Had it not been for slavery, the death penalty would have likely been abolished in America. Slavery became a haven for the death penalty.
What this country needs is more unemployed politicians.
Racism is a much more clandestine, much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it's perhaps far more terrible than it's ever been.
I grew up in the southern United States in a city which at that time during the late '40's and early '50's was the most segregated city in the country, and in a sense learning how to oppose the status quo was a question of survival.
We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.
But at the same time you can't assume that making a difference 20 years ago is going to allow you to sort of live on the laurels of those victories for the rest of your life.