Race hate isn’t human nature | Orson Welles

Francis Miller, Chicago, 1957


“Race hate isn’t human nature, race hate is the abandonment of human nature. But this is true. We hate whom we hurt, and we mistrust whom we betray. There are minority problems simply because minority races are often wronged. Race hate, distilled from the suspicions of ignorance, takes its welcome from the impotent and the godless, comforting these with hellish parodies of what they’ve lost. Arrogance to take the place of pride. Contempt to occupy the spirit of the love of man. There are alibis for the phenomenon; excuses—economic and social—but the brutal facts is simply this: where the racist lies acceptable there is corruption. Where there is hate there is shame.” 


 Orson Welles, Part of a public declaration, 1944


Bob Adelman, Ferry, Mississippi River, 1964

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