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And I don't think that government has a role in telling people how to live their lives. Maybe a minister does, maybe your belief in God does, maybe there's another set of moral codes, but I don't think government has a role.
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And whites... I'd have to say there is still racism in our society and there are still attitudes based on race.
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Any discrimination, like sharp turns in a road, becomes critical because of the tremendous speed at which we are traveling into the high-tech world of a service economy.
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But at this point I'm caught in the position where if I were a true libertarian I wouldn't be here in government.
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But I know that the vote of 9 out of 10 black Americans for the Democratic Party or for leftist kinds of policies just is not reflective of their opinions.
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But what I believe is that if a person's individual rights or right to be a part of our economic system is violated under statute, we aggressively go after it. But we don't issue mandates to businesses that you've got to do this and you've got to do that.
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Even as someone who's labeled a conservative - I'm a Republican I'm black, I'm heading up this organization in the Reagan administration - I can say that conservatives don't exactly break their necks to tell blacks that they're welcome.
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Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.
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I came from the people that they're leading; I didn't come from the leadership ranks, I came from among the people I'm most concerned about.
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I certainly have some very strong libertarian leanings, yes.
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I do think that our freedoms are at risk.
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I don't believe in quotas. America was founded on a philosophy of individual rights, not group rights.
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I don't know one of my friends who is considered a conservative who has not had to go back and thoroughly think through everything. You do a lot of soul-searching - 'cause we are not going to win any popularity contests.
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I have been angry enough in my life, and there are some points where I'm sure my attitudes approached black nationalism.
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I have seen the devastating impact of the denial of economic opportunities to certain groups, including my race.
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I tend to really be partial to Ayn Rand, and to The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
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I think Juan stopped short - he got halfway to the destination and got off the train. He is certainly an excellent writer and a good person, but I'm not a nationalist.
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I think segregation is bad, I think it's wrong, it's immoral. I'd fight against it with every breath in my body, but you don't need to sit next to a white person to learn how to read and write. The NAACP needs to say that.
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I think, though, if I had to look at the role of government and what it does in people's lives, I see the EEOC as having much more legitimacy than the others, if properly run.
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I was sympathetic to virtually all groups that wanted to get away from the old system.
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I went on my merry way, challenging all sorts of things but not really aligning myself with anybody or any idea.
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I' been very partial to Malcolm X, particularly his self-help teachings.
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It really bugs me that someone will tell me, after I spent 20 years being educated, how I'm supposed to think.
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My grandfather was very active: he put his property up to bail the protesters out.
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Oh, I don't think Tom Sowell would tell anybody to join the administration. That's not his style. But I think his attitude has always been if it had to be done he'd prefer me to do it than somebody else.
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Sure, there is a danger of idealizing everything. I think unfortunately we've idealized the bad, particularly about the South.
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The myths that are created about the South, about the way we grew up, about black people, are wrong.
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The state can't undo the harm that was done, but I feel very strongly that if there is any role for the state, it is to protect us from others.
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The thing that bothered me when I was in college was that I saw myself rejecting the way of life that got me to where I was.
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Unfortunately, the reality was that, for political reasons or whatever, there was a need to enforce antidiscrimination laws, or at least there was a perceived need to do that.
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We've talked more about civil rights after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than we talked about it before 1964.
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When you look at where the real problems are among minorities in our society, particularly blacks, it's at the bottom. It's the people who are in school systems that don't educate, neighborhoods where there is a lot of crime, drugs, the whole bit.
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When you prevent somebody from participating in our free society and the economics of our free society, I have some real problems.
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