Thurgood Marshall Quotes.
Lawlessness is lawlessness. Anarchy is anarchy is anarchy. Neither race nor color nor frustration is an excuse for either lawlessness or anarchy.
Today’s Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness that I and other Blacks cherish.
Do what you think is right and let the law catch up.
To protest against injustice is the foundation of all our American democracy.
The measure of a country’s greatness is its ability to retain compassion in time of crisis.
Sometimes history takes things into its own hands.
The process of democracy is one of change. Our laws are not frozen into immutable form, they are constantly in the process of revision in response to the needs of a changing society.
To the contrary, the government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war and momentous social transformation to attain the system of constitutional government, and its respect for the individual freedoms and human rights, we hold as fundamental today.
Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.
It is important that the strongest pressures against the continuation of segregation, North or South, be continually and constantly manifested. Probably, as much as anything else, this is the key in the elimination of discrimination in the United States.
The United States has been called the melting pot of the world. But it seems to me that the colored man either missed getting into the pot or he got melted down.
Surely the fact that a uniformed police officer is wearing his hair below his collar will make him no less identifiable as a policeman.
My father had a flat rule. He believed that every man’s house was his castle. He had a flat rule: no man could come in his house without his permission.
Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men’s minds.
Mere access to the courthouse doors does not by itself assure a proper functioning of the adversary process.
The Ku Klux Klan never dies. They just stop wearing sheets because sheets cost too much.
Deciding not to decide is, of course, among the most important things done by the Supreme Court. It takes a lot of doing, but it can be done.