Health is a human right, not a privilege to be purchased.
To label family planning and legal abortion programs "genocide" is male rhetoric, for male ears.
That I am a national figure because I was the first person in 192 years to be at once a congressman, black, and a woman proves, I would think, that our society is not yet either just or free.
Racism is so universal in this country, so widespread and deepseated, that it is invisible because it is so normal.
Racism keeps people who are being managed from finding out the truth through contact with each other.
We have never seen health as a right. It has been conceived as a privilege, available only to those who can afford it. This is the real reason the American health care system is in such a scandalous state.
The minorities have been confined to the city by a moat of bigotry.
It is obvious that discrimination exists. Women do not have the opportunities that men do. And women that do not conform to the system, who try to break with the accepted patterns, are stigmatized as odd and unfeminine.
Women have learned to flex their political muscles. You got to flex that muscle to get what you want.
All Americans are the prisoners of racial prejudice.
Not only am I literally and figuratively the dark horse, I'm actually the poor horse. The only thing that I have going for me is my soul and my commitment to the American people.
My God, what do we want? What does any human being want? Take away an accident of pigmentation of a thin layer of our outer skin and there is no difference between me and anyone else. All we want is for that trivial difference to make no difference. What can I say to a man who asks that? All I can do is try to explain to him why he asks the question. You have looked at us for years as different from you that you may never see us really. You don’t understand because you think of us as second-class humans. We have been passive and accommodating through so many years of your insults and delays that you think the way things used to be is normal. When the good-natured, spiritual-singing boys and girls rise up against the white man and demand to be treated like he is, you are bewildered. All we want is what you want, no less and no more. (Chapter 13).
My greatest political asset, which professional politicians fear, is my mouth, out of which come all kinds of things one shouldn't always discuss for reasons of political expediency.
There is a good deal of evidence that the United States is moving to the right, and that the main force behind the movement is a resurgence, in a new form, of racial prejudice.
I am and always will be a catalyst for change.
America has the laws and the material resources it takes to insure justice for all its people. What it lacks is the heart, the humanity.
America has the laws and the material resources it takes to insure justice for all its people. What it lacks is the heart, the humanity, the Christian love that it would take.
Mother always said that even when I was 3, I used to get the 6- and 7-year-old kids on the block and punch them and say, 'Listen to me.'
Of my two 'handicaps,' being female put more obstacles in my path than being black.
That's what's wrong with the country. There are too many 'good soldiers' accepting too many bad decisions.
We have been so patient and loyal ... and what has it gotten us? We want our full share now.
I am the people's politician. If the day should ever come when the people can't save me, I'll know I'm finished.
It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality.
It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict, it is the need to escape from a harsh reality. There are more television addicts, more baseball and football addicts, more movie addicts, and certainly more alcohol addicts in this country than there are narcotics addicts.
There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must pay a price.
Of course laws will not eliminate prejudice from the hearts of human beings. But that is no reason to allow prejudice to continue to be enshrined in our laws -- to perpetuate injustice through inaction.
Congress seems drugged and inert most of the time... its idea of meeting a problem is to hold hearings or, in extreme cases, to appoint a commission.
In the end anti-black, anti-female, and all forms of discrimination are equivalent to the same thing: anti-humanism.
You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.
I am not antiwhite, because I understand that white people, like black ones, are victims of a racist society. They are products of their time and place.
I don't measure America by its achievement but by its potential.
If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.
When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.
I have certainly met much more discrimination in terms of being a woman than being black, in the field of politics.
I stand before you today to repudiate the ridiculous notion that the American people will not vote for qualified candidates simply because he is not white or because she is not a male.
I ran because somebody had to do it first. In this country, everybody is supposed to be able to run for president, but that has never really been true.