Paul Robeson Quotes

Sometimes great injustices may be inflicted on the minority when the majority is in the pursuit of a great and just cause.

 
Context
Robeson was a friend and supporter of Communist Russia. They were one of the few forces in the world at that time that strongly opposed segregation and racial discrimination. He gave concerts throughout the Soviet Union and had made close friends with some of the Russian leaders including Ignaty Kazahov, a high ranking Communist official. However, he and some others, although Communists were also democrats and opposed the dictatorial policies of Stalin. In 1938, Kazahov and 20 other officials were purged by Stalin and he and 18 of the other 20 were executed. Robeson, however bought the line that “to make an omelet, you have to crack some eggs.
Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson
  • Born: April 9, 1898
  • Died: January 23, 1976
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Singer, Actor, Social Activist, Lawyer, Athlete

Paul Leroy Robeson was an American bass baritone concert artist and stage and film actor who became famous both for his cultural accomplishments and for his political activism. Educated at Rutgers College and Columbia University, he was also a star athlete in his youth. He also studied Swahili and linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London in 1934. His political activities began with his involvement with unemployed workers and anti-imperialist students whom he met in Britain and continued with support for the Loyalist cause in the Spanish Civil War and his opposition to fascism. In the United States he also became active in the Civil Rights Movement and other social justice campaigns. His sympathies for the Soviet Union and for communism, and his criticism of the United States government and its foreign policies, caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era.