Quotation by Annie Elizabeth Delany

I am the kind of Negro that most white people don't know about. They either don't know, or maybe they don't want to know, I'm not sure which I mean, just listen to that fella, David Duke, down in Louisiana—the fella that was with the Klan and then he was going to run for president. David Duke doesn't think there are Negroes like me and Sadie, colored folks who have never done nothin' except contribute to America. Well, I'm just as good an American as he is—better! ...I think I'm going to write a letter, and I'm going to say, "Dear Mr. Duke: This is just to set the record straight. I am a Negro woman. I was brought up in a good family. My Papa was a devoted father. I went to college; I paid my own way. I am not stupid. I'm not on welfare. And I'm not scrubbing floors. Especially not yours."
Annie Elizabeth Delany (b. 1891), African American dentist. Having Our Say, ch. 25 (1992).

Delany and her sister Sarah Louise ("Sadie") were two of ten children born to an ex- slave and his wife. She had earned a D.D.S. degree from Columbia University and was the second licensed African American woman dentist in New York State.
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