The state is currently spending five times more for the education for a white child than it is fitting to educate a colored child.
That means better textbooks for that child than for that child.
I say that's a shame, but my opponent says today is not the day for whites and coloreds to go to the same college. To share the same campus. To walk into the same classroom.
Well, would you kindly tell me when that day is gonna come? Is it going to come tomorrow? Is it going to come next week? In a hundred years? Never? No, the time for justice, the time for freedom, and the time for equality is always, is always right now!
In Texas, they lynch Negroes. My teammates and I saw a man strung up by his neck and set on fire. We drove through a lynch mob, pressed our facesagainst the floorboard. I looked at my teammates. I saw the fear in their eyes,and worse, the shame. What was this Negro's crime that he should be hung,without trial, in a dark forest filled with fog? Was he a thief? Was he a killer?Or just a Negro? Was he a sharecropper? A preacher? Were his childrenwaiting up for him? And who are we to just lie there and do nothing? No matterwhat he did, the mob was the criminal. But the law did nothing, just left uswondering why.My opponent says nothing that erodes the rule of law can be moral.But there is no rule of law in the Jim Crow South, not when Negroes are deniedhousing, turned away from schools, hospitals, and not when we are lynched.St. Augustine said, "An unjust law is no law at all," which means I have a right,even a duty, to resist. With violence or civil disobedience?You should pray I choose the latter.