NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — “I can’t breathe!” — the exclamation made by a black man, Eric Garner, while being placed in a police chokehold — has been chosen as the most notable quote of the year in an annual list released by a Yale University librarian.
It was one of several quotes chosen for the list that reflect tumult over race in America in 2014, particularly in the criminal justice system.
Also making the list Tuesday was “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” — a chant of demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old killed during a confrontation with a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
Senator Pat Roberts’ quote tied for tenth on this year’s list.
“Every time I get an opponent – I mean, every time I get a chance – I’m home.” – Kansas Senator Pat Roberts responding to questioning about whether he actually resides in Kansas, from a KCMO radio interview, July 3.
The original “Yale Book of Quotations” was published in 2006, and librarian Fred Shapiro has updated it with an annual list of the top 10 quotes.