I have not been animated in my life to fight against race and sex discrimination simply because of my own identity. That would mean that one must be South African to fight apartheid, or a poor white in Appalachia to fight poverty, or Jewish to fight anti-Semitism. And I just reject that conception of how struggles should be waged.
Eleanor Holmes Norton (b. 1937), African American lawyer and educator. As quoted in I Dream a World, by Brian Lanker (1989).
A graduate of Yale Law School, Norton was the first woman to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (1977-1981). She also worked for the American Civil Liberties Union and, in 1970, headed the New York City Commission on Human Rights.