The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box.
As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it — whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.
— Why do you let those boys push you around like that for?
— They're bigger than me.
— Stand tall. Have some respect for yourself. If you let people walk over you now, they'll walk over you the rest of your life. Look at me. You think I'll spend my life in this slop house?
— Watch it, Goldie.
— No, sir! I'll do something. I'll go to night school. One day, I'm going to be somebody.
— That's right. He's going to be mayor.
— Yeah, I'm... Mayor! Now that's a good idea! I could run for mayor.
— A colored mayor. That'll be the day.
— Wait and see. I will be mayor. I'll be the most powerful man in Hill Valley and I'm going to clean up this town.
— Good. You can start by sweeping the floor.
I will say, then, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races; that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say, in addition to this, that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And in as much as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.
In 1996, in a state referendum, Californians voted 55% to embed a colorblind amendment in their state constitution:
«The State shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.»
The Democratic legislature, however, wants to be rid of this amendment as it outlaws the kind of racial and ethnic discrimination in which Sacramento wishes to engage.
If this passes...<...> — there will be racial and ethnic discrimination, as in the days of segregation. Only the color of the beneficiaries and the color of the victims will be reversed. And that is the meaning of the BLM revolution, which might be encapsulated: «It’s our turn now!»