"It is good to be back in
Georgia. It's good to be back in my home state. I...have looked forward for a
"My grandfather made it very clear
that a man did not keep his good name merely by not breaking the criminal
law...Not only were we not to do bad things or engage in mischief, we were not
to associate with those who did, because as my grandparents would say, 'They
were up to no good.'"
"Regardless of how we were treated
by others, we were expected to rise above our circumstances rather than becoming
consumed by them or by the natural reactions that stirred within us all."
"Certainly, much has changed since those days.
Most significantly, no longer is there government sponsored segregation. While
discrimination, no doubt, still hovers about, its face does not resemble that of
my youth. The mere fact that I'm here today, a Justice on the Supreme Court of
the United States, is some indication of just how far we've come and just how
much things have changed."
"But sadly, although much has changed, much has
not. Many of the old problems have resurfaced elsewhere in our society under
rubrics -- under different rubrics and with different justifications. When I
left Georgia over 25 years ago, the familiar sources of unkind treatment and
incivility were just bigots."
"Today, ironically, a new brand of stereotypes and
ad hominem assaults are surfacing across the
nation's college campuses, in the national media, in Hollywood, and among the
involuntarily ordained cultural elite. And who are the targets? Those who dare
to question current social and cultural gimmicks; those who insist that we embrace the
values that have worked and reject those that have failed us; those who dare to
disagree with the latest ideological fad."
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