This is a quote from an activist named Nelson Mandala. He was someone during this time period who really impacted the Civil Rights era. He changed peoples lives in Little Rock Arkansas for the better. For example, African Americans lives like Liz were improved because earlier in time it was difficult for her and her family members to deal with society but now African Americans are treated more equally.
Racism is not about how you look, it's about how people assign meaning to how you look. - Robin D.G. Kelley. The Race Exhibit, National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC.