My father was a slave and my people died to build this country and I am going to stay here and have a part of it just like you.
I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
The United States has been called the melting pot of the world. But it seems to me that the colored man either missed getting into the pot or he got melted down.
I felt that one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or rat in a trap. I had already determined to sell my life as dearly as possible if attacked. I felt if I could take one lyncher with me, this would even up the score a little bit.
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