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George Takei

“He is a clown in black face sitting on the Supreme Court. He doesn’t belong there.

For him to say slaves had dignity. I mean, doesn’t he know that slaves were in chains? That they were whipped, on the back. They were raped. And we’re supposed to call that dignified? This man does not belong on the Supreme Court. He is an embarrassment. He is a disgrace to America.”

Maria Chappelle-Nadal

“LET ME BE CLEAR: When you exercise your #WhitePrivilege, don’t think I’m not going to remember. I will use it for the future. Uncomfortable?”

Chris Matthews 6

“I think [Ted Cruz] fits in the tradition of Father Coughlin and McCarthy and of course, and maybe to a lesser extent, Pat Buchanan and of course, O’Reilly. These guys are hard right-wing guys. They look a lot alike. They have that — we call it the black Irish look to them. They don’t smile much. It’s quite a tradition here, but it does run to the right of the regular Republican Party.”

Bill Richardson 4

“[Ted Cruz]’s anti-immigration. Almost every Hispanic in the country wants to see immigration reform. No, I don’t think he should be defined as a Hispanic. He’s a politician from Texas. A conservative state. And I respect Texas’ choice. But what I don’t like is… when you try to get things done, it’s okay to be strong and state your views, your ideology.  But I’ve seen him demean the office, be rude to other senators, not be part of, I think, the civility that is really needed in Washington.”

Karen Finney

“We saw in droves, you know, the Latino community moving over to the Democratic Party largely because of the tone. You have even Republicans in the Republican Party who are Latino just disgusted with the tone. These guys have to be very, very careful. The other thing that these guys know is that those, you know, crazy crackers on the right, like if they art with their very hateful language, that is going to kill them in the same way that they learned at their little retreat that let’s not talk about rape.”

Joseph Lowery

“I don’t know what kind of a nigger wouldn’t vote with a black man running,” said Lowery. “All that [Obama] did with the stimulus was genius. Nobody intelligent would risk this country with Romney.”

Marion Barry 2

“[The United States] has had racial tensions since it was founded.

The Irish caught hell, the Jews caught hell, the Polacks caught hell.”

Marion Barry

“In fact, it’s so bad, that if you go to the hospital now, you find a number of immigrants who are nurses, particularly from the Philippines.

And no offense, but let’s grow our own teachers, let’s grow our own nurses — and so that we don’t have to be scrounging around in our community clinics and other kinds of places — having to hire people from somewhere else.”