“Ladies and gentlemen, poison doesn't always come in bottles, and it isn't always marked with the skull and crossed-bones of danger. Poison CAN take the form of words and phrases and acts; the venom of racial, and religious hatred.
Here in the United States–perhaps more than ever before–we must learn to recognize the poison of prejudice, and to discover the antidote to its dangerous effects.
Evidences of racial and religious hatred in our country place a potent weapon in the hands of our enemies, providing them with the ammunition of criticism.
Moreover, group-hatred menaces the entire fabric of democratic life.
As for the antidote, you can FIGHT prejudice, first by recognizing it for what it is, and second by actively accepting or rejecting people on their INDIVIDUAL WORTH. And by speaking up AGAINST prejudice and FOR understanding.
Remember, freedom and prejudice can't exist side-by-side.
If you choose freedom; FIGHT prejudice.” –Vincent Price, after an episode of the radio broadcast 'The Saint,' titled “Author of Murder,” aired between 1947-1951. Content is in the public domain, and no copyright infringement is intended.
I simply love this quote by him because I agree with everything it represents; sure, because of the era in which it was spoken, it does not include gender, sex, gay, or able-bodied based rights or the persecution of those minority groups as well, but fundamentally it goes a long way to show the type of man Vincent Price was, I feel. He gave this little minute-long speechin the spare air-time after the broadcast often devoted to product placements or sponsor messages, and was under no pressure, or even direction by the station to talk on the subject at all. He simply felt it was an important enough topic to warrant an open-air, LIVE, and UNSCRIPTED lecture on the issue. Simply brilliant. The only thing that must be excused is the prevalence of cold-war era posturing present as well in his wording… emphasis on need for what it is the US specifically as “we” needs to do, references to putting “a potent weapon in the hands of our enemies,” etc.