Lenny Bruce

"If President Kennedy got on television and said, 'I'm considering appointing two or three of the top niggers in the country into my cabinet' - if it was nothing but nigger, nigger, nigger - in six months 'nigger' wouldn't mean any more than 'goodnight', 'God bless you', or 'I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God' - so when that beautiful day comes, you'll never see another nigger kid come home from school crying because some...motherfucker called him a nigger."

Lenny Bruce (1962)

Lenny Bruce foi condenado em 21 de Dezembro de 1964 por proferir obscenidades nos seus espectáculos de stand up comedy. Foi perdoado 37 anos após a sua morte pelo Governador do Estado de Nova Iorque:

?The posthumous pardon of Lenny Bruce is a declaration of New York?s commitment to upholding the First Amendment. Freedom of speech is one of the greatest American liberties and I hope this pardon serves as a reminder of the precious freedoms we are fighting to preserve as we continue to wage the war on terror,? the Governor said.