1. 10

    I'm looking forward to the day when America will mature to the point that we are a color-blind society. I'm not so sure that in politics that will ever be reality, because politics has a way of separating us based on skin color.

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  2. 9

    Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking.

    27
  3. 8

    Governor is not the position to have in Oklahoma. It is the head coach of Oklahoma or Oklahoma State or Tulsa.

    49
  4. 7

    In my wildest imagination, I never thought that the fifth of six children born to Helen and Buddy Watts - in a poor black neighborhood, in the poor rural community of Eufaula, Oklahoma - would someday be called Congressman.

    50
  5. 6

    I like to call the ethos I grew up with 'Oklahoma values.' But you'd be just as accurate if you said 'American values.' Except for our lack of a seacoast, Oklahoma has a little bit of just about everything that's American.

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  6. 5

    I'm secure in who I am. I don't need the validation of those that would say, you have to be a certain thing in order to be accepted. I'm comfortable going against the grain if I need to.

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  7. 4

    Having a Republican candidate speak at the NAACP convention is like trying to build a house starting at the roof. If you don't have a foundation, the roof isn't going to stand.

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  8. 3

    Republicans think that the NAACP is the only voice in the black community. It is a voice in the black community. But it's not the only voice.

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  9. 2

    Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught.

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  10. 1

    It doesn't take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go.

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  11. Last Update: 15 August 2022

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