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Affirmitive action is extremely complex because it appears in many different forms.
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After World War I, in New Haven there were quality schools, parks, and clinics. New Haven had its own beaches.
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All Southern state colleges and universities are open to black students.
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As a child growing up, I never understood that my father's maternal grandfather was white.
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As another result to the Johnson landslide, the Democrats gained control of the New York State Senate for the first time in 30 years.
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Both Ronald Reagan and George Bush were elected without black support during a period of white backlash against black gains.
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Bush was trying to win an election, but at what price to American society?
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By 1962, King had become, by the media's reckoning, the new civil rights leader.
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Columbia Law School men were being drafted, and suddenly women who had done well in college were considered acceptable candidates for the vacant seats.
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Doing away with separate black colleges meets resistance from alumni and other blacks.
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During my early years on the bench, I stuck close to home, turning down every speaking engagement.
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Growing up in New Haven, we had looked to Harlem as the Black Capital.
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Had it not been for James Meredith, who was willing to risk his life, the University of Mississippi would still be all white.
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How long must the American community afford special treatment to blacks?
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I got the chance to argue my first case in Supreme Court, a criminal case arising in Alabama that involved the right of a defendant to counsel at a critical stage in a capital case before a trial.
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I grew up in a house where nobody had to tell me to go to school every day and do my homework.
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I need no crystal ball to see that the newly emerged, educated, and greatly strengthened black middle class will provide the necessary energy and cooperation.
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I never thought I would live long enough to see the legal profession change to the extent it has.
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I rejected the notion that my race or sex would bar my success in life.
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I remember being infuriated from the top of my head to the tip of my toes the first time a screen was put around Bob Carter and me on a train leaving Washington in the 1940s.
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I remember having the mumps and whooping cough when I was about 5 or 6. There was still the Indian medicine man.
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I soon found law school an unmitigated bore.
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I was born and raised in the oldest settled part of the nation and in an environment in which racism was officially mooted.
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In high school, I discovered myself. I was interested in race relations and the legal profession. I read about Lincoln and that he believed the law to be the most difficult of professions.
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In high school, I won a prize for an essay on tuberculosis. When I got through writing the essay, I was sure I had the disease.
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In my view, I did not get to the federal bench because I was a woman.
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In this century, we have essentially repeated the gains and losses of the last. The next century promises more of the same.
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In trying to figure out why my parents chose cold New Haven, I now realize the Caribbeans traded with New Englanders in the 18th and 19th Centuries.
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It has been almost four centuries since Africans arrived in the New World. These Africans are believed to have been slaves, perhaps the first on our shores.
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King consciously steered away from legal claims and instead relied on civil disobedience.
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King thought he understood the white Southerner, having been born and reared in Georgia and trained a theologian.
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Lack of encouragement never deterred me. I was the kind of person who would not be put down.
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Living at the YMCA in Harlem dramatically broadened my view of the world.
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Majoring in economics was the new status symbol, and most of my friends who were economics majors were white. We debated economics morning, noon, and night.
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Many whites have been able to live out their lives without having any personal association with blacks.
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Mississippi has only one law school. It appears this pattern will continue.
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Most of the people my parents knew from the West Indies saw to it that their children went to school.
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My father did not belong to any church group. He was a typical ladies' man.
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My father kept his distance from working-class American blacks.
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My father looked Hispanic or Mexican. He did not want to be known as a black American.
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My father was a Republican all his life.
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My mother early on had dropped, as best she could, her West Indian accent.
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My only job after graduating from high school was a youth-opportunity job with one of New Haven's National Youth Administration projects.
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My parents never told us that our great-grandmothers had been slaves.
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My parents were not familiar with Negro spirituals.
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New Orleans may well have been the most liberal Deep South city in 1954 because of its large Creole population, the influence of the French, and its cosmopolitan atmosphere.
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Of the women at Columbia while I was there, Bella Abzug became the most prominent, but others were also successful.
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Our teachers were not overly concerned with the few students who were looking to go to college. There seemed no way for those who wanted to go to do so.
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President Johnson nominated me to a federal judgeship.
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Robert Kennedy submitted my name, without public announcement, to the White House for a seat on the federal district court in Manhattan.
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Segregation in education was a social ill that involved a number of states and had existed for at least 60 years.
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Sexism, like racism, goes with us into the next century. I see class warfare as overshadowing both.
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State officials obviously found it incredible that any single black person in Mississippi would dare to challenge state policy by seeking admission to an all-white institution.
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The black community has been deeply wounded by Bush's misguided calculation.
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The black population now consists of two distinct classes-the middle class and the poor.
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The challenges for me at NYU were great, given the diversity of courses offered and the size of the student population.
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The Constitution, as originally drawn, made no reference to the fact that all Americans wre considered equal members of society.
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The fact is that racism, despite all the doomsayers, has diminished.
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The high court said that free Africans in American society had always been regarded as an inferior order of beings.
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The influence of Yale was always visible in the black community. My high school was virtually on the Yale campus.
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The last state to admit a black student to the college level was South Carolina.
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The legal difference between the sit-ins and the Freedom Riders was significant.
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The middle class, in the white population, encompasses a wide swath.
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The women's rights movement of the 1970s had not yet emerged; except for Bella Abzug, I had no women supporters.
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There appears to be no limit as to how far the women's revolution will take us.
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There is no longer a single common impediment to blacks emerging in this society.
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There were Indians living on reservations then in Connecticut. Others had long since intermarried with whites and blacks and lived in the cities.
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Today's white majority is largely silent about the race question.
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Too many whites still see blacks as a group apart.
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Vicksburg is on the banks of the Mississippi River, the banks of which have been dedicated as a national memorial to the Battle of Vicksburg.
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We African Americans have now spent the major part of the 20th Century battling racism.
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We Americans entered a new phase in our history - the era of integration - in 1954.
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We could not stay in the white hotel in Jackson or eat in any white restaurant.
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We knew then what we know now; only exemplary blacks are acceptable.
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When I was 15, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer. No one thought this was a good idea.
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When I went to Fisk University in February 1941, I had my first experience with Jim Crow on the railroad.
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When Thurgood Marshall became a lawyer, race relations in the United States were particularly bad.
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Whites would rather not be involved in race matters, I think.
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