Is This What We Are?

Judge Leonard White:

Racist? You dare call me racist?
Well I say unto you, what does it matter the color of a man’s skin when witnesses perjure themselves and prosecutors enlist the perjury; when a district attorney throws a man to the mob for political gain and men of the cloth, men of God, take the prime cut? Is that justice? Let me tell you what justice is. Justice is the law. And the law is man’s feeble attempt to lay down the principles of decency. Decency! And decency isn’t a deal, it’s not a contract or a hustle or an angle! Decency… decency is what your grandmother taught you. It’s in your bones! You go home now. Go home and be decent people. Be decent!

Tom Wolfe b.1931 Writer United States Source: Bonfire of the Vanities