The Great Debaters

Denzel Washington
Excerpts from a great movie – The Great Debaters – which you must watch and re-watch if you haven’t already:

Find, take back and keep your righteous mind.

[One has a right to] Demand from society just as much as [one] gives to society.

They create desolation and call it peace. They would allow unemployed to die so that the economy can live.

I came [here] to be educated, not investigated

My politics are my business.

Negroes are not just a color in the American fabric, they are the essential thread that keeps it together.

The time for freedom, the time for equality, the time of justice is always right now!

A hungry negro steals a chicken, he goes to jail. A rich businessman steals bonds and he goes to Congress. I think that’s wrong. If that makes me a radical, a Communist, a Socialist, then so be it!

An unjust law is no law at all.

Crime itself is a form of oppression. Negroes fall victim to more violent crime than any other race in America.

The judge is God. Because he decides who wins or loses. My opponent doesn’t exist. Because he’s a mere dissenting voice to the truth I speak.

Why must a citizen surrender his conscience to legislation?

An unjust law is no law at all. I have a right, even a duty to resist, with violence or civil disobedience – you should pray I choose the latter!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Miss.Y
    Oct 18, 2013 @ 13:07:53

    amazing,profound almost futuristic!

    Reply

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