Equal Rights Quotes

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Dr. Seuss
“I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights.”
Dr. Seuss, Yertle the Turtle and Gertrude McFuzz

Audre Lorde
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”
audre lorde

Robert G. Ingersoll
“This is my doctrine: Give every other human being every right you claim for yourself.”
Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty Of Man, Woman And Child

George Clooney
“At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won't be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.”
George Clooney

Kent Marrero
“So, let me get this straight-- You want me to stop being a lesbian and being attracted to women because it is a 'sin'? Last time I checked, when you lie you are sinning. Sure, I could tell you I am no longer a lesbian or that I am no longer attracted to women and am straight, or I could even tell you the moon is made of cheese. I could tell you many things, but the moon will still not be made of cheese, and I will still not be attracted to men. I could tell you a lie in order to placate you, but isn’t the truth supposed to set me free? I choose truth over lies any day of the week. ”
Cristina Marrero

“The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.”

Mary Griffith
“Before you echo 'Amen' in your home or place of worship, think and remember...a child is listening.”
Mary Griffith

Ron Paul
“You have to remember, rights don't come in groups we shouldn't have 'gay rights'; rights come as individuals, and we wouldn't have this major debate going on. It would be behavior that would count, not what person belongs to what group.”
Ron Paul

Cassandra Duffy
“The beauty of standing up for your rights is others will see you standing and stand up as well.”
Cassandra Duffy

Philippa Gregory
“Tell my daughter Elizabeth -- no! Tell all my daughters, everywhere, in all the ages yet to come. Tell them how I died, and why. And tell them to remember this: the future is unwritten. Know your rights.”
Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl

Theodore Roosevelt
“No man is above the law, and no man is below it.”
Theodore Roosevelt

Dustin Lance Black
“When I was 13 years old, my beautiful mother and my father moved me from a conservative Mormon home in San Antonio, Texas, to California, and I heard the story of Harvey Milk. And it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life; it gave me the hope that one day I could live my life openly as who I am and that maybe even I could fall in love and one day get married. Most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he'd want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told they are less than by their churches, or by the government, or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value. And that no matter what everyone tells you, God does love you, and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights federally across this great nation of ours.”
Dustin Lance Black

James Howe
“[Button] If Gay and Lesbian people are given civil rights, soon everyone will want them”
James Howe, Totally Joe

“We cannot keep turning our backs on gay and lesbian Americans. I have fought too hard and too long against discrimination based on race and color not to stand up against discrimination based on sexual orientation.”
John Lewis

“When we exclude half of humanity from the production of knowledge we lose out on potentially transformative insights.”
Caroline Criado Pérez, Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Kent Marrero
“Sure, I could tell you I am no longer a lesbian or that I am no longer attracted to women and am straight, or I could even tell you the moon is made of cheese. I could tell you many things, but the moon will still not be made of cheese, and I will still not be attracted to men.”
Cristina Marrero

Walt Whitman
Of equality- as if it harm'd me,
giving others the same chances
and rights as myself-
as if it were not indispensable
to my own rights
that others possess the same.”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Hannah Arendt
“Equality of condition, though it is certainly a basic requirement for justice, is nevertheless among the greatest and most uncertain ventures of modern mankind. The more equal conditions are, the less explanation there is for the differences that actually exist between people; and thus all the more unequal do individuals and groups become. This perplexing consequence came fully to light as soon as equality was no longer seen in terms of an omnipotent being like God or an unavoidable common destiny like death. Whenever equality becomes a mundane fact in itself, without any gauge by which it may be measured or explained, then there is one chance in a hundred that it will be recognized simply as a working principle of a political organization in which otherwise unequal people have equal rights; there are ninety-nine chances that it will be mistaken for an innate quality of every individual, who is “normal” if he is like everybody else and “abnormal” if he happens to be different. This perversion of equality from a political into a social concept is all the more dangerous when a society leaves but little space for special groups and individuals, for then their differences become all the more conspicuous.”
Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

Paul Robeson
“This is the basis, and I am not being tried for whether I am a Communist, I am being tried for fighting for the right of my people, who are still second-class citizens in this United States of America”
Paul Robeson

John             Lewis
“We are involved now in a serious revolution. This nation is still a place of cheap political leaders who build their careers on immoral compromises and ally themselves with open forms of political, economic and social exploitation. What political leader here can stand up and say, "My party is the party of principles?”
John Lewis, March: Book Two

Thomas Jefferson
“I have received the favor of your letter of August 17th, and with it the volume you were so kind as to send me on the Literature of Negroes. Be assured that no person living wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a complete refutation of the doubts I have myself entertained and expressed on the grade of understanding allotted to them by nature, and to find that in this respect they are on a par with ourselves. My doubts were the result of personal observation on the limited sphere of my own State, where the opportunities for the development of their genius were not favorable, and those of exercising it still less so. I expressed them therefore with great hesitation; but whatever be their degree of talent it is no measure of their rights. Because Sir Isaac Newton was superior to others in understanding, he was not therefore lord of the person or property of others. On this subject they are gaining daily in the opinions of nations, and hopeful advances are making towards their reestablishment on an equal footing with the other colors of the human family.”
Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

JoeAnn Hart
“When the owner fired me, he said he was sorry, since he admired what I was trying to do. Really? What was it, exactly, that I was trying to do? Oh right. Something about equality.”
JoeAnn Hart, Stamford '76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s

Political correctness' as 'over-sensitivity' is code for saying the privileged shouldn't have their unearned privileges
“Political correctness' as 'over-sensitivity' is code for saying the privileged shouldn't have their unearned privileges questioned.”
DaShanne Stokes

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Some people ask, 'Why the word feminist?Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?' Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general - but to choose to use the vague expression of human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women. That the problem was not about being human, but specifically about being a female human. For centuries, the world divided human beings into two groups and then proceeded to exclude and oppress one group. It is only fair that the solution to the problem should acknowledge that.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

Sarah McBride
“But nothing inspired me more than the fights for equal rights at the center of our history. Each generation, it became clear, was defined by whether they expanded equality, welcoming and including people who had once been excluded or rejected.”
Sarah McBride, Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality

Naomi Klein
“In the rocky future we have already made inevitable, an unshakeable belief in the equal rights of all people and a capacity for deep empathy will be the only things standing between humanity and barbarism.”
Naomi Klein, On Fire: The Case for the Green New Deal

“People who claim to be something they are not, or who claim to be something they don't understand, are dangerous to everyone and to themselves. They always spread hate, division and separation. They are power hungry.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

“Most of self claimed activists . Are preaching sexism not equality. They want other people to be oppressed, not liberation of those whom they represent.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

Steve Maraboli
“What an interesting species we are …We walked the moon, explore distant planets, cure diseases, sequence DNA, decode the workings of the brain, create instant global communications… but also need to have Supreme Court cases to decide whether some people should have the same rights as others.”
Steve Maraboli

“Fighting people who wronged you . Doesn't make you an activist, But fighting for what is right does.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

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