"Every year, prejudice and injustice destroy lives
and hurt the future of our nation. Now is the time
to create a better tomorrow. Now is the time
for change."

 

DASHANNE STOKES QUOTES

Powerful, inspirational, and known for digging deep beneath the surface, Dr. DaShanne Stokes has been quoted around the world in books, newspapers, religious sermons, and beyond. Collected here are some of his most memorable quotes.


 

 

 

 

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"Privilege is not knowing that you're hurting others and not listening when they tell you."
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"You're not under attack when others gain rights and privileges you've always had."
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"Prejudice is learned. What will you teach others through your actions and words?"
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"Never be content to sit back and watch as others' rights are trampled upon. Your rights could be next."
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"Privilege doesn't just insulate people from the consequences of their prejudice, it cuts them off from their humanity."
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Selected Quotes About Race and Racism

"We must tell the world that even though we elected a bigot, bigotry will not prevail."
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"We elected a man who knows how to build walls when we needed someone who knows how to build bridges."
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"Racism hurts everyone, including racists themselves."
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"Racism is dead only to those who've closed their eyes and ears to the whole world around them."
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"Whites saying 'make America white again' is like millionaires saying 'make the wealthy rich again'."
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"People often call fighting racism being 'PC' when they don't want to confront their own prejudice."
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"An institution rooted in slavery cannot be the voice of our people."
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Selected LGBT Quotes

"What does love mean if we would deny it to others?"
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"Love should never mean having to live in fear."
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"Terror doesn't change people from gay to straight. It just hurts innocent people."
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"Only by speaking out can we create lasting change. And that change begins with coming out."
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"Amazing how eye and skin color come in many shades yet many think sexuality is just gay or straight."
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"People think that LGBTs adopting children will hurt them, but it's not being in loving homes that hurts children most."
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Selected Quotes About Politics

"We must tell the world that even though we elected a bigot, bigotry will not prevail."
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"Fear is the intended result of codifying homophobia into law."
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"Denying the popular vote is un-American and anti-democratic."
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"Electing a bigot enables further bigotry."
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Selected Religion and Religious Freedom Quotes

"What does religious freedom mean if we would use it as a cover for hate and privilege?"
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"If you think your religion requires discrimination, you're probably misreading your faith."
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"When we hide discrimination under the guise of 'religious freedom,' we make a mockery of human rights."
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"I've fought for religious freedom and I can tell you that anti-gay 'religious freedom' bills aren't it."
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"Today's 'religious freedom' policies should not be seen as a problem limited to LGBT people but as a co-optation of religion that affects us all."

 

 

"Same-sex marriage has not created problems for religious institutions; religious institutions have created problems for same-sex marriage."

 

 

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Selected Adoption Quotes

"Adoption isn't just a childhood experience, it's a life-long experience."
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"If the system were designed to protect adoptees, why do so many have to fight for their rights?"
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"It's illegal to deny people their records due to race or gender. Adoptees deserve the same rights and protections."
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"Adoptees deserve open records because deception and partial truths do not set us free."
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More of Dr. DaShanne Stokes' Quotes

"If you can't see past my name, you can't see me."
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"A fool can't help but be a fool, but when others follow, he makes a fool of us all."
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"What matters most is not 'what' you are, but 'who' you are."
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"You can flip a coin to change its face, but it remains the same coin."
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"It's terrifying to think you could become the next statistic."
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"The world could use more love. Why deny it to others?"
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"Privilege is when you contribute to the oppression of others and then claim that you are the one being discriminated against."
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"Reducing a group to a slur or stereotype reduces us all."
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"People often call fighting discrimination being "PC" because they don't want their own unearned privileges challenged."
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"The power of love is that it sees all people."
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"There is nothing 'honorable' or 'reasonable' in giving a pass to those who want to discriminate."
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"Urging an organization to be inclusive is not an attack. It's progress."
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"One of the best ways you can fight discrimination is by taking good care of yourself. Your survival is not just important; it's an act of revolution."

 

 

"Calling for an end to hate shouldn't be treated as a punishable offense."
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"If you'd combat bigotry, use honest language and call things out for what they really are."
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"Prejudice plunges you into a world of fear and hate. That's no way to live."
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"P.T.S.D. doesn't make you weak. It makes you a survivor."
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"Building bridges takes us further than building walls."
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"We must speak truth to power and confront ignorance with facts."
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"An institution rooted in slavery can never set us free."
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"Tolerance of intolerance enables oppression."
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"Bigotry lives not just in our words, but in our actions, thoughts, and institutions."
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"When you've grown up mis-educated, surrounded by fear and hate, unaware of your privilege, lies can sound like the truth."
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"Privilege is when you can afford to sit back and watch as others' rights are trampled upon."
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"Those with unearned privileges often spin things as 'political correctness' to further silence those they wish to oppress."

 

 

"Violence isn't a Democrat or Republican problem. It's an American problem, requiring an American solution."
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"Those who incite violence have no business lecturing others about unity."
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"Lies sound like facts to those who've been conditioned to mis-recognize the truth."
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"Saying something is 'politically correct' is often a way of dismissing the voices of the oppressed."
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"If you voted for a man who said 'Grab em by the pussy,' you have zero room to claim to protect anyone in bathrooms."
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"When you're dealing with frauds and liars, listen more to what they don't say than what they do."
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"Leadership by deception isn't leadership, it's fraud."
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"Bigotry hurts the economy, so the next time you want to blame minorities for your problems, first take a look in the mirror."

 

 

"Those who benefit from unearned privilege are too often quick to discount those who don't."
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"Fascism thrives in obscurity and darkness."
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"Democracy doesn't mean spreading terror."
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"If you lay with a scorpion, don't be surprised when it finally stings you."
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"Accepting fraud from our leaders means accepting fraud in our personal lives."
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"Leaders who do not help the people must be replaced by the people."
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"Don't be a witness. Be an activist."
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"Bigotry and sexism destroy the unity needed for a nation to live."
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"'Political correctness' is a label the privileged often use to distract from their privilege and hate."
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"A president who has incited violence inspires citizens towards hate and violence."
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"'Political correctness' as 'over-sensitivity' is code for saying the privileged shouldn't have their unearned privileges questioned."

 

 

"When we allow violence against some, we enable violence against all."
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"It's not 'over-sensitivity' to ask to be treated with the same dignity and respect shown to others."
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"If your actions don't live up to your words, you have nothing to say."
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"Bigots often like to say they're the ones being hurt as they oppress and hurt others. Never fall for the 'pity the privileged' routine."

 

 

"Saying it's hard being straight is like complaining to the poor that it's difficult being wealthy."
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"If you think being straight means you're being discriminated against, you're probably misreading your privilege."
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"Persecution complexes are reaffirming to those who benefit from unearned privileges."
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"Failing to indict a criminal sitting president sends the message that those in power are above the law."
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"A president cannot defend a nation if he is not held accountable to its laws."
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"People turned against each other cannot turn against those responsible."
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"The more we're thrown into conflict with each other through engineered distrust, the less able we are to unite against those responsible."


 

 

"Standing against discrimination for some while supporting discrimination against others hurts us all."
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"It speaks volumes when people who are discriminated against go on to discriminate against others."
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"Facts are threatening to those invested in fraud."
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"Discrimination does not 'make America great.' It makes America weak."
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"Privilege is when your voice is the norm but still you claim to be unheard."
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"Talk without the support of action means nothing."
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"Bigotry that is known and visible is bigotry that can be challenged."
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"Privilege is presuming to speak for others you know nothing about."
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"Removing the finish line is a useful tactic if your goal is to just keep running the race."
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"If you truly have faith in your convictions, then your convictions should be able to stand criticism and testing."
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"If you defend free speech for bigots but not to combat bigotry, then you believe in bigotry, not free speech."
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"Freedom means equality. If you don't believe in equality for all, you don't believe in freedom."
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" 'Let them have guns' is as much a solution to mass murder and gun violence as 'Let them have drugs' is a solution to drug addiction."

 

 

"Privilege is when you can afford to sit back and criticize others who have to fight for the things you take for granted."
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"Silencing women silences justice."
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"A person with true power doesn't need to attack. A person without power attacks constantly."
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"If you won't stand up against those who tear us apart with their lies, hate, and bigotry, expect to do a lot of sitting down."
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"Truth is not determined by the number of people telling it or willing to admit to it."
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"Resistance isn't enough. If we want change, we have to get out the vote."
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"There is no justice in a system where the accused can fire the investigators."
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"When the accused can fire their own investigators, those with power become beyond the reach of law and accountability."
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"Thoughts and prayers won't stop a speeding bullet."
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"The greatest gift you can give the wicked is your inaction."
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"We cannot be a union of states if we fail to unite as people."
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"Resistance isn't enough. If we want change, we have to get out the vote."
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"When we hide racism under the guise of 'humor,' we insulate white racist privilege and make a mockery of civil rights."
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"Urging people to be inclusive is not an attack. It is progress."
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"When frauds have trouble selling their lies, they attack anyone who tells the truth."
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"Standing behind predators makes prey of us all."
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"If lies are more comforting to you than facts, you need to get out of your comfort zone."
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"If I were to do nothing, I'd be guilty of complicity."
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