Carter QuoteWatch

Recent statements of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, virtually all of which have gone unchallenged:

ON WEAPONS

Echoes of his 1964 Saturday Evening Post comments about blacks and police...

"I think that any time you have opposition that is armed, then you have the right to be armed too. I don't think you should go into a battle with anybody putting yourself at a disadvantage. If they have guns, you have guns. If they have sticks, you have sticks. If they have whatever they have, you have whatever they have in order to struggle equally with them." [See Saturday Evening Post article] [1/00, Bynon (Arlene Bynon show), Canada]

Q. Were you trying to get arms for the ANC?
A. "I wasn't trying -- I got 'em." [1/00, Bynon (Arlene Bynon show), Canada]

ON THE AUTHORITIES & JUSTICE

"The FBI (was) tailing me everywhere I went, inside the U.S. and out. ... All the security forces were controlled by J. Edgar Hoover. He ordered his men to infiltrate and destroy any black person who may be able to enlighten the black people. That's why Martin Luther King was assassinated and Malcolm X and Medgar Evers." [1/00, canoe.com chat]

"Anytime those people get an opportunity to put my son in prison, as they did do, they will do it. And if they had the opportunity to put me in prison, they would do it." [1/00, Bynon (Arlene Bynon show), Canada] [News story about son.]

"If I thought I was being watched, I'd be paranoid. No, I am watching the authorities. They ought to worry about me." [1/00, canoe.com chat]

"I have never held anybody to blame for what was done to me." [1/00, canoe.com chat]

"I've always realized there is no such thing as authority, and I've always rejected authority." [1/00, Bynon (Arlene Bynon show), Canada]

ON HIS BOXING CAREER

"I was the champ, there is no question about that. My ability as a prizefighter was pretty extraordinary." [1/00, canoe.com chat]

ON HIMSELF

"(I was a) neon sign with a chip on my shoulder, that's what I was. ... I was cocky, I was arrogant. I was egotistical. I was hedonistic. I was angry." [1/00, Bynon (Arlene Bynon show), Canada]

ON THE ACCURACY OF THE MOVIE

The movie about him "is exactly the true story." [1/00, Bynon (Arlene Bynon show), Canada] [See critique of movie]

"The movie is an accurate depiction of what took place." [1/00, canoe.com chat] [See critique of movie]

"As accurate a depiction as you can get." [1/00, canoe.com chat]

ON THE TRIPLE MURDER

"I did not know it (the crime) existed, and do not know to this very day whether it existed or not." [1/00, Bynon (Arlene Bynon show), Canada]

"Everything else that the prosecution has put forward in the courts never existed in the first place. It was manufactured. It was bought and paid for testimony." [1/00, Bynon (Arlene Bynon show), Canada]

A CORRECT STATEMENT

"The media, which forms public opinion, is not necessarily telling the truth about things." [1/00, Bynon (Arlene Bynon show), Canada]

MISCELLANEOUS

The DNA evidence in the OJ trial was "not based on fact" and the not guilty verdict was "absolutely perfect." [1/00, Bynon (Arlene Bynon show), Canada]

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