Affirmative Quotes

Affirmative Quotes by Jeb Bush, Helen Zille, Adam Cohen, Ben Lerner, Ron Paul, Andy Borowitz and many others.

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I ended Affirmative Action by executive order and replaced it with a leadership model that created more opportunities for African-American and Hispanic students.
Jeb Bush
Perhaps because the challenges we face in our country are so daunting, we are also tempted by shortcuts. We tell ourselves that if we invent a new acronym, or write a new empowerment charter, we can avoid some of the back-breaking work that sustained progress requires
Helen Zille
A Reagan appointee, Justice Kennedy is no liberal, as he has shown on issues from affirmative action to corporate campaign spending. But he has repeatedly sided with gay litigants before the court.
Adam Cohen
I have no interest in artists who are purely affirmative, who’ve made a commercialized fetish of the culture’s stupidity.
Ben Lerner
All rights are individual. We do not get our rights because we belong to a group. Whether it’s homosexuals, women, minorities, it leads us astray. You don’t get your rights belonging to your group. A group can’t force themselves on anybody else. So there should be no affirmative action for any group.
Ron Paul
Didn’t we settle contraception & affirmative action? If the GOP keep going backwards they’ll soon be debating slavery.
Andy Borowitz
I regard affirmative action as pernicious – a system that had wonderful ideals when it started but was almost immediately abused for the benefit of white middle-class women.
Camille Paglia
You take a poor black child. Give him a good education, tell him he’s somebody, that God didn’t create junk when he created him, and that black child will create his own affirmative action.
J. C. Watts
Affirmative action was always racial justice on the cheap.
Joe Klein
When I call myself an affirmative action baby, I’m talking about the essence of what affirmative action was when it started.
Sonia Sotomayor
I nearly always find, when I ask a vegetarian if he is a socialist, or a socialist if he is a vegetarian, that the answer is in the affirmative.
Katharine Fullerton Gerould
The question of whether there exists a Creator and Ruler of the Universe has been answered in the affirmative by some of the highest intellects that have ever existed.
Charles Darwin
The most wonderful inspirational chemistry we can use on another is the gift of our love and acceptance. Devoted and unquestioned love has a magic creative power.
Wilferd Peterson
Blacks who have not succumbed to the victim culture have been, are, and will be doing quite well – all on their own, without handouts, affirmative action, and other patronizing measures.
Tammy Bruce
And affirmative action is a very nice term for racial discrimination against better-qualified white people in jobs, employment, promotions and scholarships, and college admittance.
David Duke
Affirmative action makes employers think, ‘Black woman nuclear physicist? Hah! Probably let her into Harvard ’cause they were looking for a twofer. Bet she got C’s in high school practical math. Give her a job in personnel.’
P. J. O’Rourke
Affirmative action was never meant to be permanent, and now is truly the time to move on to some other approach.
Susan Estrich
You can’t be a minority in this society without having someone express disapproval about affirmative action.
Sonia Sotomayor
The question whether our conscious personality survives after death has been answered by almost all races of men in the affirmative.
James G. Frazer
To be sure Plato did not favor ‘affirmative action’ to fill political and military offices in his own society; nor did he enroll women in his school.
Martha Nussbaum
Perhaps McCain has opposed affirmative action for so long that he doesn’t know it’s about inviting more people to meet standards, not lowering them.
Gloria Steinem
It scares me to death if Affirmative Action goes away.
Judith Love Cohen
My views on everything from welfare to a balanced budget to affirmative action can be traced to what Buddy and Helen Watts taught me as a young boy growing up poor but proud in Eufaula.
J. C. Watts
Due to affirmative action, about half of the black law students fall to the bottom 10% percent of the class and they are 2.5 times more likely than whites not to graduate college. Blacks are four times less likely to pass the bar exam on the first attempt.
Peter Kirsanow
I think sometimes in life we want to ignore the problems of society and just think about the good. I believe in positive thinking and affirmative living, I also think it’s really important to remember all of our disenfranchised members of society.
Kerry Washington
[A]ffirmative action in the United States has made blacks. . .who have largely lifted themselves out of poverty, look like people who owe their rise to affirmative action and other government programs.
Thomas Sowell
Art is a well-articulated manifestation of an aspect of life. I have been privileged to view much of life through my cameras, making the journey an enlightened experience. My emphasis has mainly been on affirmative reactions to human behavior and a strong attraction to the beauty in nature.
Dennis Stock
Quality of life is the sum total of the fairness of our tax structure; the caliber of our homes; the cleanliness of our air and water; and the provision of affirmative assistance to those who cannot assist themselves. True quality is absent if we allow social suffering to abide in an otherwise pristine environment.
Tom McCall
White… is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black… God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Republicans can be a funny bunch. They’re against affirmative action, but they always seem to be able to find people of color to fill a slot just when they’re most needed.
John Ridley
Jesus was a lover of life, a very affirmative person, but Christianity is life-negative.
Rajneesh
Diversity for diversity’s sake is nothing more than affirmative action and can make no claim to being part of America’s greatness.
Rush Limbaugh
I have some good friends of my own who happen to be gay, and when it comes to gay, straight, or whatever, I’m for anything life-affirmative. I’m for gay power, straight power, male power, female power; everybody should feel empowered without oppressing anyone who’s different.
Matthew McConaughey
When I ran I was a first candidate to talk about how immigration was going be so damaging to the American people. When I first ran I talked about affirmative-action.
David Duke
I have been a long and strong supporter of civil rights in my whole career. I led the fight to get the voting rights act re-enacted. I have been a strong supporter of affirmative action. I believe in it strongly.
Dick Gephardt
Blacks who have not succumbed to the victim culture have been, are and will be doing quite well – all on their own, without handouts, affirmative action and other patronizing measures
Tammy Bruce
I think it’s worth putting energy into affirmative action in terms of having diversity in positions of power because the door was shut for so long.
Maggie Gyllenhaal
I don’t know how one would define an affirmative-action hire. I ultimately do not know what role race played in my hiring.
Jayson Blair
Well, certainly one of the ironies of the success of affirmative action is that the middle class within the black community no longer lives within ‘black community’ by and large.
Henry Louis Gates
Affirmative action is not going to be the long-term solution to the problems of race in America, because, frankly, if you’ve got 50 percent of African-American or Latino kids dropping out of high school, it doesn’t really matter what you do in terms of affirmative action. Those kids aren’t going to college.
Barack Obama
Affirmative precepts are distinguished from negative whenever one is not comprised in the other; thus, that of honoring parents does not comprise that of not killing, and vice versa.
Thomas Aquinas
Until affirmative action is described and understood as one mechanism by which to make amends for historical wrongdoing against members of marginalized communities, it will fail to meaningfully address the inequality that exists as a direct result of federal policy.
Clint Smith
Preferential affirmative action patronizes American blacks, women, and others by presuming that they cannot succeed on their own. Preferential affirmative action does not advance civil rights in this country.
Alan Keyes
I was critical of race-based affirmative action early on in my career and I’ve changed my mind. And I’ve publicly acknowledged that I was wrong.
Alan Dershowitz
[On affirmative action:] Universities give a boost in admissions for other factors besides race, factors that bring no social benefit, such as athletic ability, celebrity of parents, and alumni connections. It is remarkable how little agitation there is against those practices.
Barbara Bergmann
It’s not a matter of just what we don’t like and who we are most afraid of. We need an affirmative agenda if we’re going to move forward as a democracy.
Jill Stein
The sprinkling of people of color through elite institutions in the United States, due to affirmative action policies and the limited progress of middle-class and upper-middle-class African Americans, creates the illusion of great progress.
Michelle Alexander
The problem is not just affirmative action, though. The problem is poor people, working people and their children, and affirmative action for the most part doesn’t even apply to them.
Cornel West
We hold that an employer is vicariously liable for actionable discrimination caused by a supervisor, but subject to an affirmative defense looking to the reasonableness of the employer’s conduct as well as that of a plaintiff victim.
David Souter
In the end, arguing about affirmative action in selective colleges is like arguing about the size of a spigot while ignoring the pool and the pipeline that feed it. Slots at Duke and Princeton and Cal are finite.
Eric Liu
The call of death is a call of love. Death can be sweet if we answer it in the affirmative, if we accept it as one of the great eternal forms of life and transformation.
Hermann Hesse
In the final analysis courage is nothing but an affirmative answer to the shocks of existence, to the shocks which it is necessary to bear for the sake of realizing one’s own nature.
Kurt Goldstein
Workers, black and white, need some kind of international affirmative action to protect them from unfair competition with unorganized or slave labor abroad and unfair competition with robots at home.
Jesse Jackson
There’s been the same kind of demonizing of the word ‘feminism’ as words like ‘liberal,’ ‘affirmative action,’ and so on.
Gloria Steinem
There is strong mentoring of women in the academy. Corporations appear more willing to resist affirmative action to advance women, and boards and shareholders are more tolerant of this approach.
Ruth J. Simmons
Just your laughter will be enough to prevent the war. Your celebration, your dance, will be enough to prevent the war. Your ecstasy, your meditation, will create a tremendous force which will be far higher because it is life-affirmative.
Rajneesh
If affirmative action means what I just described, what I’m for, then I’m for it.
George W. Bush
Through the art of affirmative prayer the limitless resources of the Spirit are at my command. The power of the Infinite is at my disposal.
Ernest Holmes
Affirmative action is a little like the professional football draft. The NFL awards its No. 1 draft choices to the lowest-ranked team in the league. It doesn’t do this out of compassion or guilt. It’s done for mutual survival. They understand that a league can only be as strong as its weakest team.
J. C. Watts
When we pull back the curtain and take a look at what our ‘colorblind’ society creates without affirmative action, we see a familiar social, political, and economic structure – the structure of racial caste. The entrance into this new caste system can be found at the prison gate.
Michelle Alexander
I want to make one thing clear: I’m pro-choice, I’m pro-affirmative action, I’m pro- environment, pro-health care, and pro-labor. And if that ain’t a Democrat, then I must be at the wrong meeting.
Wesley Clark
What if two negatives make an affirmative …does it follow that two nobodies shall be some body?
Samuel Laman Blanchard
Affirmative action is an effort to include every aspect of society in the decision making.
Andrew Young
We have to think about affirmative action and craft it in such a way where some of our children, who are advantaged, aren’t getting more favorable treatment than a poor white kid who struggled more.
Barack Obama
I don’t know what this definition of affirmative action is for some.
Chaka Fattah
Jews have been harmed by the threats to freedom of opinion and debate, the punishments for candor, and the decline in rigorous standards in the academy that have accompanied progressive hegemony, which insists upon the sacrosanct status of affirmative action and other policies favored by the left.
Amy Wax
Today’s announcement projects a picture of profound weakness in U.S. diplomacy. It should not have been a heavy lift for our diplomats in New York and in foreign capitals to recruit the necessary 96 affirmative votes to seat the United States in the new council.
Tom Lantos
In those days [1955], affirmative action was for whites only. I might still be working for the grocery store in the small Texas town where I grew up were it not for affirmative action for Southern white boys.
Bill Moyers
I think that affirmative action programs can be very important.
Janet Reno
The Australian way of affirmative action is setting goals and recognising discrimination and lack of opportunity and deciding to take action and setting some goals and targets. I guess I prefer that language to talking about quotas.
Quentin Bryce
So many of our conversations (about affirmative action) have been dishonest
Clarence Thomas
I’m not one that believes that affirmative action should be based on one’s skin color or one’s gender, I think it should be done based on one’s need, because I think if you are from a poor white community, I think that poor white kid needs a scholarship just as badly as a poor black kid.
J. C. Watts
Affirmative action was designed to keep women and minorities in competition with each other to distract us while white dudes inject AIDS into our chicken nuggets.
Tracy Morgan
White men in Europe and the US are the beneficiaries of the single greatest affirmative action program in the history of the world; it is called the history of the world.
Michael Kimmel
Fundamentally, if the league is going to have a no-tolerance policy for domestic abuse, if we’re going to be a global organization that’s going to have this as a perspective, we’ve got to back it up. We can’t be backed into it with a video with more coming out. We have to make an affirmative stand on it.
Steve Young
The affirmative of affirmatives… is love.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
That is one of the reasons I oppose this whole Affirmative Action business. We are not supposed to be judged based on what our ancestors did or suffered. We are supposed to be judged as individuals, based on what we are able to achieve.
Alan Keyes
For a long time, the Court has moved toward outlawing all forms of racial preference, including affirmative action, and Obama seems accepting, even supportive, of the change.
Jeffrey Toobin
Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and chance the future.
Saul Alinsky
The affirmative class monopolize the homage of mankind. They originate and execute all the great feats. What a force was coiled upin the skull of Napoleon!
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Along with my spiritual practices of meditation, affirmative prayer, and visioning, what catalyzes my sense of aliveness is putting those practices into action by being of service to others.
Michael Beckwith
I was painting her portrait in the little studio, and when I came to the eyes I stopped, overcome by emotion, and said to her, ‘Have you understood me?’ She nodded affirmatively. ‘Will you be my wife?’ I asked. She made the same affirmative sign.
Jules Breton
Affirmative action works but we’re going to need to muster all our political resources if we are to keep it in place.
Harold Washington
I champion sensibly designed racial affirmative action, not because I have benefited from it personally – though I have. I support it because, on balance, it is conducive to the public good.
Randall Kennedy
You have to give access to people with disabilities but there is no requirement to hire them. What I mean by affirmative obligation is that producers must take the necessary steps to include opportunities for people with disabilities and a vast majority of them do.
Richard Masur
Some kind of affirmative action is important in a democracy and for economic competitiveness and national security. The Army was the first to realize that you had to have desegregation of a military to have it working properly.
Andrew Young
To abandon affirmative action is to say there is nothing more to be done about discrimination.
Coretta Scott King
I am a product of affirmative action. I am the perfect affirmative action baby. I am Puerto Rican, born and raised in the south Bronx. My test scores were not comparable to my colleagues at Princeton and Yale. Not so far off so that I wasn’t able to succeed at those institutions.
Sonia Sotomayor
When Congress exercises the powers delegated to it by the Constitution, it may impose affirmative obligations on executive and judicial officers of state and local governments as well as ordinary citizens.
David Souter
What is Kanye West’s message? Like most rap, “I am the greatest person ever and you’re not.” I used to call it affirmative action for the ego.
Bill Maher
We expect that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest approved today.
Sandra Day O’Connor
Black America surely faces an existential crisis, but not the one imagined in the condescending news media – of somehow getting non-black America to be more just and generous. The truth is, we’ve already been through that, and there is nothing left to do. We’re out of ‘affirmative actions’ of all kinds.
James Howard Kunstler
The worst thing about affirmative action is that it encourages reverse discrimination, so-called because it goes in the opposite way of how we naturally discriminate.
Stephen Colbert
It’s Nixon who created the Environmental Protection Agency. Clean Air and Water Acts. Endangered Species Act. Promoted affirmative action. One could go on and on with Nixon as a New Deal liberal on domestic policy and a hawk, but one with great geo-political skills.
Douglas Brinkley
I have supported affirmative action, I do support affirmative action and I will support affirmative action.
Joe Lieberman
No negative, all positive, affirmative. I am, God is, everything is in me. I will manifest health, purity, knowledge, whatever I want.
Swami Vivekananda
Affirmative action is the most important antidiscrimination technique ever instituted in the United States. It is the one tool that has had a demonstrable effect on discrimination… Affirmative action, by all statistical measures, has been the central ingredient to the creation of the black middle class.
Eleanor Holmes Norton
You got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, and latch on to the affirmative. Don’t mess with Mr. In Between.
Ann M. Martin
When population shifts – brought about by fair housing laws, affirmative action and landmark school desegregation rulings – political power is challenged as well.
Gwen Ifill
I believe that a person should take an affirmative outlook. There are always problems in life, old and new, uncertainties, and unexpected contingencies. The optimal way to deal with this is not to give up in despair, but to move ahead using the best intelligence and resources that we have to overcome adversity.
Paul Kurtz
It is important to understand that the system of advantage is perpetuated when we do not acknowledge its existence.
Beverly Daniel Tatum
White men in North America are the beneficiaries of the single biggest affirmative action program in world history. It’s called world history.
Michael Kimmel
There’s a gap in perceptions between women and men. Women feel much freer than they did, but still, when alcohol is involved, especially, there’s a lot of sexual assault, and a lot of confusion about that. So, we need to focus a lot more on what consent is and on the importance of affirmative consent.
Martha C. Nussbaum
The third fallacy is that affirmative action doesn’t work.
Harold Washington
I read American sagas (of the west) and I do not see people who went in search of material things. I see people who wrote down that what they sought was an escape from an old world which dictated their conscience and established their merit based on who their parents.
Alan Keyes
You got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positiveE-lim-i-nate the negativeAnd latch on to the affirmative.Don’t mess with mister inbetween.
Johnny Mercer