The Week in Quotes (Feb. 4 – 10)

Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.

From a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center

“In the ways that we teach and learn about the history of American slavery, the nation needs an intervention.”


State Rep. Senfronia Thompson, the longest-serving woman and African American in the Texas Legislature, on how she has dealt with 45 years of sexism and racism at the Texas Capitol.

“I tell God all the time, ‘These sons of bitches make me so mad. I want to cuss ’em out, ooh Jesus.'”


Mark Jones, political science professor at Rice University.

“Even for most conservative activists the bathroom bill was something of a manufactured issue, where some members of the GOP elite converted a relatively non-issue into an issue among the base, but one that absent a constant stoking of the fire by the GOP elite has for all intents been extinguished. Until such time that Dan Patrick decides to pour some gasoline on the remaining embers.”


Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who is upset that Sandra Bullock has agreed to play Wendy Davis in a movie about the 13-hour filibuster that helped stall an anti-abortion bill in 2013.

“Sandra Bullock, I used to like her.”