What I know about this world is that white people will take care of themselves. And what I have learned is that if you are where they are on an equal basis, they cannot take care of themselves without taking care of you.
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I'm here because I stand on many, many shoulders, and that's true of every black person I know who has achieved.
I want to say absolutely and unequivocally that Ms. Lewinsky told me in no uncertain terms that she did not have a sexual relationship with the president. At no time did I ever say, suggest or intimate to her that she should lie.
I was a little concerned. I thought maybe Mr. Jordan didn't really understand . . . what it was that was happening here with me being subpoenaed and what this really meant. Well, we've had phone sex.
But there will come a time and a place to give back, and each individual will recognize that time and place.
You have to be careful how you're using the word boycott.
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