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  • Race was a word that bred arrogance, danger and violence. When had incitement to race served a peaceful purpose? Race was a fuel and it needed only a match to light it. Any match — my hostility, your ambition, a third person's advantage.

  • [Race] had no substance, like a shadowy shape that terrifies in the dark but vanishes by the light of day.

  • For no matter what learned scientists may say, race is, politically speaking, not the beginning of humanity but its end, not the origin of peoples but their decay, not the natural birth of man but his unnatural death.

  • I have always secretly felt that what mankind should be in an ideal sense is that mixture of people and races. I really believe in it. I don't think there is anything sacred in the integrity of race, white or black.

    • Margaret Walker,
    • in Nikki Giovanni and Margaret Walker, A Poetic Equation ()