"Frequently we tried to point out the absurdity of racism in the hope that our white compatriots would be embarrassed into dropping something that could be so ludicrous. And so I would suggest that instead of skin color we should substitute a large nose, since I possessed one. Can you imagine if we were to say that this university was reserved not for whites, as happened under apartheid, but for large noses only-that would be the chief requirement, not academic ability? And if you were afflicted with a small nose, to have to apply to the Minister of Small Nose Affairs for permission to attend the university reserved for large noses. Everyone in most audiences where I told this story would be rolling in the aisles at the stupidity and the absurdity of it all. It would have been wonderful had it been just a laughing matter of this kind. Sadly it was anything but."
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu. No Future Without Forgiveness. (New York: Doubleday, 1999). Pg. 93.