My constituency is the desperate, the damned, the disinherited, the disrespected and the despised.
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- When we’re unemployed, we’re called lazy; when the whites are unemployed it’s called a depression.
- I am not a perfect servant. I am a public servant doing my best against the odds. As I develop and serve, be patient. God is not finished with me yet.
- Racism as a form of skin worship, and as a sickness and a pathological anxiety for America, is so great, until the poor whites — rather than fighting for jobs or education — fight to remain pink and fight to remain white. And therefore they cannot see an alliance with people that they feel to be inherently inferior.
- When the doors of opportunity swing open, we must make sure that we are not too drunk or too indifferent to walk through.
- Never look down on anybody unless you are helping them up.
- Hold your head high, stick your chest out. You can make it. It gets dark sometimes, but morning comes. Keep hope alive.