Deval Patrick on Civil Rights
Democratic Governor (MA) and presidential contender
PATRICK: I got thinking about it most especially after Charlottesville. I was worried about this president from the beginning. Disappointed. And I kept thinking that the gravity of the office would somehow settle on him. It seems kind of quaint to say that now, doesn't it? And then Charlottesville happened, and I thought, "we are in deep trouble. He is bringing out so much of the worst of us." We had a rollout plan in November of '18. And 2 or 3 weeks before, my wife, Diane, was diagnosed with uterine cancer.
Explanation from Wikipedia: The Unite the Right rally was a white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally that was conducted in Charlottesville VA, from August 11 to 12, 2017. On Aug. 12, a car was deliberately driven into a crowd of people who had been peacefully protesting the Unite the Right rally, killing one and injuring 28. The driver of the car had driven from Ohio to attend the rally.
While the former governor has been out of office for more than three years, he was one of a handful of surrogate campaigners for Democrat Doug Jones against Republican Roy Moore in the December Alabama Senate special election.
Patrick sat for an interview in May where he discussed his 2006 gubernatorial bid, his time campaigning in Alabama and the need for the Democratic Party to open up to outsiders. "It was so much fun. I was in places I had spent time in before, in Selma and Birmingham . going back to my days litigating Jeff Sessions way back when. Yes indeed," he said.
Once a cruiser pulled up behind another student and me when we were strolling on Randolph Avenue and put on his blue lights. I took unnatural pride in displaying my card, showing I was in fact a resident. After many months of this ritual, however, my pride turned to resentment at having to show identification at all. A young, gruff officer with sunglasses swaggered over to us, asking what business we had in the neighborhood. "We're just walking up to the Curtiss Compact," I said. When he asked for identification,
That was all she or we needed right then. The time for the endless questions would come in due course.
’’I am not going to pander to anybody for anything,“ Patrick said. ‘’I respect differences of opinion, but I have a point of view which I think is right on the law and right as a matter of fundamental fairness.“
Ultimately, said Melvin B. Miller, publisher and editor of the Bay State Banner, a newspaper serving the black community, many people will decide that it’s foolish not to support Patrick because of gay marriage. ‘’I mean, we’re not going to support a candidate of those qualifications? That’s not good enough?” said Miller, himself an opponent of same-sex marriage. ‘’That’s ridiculous.“
A: As in any program with good intentions, particular means of using affirmative action principles are subverted, and are not functioning very well. And so we ended [such] programs. But we do believe that affirmative action can be done a right way; that on the whole it has been done the right way.
Q: You said that you think it’s still necessary. I assume that’s because we don’t have a colorblind society.
A: I think it is a complete ruse to suggest that declaring ourselves colorblind in law is going to cause us to be colorblind in fact. I think that there will come a day as long as we remind ourselves of fundamental American values, of equality, opportunity and fair play, when we will set aside the kind of negative attention that the differences in this country sometimes--sometimes bring. But we are not there yet.
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Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
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