Quotation by Anna Julia Cooper

As sure as time is—these mists will clear away. And the world—our world, will surely and unerringly see us as we are. Our only care need be the intrinsic worth of our contributions. If we represent the ignorance and poverty, the vice and destructiveness, the vagabondism and parasitism in the world's economy, no amount of philanthropy and benevolent sentiment can win for us esteem: and if we contribute a positive value in those things the world prizes, no amount of negrophobia can ultimately prevent its recognition. And our great "problem" after all is to be solved not by brooding over it, and orating about it, but by living into it.
Anna Julia Cooper (1859–1964), African American educator and feminist. A Voice from the South, part 2 (1892).

Cooper, the daughter of a former slave, was referring to the "mists" of race bigotry.
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