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View Diary: LBJ on Memorial Day, 50 years ago (20 comments)

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  •  hubert humphrey (11+ / 0-)

    at the 1948 convention:

    Friends, delegates, I do not believe that there can be any compromise on the guarantees of the civil rights which we have mentioned in the minority report. In spite of my desire for unanimous agreement on the entire platform, in spite of my desire to see everybody here in honest and unanimous agreement, there are some matters which I think must be stated clearly and without qualification. There can be no hedging -- the newspaper headlines are wrong. There will be no hedging, and there will be no watering down -- if you please -- of the instruments and the principles of the civil-rights program.

    My friends, 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. People -- human beings -- this is the issue of the 20th century.

    which, of course, caused strom thurmond and the southern delegations to walk out, and form the dixiecrat party. and humphrey then was but a mayor running for the senate, and would end up as lbj's vice president, seventeen years later.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sat May 25, 2013 at 09:37:38 PM PDT

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