Civil Rights Quotes

I don’t think we could have had the changes in civil rights without TV.

I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave […]

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, […]

In respect of civil rights, all citizens are equal before the law. The humblest is the peer of the most powerful.

When I say I love Eastland, it sounds preposterous – a man who brutalizes people. But you love him or you wouldn’t be here. You’re going to Mississippi to create social change – and you love Eastland in your desire to create conditions which will redeem his children. Loving your enemy is manifest in putting […]

I am one of those persons who doesn’t believe that a political party ought to be just a rallying ground for anybody that wants to get under the tent…. The best way in the world to strengthen the progressive elements in American politics, the liberal elements, is to permit people who have been denied certain […]