"The system of slavery as experienced by African Americans and enforced by whites influenced the very shape of the city, including the building of its infrastructure, the legal system created to support it, and the economic life of the city and its rural surroundings."
"The slave trade was one of the issues his curious friends would return to time and again,...slavery was considered a completely normal practice throughout large parts of the world at the time. And only a pious lunatic fringe seemed to take offense."
"Clearly ... [Bessie's] walking off the movie set was a statement of principle. Opportunist though she was about her career, she was never an opportunist about race. She had no intention of perpetuating the derogatory image most whites had of most blacks."
It makes some kind of weird sense that I'd be squashed, somehow, between Herman Cain and Suge Knight:
"McCain joked that he had returned to the same lunch counter 20 years later and still couldn’t get served."