Quotation by Sarah Patton Boyle

...I was confronted with a virile idealism, an awareness of what man must have for manliness, dignity, and inner liberty which, by contrast, made me see how easy living had made my own group into childishly unthinking people. The Negro's struggles and despairs have been like fertilizer in the fields of his humanity, while we, like protected children with all our basic needs supplied, have given our attention to superficialities.
Sarah Patton Boyle, U.S. civil rights activist and author. The Desegregated Heart, part 1, ch. 19 (1962).

Boyle, a white Virginian who was an activist in the Civil Rights movement, was recalling the fall of 1951, when she first attended the Virginia Slave Conference of the NAACP.
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