Disguised as human beings

One of my political heroes was the late South African politician Helen Suzman, for many years the only anti-apartheid member of the (all-white) parliament in Cape Town. As a leader of the opposition party she sat right across from the government, speaking directly to their menacing faces. On one occasion she said to them: “You should really visit one of the townships, to see how blacks live in our country. I suggest that you go disguised as human beings.”

From the always excellent Peter L. Berger.



Lord Halifax

He nicknamed Eden’s successor, Lord Halifax, who was a devout member of the Church of England, “the Bishop, a man who retires to pray and comes out a worse hypocrite than before.”

From The Boston Globe.