The Best of Notable Quotables; December 20, 1993

Vol. Six; No. 26

The White Men Can Go Jump Award (for Victimology)

“If I’m a young black man in South Central L.A., where poverty is rampant and unemployment is skyrocketing, I see that Washington’s promises of a year ago have gone unfulfilled, I see that perhaps for a second time, the court’s inability to mete out justice in a blind fashion, why shouldn’t I vent my anger?”

– Bryant Gumbel to Rep. Maxine Waters, April 15 Today.


“One of the fires was started by a homeless man trying to keep warm. It represents the strains in our society, from neglect to the nihilism, the ‘burn, baby’ nihilism of people who actually go and start fires like this.”

Newsweek reporter Eleanor Clift on who started the California fires, October 30 McLaughlin Group.

“Like the country club that bars women from the golf course, where many deals are made, the game of softball can act as another barrier, another means of excluding women from the corporate inner circle.”

USA Today reporter Julia Lawlor, June 1 “Life” section story.

“When rioting, looting, and arson erupted last spring, it wasn’t just anger over the Rodney King verdict, it was an explosion of rage over years of social and economic neglect, poor schools, violent streets, joblessness, poverty, and no hope. Has anything changed? Quite honestly, very little has.”

– CNN reporter Greg Lamotte, March 22 World News news story.