Quote by James Farmer

One thing I tried not to be at HEW was a black buffer to take the heat off of those who were higher up. I did not want to be trotted out as the person to pacify unruly blacks whenever there was trouble. There is an almost unavoidable tendency for superiors to use a black appointee in that way, but in very short order it destroys his credibility and his effectiveness. — Lay Bare the Heart (Fort Worth: TCU Press, 1985), 329-330., http://jamesfarmer.umwblogs.org/quotes/