Opression Quotes

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Marjane Satrapi
“The regime had understood that one person leaving her house while asking herself:
Are my trousers long enough?
Is my veil in place?
Can my make-up be seen?
Are they going to whip me?

No longer asks herself:
Where is my freedom of thought?
Where is my freedom of speech?
My life, is it liveable?
What's going on in the political prisons?”
Marjane Satrapi, The Complete Persepolis

“If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?”
Mary Astell

Martin Luther King Jr.
“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail

Thomas Jefferson
“Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and opressions of the body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”
Thomas Jefferson

“They make a desolation and call it peace.”
Gaius Cornelius Tacitus, C. Cornelii Taciti Germania, Agricola, Et de Oratoribus Dialogus

“Mary’s childhood was rough. She was frequently beaten and chastised by the nuns who served as her protectors and brutalized by the older girls in the orphanage.

Oh how I wept those first few years of my life. My tears came like tropical storms. Every pore in my body wept. I heaved and shuddered and sighed. Everything around me seemed dark and terrifying.”
Maria Nhambu, Africa's Child

Frederick Douglass
“This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
Frederick Douglass

Maximilien Robespierre
“To punish the oppressors of humanity is clemency; to forgive them is cruelty.”
Maximilien de Robespierre

Jean-Dominique Bauby
“My diving bell becomes less oppressive, and my mind takes flight like a butterfly.”
Jean-Dominique Bauby, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

“Pretend you are a foolish to the tyrant – because if he realizes you are a genius, he might use you to harm others.”
A Gentlemen

Y.B. Mangunwijaya
“Orang sering tidak sadar bahwa ia mengekang orang dengan memberi suatu suasana dan iklim tertentu.”
Y.B. Mangunwijaya, Burung-Burung Rantau

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Every revolution starts with the aim to help the poor, but when the poor get it they forget who they were and become the new oppressors. The cycle goes on forever”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Mehmet Murat ildan
“The name of the regime where media is on the side of the government is undoubtedly fascism, a regime of the sick minds where freedoms are drowned in the cold waters of oppressions!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Fulton J. Sheen
“It is not the sanctuary that is in danger; it is civilization. It is not infallibility that may go down; it is personal rights. It is not the Eucharist that may pass away; it is freedom of conscience. It is not divine justice that may evaporate; it is the courts of human justice. It is not that God may be driven from His throne; it is that men may lose the meaning of home; For peace on earth will come only to those who give glory to God! It is not the Church that is in danger, it is the world!”
Fulton J. Sheen

Martin Luther King Jr.
“My friends, I must say to you that we have not made a single gain in civil rights without determined legal and nonviolent pressure. Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail

Thomas Paine
“Mankind being originally equals in the order of creation, the equality could only be destroyed by some subsequent circumstance; the distinctions of rich, and poor, may in a great measure be accounted for, and that without having recourse to the harsh, ill-sounding names of oppression and avarice.”
Thomas Paine, Common Sense

Kent Marrero
“Language has everything to do with oppression and liberation. When the word "victory" means conquer vs. harmony and the word "equality" means homogenization vs. unity in/through diversity, then the liberation of a people from a "minority" class to "communal stakeholders" becomes much more difficult. Oppression has deep linguistic roots. We see it in conversations which interchange the idea of struggle with suffering in order to normalize abuse. We are the creators of our language, and our definitions shape the perceptions we have of the world. The first step to ending oppression is finding a better method of communication which is not solely dependent on a language rooted in the ideology of oppressive structures.”
Cristina Marrero

Emily Brontë
“You forget you have a master here,'' says the tyrant. ''I'll demolish the first who puts me out of temper! I insist on perfect sobriety and silence. Oh, boy! was that you? Frances, darling, pull his hair as you go by; I heard him snap his fingers.''
'Frances pulled his hair heartily;”
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Toni Morrison
“That anybody white could take your whole self for anything that came to mind. Not just work, kill, or maim you, but dirty you so bad you forgot who you were and couldn't think it up. And though she and others lived through and got over it, she could never let it happen to her own.”
Toni Morrison

Emily Brontë
“The service lasted precisely three hours; and yet my brother had the face to exclaim, when he saw us descending,
' ''What, done already?''
'On Sunday evenings we used to be permitted to play, if we did not make much noise; now a mere titter is sufficient to send us into corners!”
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Mary Daly
“The exploitative sexual caste system could not be perpetuated without the consent of the victims as well as of the dominant sex, and such consent if obtained through sex role socialization - a conditioning process which beings to operate the moment we are born, and which is enforced by most institutions. Parents, friends, teachers, textbook authors and illustrators, advertisers, those who control the mass media, toy and clothes manufacturers, professionals such a doctors and psychologists - all contribute to the socialization process. This happens through dynamics that are largely uncalculated and unconscious, yet which reinforce the assumptions, attitudes, stereotypes, customs, and arrangements of sexually hierarchical society.
The fact of womne's low caste status has been - and is - disguised. It is masked, first of all, by sex role segregation, as in a ghetto, for it makes possible the delusion that women should be "equal but different". Sexual caste is hidden also by the fact that women have various forms of *derivative status* as a consequence of relationships with men. That is, women have duality of status, and the derivative aspect of this status - for example, as daughters and wives - divides us against each other and encourages identification with patriarchal institutions which serve the interests of men at the expense of women. Finally sexual caste is hidden by ideologies that bestow false identities upon women and men. Patriarchal religion has served to perpetuate all of these dynamics of delusion, naming them "natural" and bestowing its supernatural blessings upon them. The system has been advertised as "according to the divine plan".”
Mary Daly, Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation

Wayne Gerard Trotman
“Judicial systems that enforce inequality as law are tools of subjugation.”
Wayne Gerard Trotman

Angela Y. Davis
“les gens n'ont pas une mémoire aussi longue que les institutions, en particulier les institutions répressives.”
Angela Y. Davis, Une lutte sans trêve

“You do not know black if you haven’t been shot. Being black is great target practice.”
Jerm Davitos

“The collective heartbeat of the oppressed will always be louder than any missile strike, gunshot or bomb.”

Mary Daly
“Since patriarchy is the perpetual poorhouse in which women are stored/restored, afflicted with poverty of spirit, imagination, intellect, passion, physical vigor, as well as economic poverty, it is clear - and clearer than ever - that we have basically Nothing to loose.”
Mary Daly, Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation