Nikki Haley on Civil Rights



America has stains about racism, but fix it along the way

Q: Do you really think, as a historical matter, that America has never been a racist country?

HALEY: When you look at the Declaration of Independence, it was that "men are created equal," right? I think it's important that we tell all kids that, "Look, America is not perfect. We have our stains. We know that. But our goal should always be to make today better than yesterday."

Q: Wasn't America founded institutionally on many racist precepts, including slavery?

HALEY: It said, "All men are created equal;" the intent was to do the right thing. Now, did they have to go fix it along the way? Yes. But I don't think the intent was never that we were going to be a racist country. The intent was everybody was going to be created equally. And as we went through time, they fixed the things that were not "All men are created equal." They made sure women became equal, too. But I refuse to believe that the premise of when they formed our country was that it was a racist country to start with.

Source: CNN Town Hall: interviews of 2024 presidential candidates , Jan 18, 2024

Everybody associates the Civil War with slavery

Q: You were asked to explain the cause of the Civil War. [Haley said, "I think the cause of the Civil War was basically how government was going to run--the freedoms and what people could and couldn't do," NBC News, 12/28/23]. You obviously did not mention slavery. And afterwards, you said that was the mistake. In fact, it should have been the first thing that you said.

HALEY: If you grow up in South Carolina, literally in second and third grade, you learn about slavery. You grow up and you have -- you know, I had Black friends growing up. It is a very talked-about thing. We have a big history in South Carolina when it comes to, you know, slavery, when it comes to all the things that happened with the Civil War, all that. I was thinking past slavery and talking about the lesson that we would learn going forward. I shouldn't have done that. I should have said 'slavery.' But in my mind, that's a given, that everybody associates the Civil War with slavery.

Source: CNN Town Hall 2024 pre-Iowa caucus , Jan 4, 2024

Transgender women in sports is "women's issue of our time"

Haley said that transgender women participating in women's sports is "the women's issue of our time." She said transgender women--being "glorified" on social media and participating in sports events--were putting cisgender women and girls at risk. She specifically criticized the prominence of transgender TikTok influencer Dylan Mulvaney, who was recently sponsored by Bud Light.
Source: Iowa Capital Dispatch on 2024 Presidential hopefuls , May 4, 2023

Our troops already know the difference between men and women

We need our military to be stronger than ever. But what does Joe Biden have our troops doing? Taking gender pronoun classes. I am the wife of a combat veteran and that disgusts me. Our troops already know the difference between men and women. They also know that we need a different commander-in-chief.
Source: Speech at the 2023 CPAC Conference in Maryland , Mar 2, 2023

America not racist, nothing could be further from the truth

Haley criticized what she said was a "self-loathing" taking over the U.S. and dismissed accusations that the country is racist during her campaign launch in Charleston, S.C. "A self-loathing has swept our country. It's in the classroom, the boardroom and the backrooms of government," Haley said, speaking to supporters. "Every day, we're told America is flawed, rotten and full of hate. Joe [Biden] and Kamala [Harris] even say America is racist. Nothing could be further from the truth."
Source: The Hill e-zine on 2024 Presidential hopefuls , Feb 15, 2023

American is not a racist country; it's a work in progress

In much of the Democratic Party, it's now fashionable to say that America is racist. That is a lie. America is not a racist country. This is personal for me. I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants. We faced discrimination and hardship, but my parents never gave into grievance and hate. America is a story that's a work in progress. Now is the time to build on that progress and make America even freer, fairer, and better for everyone.
Source: Speech at 2020 Republican National Convention , Aug 25, 2020

Women don't have more challenges, just different ones

"I don't think women have more challenges. They don't. I've never thought that. I think our challenges can be different, but I don't think we have more challenges," she says. "The frustrations, I think, are literally what every other woman goes through. Balancing your marriage and your kids and your finances and your work and wanting to really make people proud. Making sure your parents are okay. Loving the job you do and wanting to be great at it."
Source: The Washington Examiner on Trump Cabinet , Dec 13, 2018

No need for any new transgender bathroom law

Catherine Templeton was asked if she would "stand up for the Lord's word," as in a theocracy, and back a law banning transgender people from using bathrooms matching their gender identity, or if she would "buckle like North Carolina."

Setting aside for the moment that North Carolina's HB2 compromise, HB142, is just more of the same anti-LGBTQ hatred with a slightly different name, it is important to note that South Carolina has so far killed any effort to see a similar bill come to pass in South Carolina.

Both former Governor Nikki Haley and current Governor Henry McMaster have said there is no need for such a law. Templeton said she thinks transgender people should use the bathrooms matching their birth gender, not their identity. She stopped short of calling for a law to be passed.

Source: LGBTQNation.com on South Carolina voting record NC-HB142 , Aug 3, 2017

Our goal should always be to empower women

I think any democracy that has allowed themselves to really lift up women has benefited from it.

Our goal should always be to empower women, to show how they can be fantastic leaders, and to help them get there--and when they are successful, support and encourage them.

Source: Council on Foreign Relations on Trump Cabinet , Mar 29, 2017

Accused of lack of diversity in gubernatorial cabinet

No sooner had I finished naming my cabinet than some members of the Legislative Black Caucus complained of a lack of diversity in my administration. The identity-politics bean counters had done the math. I had appointed 9 white men, 3 white women, and one African American woman. I guess the governor herself doesn't count!

I had recently replaced the receptionist in the governor's office, who was a minority, with my longtime and trusted aide, Eileen Fogle, who is white. I listened as the Legislative Black Caucus members lectured me about how I was obligated to have a cabinet that "looked like South Carolina."

I didn't think about race or gender when I read resumes or made my appointments, I told them. I thought about their qualifications. Period. To me, appointing someone because of their race or gender was the same as appointing them as political payback. In both cases, you were putting politics ahead of performance.

Source: Can't Is Not an Option, by Gov. Nikki Haley, p.189-190 , Apr 3, 2012

Minority & women groups are just special interest groups

During the general-elections campaign, a group of South Carolina women came to me with a pledge they asked me to sign. It committed me to appointing women to high-level positions in my administration if I were elected governor. My white male opponent immediately signed it. I didn't. I told the group that I wouldn't sign a quota pledge, but I would promise to appoint the best people for the job, regardless of sex. No one is a bigger booster of women in public service than me. But I didn't want to appoint a woman because she was a woman. I got some heat for this stand.

I realized these groups--the groups claiming to represent women and minorities--are just like any other establishment special-interest groups. They're looking for politicians who will work for them, not for the taxpayers. But I hadn't spent 7 years fighting the old establishment to be bought and paid for by a new establishment.

Source: Can't Is Not an Option, by Gov. Nikki Haley, p.191 , Apr 3, 2012

Marriage is between one man and one woman

[Asked if she would support gay marriage]: No. Marriage is between one man and one woman.
Source: WISTV.com website, Story #10720699 , Jun 1, 2010

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