Select Quayle Topics: Social Issues

I can see the hate that was there; I can see the bigotry. I can see it from his perspective.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle discussing his impressions of 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X'. (The Wall Street Journal, 6/8/92 -- taken from The Quayle Quarterly, Summer/Fall 1992)

I would guess that there's adequate low-income housing in this country.
-- Senator Dan Quayle, 10/27/88 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)

We're going to have the best-educated American people in the world.
-- Senator Dan Quayle, 9/21/88 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)

I don't have to experience tragedy to understand it.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle during a photo-op in LA, responding to criticisms that he didn't understand what it meant to live in the 'inner city'. (WRAL 6/23/92)

When I have been asked during these last weeks who caused the riots and the killing in L.A., my answer has been direct and simple: Who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle giving an intelligent, in-depth analysis of the LA riots. (during the Commonwealth Club speech 5/19/92)

There is one picture on TV I'll never forget - the picture of a man being pulled from his truck and being beaten to death.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle talking about a LA riot video tape showing 33-year-old Reginald Denny being beaten unconscious. Denny, however, did not die from the attack. (Reported by AP 5/1/92, taken from the Quayle Quarterly, Summer/Fall 1992)

My viewpoint is that it's more of a choice than a biological situation... I think it is a wrong choice. It is a wrong; it is a wrong choice. I do believe in most cases it certainly is a choice.
-- Vice-President Dan Quayle discussing his views on homosexuality while on 'This Week with David Brinkley' 9/13/92. (reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, 9/14/92)

A very positive message.
-- Vice President Dan Quayle after listening to a sermon in which a Georgia minister condemned homosexuality as 'satanic'. (Newsweek, 11/92)

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a cure for AIDS in the marketplace before Magic Johnson gets AIDS?
-- Vice President Dan Quayle, 11/13/91 (CNN)