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Minorities

  • The minority of one generation is usually the majority of the next.

  • ... we always some 'problem' and people takin' potshots at us is always called 'tension' and why you and me who have been citizens for generations should be called 'minorities' is more than I can see.

  • The minorities have been confined to the city by a moat of bigotry.

  • ... every effort for progress, for enlightenment, for science, for religious, political, and economic liberty, emanates from the minority, and not from the mass.

    • Emma Goldman,
    • "Minorities Versus Majorities," Anarchism ()
  • It is the curse of minorities in this power-worshipping world that either from fear or from an uncertain policy of expedience they distrust their own standards and hesitate to give voice to their deeper convictions, submitting supinely to estimates and characterizations of themselves as handed down by a not unprejudiced dominant majority.

  • Do you see any majority, anywhere, in this imperfect and irreligious world, admitting that the minority is precious? That any minority is precious?

  • Being a minority in both caste and class, we moved about anyway on the hem of life, struggling to consolidate our weaknesses and hang on, or to creep singly up into the major folds of the garment.