Ida B. Wells Quotes


The appetite grows for what it feeds on.

The appeal to the white man's pocket has ever been more effectual than all the appeals ever made to his conscience.

There is nothing we can do about the lynching now as we are out-numbered and without arms.

The city of Memphis has demonstrated that neither character nor standing avails the Negro if he dares to protect himself against the white man or become his rival.

The Afro-American is not a bestial race.

The mob spirit has grown with the increasing intelligence of the Afro-American.

The South resented giving the Afro-American his freedom the ballot box and the Civil Rights Law.

The only times an Afro-American who was assaulted got away has been when he had a gun and used it in self-defense.

Somebody must show that the Afro-American race is more sinned against than sinning and it seems to have fallen upon me to do so.

It is extremely rough to follow through with my goals but I felt a responsibility to show the world what the African Americans are facing through this rough patch.

What becomes a crime deserving capital punishment when the tables are turned is a matter of small moment when the negro woman is the accusing party.

The Afro-American is thus the backbone of the South.

The doors of churches hotels concert halls and reading rooms are alike closed against the Negro as a man but every place is open to him as a servant.

No nation savage or civilized save only the United States of America has confessed its inability to protect its women save by hanging shooting and burning alleged offenders

Our country's national crime is lynching. It is not the creature of an hour the sudden outburst of uncontrolled fury or the unspeakable brutality of an insane mob.

Brave men do not gather by thousands to torture and murder a single individual so gagged and bound he cannot make even feeble resistance or defense.

The people must know before they can act and there is no educator to compare with the press.

Lynching is color line murder.

Virtue knows no color line ...

The negro has suffered far more from the commission of this crime against the women of his race by white men than the white race has ever suffered through his crimes.

Those who commit the murders write the reports.

The white man's victory soon became complete by fraud violence intimidation and murder.

The nineteenth century lynching mob cuts off ears toes and fingers strips off flesh and distributes portions of the body as souvenirs among the crowd.

The white man's dollar is his god and to stop this will be to stop outrages in many localities.

One had better die fighting against injustice than die like a dog or a rat in a trap.

A Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home

There must always be a remedy for wrong and injustice if we only know how to find it.

The South is brutalized to a degree not realized by its own inhabitants and the very foundation of government law and order are imperilled.

I honestly believe I am the only woman in the United States who ever traveled throughout the country with a nursing baby to make political speeches.

The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.