review of Charles Murray's Losing Ground
National Post, The  
It is fashionable to suggest that today's governments should be held responsible for sins committed hundreds of years ago. ... But sorting out history's guilty and innocent is no easy task. Slavery has been practised for thousands of years by many peoples and races. Native Indians enslaved one another long before Europeans arrived. Before Africa was colonized, slavery on that continent was widespread and uncontroversial. In Sudan and Mauritania, Black Africans are still enslaved. In the past, blacks were bought by white traders, but they were sold by other Black Africans and Arabs. Should the apology and reparations come only from the buyers and not the sellers?

Jan. 31, 2001 - from its editorial "History's wrongs"
Some whites were slave owners in the 19th century and earlier, but others were abolitionists. In fact, the nations of the West are unique in human history in that they abolished slavery due to principled opposition from their free classes.

Jan. 31, 2001 - from its editorial "History's wrongs"
That many African countries are in disarray is beyond doubt. But colonialism is only a small and decreasingly important reason for this. As the United Nations itself concluded in a major 2000 report, Overcoming Human Poverty, most of Africa's current problems are due primarily to tribalism, poor government and corruption.

Jan. 31, 2001 - from its editorial "History's wrongs"
Nisbet, Robert
The ideologies which gained entry into the academy in the sixties claimed that the fundamental intellectual principles of Western culture were illegitimate and must be overthrown. With that destroyed, terms like truth, good, evil, and soul could be discarded.

quoted by Cal Thomas in "The Sixties Are Dead: Long Live the Nineties" a presentation at Hillsdale College
Novak, Michael
Honesty on questions of race is rare in the United States. So many and unrecognized have been the injustices committed against blacks that no one wishes to be unkind, or subject himself to intimidating charges. Hence, even simple truths are commonly evaded.

Sep. 1975 - from his review of Race and Economics, by Thomas Sowell, review published by the New York Times
Parker, Star
... blacks have been convinced that every problem is political in origin and has a government-oriented solution.

May 10, 2001 - quoted in "Star Parker, a Courageous Black Voice" published by United Press International
The inner city crisis is not racial, but economic, and it is economic because of the breakdown of the black family. Blacks and whites must suppport pro-marriage legislation and look for ways to change the cultural attitude regarding sexual promiscuity. Remember, 70% of our welfare caseload were never married and with children. Black leaders need to address this (but will they ever do it?) and so do white leaders.

Aug. 4, 1999 - from an open-line chat at townhall.com
Patrick, John  
We must all examine our intolerances and decide whether they are bigoted or selfishly libertarian, and therefore to be decried and removed, or legitimate, and therefore to be defended. Judgment is hard, but it must be attempted if we are not to be left with a crude and debased culture. For tolerance to be properly exercised, it must be held in tension with all the other virtues.

Jun. 1996 - from "The Myth of Moral Neutrality", originally published in the Medical Sentinel

Pearlstein, Mitchell B.
The conservative movement has an acute ear for freedom. It needs to improve its ear for equity. The right must demonstrate as much interest as the left in questions of race, poverty, urban decay, and an issue that likely will continue to swell in salience over the next couple of years, that of growing income inequality, be it real or a by-rote liberal charge.

May 5, 1998 - from "The Conservative Movement: What Color For Its Tent?", published by the Center of the American Experiment
Pearson, Lester B.  
I had as comrades in my [World War I army] section men whose names were: Cameron, Kimora, English, Gleidenstein, de Chapin, O'Shaughnessy. We didn't fall in or fall out as Irish Canadians, French Canadians, Dutch Canadians, Japanese Canadians. We wore the same uniform, with the same maple leaf badge, and we were proud to be known as Canadians, to serve as Canadians and to die, if it had to be, as Canadians.

1964 - from the debate about changing the Canadian flag, quoted in Canada: Our Century by Kingwell and Moore
Richler, Mordecai  
I should point out that my quarrel is not only with Francophone separatists, but also with the concept, obnoxious to me, of Canada's two founding races. And the notion that they are some how entitled to more privileges than the rest of us. Our Native peoples aside, we're all immigrants here. Whether they were fleeing penury in Normandy, the Highland clearances, the Irish potato famine, pogroms in Russia, Communist tyranny in Hungary or Poland or the lack of opportunity in China, the Ukraine or India, our ancestors came here in search of a better life, a fresh start. And together we have forged a fundamentally decent society. Yet Thomas Jefferson notwithstanding, 'All men,' and I'd better be careful here, 'or women, are not created equal.' Far from it. We are born unequal in intelligence, talent, beauty and economic privileges. So we should enjoy, in so far as it is possible, equal rights. That is to say whether our ancestors came here three hundred years ago or last week, once we are Canadian citizens there should be no self-serving nonsense about founding races.

Mar. 23, 1999 - from a lecture delivered at the University of Waterloo
Scalia, Antonin
The Court today [changes] ... a guarantee that race or sex will not be the basis for employment determinations, to a guarantee that it often will. Ever so subtly, without even alluding to the last obstacles preserved by earlier opinions that we now push out of our path, we effectively replace the goal of a discrimination-free society with the quite incompatible goal of proportionate representation by race and by sex in the workplace.

Mar. 25, 1987 - from his dissenting opinion in Johnson v. Transportation Agency, which supported gender discrimination action under a California transportation agency's "affirmative action" plan
Scruton, Roger
[In their] life and death struggle for survival [under communist oppression] the Czechs were sustained by their consciousness of history and by their religious and cultural inheritance.

Jul. 21, 1998 - from a article in the London Times
Snow, Tony
[The civil rights movement] What began as a crusade for equal rights under the law has soured into a big-money quest to impose racial preferences. A movement that once united Americans of every class and color has turned into an agent of segregationism, race-baiting and political intrigue. What arose as a populist cause championed by ordinary citizens has degenerated into cults of personality backed by corporate America and shielded from scrutiny by a cadre of enforcers and intimidators. "We Shall Overcome" has given way to "Show me the money!"

Feb. 19, 2001 - from "Justice Thomas steps up", Creators Syndicate Inc.
Sowell, Thomas
In its pursuit of justice for a segment of society in disregard of the consequences for society as a whole, what is called "social justice" might more accurately be called anti-social justice, since what consistently gets ignored or dismissed are precisely the costs to society.

1999 - from The Quest for Cosmic Justice
Try getting people to focus on precisely what they mean by overpopulation, urban sprawl or social justice and you are only likely to see the blur become blurrier. Even terms that were once sharply focused, like racism, discrimination or a level playing field are getting fuzzier and fuzzier.

May 31, 1999 - from "Lies, damned lies and blurs", published in Forbes Magazine
Statistics Canada  
 Is this person (mark or specify more than one, if applicable): White; Chinese; South Asian (e.g., East Indian, Pakistani, Punjabi, Sri Lankan); Black (e.g., African, Haitan, Jamaican, Somali); Arab/West Asian (e.g., Armenian, Egyptian, Iranian, Lebanese, Moroccan); Filipino; South East Asian (e.g., Cambodian, Indonesian, Laotian, Vietnamese); Latin-American; Japanese; Korean; Other (specify). Note: This information is collected to support programs which promote equal opportunity for everyone to share in the social, cultural and economic life of Canada.

1996 - from the 1996 Census Form, quoted in Famous Lasting Words by John Robert Columbo
Steele, Shelby
Race should not be a source of power or advantage or disadvantage for anyone in a free society. This was one of the most important lessons of the original civil rights movement.


Thatcher, Margaret
Be warned. A powerful, radical left-wing clerisy is bent on destroying what every past generation would have understood to be the central purpose of education -- that is, allowing (in the words of Edmund Burke) individuals to 'avail themselves of the general bank and capital of nations, and of ages.' A society needs only one generation to abandon the task of learning and transmitting its culture, for that culture to become an alien, lifeless irrelevance.

Dec. 22, 1997 - from a speech at the International Conservative Congress, as quoted in National Review Magazine
If your only opportunity is to be equal then it is not opportunity.

Nov. 28, 1986 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
We must learn again to be one nation, or one day we shall be no nation.

1978 - quoted in As I Said to Denis: The Margaret Thatcher Book of Quotations, edited by Iain Dale
Thomas, Clarence
... I [do not] believe gadget ideas such as enterprise zones are of any consequence when blacks who live in blighted areas know that crime, not lack of tax credits, is the problem. Blacks are not stupid.

Oct. 1991 - from an article in Policy Review magazine
A good argument diluted to avoid criticism is not nearly as good as the undiluted argument, because we best arrive at truth through a process of honest and vigorous debate. Arguments should not sneak around in disguise, as if dissent were somehow sinister. One should not cowed by criticism. In my humble opinion, those who come to engage in debates of consequence, and who challenge accepted wisdom, should expect to be treated badly. Nonetheless, they must stand undaunted. That is required. And that should be expected. For it is bravery that is required to secure freedom.

Feb. 13, 2001 - from his Francis Boyer Lecture to the American Enterprise Institute
Thorsell, William  
... governments ban the keeping of ethnic data in relation to crime, educational attainment or family breakdown, and journalists are generally pleased to accept these conditions because they, too, fear the scourge of racism and do not want to play any part in contributing to it. Understandable as this is, it is a mistake, especially for journalists. It is the very purpose to report the whole truth about significant social, economic and political events. Had we decided 25 years ago that the truth about conditions on native reserves and territories was "too hot to handle" - in effect, that the public cold not be trusted with the truth - we would have been cruelly derelict in our duty to Canadian society, including the aboriginals.

Tolerance is not concession, condescension or indulgence. Tolerance is, above all, an active attitude prompted by recognition of the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. In no circumstance can it be used to justify infringements of these fundamental values.

Nov. 16, 1995 - from Article 1.2 of the "Declaration of Principles on Tolerance"
 Tolerance... involves the rejection of dogmatism and absolutism and affirms the standards set out in international human rights instruments.

Nov. 16, 1995 - from Article 1.3 of the "Declaration of Principles on Tolerance" [UNESCO seems to see itself defining "dogma" and standards of tolerance. Ed.]
Above everything, we are Canadian.

inscription on a statue of Sir George Etienne Cartier on Canada's Parliament Hill
Vidal, Gore
Television is now so desperately hungry for material that they're scraping the top of the barrel.

West, Thomas G.
Conservatives often criticize excessive government spending and regulation. But liberals leave conservatives tongue-tied when they accuse them of lacking compassion. No word in our political vocabulary - except perhaps racism - can silence critics of the welfare state more quickly and effectively. Strangely, hardly anyone pauses to consider the easy assumption that it is compassionate to spend money on the poor. Yet we have known for some time that most poor people today have not been helped, but have been positively harmed, by the poverty programs of the 1960s and '70s. Meanwhile, most of these programs are still in place. The numbers of those dependent on them are growing rapidly.

1993 - from "Poverty and the Welfare State" in Moral Ideas for America, by L. Arnn and D. Jeffrey, published by the Claremont Institute
Will, George F.
[Liberals say] art is whatever an artist says it is, and an artist is anyone who produces art. So the word "art" has become a classification that no longer classifies, there being nothing it excludes. How perfect, now that "inclusive" is the day's ultimate accolade because it is an antonym of "judgmental."

Jan. 25, 2001 - from "An artists bill of rights?", published by the Washington Post Writers Group
Williams, Walter E.
History is not going to be kind to liberals. With their mindless programs, they've managed to do to Black Americans what slavery, Reconstruction, and rank racism found impossible: destroy their family and work ethic.

Wolfe, Alan
 Middle-class Americans have added an Eleventh Commandment: "Thou shalt not judge."

1998 - from a speech to journalists in Washington, similar assertion also appears in One Nation, After All
Zeller, Richard
There was a time that ... honorable people could disagree honorably; now, any challenge to the campus sacred cows (feminism, affirmative action, and multiculturalism) is denounced as evil.

Sep. 28, 2000 - quoted by Larry Elder in "The politically incorrect professor", published by Creators Syndicate Inc.