Black Lives Matter Quotes

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Idowu Koyenikan
“Most people write me off when they see me.
They do not know my story.
They say I am just an African.
They judge me before they get to know me.
What they do not know is
The pride I have in the blood that runs through my veins;
The pride I have in my rich culture and the history of my people;
The pride I have in my strong family ties and the deep connection to my community;
The pride I have in the African music, African art, and African dance;
The pride I have in my name and the meaning behind it.
Just as my name has meaning, I too will live my life with meaning.
So you think I am nothing?
Don’t worry about what I am now,
For what I will be, I am gradually becoming.
I will raise my head high wherever I go
Because of my African pride,
And nobody will take that away from me.”
idowu koyenikan, Wealth for all Africans: How Every African Can Live the Life of Their Dreams

Tomi Adeyemi
“Children of Blood and Bone was written during a time where I kept turning on the news and seeing stories of unarmed black men, women, and children being shot by the police. I felt afraid and angry and helpless, but this book was the one thing that made me feel like I could do something about it. I told myself that if just one person could read it and have their hearts or minds changed, then I would've done something meaningful against a problem that often feels so much bigger than myself.”
Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone

Angie Thomas
“It’s also about Oscar.
It’s even about that little boy in 1955 who nobody recognized at first—Emmett.”
Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

James Baldwin
“The Constitution gives you the right, as a white man, to have a rifle in your home. The Constitution gives you the right to protect yourself. Why is it ‘ominous’ when black people even talk of having rifles? Why don’t we have the right to self-defense? Is it because maybe you know we’re going to have to defend ourselves against you?”
James Baldwin, One Day When I Was Lost

Danez Smith
“...paradise is a world where everything
is a sanctuary & nothing is a gun...”
Danez Smith, Don't Call Us Dead

Otis S. Johnson
“If you believe in a cause, be willing to stand up for that cause with a million people or by yourself.”
Otis S. Johnson, From "N Word" to Mr. Mayor: Experiencing the American Dream

Jonathan Anthony Burkett
“I understand we all have our differences. But while learning about history I've read about white people coming together, Jews coming together, Spanish coming together, different cultures and religions understanding and coming together despite their differences. Slavery was never something that shocked me. What shocks me is how black people have not yet overcome the odds and we're such strong smart people. Why we can't just stand together?”
Jonathan Anthony Burkett

Andrena Sawyer
“I can't bring myself to watch yet another video, not because I don't care, but because we're all just a few videos away from becoming completely desensitized. The public execution of Black folks will never be normal.”
Andrena Sawyer

Andrena Sawyer
“The fear of offense is a really small price to pay for freedom.”
Andrena Sawyer

Ta-Nehisi Coates
“Mostly they all were products of single parents, and in the most tragic category - black boys, with no particular criminal inclinations but whose very lack of direction put them in the crosshairs of the world.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood

Julie Berry
“Here is a new musical phenomenon. Not songs written for black musicians by white composers. Not humiliating parodies that grope for a laugh, joking at the black singers' expense. Black composers and lyricists, black musicians excellent in their own right. Not merely excellent, but daring and vibrant and wholly original.”
Julie Berry, Lovely War

Daniel José Older
“Even on the left, even in this age of exposed racial rifts, politicians still say with a straight face that this country was founded on principles of equality. Words mean things, we say again and again, but actions mean much more, and still as a nation, we worship the very slave owners who gave legal precedence to the notion of percentages of human beings. We scream equality and freedom while unabashedly modeling our actions on the fathers of genocide. The only way to rationalize this most American of contradictions is to devalue the lives of the slaughtered, as was done then, so it must be now, and so apologists remind us that those were the times, and they didn't know better, and on and on. But if those lives matter now then they mattered then, and the clapback stretches through history, unraveling all the creation myths this country has always held most sacred, toppling our many false idols and cleaning out our profaned temples.”
Daniel José Older, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race

Andy Ngo
“Hour by hour I laid in bed thinking about what would motivate those who say they are defending people of color to brutally beat a person of color.”
Andy Ngo, Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy

Sondra Charbadze
“A human wants only one thing: to be seen and received. But a woman is seen only when she is sexualized. A Black person is seen only when they fit a role. And a homeless person is not seen at all.”
Sondra Charbadze

Christina Hammonds Reed
“We have to walk around being perfect all the time just to be seen as human. Don't you ever get tired of being a symbol? Don't you ever just want to be human?”
Christina Hammonds Reed, The Black Kids

Abhijit Naskar
“The Juneteenth Sonnet

Once upon a time but not long ago,
They brought us to America in chains.
Thinking of themselves as superior race,
White barbarians kept us as slaves.
But the sapling of humanity found a way,
To break those chains causing ascension.
Whites and blacks all stood up together,
And lighted the torch of emancipation.
Juneteenth is now declared holiday,
Yet to some it feels like a critical dishonor.
The human race comes from a black mother,
Yet they treat people of color as inferior.
The America handed to us is far from civilized.
But together we'll make our home humanized.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

Abhijit Naskar
“The human race comes from a black mother.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

Abhijit Naskar
“Breathing While Black (The Sonnet)

White folks think before going to work,
Hope I don’t run into traffic on the way.
Black folks think before going to work,
Hope I don't get shot and make it safe.
White folks think before going to jog,
Hope the park is not much crowded.
Black folks think before going to jog,
Hope I don't run into someone bigoted.
White folks teach their kids before school,
Don't you dare talk to strangers.
Black folks beg their kids on knees,
Don't act smart when approached by coppers.
Whites can dream of being big and creative.
All we blacks can dream of is being able to live.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

Abhijit Naskar
“Sonnet of Nazi America

America is the land of liberty,
Offer available only to white people.
When it comes to people of color,
It's a Nazi nation though unofficial.
If you are white and you make a mistake,
You are most likely to receive a warning.
But if you are a person of color or muslim,
Better have a good reason for breathing.
They say we live in a democratic land,
A system of, by and for the people.
But what they forget to teach in school,
People doesn’t really mean every individual.
No one can change the past that's for sure.
Defying all supremacy we must rise and roar.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

Kyrian Lyndon

The neighborhood hasn’t changed,
But the draperies on the windows have been swept aside.
We see you.
Telling someone to go back to where they came from,
To the place where they had no voice
And no choice.
That place where they were beaten,
Neglected and shamed,
Where they never felt safe,
Never had a chance.

Oh, they’d love to go home,
But home isn’t home anymore.

The neighborhood hasn’t changed;
But the fanfaronade has consequences.
We hear you.
It’s not just words.
It’s not simply freedom.
It’s a weapon to harm and destroy.
To punish those who aren’t the same.
People just like you commit horrific crimes,
But you don’t identify them
Only with crimes because they mirror you.
People just like you hurt you and fight you and hate you,
But you don’t see them all as threatening because they are you.

The neighborhood hasn’t changed,
But many more of us want to live here only in peace.
You can make that happen.
So many beautiful people I’ve known in my life
Were those people you rejected,
And they were full of warmth and kindness and wisdom.
You don’t see them because they’re not the same.

The neighborhood hasn’t changed,
And neither has any divine love for all who live here.
Like you, we are sacred.
All is sacred every moment of every day.”
Kyrian Lyndon

Mitta Xinindlu
“So, when I experienced such a discriminatory behaviour from that woman, I knew that it was her psychological status that was the problem, and not my blackness.”
Mitta Xinindlu

Eddie Bruce-Jones
“We use the law though we are terrified of it, contemptuous of its Janus face. We ask the police for what we need, hoping they will not kill us before we have finished stating our claims.”
Eddie Bruce-Jones, Abolishing the Police

Richard Wright
“And, slowly, it was upon exactly that nothingness that my mind began to dwell, that constant sense of wanting without having, of being hated without reason. A dim notion of what life meant to a Negro in America was coming to consciousness in me, not in terms of external events, lynchings, Jim Crowism, and the endless brutalities, but in terms of crossed-up feeling, of psyche pain. I sensed that Negro life was a sprawling land of unconscious suffering, and there were but few Negroes who knew the meaning of their lives, who could tell their story.”
Richard Wright, Black Boy

N.K. Aning
“I wish you would feel how our ancestors felt as they were handed off from their families and put in dungeons and tortured. Some raped and killed.”
N.K. Aning, The Agony of a Slave

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“One of the main uses of most criminal justice systems is to minimize the number of people who are not white, by imprisoning innocent males who are neither white nor gay.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“It's a civic duty of every American to "take a knee" against [bad police] who willfully violate the civil rights of Americans to be "free from harm" in America.”

Mikki Kendall
“When white feminism ignores history, ignores that the tears of white women have the power to get Black people killed while insisting that all women are on the same side, it doesn't solve anything. Look at Carolyn Bryant, who lied about Emmett Till whistling at her in 1955. Despite knowing who had killed him, and that he was innocent of even the casual disrespect she had claimed, she carried on with the lie for another fifty years after his lynching and death”
Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot

Malebo Sephodi
“i want to live in a society where we are all liberated. this is what my feminism looks like.”
Malebo Sephodi, Miss Behave

Andrena Sawyer
“If the goal is freedom, be prepared to fight battles you didn't ask for. If the goal is authenticity, be prepared to confront shame that wasn't yours to carry.”
Andrena Sawyer

“I am here, today, a mother and a wife, a community organizer and Queer, an artist and a dreamer learning to find hope while navigating the shadows of hell.”
Patrisse Khan-Cullors, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

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