One of the wise sages that was a voice of reason in the past was the famous American actor known Vincent Pricefor his horror films, and unique voice,Vincent Price. In 1950, Price gave a powerful speech about the racial hatred of his day at the conclusion of the “Author Of Murder” episode of The Saint.

He talks about his feelings on prejudice being antithetical to a free society, and denounces racial and religious intolerance as a “poison” which fuels support for the nation’s enemies.

Here is the text of Price’s speech and the audio down below:

“Ladies and gentlemen, poison doesn’t always come in bottles. And it isn’t always marked with the skull and crossbones of danger. Poison can take the form of words and phrases and acts: the venom of racial and religious hatred. Here in the United States, perhaps more than ever before, we must learn to recognize the poison of prejudice and to discover the antidote to its dangerous effects. Evidences of racial and religious hatred in our country place a potent weapon in the hands of our enemies, providing them with the ammunition of criticism.

Moreover, group hatred menaces the entire fabric of democratic life. As for the antidote: you can fight prejudice, first by recognizing it for what it is, and second by actively accepting or rejecting people on their individual worth, and by speaking up against prejudice and for understanding. Remember, freedom and prejudice can’t exist side by side. If you choose freedom, fight prejudice.”

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