Second-Class Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Second-Class Quotes from John Doar, Hugh Hefner, Mollie Hemingway, Mitch McConnell, Linda Sarsour. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

I'm not saying to you that every element of segregation

I’m not saying to you that every element of segregation and discrimination and second-class citizenship has changed. But in the political sense, the world has changed. People now who want to vote can vote.
John Doar
One of the problems with organized religion is that it has always kept women in a second-class position. They have been viewed as the daughters of Eve.
Hugh Hefner
Media outlets treat conservative Americans as second-class citizens whose arguments don’t need to be listened to or engaged with.
Mollie Hemingway
The implication here is that those who came to America legally over the years are somehow second-class citizens.
Mitch McConnell
You have to understand when you’re organizing with women of color, you can’t use words like ‘marginalized’ and ‘second-class citizen’ loosely.
Linda Sarsour
It is imperative that we set the national example and make it clear that companies seeking to do business in New York City cannot be allowed to treat their workers like second-class citizens.
Letitia James
When I was a kid and going to the movies I was overwhelmed by the way women were always second-class citizens in the film.
Brit Marling
What I said was that in a democratic society, people must be permitted to make their choices and that the choices of women should not be subordinate to the choices of men, otherwise women are less than equal, are second-class citizens.
Dennis Kucinich
We know no document is perfect, but when we amend the Constitution, it would be to expand rights, not to take away rights from decent, loyal Americans. This great Constitution of ours should never be used to make a group of Americans permanent second-class citizens.
Barbara Boxer
The days of humiliation, of second-class citizens and of inequality are over and gone forever.
Gerry Adams
Once you’ve acquired a criminal record, you can be discriminated against legally in employment, housing, and access to education and public benefits. You’re relegated to a permanent second-class status, forever a ‘criminal.’ Inflicting this amount of unnecessary pain and suffering is not cheap.
Michelle Alexander
In this nation, the greatest of all nations, there are no second-class families. That is our great American conviction.
Benjamin Todd Jealous
I’m tired of being treated like a second-class citizen.
Rosa Parks
History shows that black people have been second-class citizens, less than human. That’s what had to happen with slavery. You had to dehumanise a person, to say, ‘He is not like us. He is used to hard work in the sun. He can handle being whipped because he doesn’t feel any pain. He doesn’t need to be educated.’
John Barnes
Those who deny the existence of a supreme being have been turned into second-class citizens by a government that continuously sends messages that ‘real Americans’ believe in God.
Michael Newdow
In Puerto Rico, we continue to see the perpetuation of second-class citizenship in the United States.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Women are not automatically second-class citizens because they live in Islamic countries. We cannot judge the position of women in Islam aright if we take the most conservative Islamic states as representative of the whole.
Prince Charles
I’ve been really vocal about my disappointment about how the WNBA athletes get treated like second-class citizens in relations to the NBA when they’re a subsidiary.
Jalen Rose
At Manchester City, the women are not second-class citizens in any regard. We are treated exactly the same way – it’s a level playing field.
Toni Duggan
Certainly, light fiction exists and encompasses mysteries or second-class romance novels, books that are read on the beach, whose only aim is to entertain. These books are not concerned with style or creativity – instead they are successful because they are repetitive and follow a template that readers enjoy.
Umberto Eco
Women are still second-class citizens.
Joan Jett
I was taught from a young age that many people would treat me as a second-class citizen because I was African-American and because I was female.
Queen Latifah
Women have the same privileges and opportunities as men, given the New Testament. Relegating women to second-class citizenship was abolished when Jesus died on the cross.
Tony Campolo
It’s not only inhumane to treat Puerto Ricans as second-class citizens. It’s deeply un-American.
Tom Perez
The second-class couple is far closer to what the audience is today. It’s who we are.
Maury Yeston
In New York, the theater is a destination point. In Los Angeles, no matter how provocative, how successful, how star-studded the theater event may be, it is, at best, a second-class citizen.
Jason Alexander
We are building together a nation in which there are no second-class Australians.
Bob Hawke
Throughout history, women have often been treated as second-class citizens and their voices silenced.
Abby Johnson
Korea can’t become a ‘first-class’ nation unless regulation and ‘a sense of power’ disappear. The nation’s politics is the fourth-class, bureaucratic are the third-class, and business is the second-class.
Lee Kun-hee
In this country, we force millions of people – who are largely black and brown – into a permanent second-class status simply because they once committed a crime.
Michelle Alexander