Hubert H. Humphrey
Democratic National Convention Address
feel I must rise at this time to support a report -- the minority report
-- a report that spells out our democracy, a report that the people of
this country can and will understand, and a report that they will
enthusiastically acclaim on the great issue of civil rights."
"This proposal is made for
no single region. Our proposal is made for no single class, for no
single racial or religious group in mind. All of the regions of this
country, all of the states have shared in our precious heritage of
American freedom. All the states and all the regions have seen at least
some of the infringements of that freedom."
"Every citizen in this
country has a stake in the emergence of the United States as a leader in
the free world. That world is being challenged by the world of slavery.
For us to play our part effectively, we must be in a morally sound
"There’s no room for
double standards in American politics -- for measuring our own and other
people’s policies. Our demands for democratic practices in other lands
will be no more effective than the guarantee of those practices in our
"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 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."
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