Joseph Lowery quotes

  • By reserving the penalty of death for black defendants, or for the poor, or for those convicted of killing white persons, we perpetrate the ugly legacy of slavery-teaching our children that some lives are inherently less precious than others.
    -- Joseph Lowery

    #Children #Teaching #White

  • I don't absolve the Democrats of their lack of commitment to deal with poverty. But nowadays we're witnessing the widening of the gap. There's something wrong when a handful of people have more than they'll ever need while millions of people have less than they always need.
    -- Joseph Lowery

    #Commitment #People #Needs

  • I'm neither Democrat nor Republican. I'm Methodist. I have grievances with both parties.
    -- Joseph Lowery

    #Party #Republican #Methodists

  • Public policy today is favoring the rich, not the poor. It's not addressing the needs of the poor.
    -- Joseph Lowery

    #Needs #Today #Rich

  • We've got nearly 50 million people in America with no health insurance. That's a weapon of mass destruction.
    -- Joseph Lowery

    #America #People #Weapons

  • We know there are no weapons of mass destruction. But there are weapons of misdirection. Millions without health insurance, poverty abounds. For war, billions more, but no more for the poor.
    -- Joseph Lowery

    #War #Weapons #Poverty

  • Rosa Parks was an unlikely person, but she became an instrument of the people's will in that community who were tired. They said she was tired from working and perhaps she was - but she herself said later that she was spiritually tired and weary of being humiliated by being asked to move back so that a white person could occupy her seat.
    -- Joseph Lowery

    #Moving #Tired #White

  • I think the Montgomery bus boycott initiated an era of self-determination.
    -- Joseph Lowery

    #Determination #Thinking #Self

  • I am in the valley of prayer on the issue of gay marriage, and I will err on the side of inclusiveness and not exclusion. I'm going to follow Jesus and say, Whosoever will, let them come. And I'm going to extend rights to all of God's children and if I am wrong, God will have to judge me.
    -- Joseph Lowery

    #Jesus #Prayer #Children

  • It's ironic that the Bible belt is the killing belt - Texas, Florida, Alabama, Virginia, and so forth, Georgia. Chief executioners.
    -- Joseph Lowery

    #Virginia #Florida #Texas

  • It's interesting to me that killing damages the image of God when it's done by a person, but it doesn't damage it when it's done by the state.
    -- Joseph Lowery

    #Interesting #Damage #Done

  • Everything has changed and nothing has changed.
    -- Joseph Lowery

    #Changed #Things Have Changed

  • If you don't know where you come from, then you want know when you'er being taken back.
    -- Joseph Lowery

    #Taken #Want #Where You Come

  • You gotsta love all God's children!
    -- Joseph Lowery

    #Children

  • I'd like a hamburger and a coke, please. / Sir, we don't serve negroes here. / Ma'am, I don't eat negroes. I'd like a hamburger and a coke.
    -- Joseph Lowery

    #Hamburgers #Coke #Please

  • We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right.
    -- Joseph Lowery

    #Men #Yellow #White

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