"If [anyone] can find in Title VII ... any language which provides that an employer will have to hire on the basis of percentage or quota related to color, race, religion, or national origin, I will start eating the pages one after another, because it is not in there."
Hubert H. Humphrey
(1911-1978) US Vice-President, US Senator (D-MN)
during the debates over the Civil Rights Act of 1964
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What a liar. He and LBJ pushed affirmative action as far as it could go.
 -- Cal, Lewisville, TX     
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    Cal, true, but the quote is accurate.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    jim k, If the quote is accurate, then why the hubbub about quotas and affirmative action? Or is all this voluntary and we are led to believe it is law? I run a business, and I am paid to deliver, it does not matter the ethnicity of the service providers, but somehow some believe that because they have brown skin or are gender-benders that they should get preferential treatment -- and cite federal laws to get it.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    In South Africa, Broad based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) is the order of the day. We are now 20 years post apartheid.
    White males are placed lowest on the scale for University, sport and employment etc.
     -- Martin Foster, Pretoria     
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