You do not wipe away the scars of centuries by saying: “Now, you are free to go where you want, do as you desire, and choose the leaders you please.” You do not take a man who for years has been hobbled by chains, liberate him, bring him to the starting line of a race, saying, “You are free to compete with all the others,” and still justly believe you have been completely fair. … This is the next and more profound stage of the battle for civil rights. We seek not just freedom but opportunity — not just legal equity but human ability — not just equality as a right and a theory, but equality as a fact and as a result.
Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973) US President (1963-69)
Commencement Address, Howard University (4 Jun 1965)
On Affirmative Action.
Added on 21-Nov-12 | Last updated 21-Nov-12
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