Harry Bridges Quote

“No man has ever been born a Negro hater, a Jew hater, or any other kind of hater. Nature refuses to be involved in such suicidal practices.”

~ Harry Bridges

Ratings and Comments

Ken, Allyn, WA

Research has now shown that, although no one is born a hater, people will tend to prefer, trust, and be more comfortable around people like themselves, and that is Nature. It takes a conscious effort of human intellect to overcome the natural instincts that make us want to divide by tribe or clan. It takes a conscious, positive, and continuing effort to bring about a peaceful coexistence with our "different" neighbors. The best way to ensure a peaceful coexistence is not multiculturalism, i.e. maintaining the divisions, but creating a common community. That is, we are all Americans, not African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, etc. The answer is assimilation to a common culture.

Jack, Green, OH

You are so right, Ken, but it is so difficult to overcome the maxim: "birds of a feather flock together". It is not impossible, however, and has been done many times in many places.

E Archer, NYC

I disagree with the 'you will be assimilated' comment by Ken. The goal is not a common culture, but an agreed upon voluntary association of a multitude of different individuals all wishing their liberties protected (while respecting each others'). Vive la difference!

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Ricky    11/15/07
Anonymous, San Diego, CA

Ken I completely agree with you, this is a great statement. I try to explain to people that we should be proud to be an American, not of our ethnic background. There are too many other problems in the world.

pt, phx
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pt, phx    2/3/10

I am so impressed with all of the wisdom being spoken in regards to the above quote. I really and truly believe true love and true freedom doesn’t look at ethnic back ground. Nature as a whole has pretty much perfect harmony.

Robert, St. Emelion

Compassion is from the heart, hate you must learn....

cal, lewisville, tx

Not to worry. We have a government that practices "social engineering." Problem solved.

jim k, austin tx

A good quote and I hate to shoot the messenger , but Harry Bridges was a communist. I'm old enough to remember him.

jim k, austin tx

... and he was high up in the Communist Party.


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