Tuesday, May 4, 2010


A New York Times reporter who was present
at the meeting of the UN's Commission of Human Rights meetings
wrote of the power Mrs. Roosevelt's personality had over
certain unreasonable diplomats.

"The Russians" seem to have met their match in Mrs. Roosevelt.
The proceedings sometimes turn into a long vitriolic attack on
the U.S. when she is not present. These attacks, however, generally denigrate into flurries
in the face of her calm and and undisturbed but often pointed replies.

"Where after all do universal human rights begin?
In small places, close to home-so close and so small that they cannot be seen on
any map of the world.
Yet they are the world of the individual person, the neighborhood
he lives in, the school or college he attends; the factory, farm,
or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman
and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity
without discrimination. Unless, these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere, without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to
home, we shall look in vain for progress
in the larger world.

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