Civil Rights And Liberties Quotes

The law, in our case, seems to make the right; and the very reverse ought to be done – the right should make the law.

All I felt was tired. Tired of being pushed around. Tired of seeing the bad treatment and disrespect of children, women and men just because of the color of their skin. Tired of Jim Crow laws. Tired of being oppressed. I was just plain tired. I felt the Lord would give me strength to endure […]

It is not only under Nazi rule that police excesses are inimical to freedom. It is easy to make light of insistence on scrupulous regard for the safeguards of civil liberties when invoked on behalf of the unworthy… History bears testimony that by such disregard are the rights of liberty extinguished, heedlessly, at first, then […]

Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection – they have many friends and few enemies.

A license cannot be be revoked because a man is red-headed or because he was divorced, except for a calling, if such there be, for which red-headedness or an unbroken marriage may have some rational bearing.

Preferring members of any one group for no reason other than race or ethnic origin is discrimination for its own sake. This the Constitution forbids.

What seems fair enough against a squalid huckster of bad liquor may take on a different face, if used by government determined to suppress political opposition under the guise of sedition.

My belief has always been… that wherever in this land any individual’s Constitutional rights are being unjustly denied, it is the obligation of the federal government – at point of bayonet if necessary – to restore that individual’s Constitutional rights.

In view of the Constitution in the eye of the law, there is in this country no superior, dominant, ruling class of citizens. There is no caste here. Our Constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.

The ‘civil rights’ revolutionary groups are a case in point. Their goal is not equality but power. The background of Negro culture is African and magic, and the purposes of magic are control and power. . . Voodoo or magic was the religion and life of American Negroes. Voodoo songs underlie jazz, and old voodoo, […]