Quotation by Joycelyn Elders

...I am who I am because I'm a black female.... When I was health director in Arkansas ... I could talk about teen-age pregnancy, about poverty, ignorance and enslavement and how the white power structure had imposed it—only because I was a black female. I mean, black people would have eaten up a white male who said what I did.
Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933), U.S. pediatrician and educator; first woman (and second African American) Surgeon General of the United States. As quoted in the New York Times Magazine, p. 18 (January 30, 1994).

Elders, who was U. S. Surgeon General at the time, was explaining why she did not feel "oppressed" by her race or sex. Within a year, she was dismissed by President Bill Clinton for her outspokenness.
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