“I am one of those individuals who walked in through back doors because the law said I had to. I'm one of those individuals who rode on the back of the bus, on the back seats that were not cushioned, because the law said I had to. I went to the water and drank 'colored water' because the law said I had to. I went to a school where everybody looked like me and everybody was divided and segregated because the law said that I had to.
So all of these things that we continue to refer to are the things that me and my generation lived. We saw it for ourselves. We're not reading it in the history books – but we lived it.
All we do in America right now is talk about color. Every issue is about race – is about color. Instead of sitting down at the table like men and women of common sense and common justice, and understanding that our enemies are looking with a greedy vigilance upon us as we tear ourselves apart eternally.”