The Best of Notable Quotables; December 19, 1994

Vol. Seven; No. 26

Damn Those Conservatives Award

“I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease....He is an absolutely reprehensible person.”

USA Today columnist and Pacifica Radio talk show host Julianne Malveaux on Justice Clarence Thomas, November 4 PBS To the Contrary.


“I think there’s a big difference when people told Father Aristide to sort of moderate his views, they were concerned about people being dragged through the streets, killed and necklaced. I don’t think that is what Newt Gingrich has in mind. I think he’s looking at a more scientific, a more civil way of lynching people.”

– National Public Radio reporter Sunni Khalid on C-SPAN’s Journalists Roundtable, October 14.

“Gays and lesbians are beaten to death in the streets with increasing frequency – in part due to irrational fear of AIDS but also because hatemongers, from comedians to the worst of the Christian right, send the message that homosexuals have no value in our society. Sometimes that message has a major-party affiliation and a request for a campaign contribution. In the post-cold war era, gays have been drafted to replace communists as the new menace to the American Way: We’re told gays corrupt youth and commandeer art and entertainment to win converts.”

– Dan Rather in The Nation, April 11 edition.