Social Injustice Quotes

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Cornel West
“It is a beautiful thing to be on fire for justice… there is no greater joy than inspiring and empowering others––especially the least of these, the precious and priceless wretched of the earth!”
Cornel West, Black Prophetic Fire

John Stuart Mill
“All social inequalities which have ceased to be considered expedient, assume the character not of simple inexpediency, but of injustice, and appear so tyrannical, that people are apt to wonder how they ever could have been tolerated; forgetful that they themselves perhaps tolerate other inequalities under an equally mistaken notion of expediency, the correction of which would make that which they approve seem quite as monstrous as what they have at last learnt to condemn. The entire history of social improvement has been a series of transitions, by which one custom or institution after another, from being a supposed primary necessity of social existence, has passed into the rank of a universally stigmatised injustice and tyranny. So it has been with the distinctions of slaves and freemen, nobles and serfs, patricians and plebeians; and so it will be, and in part already is, with the aristocracies of colour, race, and sex.”
John Stuart Mill

Tom Robbins
“Beauty! Wasn't that what mattered? Beauty was hardly a popular ideal at that jumpy moment in history. The masses had been desensitized to it, the intelligentsia regarded it with suspicion. To most of her peers, 'beauty' smacked of the rarefied, the indulgent, the superfluous, the effete. How could persons of good conscience pursue the beautiful when there was so much suffering and injustice in the world? Ellen Cherry's answer was that if one didn't cultivate beauty, soon he or she wouldn't be able to recognize ugliness. The prevalence of social ugliness made commitment to physical beauty all the more essential. And the very presence in life of double-wide mobile homes, Magic Marker graffiti, and orange shag carpeting had the effect of making ills such as poverty, crime, repression, pollution, and child abuse seem tolerable. In a sense, beauty was the ultimate protest, and, in that it generally lasted longer than an orgasm, the ultimate refuge. The Venus de Milo screamed 'No!' at evil, whereas the Spandex stretch pant, the macrame plant holder were compliant with it. Ugly bedrooms bred ugly habits. Of course, it wasn't required of beauty that it perform a social function. That was what was valuable about it.”
Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All

Cornel West
“Like King, we need to put on our cemetery clothes and be coffin-ready for the next great democratic battle.”
Cornel West

Paulo Freire
“The oppressors do not perceive their monopoly on having more as a privilege which dehumanizes others and themselves. They cannot see that, in the egoistic pursuit of having as a possessing class, they suffocate in their own possessions and no longer are; they merely have. For them, having more is an inalienable right, a right they acquired through their own "effort," with their "courage to take risks." If others do not have more, it is beause they are incompetent and lazy, and worst of all is their unjustifiable ingratitude toward the "generous gestures" of the dominant class. Precisely because they are "ungrateful" and "envious," the oppressed are regarded as potential enemies who must be watched.”
Paulo Freire

Vikram Seth
“And you spend your day going around from the house of the washerman to the house of the sweeper, asking about this one's son and that one's nephew, but spending no time with your own family. It is no secret that many people here think that you are a communist.'

Rasheed reflected that this probably meant only that he loathed the poverty and injustice endemic to the village, and that he made no particular secret of it.”
Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy

John Howard Griffin
“This tendency to make laws that are convenient or advantageous rather than right has mushroomed.”
John Howard Griffin, Black Like Me

Paulo Freire
“...to alienate human beings from their own decision-making is to change them into objects.”
Paulo Freire

John Brunner
“After all, the rich get richer and the poor get children. Which is okay so long as lots of them starve in infancy.”
John Brunner, The Shockwave Rider

“The stigma of mental illness is first and foremost a social justice issue!”
Patrick W. Corrigan, Challenging the Stigma of Mental Illness: Lessons for Therapists and Advocates

Meridel Le Sueur
“I hope you will be a warrior and fierce for change so all can live.”
Meridel Le Sueur, Ripening: Selected Work, 1927-1980

Balroop Singh
“Real chains that we need to shed are the burdens of racial discrimination, economic disparity, religious dogmas, intolerance and social injustice, which still weigh heavily on our shoulders.”
Balroop Singh, Emotional Truths Of Relationships

Lawren Leo
“Our world is filled with social injustice - to the point where it has become difficult for the true self to emerge. But the 21st Century is ripe with change, and magick is now a necessary and fitting remedy for the disempowered.”
Lawren Leo, Horse Magick: Spells and Rituals for Self-Empowerment, Protection, and Prosperity

Elizabeth Bear
“Whichever group is in ascension at a given moment is, historically speaking, both unlikely to acknowledge the existence of abuses or bias, and also to justify the bias on any grounds they can - social, biological, what have you.”
Elizabeth Bear, Carnival

Hope Mirrlees
“But these are sad times, the 'prentices wanting to be masters, and every little tradesman wanting to be a Senator, and every dirty little urchin thinking he can give
impudence to his betters!”
Hope Mirrlees, Lud-in-the-Mist

Joey Lawsin
“LIFE is a natural HUMAN RIGHT that should not be taken away by anyone no matter what, who, where, why, or how.”
Joey Lawsin, Originemology

“Every country has its own problem too numerous to name, so does North Korea. And it’s no one’s business to solve the latter’s problem unless it seeks for it. If North Korea shows off its nuclear weapon capability, it’s because its sovereignty was threatened by foreign powers. It doesn’t want to happen to its country what’s happening now in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Yemen. Justice and charity begin at home, not at someone’s backyard. Hence, any country trying to solve North Korea’s problem by force or by any means should start first in its own backyard and solve the political and social injustices, divisions, and neglect suffered by its own citizens.”
Danny Castillones Sillada

Starr Z. Davies
“Any time you start a revolution, even a peaceful one, you have to expect the possibility that the end result won’t be so peaceful. That’s the way of life. Nothing is ever as we suspect.”
Starr Z. Davies, Unique: A Young Adult Dystopian Sci-Fi

“[Those at the Negro Leaders Conference on Nonviolent Integration in Atlanta in 1957] expressed their realization that "equality" is not enough if it merely means Negroes' fighting for equality of opportunity within a corrupt and competitive social order.”
Bayard Rustin, Down The Line

Ron Hall
“In the 1950s, the Southern social order was as plain to the eye as charcoal in a snowbank. From the perspective of a small fair-skinned boy, it was about as much a topic for considered thought as breathing in and out.”
Ron Hall, Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together

Ron Hall
“The more I learned, the more I hated the Man and wanted to right the wrongs of Louisiana's modern-day slave masters. I sang Denvery's story like a songbird to anyone who would listen. Then one day, a thought hit me like a right cross to the head: My own granddaddy had not been so much different from the Man. Fairer, yes. An honest and decent man in the Texas of his day. But the wages he paid were still no excuse for the pitiful way we treated the folks who worked his land.”
Ron Hall, Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together

Allan G. Johnson
“Privilege increases the odds of having things your own way, of being able to set the agenda in a social situation and determine the rules and standards and how they're applied. Privilege grants the cultural authority to make judgments about others and to have those judgments stick. It allows people to define reality and to have prevailing definitions of reality fit their experience. Privilege means being able to decide who gets taken seriously, who receives attention, who is accountable to whom and for what. And it grants a presumption of superiority and social permission to act on that presumption without having to worry about being challenged.”
Allan G. Johnson, Privilege, Power, and Difference