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Born: 1948-06-23
Profession: Judge
Nation: American
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I think Juan stopped short - he got halfway to the destination and got off the train. He is certainly an excellent writer and a good person, but I'm not a nationalist.

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I think segregation is bad, I think it's wrong, it's immoral. I'd fight against it with every breath in my body, but you don't need to sit next to a white person to learn how to read and write. The NAACP needs to say that.

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I think, though, if I had to look at the role of government and what it does in people's lives, I see the EEOC as having much more legitimacy than the others, if properly run.

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Oh, I don't think Tom Sowell would tell anybody to join the administration. That's not his style. But I think his attitude has always been if it had to be done he'd prefer me to do it than somebody else.

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There's a difference between someone who's 'harsh' and someone who is 'hard.' Life was hard. You lived in the South, as my grandparents did, and you had to survive. That is hard.

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Unfortunately, the reality was that, for political reasons or whatever, there was a need to enforce antidiscrimination laws, or at least there was a perceived need to do that.

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When I went into the seminary, I was one of those victims of New Math and had not had Algebra I and had no idea what we were doing in New Math in the ninth grade. But when I went into the seminary, they had gone the traditional route and taught first-year algebra.

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When you look at where the real problems are among minorities in our society, particularly blacks, it's at the bottom. It's the people who are in school systems that don't educate, neighborhoods where there is a lot of crime, drugs, the whole bit.

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You have a number of choices. You could continue to always fight against people who are really distractions. They're people in the cheap seats of life. Or you can do what you went there to do.

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Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.

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I don't know one of my friends who is considered a conservative who has not had to go back and thoroughly think through everything. You do a lot of soul-searching - 'cause we are not going to win any popularity contests.

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And I don't think that government has a role in telling people how to live their lives. Maybe a minister does, maybe your belief in God does, maybe there's another set of moral codes, but I don't think government has a role.

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My grandfather was a man, when he talked about freedom, his attitude was really interesting. His view was that you had obligations or you had responsibilities, and when you fulfilled those obligations or responsibilities, that then gave you the liberty to do other things.

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And I thank God I believe in God, or I would probably be enormously angry right now.

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I'd grown up fearing the lynch mobs of the Ku Klux Klan; as an adult I was starting to wonder if I'd been afraid of the wrong white people all along - where I was being pursued not by bigots in white robes, but by left-wing zealots draped in flowing sanctimony.

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I do think that our freedoms are at risk.

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I have to admit that I'm one of those people that thinks the dishwasher is a miracle.

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I tend to really be partial to Ayn Rand, and to The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

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I'd been very partial to Malcolm X, particularly his self-help teachings.

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I certainly have some very strong libertarian leanings, yes.

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I don't believe in quotas. America was founded on a philosophy of individual rights, not group rights.

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I grew up in a religious environment, and I'm proud of it.

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I was sympathetic to virtually all groups that wanted to get away from the old system.

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It really bugs me that someone will tell me, after I spent 20 years being educated, how I'm supposed to think.

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My grandfather could barely read. My grandmother had a sixth-grade education. They were people who were industrious. They were frugal.

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People get bent out of shape about the fact that when I was a kid, you could not drink out of certain water fountains. Well, the water was the same.

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The myths that are created about the South, about the way we grew up, about black people, are wrong.

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The thing that bothered me when I was in college was that I saw myself rejecting the way of life that got me to where I was.

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We've talked more about civil rights after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than we talked about it before 1964.

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You didn't think of angels as white or black. They were angels.

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Any discrimination, like sharp turns in a road, becomes critical because of the tremendous speed at which we are traveling into the high-tech world of a service economy.

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But what I believe is that if a person's individual rights or right to be a part of our economic system is violated under statute, we aggressively go after it. But we don't issue mandates to businesses that you've got to do this and you've got to do that.

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Even as someone who's labeled a conservative - I'm a Republican I'm black, I'm heading up this organization in the Reagan administration - I can say that conservatives don't exactly break their necks to tell blacks that they're welcome.

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But I know that the vote of 9 out of 10 black Americans for the Democratic Party or for leftist kinds of policies just is not reflective of their opinions.

Tags: Black, Opinions, Vote
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