Francis James Grimké
Francis James Grimké ( – ) est un pasteur presbytérien américain de Washington qui fut l'un des grands avocats de l'égalité et de l'antiracisme aux États-Unis et l'un des fondateurs de la National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) en 1909.
- L'original anglais est très concis : Race prejudice can't be talked down, it must be lived down.
- The Works of Francis J. Grimké, Francis J. Grimké et Carter G. Woodson (éd.) (trad. Wikiquote), éd. The Associated Publishers, Inc., 1942, t. III, p. 323
The Negro and his Citizenship[modifier]
- (en) The fight before us is a long one. You will not live, nor will I live to see the triumph of the principles for which we are contending; let us not become discouraged however. […] whether the struggle be long or short, there can be no doubt as to the final issue. We shall come out victorious; we shall be accorded every right belonging to us under the Constitution, and every avenue of opportunity will be open to us, as to other citizens of the Republic. The future is largely in our own hands. If we allow ourselves to be permanently despoiled of our rights; to be reduced to a position of civil and political inferiority, the fault will be, not “in our stars,” as Shakespeare has expressed it, “but in ourselves.” Others can help us; others will help us, as they have already done; but the final outcome will depend mainly upon what we do for ourselves, and with ourselves. […] And so, if the agitation for equality of rights and opportunities in this country is to be kept up, and it ought to be kept up, we are the ones to see to it. As long as there are wrongs to be redressed, from which we are suffering, we ought not be silent, ought not for our sake as well as for the sake of the nation at large.
- « The Negro and his Citizenship », Francis J. Grimké (trad. Wikiquote), dans The Negro and the Elective Franchise. A Series of Papers and a Sermon., collectif, éd. The American Negro Academy. Occasional Papers, No. 11., 1905, p. 84-85