Quoteworthy

* “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.”–Founding Father–and author of “Common Sense”–Thomas Paine.

* “Right now, white America is in the middle of a work-in-progress moment, and black America is, like, yeah, we’re going to keep checking on your progress.”–Comedian W. Kamau Bell.

* “I always try to find hope in every situation. Hope, I think, is not just naiveté and rose-colored glasses. I think hope is a strategy too.”–John Legend.

* “You can’t end racism without also challenging white supremacy, colonization and empire. One remarkable thing about the uprisings over the past month is that they’ve readily connected those dots.”–Delilah Friedler, Mother Jones.

* “(Many young blacks) feel that they’ve been ignored by the Party … . The vice president can’t call them out; he has to call them in.” Florida State Rep. Shevrin Jones, one of the first black lawmakers in Florida to endorse Joe Biden.

* “In 2016, the mood was against the status quo, represented by Hillary Clinton. But now the mood is against chaos, cruelty, deception and incompetence, represented by Trump. In light of our tempestuous, vertiginous times, Joe Biden’s status quo seems comforting.”–Maureen Dowd, New York Times.

* “A sense that things have gone out of control on your watch does not help incumbents.”–Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal.

* “Trump’s problem is that he needs the votes from people who don’t like him.”–Jonah Goldberg, The Dispatch.

* “Bolton’s plan was to expose the buffoon in The Room (Where It Happened), but in the end, it is Bolton who stands exposed, not only as a warmonger par excellence but as someone who may have witnessed criminal actions by the president and did nothing.”–James Carden, The Nation.

* “Studies still show that the (facial recognition) technology performs differently–and may be more prone to error–on darker faces.”–Clare Garvie, senior associate at Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology.

* “(Confederate statues) often erected during the Jim Crow era are not part of the official record of the Civil War. They are more like commemorative dinner plates or TV commercials produced long after the fact.”–Guy P. Harrison, author of “Race and Reality.”

* “(A) Rorschach test. All sorts of  people can go there and see it in different ways.”–John Taliaferro, author of “Great White Fathers,” on Americans’ takeaways from Mount Rushmore.

* “America’s goal must be 100 percent clean energy as soon as possible.”–U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, chairwoman of the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

* “I want the good people who support the police to start stepping up.”–Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan.

* “We know that some folks are still facing hardships. We ask those customers to call us. We will work with you to make payment arrangements so you can avoid any disconnection.”–Tampa Electric spokeswoman Cheri Jacobs.

* “We don’t want to simply abandon all face-to-face classes. It’s difficult to teach piano … or do labs on line.”–USF Provost Ralph Wilcox.

* “Venture philanthropy: A dollar invested in kids when they’re 3 or 4 has a very high ROI (return on investment).”–Jeff Vinik, whose Vinik Family Foundation has committed $3 million to improving early-childhood education.

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