"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929--68), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. Strength to Love, part 4, chapter 3 (1963).
"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important."
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929--68), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. Wall Street Journal (New York, 13 November 1962).
"If not us, who? If not now, when?"
Slogan by Czech University Students in Prague, November 1989. Quoted in: Observer (London, 26 Nov. 1989).
If you do not believe that racism and other types of bigotry are alive and well in America, crossing every racial and other divide, ride your local mass transit for a month.
I caught a bus to the library the other day, and found a seat near the front of the bus. A white woman and the black male bus driver were talking about two Hispanic comedians they had seen at different comedy clubs in Denver in the past two weeks.
The bus driver said the comedian he saw (whose name I did not recognize), had played to his primarily Hispanic audience, using and abusing the "N-word" and otherwise talking like a Hispanic version of a Klansman.