Congresswoman, Barbara C. Jordan
Barbara Charline Jordan (1936 – 1996) was born in Houston, Texas. Her childhood was church-centered, her father a Baptist minister and mother a teacher in the church. Jordan credited a speech she heard in her high school years by Edith S. Sampson, a Black lawyer, judge and the first Black U.S. delegate appointed to the United Nations, with inspiring her to become an attorney.
Because of segregation, Jordan could not attend The University of Texas, so she attended Texas Southern University, an historically-Black institution and majored in political science and history. There she was a national champion debater, defeating opponents from Yale and Brown and tying Harvard University. She graduated magna cum laude in 1956 and went on to Boston University School of Law where she graduated in 1959.
Barbara Charline Jordan (1936-1996) was the first Black person elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction and the first Southern Black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Jordan served as Chair of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, which recommended profound actions to stabilize immigration.
"More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases. More is required. We must hold ourselves strictly accountable. We must provide the people with a vision of the future."
"There is no executive order; there is no law that can require the American people to form a national community. This we must do as individuals and if we do it as individuals, there is no President of the United States who can veto that decision."
"We call ourselves public servants but I'll tell you this: we as public servants must set an example for the rest of the nation. It is hypocritical for the public official to admonish and exhort the people to uphold the common good."
"We must exchange the philosophy of excuse - what I am is beyond my control for the philosophy of responsibility."
“It is both a right and a responsibility of the democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest.”
"We have made mistakes. In our haste to do all things for all people, we did not foresee the full consequences of our actions. And when the people raised their voices, we didn't hear. But our deafness was only a temporary condition, and not an irreversible condition."
"Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate, all of us are going to suffer. For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, is realized in each one of us."
"Let there be no illusions about the difficulty of forming this kind of a national community. It's tough, difficult, not easy. But a spirit of harmony will survive in America only if each of us remembers that we share a common destiny."
"A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good."
"It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations, guide our debate, and guide our decision."
"One thing is clear to me: We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves."
“Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence; those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave.”
"For our immigration policy to make sense, it is necessary to make distinctions between those who obey the law and those who violate it."
“For the system to be credible, people actually have to be deported at the end of the process.”
“We must face the fact that unilateral action on the part of the United States will never be enough to stop illegal immigration. Immigrants come here illegally from source countries where conditions prevail that encourage or even compel them to leave. Attacking the cause of illegal migration is essential and will require international cooperation.
Race Relations...what we are doing.....is not working
You will never find a Black American Descendant Of Slaves waving any other than an American flag. This is our only Homeland. 2/2020
Why would you treat my Homeland people like it does not belong to them? When it becomes your only Homeland and
all other Homelands are put away......
We Will Welcome You
Hate corrupts the container that carries it and opens conflict doors. Love opens healing doors. 2/2020
American families living on a Military Base in Germany and Japan are still loyal Americans. The Base is similar to Ethnic Enclaves in America that represent subsidiaries of their Homeland in all ways except geographically. On the Base, we spoke our language, practiced our American ways of life, waved our flag and celebrated American holidays. We continued to support American political issues and interests as proud representatives of our Homeland.
While studying reparations for slavery – I ask, what repairs are owed ADOS for offenses of the last 30 to 50 years? You will have no trouble identifying recipient families. 2/2020
How do we untangle past history, past negative teaching, present biases, enduring privileges and group favoritism to create one America? 2/2020
REPARATIONS Every Homeland that elects to violate the natural or legislative laws in place to protect sovereignty of that Homeland, are in violation of a sacred trust. They are RESPONSIBLE for damages done to native citizens and held ACCOUNTABLE for REPAIRS TO THEM.
STOP AMNESTY REWARDS FOR VIOLATION OF LAWS THAT HURT NATIVE CITIZENS (ADOS)
If reason and fairness is dismissed then class action lawsuits are justified - THIS IS OUR ONLY HOMELAND
And God decreed thusly; the heavenly process must continue with mortal portals as with Jesus on earth. While you tarry, be patient and love actively. Some will be called quickly while others may toil for 80, 90 even 100 years. But, the process must be respected as it is Mine. 11/2020
If with every generation your group starts the wealth race mid-way to the finish line and my group starts behind GO, then how do we close the wealth gap? 2/2020
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