Quotation by Pearl S. Buck

None of us could escape the history of the centuries before any of us had been born, and with which we had nothing to do. We had not, I think, ever committed even a mild unkindness against a Chinese, and certainly we had devoted ourselves to justice for them, we had taken sides against our own race again and again for their sakes, sensitive always to injustices which others had committed and were still committing. But nothing mattered today, neither the kindness nor the cruelty. We were in hiding for our lives because we were white.
Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973), U.S. author. My Several Worlds (1954).

On having to flee China during the Revolution. The daughter of American missionaries to China, Buck had spent her childhood and most of her adulthood in that country.
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