1. Woodrow Wilson on the rise of the KKK

Woodrow Wilson

“The white men were aroused by a mere instinct of self-preservation — until at last there sprung into existence a great Kuklux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern country.”

– Wilson in A History of the American People (1902)

2. Abraham Lincoln on race

“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races.” – Lincoln, during his fourth debate with Stephen Douglas

3. Friedrich Nietzsche


4. Lyndon Johnson, referencing the Civil Rights Act

– Johnson, as quoted in the 1995 book Inside the White House

5. Margaret Sanger on eugenics and progress

– Sanger in the 1923 work A Better Race Through Birth Control

6. Nikola Tesla

7. Ben Franklin on race and immigration

Ben Franklin

“… the Number of purely white People in the World is proportionably very small. All Africa is black or tawny. Asia chiefly tawny. America (exclusive of the new Comers) wholly so… why should we in the Sight of Superior Beings, darken its People? why increase the Sons of Africa, by Planting them in America, where we have so fair an Opportunity, by excluding all Blacks and Tawneys, of increasing the lovely White and Red?”

– Franklin in a short 1751 essay titled Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, etc.

8. Teddy Roosevelt

9. Gandhi on Indians procreating with ‘Kaffirs’


 “Of course, under my suggestion, the Town Council must withdraw the Kaffirs from the Location. About this mixing of the Kaffirs with the Indians, I must confess I feel most strongly. I think it is very unfair to the Indian population and it is an undue tax on even the proverbial patience of my countrymen.” – Gandhi, 1904, using a derogatory term (kaffir) for South African blacks, a word considered the equivalent of the N word in the U.S.

10. Thomas Edison

11. Martin Luther King Jr. on domestic abuse

12. H.G. Wells on eugenics

13. Salvador Dali

14. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. on eugenics

– Holmes Jr., as quoted in Buck v. Bell, 1927

15. Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut

“Educating a beautiful woman is like pouring honey into a fine Swiss watch: everything stops.”

16. John Maynard Keynes

“The time has already come when each country needs a considered national policy about what size of population, whether larger or smaller than at present or the same, is most expedient. And having settled this policy, we must take steps to carry it into operation.” – Keynes in The End of Laissez-Faire, 1926

17. Winston Churchill on Islam

“Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”

18. Aristotle

19. Albert Einstein’s list of demands to his wife

A. You will make sure:

    3. that my bedroom and study are kept neat, and especially that my desk is left for my use only.

B. You will renounce all personal relations with me insofar as they are not completely necessary for social reasons. Specifically, You will forego:

    2. my going out or travelling with you.