Excerpts from an address to the Automotive News Manufacturing Conference in Birmingham, Ala., on May 6.
I look at the automotive industry in Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky today, and I think about the foot soldiers of 40 years ago who helped create the New South.
Common people made this new day possible. We could just not have had this session this morning behind the Cotton Curtain.
Yet there's a cultural gap even today. We have globalized capital. Globalized technology. But we've not globalized talent - we've not globalized racial justice.
We are a better Alabama than we were 40 years ago. We've gone from building walls to building bridges. We've begun to choose inclusion over exclusion.
We have begun to see that racial justice is a key to growth. But while there are benchmarks and progress and timetables for growth and profits, there seems not to be the same kind of commitment to the inclusion of the excluded.