I have worked hard to build relationships between Jewish people and black people.
We blacks were the first people embracing Obama, long before the people at expensive fundraisers were supporting him. We gave him his first love, 96 percent of blacks voted for him in 2008. Yet today we are the number one in unemployment, with 16 percent of American blacks out of work.
When they wrote the Constitution, only white male landowners had the right to vote.
Ronald Reagan was older than I was when he ran for president.
Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.
It is time for us to turn to each other, not on each other.
I hear that melting-pot stuff a lot, and all I can say is that we haven’t melted.
Look at the coded language the Right is using against President Barack Obama. Openly calling him a liar in Congress, saying he is ‘not a Christian, he was not born here, he is not one of us.’ That makes addressing such issues trickier for the first African-American in the White House.
Any attempt to dilute my support for Sen. Obama will not succeed.
Urban America has been redlined. Government has not offered tax incentives for investment, as it has in a dozen foreign markets. Banks have redlined it. Industries have moved out, they’ve redlined it. Clearly, to break up the redlining process, there must be incentives to green-line with hedges against risk.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
I was born in a slum, but the slum wasn’t born in me.
Negroes’ problem is that they do not have their egos. That’s why our churches end up having a white service, because our preacher is not arrogant enough to take God’s word, so he have to go and get some white fellow’s agenda and put it in his church.
At least the politicians are accountable to the voters.
In Afghanistan, there is a plan to build democracy; hundreds of thousands of troops are protecting it. There is a plan to rebuild and reconstruct there. But many thousands of Americans die from violence and poverty every year and we don’t have a plan for reconstruction at home.
If you don’t know what tomorrow holds, you need to know who holds tomorrow!
We reveal our joys and successes, we conceal our pain.