American Rhetoric: Movie Speech
President Johnson Relates a Story About Racism and the Civil Rights Bill
President Johnson: About a year ago my private cook, Mrs. Wright, who you know, was driving from here down to the ranch in Texas, so I asked her if she would mind bringing my dog, little beagle Johnson, with her, in order that he could be there when I got home.
Mrs. Wright respectfully declined. She said, "It is hard enough for a black woman driving through the South without having a dog to worry about -- finding a place to eat, to sleep, to use the restroom."
Hundred years ago she would have been a slave.
But today...we live in a time of too much uncertainty.
Can she vote? And if she does, will she be harassed for casting that vote.
Can she travel the cities and towns of this land without fearing for her safety?
What rights that belong to the men in this room should not be afforded to her?