“ Today, blacks are no longer the litmus paper or the barometer of social change. Blacks are in every segment of society and there are laws that help to protect them from racial discrimination. The new “niggers” are gays. . . . It is in this sense that gay people are the new barometer for social change. . . . The question of social change should be framed with the most vulnerable group in mind: gay people.” -Bayard Rustin
Malcolm X "I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I don’t believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesn’t want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I’m not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn’t know how to return the treatment."
Dick Gregory "Segregation is not all bad. Have you ever heard of a collision where the people in the back the bus got fucked?".
H. Rap Brown “I say violence is necessary. It is as American as cherry pie.”
Muhammad Ali “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn't matter which color does the hating. It's just plain wrong.”
Tommy Smith (center) and John Carlos (right) 1968 Olympics
Bill Cosby “I wasn't always black... there was this freckle, and it got bigger and bigger”
Jesse Jackson “America is not a blanket woven from one thread, one color, one cloth.”
Michael Jackson “I'm a black American, I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am. I have a lot of pride and dignity”
Michael Jordan “I realize that I'm black, but I like to be viewed as a person, and this is everybody's wish.”