Top Quotes from Eleanor Holmes Norton

By | February 6, 2016

I am not among those who engage in nostalgia, because I think that locks you into a moment in time without thinking about where you are, what needs to be done now.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

There is no reason to repeat bad history.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

There are not many males, black or white, who wish to get involved with a woman who’s committed to her own development.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

I went to Dunbar High School, recognized as the best high school of the segregated era. The education enabled students from Dunbar to attend the best colleges and universities in the country.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

On the road to equality there is no better place for blacks to detour around American values than in forgoing its example in the treatment of its women and the organization of its family.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Men without jobs do not form families.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

With children no longer the universally accepted reason for marriage, marriages are going to have to exist on their own merits.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

If diversity is what is a central value in every selective university in the United States, then it ought to be seen as a compelling interest by the Supreme Court.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

That line, about half of somebody’s supporters being deplorables, was maybe the worst line I’ve ever heard in politics. You never – even when you’re running against a bunch of racists, you never take off against the voters. It was a politics 101 foible.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

The broad brush of stereotyping is what least appeals to people of color.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

My generation took on political equality. I believe young people, who have graduated into a poor economy, have an incentive to take on much tougher issues of income equality. If they show the leadership they have demonstrated in the last few elections, they can bring changes even greater than my generation achieved.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

I agree that income disparity is the great issue of our time. It is even broader and more difficult than the civil rights issues of the 1960s. The ’99 percent’ is not just a slogan. The disparity in income has left the middle class with lowered, not rising, income, and the poor unable to reach the middle class.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

As commissioner, I will attempt to see that no man is judged by the irrational criteria of race, religion, or national origin. And I assure you, I use the word ‘man’ in the generic sense, for I mean to see that the principle of nondiscrimination becomes a reality for women as well.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

I don’t for a moment believe that women have suffered the same kind of injustices that blacks have – women have never been enslaved. But still, many of the psychological and economic problems are the same.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

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

I am proud to be an American, proud to represent 600,000 Americans, and proud to be in the only party pledged to make the District of Columbia the 51st state.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

We understand that in an open and democratic and free society, you cannot make yourself impenetrable, especially when there are more guns than there are people in the United States today.

Eleanor Holmes Norton

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