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" My ordination in the Church of God in Christ was at age 9, and I later became a Baptist minister, which I am today. "
" The right wing always mobilizes around constitutional amendments: the right to bear arms, school prayer. "
" When people discuss the 1960s and the great Civil Rights Era, they often speak in romantic terms as if there wasn't immense work put in, and as if there wasn't immense sacrifice that took place. But none of those battles were easily fought and won; there were sustained movements behind them. "
" There's no reason why children in inner cities or rural areas do not receive the same quality education or opportunities as those in suburbs or wealthy neighborhoods. If we truly believe in giving all citizens a chance to pursue happiness and pursue their goals, then we cannot continue to marginalize entire groups of people. "
" It is up to us to change laws on the books like 'Stand Your Ground' laws and push elected officials to enact regulations that hold police officers to the same standards as the rest of society. This is why we vote. "
" I've seen too much in life to give up. "
" We have defeated Jim Crow, but now we have to deal with his son, James Crow Jr., esquire. "
" The dream was not to put one black family in the White House, the dream was to make everything equal in everybody's house. "
" In order to establish peace, you must have fair justice for everyone. "
" From racial profiling and being pulled over just for 'driving while black' to this new phenomenon of killing unarmed people out of some preconceived idea of fear, our lives and our children's lives are not being valued. "
" I very rarely read any fiction. I love biographies; I read about all kinds of people. I love theology and some philosophy. "
" As a kid who grew up chubby, I just marveled at the fact that I could be thin. "
" We're not willing to give black leaders second chances because, in most cases, we're not willing to give them first chances. "
" I do believe the Democratic party has moved far to the right. I do believe that the party has a bunch of elephants running around in donkey clothes. "
" If you can get the proper definition of trouble, then we can find out who the real troublemakers are. "
" My message to everyone: the next time you hear about migrant children near the border, just picture them as your own. Then think what you would want our government to do. "
" We're not anti-police... we're anti-police brutality. "
" As I often say, we have come a long way from the days of slavery, but in 2014, discrimination and inequality still saturate our society in modern ways. Though racism may be less blatant now in many cases, its existence is undeniable. "
" Let me be clear: as I have said repeatedly, I do not believe that all police officers are bad, nor do I believe that most are bad. But there must be a transparent, impartial and fair system to judge those that engage in criminal or unethical acts. "
" How do you make things fair? "
" I could take all the cartoons in the tabloid newspapers, but I couldn't take my daughter punching me in the belly and asking why I was so fat. That was my inspiration to lose the weight. And probably the last time anyone hurt my feelings. "
" The United States isn't a dictatorship ruling with a brutal army and an iron fist, so our police departments must understand that they are there to serve and protect us - all of us. And when they do commit crimes, they must be arrested and prosecuted like anyone else, bottom line. "
" The horrific cases in Ferguson, in Staten Island with the death of Eric Garner, and all across the country serve as stark reminders that we must have a say in who polices us, and how that policing is done. We must, we must, let our voices be heard on Election Day. "
" I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me. She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker, put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table. But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that life is about not where you start, but where you're going. That's family values. "
" Either we need to redefine what probable cause means and say that police are not subject to it, or we arrest officers right away just as we would with any other person accused of committing a crime. Either we write new laws or enforce existing ones; we cannot have it both ways. "