David Walker (1785-1830): Abolitionist
Treat us like men, and there is no danger but we will all live in peace and happiness together. For we are not like you, hardhearted, unmerciful, and unforgiving. What a happy country this will be, if the whites will listen.
( Appeal, 28 September 1829)
Francis A. Walker (1840-1897): Civil War officer, commissioner of Indian affairs
Every year's advance of our frontier takes in a territory as large as some of the kingdoms of Europe. We are richer by hundreds of millions, the Indian is poorer by a large part of the little that he has. This growth is bringing imperial greatness to the nation; to the Indian it brings wretchedness, destitution, beggary.
( Report, 1870)
When dealing with savage men, as with savage beasts, no question of national honor can arise. Whether to fight, to run away, or to employ a ruse, is solely a question of expediency.
(Message to subordinates in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1871)
James J. Walker (1881-1946): Playboy mayor of New York
There are three things a man must do alone -- be born, die, and testify.
(On the investigation of corruption in his administration, 1927)
A reformer is a guy who rides through a sewer in a glass-bottomed boat.
( Speech in New York City, 1928)
There comes a time in politics when a man must rise above principle.
George C. Wallace (1919-): Governor of Alabama
I'll never be out-niggered again.
(Attributed after losing an election to a racist politician, 1958)
I stand here today, as Governor of this sovereign state, and refuse to willingly submit to illegal usurpation of power by the Central Government. I claim today for all the people of the State of Alabama