To those who say — My friends, to those who say that we are rushing this issue of civil rights, I say to them we are 172 years late. To those who say — To those who say that this civil-rights program is an infringement on states’ rights, I say this: The time has arrived in America for the Democratic party to get out of the shadow of states’ rights and to walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights.

Hubert Horatio Humphrey (1911-1978) American politician
Speech, Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia (14 Jul 1948)

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