„We do not ask the passage of any law forcing us upon anybody who does not want to receive us. But we do want a law enacted that we may be recognized like other men in the country. Why is it that colored members of Congress cannot enjoy the same immunities that are accorded to white members? Why cannot we stop at hotels here without meeting objection? Why cannot we go into restaurants without being insulted? We are here enacting laws for the country and casting votes upon important questions; we have been sent here by the suffrages of the people, and why cannot we enjoy the same benefits that are accorded to our white colleagues on this floor?“

1873, Speech on Civil Rights Act (1873)

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Joseph Hayne Rainey
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„We cannot make a law, we must go according to the law. That must be our rule and direction.“

—  John Holt (Lord Chief Justice) English lawyer and Lord Chief Justice of England 1642 - 1710

Parkyns' Case (1696), 13 How. St. Tr. 72. Compare: "We cannot make laws". Reg. v. Nash (1703), 2 Raym. 990; Powell, J., Queen v. Read (1706), Fortesc. 99.

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„We deem it a settled point that the destiny of the colored man is bound up with that of the white people of this country. … We are here, and here we are likely to be.“

—  Frederick Douglass American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman 1818 - 1895

Essay in North Star (November 1858); as quoted in Faces at the Bottom of the Well : The Permanence of Racism (1992) by Derrick Bell, p. 40
1850s
Kontext: We deem it a settled point that the destiny of the colored man is bound up with that of the white people of this country. … We are here, and here we are likely to be. To imagine that we shall ever be eradicated is absurd and ridiculous. We can be remodified, changed, assimilated, but never extinguished. We repeat, therefore, that we are here; and that this is our country; and the question for the philosophers and statesmen of the land ought to be, What principles should dictate the policy of the action toward us? We shall neither die out, nor be driven out; but shall go with this people, either as a testimony against them, or as an evidence in their favor throughout their generations.

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„Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?“

—  Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946

Reportedly said in a meeting with lawmakers on immigration, as quoted in "Trump criticized immigration from 's---hole' countries: report" http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/368576-trump-rips-protections-for-immigrants-from-shithole-countries-in (11 January 2018), by Avery Anapol, The Hill. Variant: "Why do we want all these people from shithole countries coming here?" As quoted in Trump's 'shithole' comment is his new rock bottom http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/11/politics/trump-rock-bottom/index.html, CNN, 12 January 2018. Trump denied making this comment.
"The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used." Tweet by @realDonaldTrump https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/951793123985973248 (12 January 2018)
Disputed

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„In our country, we do sex. But we don't want to talk about it and that is why we have a billion population.“

—  Anbumani Ramadoss Indian politician 1968

On the protests against sex education in India, as quoted in " The great Indian sex debate http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6928326.stm", BBC News (20 August 2007)

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„My question here is why do we humans keep doing this to each other or to ourselves? Why do we think so little about the role of humanity and of kindness?“

—  Manuel Rivera-Ortiz American photographer 1968

Buffalo Rising interview (2007)
Kontext: Even when someone from the lower financial caste in, say America, "makes it," then there is this other barrier of old money vs. new money, social status, respected family names vs. unsavory familial relations or even ethnic background that makes the entire journey of achievement suddenly turn sour and seemingly not have been worth the while.
My question here is why do we humans keep doing this to each other or to ourselves? Why do we think so little about the role of humanity and of kindness? In my opinion, if we believe in a higher being, there is only one God and he/she is neither you nor me. The sooner we begin this process of healing as people, all people, the sooner we can begin to live a mutual life free from innuendo, hurt, judgment and need.

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„No matter how honest and decent we are in our private lives, if we do not have the right kind of law and the right kind of administration of the law, we cannot go forward as a nation.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919

1910s, The New Nationalism (1910)
Kontext: No matter how honest and decent we are in our private lives, if we do not have the right kind of law and the right kind of administration of the law, we cannot go forward as a nation. That is imperative; but it must be an addition to, and not a substitute for, the qualities that make us good citizens. In the last analysis, the most important elements in any man’s career must be the sum of those qualities which, in the aggregate, we speak of as character. If he has not got it, then no law that the wit of man can devise, no administration of the law by the boldest and strongest executive, will avail to help him. We must have the right kind of character-character that makes a man, first of all, a good man in the home, a good father, and a good husband-that makes a man a good neighbor. You must have that, and, then, in addition, you must have the kind of law and the kind of administration of the law which will give to those qualities in the private citizen the best possible chance for development. The prime problem of our nation is to get the right type of good citizenship, and, to get it, we must have progress, and our public men must be genuinely progressive.

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„Why should only a few people be freed and not others when we are all serving under the same law?“

—  Frank Bainimarama Prime Minister of Fiji 1954

2000, Excerpts from an address to Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs, 28 July 2005

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„We fought a lonely battle against terrorism sponsored by Sudan, and we have defeated it; we cannot be intimidated by any force. For us our guide is the Constitution of Uganda and the laws there under.“

—  Yoweri Museveni President of Uganda 1944

Assuring Ugandans that nobody can disrupt their peace (26 November 2007), https://web.archive.org/web/200711261111/http://www.statehouse.go.ug/news.detail.php?category=News&newsId=673

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