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Constance Baker Motley Quotes


40 Constance Baker Motley quotes:



"I soon found law school an unmitigated bore."
"I was born and raised in the oldest settled part of the nation and in an environment in which racism was officially mooted."
"In my view, I did not get to the federal bench because I was a woman."
"Living at the YMCA in Harlem dramatically broadened my view of the world."
"My father kept his distance from working-class American blacks."
"The black population now consists of two distinct classes-the middle class and the poor."
"Columbia Law School men were being drafted, and suddenly women who had done well in college were considered acceptable candidates for the vacant seats."
"How long must the American community afford special treatment to blacks?"
"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."
"The fact is that racism, despite all the doomsayers, has diminished."
"All Southern state colleges and universities are open to black students."
"By 1962, King had become, by the media's reckoning, the new civil rights leader."
"The Constitution, as originally drawn, made no reference to the fact that all Americans wre considered equal members of society."
"The middle class, in the white population, encompasses a wide swath."
"The women's rights movement of the 1970s had not yet emerged; except for Bella Abzug, I had no women supporters."
"We Americans entered a new phase in our history - the era of integration - in 1954."
"We knew then what we know now; only exemplary blacks are acceptable."
"When I was 15, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer. No one thought this was a good idea."
"Affirmitive action is extremely complex because it appears in many different forms."
"Doing away with separate black colleges meets resistance from alumni and other blacks."



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