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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.
I was sympathetic to virtually all groups that wanted to get away from the old system.
The myths that are created about the South, about the way we grew up, about black people, are wrong.
It would seem that some black people want to say that when you, as a black, become successful, you cease to be black. That’s ridiculous.
I was never a liberal. I was radical. I was cynical. I was negative. But, I was never a liberal. I always saw that as too lukewarm for me.
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.
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.
There are so many people who have this idea of who I am because I’m black.
I grew up in a religious environment, and I’m proud of it.
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.
I was Catholic. You talk about a minority within a minority within a minority: a black Catholic in Savannah, GA.
My grandfather could barely read. My grandmother had a sixth-grade education. They were people who were industrious. They were frugal.
I’ve probably given more speeches, been on TV more than any other member of the Court – or almost any other member of the Court.
I tend to really be partial to Ayn Rand, and to The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
I disagree with the prevailing point of view of some black leaders that special treatment for blacks is acceptable.
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.
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.
I hear people say it affected your self-esteem to be segregated. It never affected mine.
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.
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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