Black Lives Matter Quotes

Quotes tagged as "black-lives-matter" (showing 1-30 of 57)
Nic Stone
“Yeah, there are no more “colored” water fountains, and it’s supposed to be illegal to discriminate, but if I can be forced to sit on the concrete in too-tight cuffs when I’ve done nothing wrong, it’s clear there’s an issue. That things aren’t as equal as folks say they are.”
Nic Stone, Dear Martin

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

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

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

Kara Lee Corthron
“I am angry. It is illegal for me to be angry. Remember: Don't get angry. It is illegal to be a black man and be angry. Right. Got it. I will remember this next time.”
Kara Lee Corthron, The Truth of Right Now

Tupac Shakur
“This so called 'Home of the Brave'
why isn't anybody Backing us up!
When they c these crooked ass Redneck cops
constantly Jacking us up”
Tupac Shakur, The Rose That Grew from Concrete

Jay Coles
“I prayed for twenty years. Nothing happened until I got off my knees and started marching with my feet.”
Jay Coles, Tyler Johnson Was Here

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

Brené Brown
“In order for slavery to work, in order for us to buy, sell, beat, and trade people like animals, Americans had to completely dehumanize slaves. And whether we directly participated in that or were simply a member of a culture that at one time normalized that behavior, it shaped us. We can’t undo that level of dehumanizing in one or two generations. I believe Black Lives Matter is a movement to rehumanize black citizens. All lives matter, but not all lives need to be pulled back into moral inclusion. Not all people were subjected to the psychological process of demonizing and being made less than human so we could justify the inhumane practice of slavery.”
Brené Brown, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

Rivers Solomon
“Dear Sirs," Flick began before loudly inhaling, "On account of there being no heat down here in account of the being no electricity on account of the brand-new energy rations so thoughtfully and nobly and honorably imposed on the steerage decks by Sovereign Nicolaeus on account of the blackouts - Aster fell prey to a brief fit of hypothermia-induced delirium de spoke against you in her maddery. She's healed up now so you don't have to worry about it happening again.”
Rivers Solomon, An Unkindness of Ghosts

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

Jay Coles
“Who gets to be free?
Is someone free when they don't have to think about the way people look at them or treat them because of the color of their skin?
Is someone free when they don't have to spend time on this earth with people who have hearts made of hate?
Or is someone only really free when they're no longer a part of this world?”
Jay Coles, Tyler Johnson Was Here

The harder you swing the pendulum one way, the more violently it will swing back.”
A.E. Samaan

Janelle Gray
“But what's braver?' Emmanuel said. 'Naming the bigots and possibly being killed for it? Or living in silence in order to protect yourself and those you love?'
I think bravery had more to do with making the choice and less to do with the choice it self. In that situation, bravery was both living and dying.”
Janelle Gray, Echoes of the Struggle

Reni Eddo-Lodge
“White privilege is a manipulative, suffocating blanket of power that envelops everything we know...It's brutal and oppressive, bullying you into not speaking up for fear of losing your loved ones, or job, or flat. It scares you into silencing yourself: you don't get the privilege of speaking honestly about your feelings without extensively assessing the consequences...challenging it can have implications on your quality of life.”
Reni Eddo-Lodge, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

Kiese Laymon
“Really, we're fighting because she raised me to never forget I was born on parole, which means no black hoodies in wrong neighborhoods, no jogging at night, hands in plain sight at all times in public, no intimate relationships with white women, never driving over the speed limit or doing those rolling stops at stop signs, always speaking the King's English in the presence of white folks, never being outperformed in school or in public by white students, and, most importantly, always remembering that no matter what, the worst of white folks will do anything to get you.”
Kiese Laymon, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

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

Sherman Alexie
“If you kill a black man, the world is silent. You can hear a garage door opening from twenty blocks away. You can pick up a pay phone and only hear the dial tone. Shooting stars sound exactly like the soft laughter of a little girl in Gasworks Park. If you kill a white man, the world erupts with noise: fireworks, sirens, a gavel pounding a desk, the slamming of doors.”
Sherman Alexie, Indian Killer

Andrena Sawyer
“A determined spirit can never be broken.”
Andrena Sawyer

“Slavery never ended it just evolved.”
Oscar Auliq-Ice Junior

Rivers Solomon
“Dear Sirs," Flick began before loudly inhaling, "On account of there being no heat down here in account of the being nö electricity on account of the brand-new energy rations so thoughtfully and nobly and honorably imposed on the steerage decks by Sovereign Nicolaeus on account of the blackouts - Aster fell prey to a brief fit of hypothermia-induced delirium de spoke against you in her maddery. She's healed up now so you don't have to worry about it happening again.”
Rivers Solomon

Andrena Sawyer
“The price of conviction has never been cheap, but it will always be worth it.”
Andrena Sawyer

Agona Apell
“The law is not an ass but a chameleon in ass skin: it turns deathly black when around blacks and pristine white when around whites”
Agona Apell

Steven D. Levitt
“Is distinctive black culture the cause of economic disparity between whites and blacks or merely the reflection of it?”
Steven D. Levitt, Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Ralph Ellison
“Such was the short bitter life of Brother Tod Clifton. Now he's in this box with the bolts tightened down. He's in the box and we're in there with him, and when I've told you this you can go. It's dark in this box and it's crowded. It has a cracked ceiling and a clogged-up toilet in the hall. It has rats and roaches, and it's far, far too expensive a dwelling. The air is bad and it'll be cold this winter. Tod Clifton is crowded and he needs the room. 'Tell them to get out of the box', that's what he would say if you could hear him. 'Tell them to get out of the box and go teach the cops to forget that rhyme. Tell them to teach them that when they call you nigger to make a rhyme with trigger it makes the gun backfire.”
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

Angie Thomas
“I’ve seen it over and over again; a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed very petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody. I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down. Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.”
Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

“What is the impact of not being valued?
How do you measure the loss of what a human being does not receive?”
Patrisse Khan-Cullors, When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

George Orwell
“The aims of these three groups are entirely irreconcilable. The aim of the High is to remain where they are. The aim of the Middle is to change places with the High. The aim of the Low, when they have an aim - for it is an abiding characteristic of the Low that they are too much crushed by drudgery to be more than intermittently conscious of anything outside their daily lives - is to abolish all distinctions and create a society in which all men shall be equal. Thus throughout history a struggle which is the same in its main outlines recurs over and over again. For long periods the High seem to be securely in power, but sooner or later there always comes a moment when they lose either their belief in themselves or their capacity to govern efficiently, or both. They are then overthrown by the Middle, who enlist the Low on their side by pretending to them that they are fighting for liberty and justice. As soon as they have reached their objective, the Middle thrust the Low back into their old position of servitude, and themselves become the High. Presently a new Middle group splits off from one of the other groups, or from both of them, and the struggle begins over again. Of the three groups, only the Low are never even temporarily successful in achieving their aims. It would be an exaggeration to say that throughout history there has been no progress of a material kind. Even today, in a period of decline, the average human being is physically better off than he was a few centuries ago. But no advance in wealth, no softening of manners, no reform or revolution has ever brought human equality a millimetre nearer. From the point of view of the Low, no historic change has ever meant much more than a change in the name of their masters.”
George Orwell, 1984

Kiese Laymon
“Yet, if I were to adhere to my mom's advice, I would have had to drop out of school years ago (since a lot of folks in our inequitable education system refuse to love us), quit engaging public health offices (because I walked in as a human in need of medical services and walked out as a patient whose subjective world was mad invisible by research lingo: "MSM," otherwise known as "men who have sex with men'), sleep in my bed all damn day (knowing it is more likely that I would be stopped by police when walking to the store in Camden or Bed-Stuy while rocking a fitted cap and carrying books than my white male neighbors would be while walking around in ski masks in the middle of summer and dropping a dime bag on the ground in front of a walking police and his dog)...”
Kiese Laymon, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America: Essays

Mark Oshiro
“What should the Oakland Police Department do next?'
Next? Moss thought. [...]
'Stop killing us.'
Then Moss walked away from it all.”
Mark Oshiro, Anger Is a Gift

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