110+ Assata Shakur Quotes (Empowerment, Liberation And Resistance)
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- It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.
- I have declared war on the rich who prosper on our poverty, the politicians who lie to us with smiling faces, and all the mindless, heartless, robots who protect them and their property.
- Dreams and reality are opposites. Action synthesizes them.
- I don't have to live up to that Superwoman myth. I can cry and be human and lean on people who take care of me. That can be very liberating.
- Peace is a rare gift. Peace of mind, peaceful sleeps, and peaceful spirits are all luxuries that few rebels can ever afford.
- We usually reach success by putting the simple truths that we know into practice.
- I think that, like many sisters, I was raised to be a Superwoman. I am a serious woman, and I want to be taken seriously.
- We're living in a very tricky world, and unless we become analytical and expose the tricknology, people will become sucked into that. It is very easy, it is very, very easy.
- I think that in order to struggle you have to be creative. In my life, creativity has been something that has sustained me; it awoke my spiritual struggle.
- The first part of planning is to believe that you can put that plan into practise.
Assata Shakur Short Quotes
- i Believe In The Fire Of Love And The Sweat Of Truth
- I can't do nothin except try to find cloud nine.
- What most impressed me about Cuba was the optimism.
- I think that one of the great things that the Cuban revolution has done is preserve history.
- I have advocated and I still advocate revolutionary change
- This planet is a wonderful place, but a vulnerable place.
- I think it's really hard to plan if you don't believe you can implement those plans.
- A woman’s place is in the struggle.
- Where there is oppression, there will be resistance.
- To become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave.
Assata Shakur Famous Quotes And Sayings
A revolutionary woman can't have no reactionary man. If he's not about liberation, if he's not about struggle, if he ain't about building a strong Black family, if he ain't about building a strong Black nation, then he ain't about nothing. — Assata Shakur
No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free. — Assata Shakur
Hip Hop can be a very powerful weapon to help expand young people's political and social consciousness. But just as with any weapon, if you don't know how to use it, if you don't know where to point it, or what you're using it for, you can end up shooting yourself in the foot or killing your sisters or brothers. — Assata Shakur
Before going back to college, i knew i didn't want to be an intellectual, spending my life in books and libraries without knowing what the hell is going on in the streets. Theory without practice is just as incomplete as practice without theory. The two have to go together. — Assata Shakur
At this time I'd like to say a few words especially to my sisters: SISTERS. BLACK PEOPLE WILL NEVER BE FREE UNLESS BLACK WOMEN PARTICIPATE IN EVERY ASPECT OF OUR STRUGGLE, ON EVERY LEVEL OF OUR STRUGGLE. — Assata Shakur
I advocate revolutionary changes...an end to capitalist exploitation, the abolition of racist policies, the eradication of sexism and the elimination of political repression. If that is a crime, then I am totally guilty — Assata Shakur
Any community seriously concerned with its own freedom has to be concerned about other people's freedom as well. The victory of oppressed people anywhere in the world is a victory for Black people. Each time one of imperialism's tentacles is cut off we are closer to liberation. — Assata Shakur
Love is contraband in Hell, cause love is an acid that eats away bars. But you, me, and tomorrow hold hands and make vows that struggle will multiply. The hacksaw has two blades. The shotgun has two barrels. We are pregnant with freedom. We are a conspiracy. — Assata Shakur
Schools in amerika are interested in brainwashing people with amerikanism, giving them a little bit of education, and training them in skills needed to fill the positions the capitalist system requires. As long as we expect amerika's schools to educate us, we will remain ignorant. — Assata Shakur
We had to learn that we're beautiful. We had to relearn something forcefully taken from us. We had to learn about Black power. People have power if we unite. We learned the importance of coming together and being active — Assata Shakur
I believe in living, I believe in birth, I believe in the sweat of love and in the fire of truth and I believe that a lost ship, steered by tired, sea sick sailors, can still be guided home to port — Assata Shakur
The U. S. is becoming more hostile to Black people and other people of color. Racism is running rampant and xenophobia is on the rise — Assata Shakur
It is the obligation of every person who claims to oppose oppression to resist the oppressor by every means at his or her disposal. Not to engage in physical resistance, armed resistance to oppression, is to serve the interests of the oppressor; no more, no less. There are no exceptions to the rule, no easy out. — Assata Shakur
People are tried and convicted in the newspapers and on television before they ever see a courtroom. — Assata Shakur
And if I know anything at all, it's that a wall is just a wall and nothing more at all. It can be broken down. — Assata Shakur
There is a down side to everything if you don't understand what the consequences of what you are saying in your music you could possibly end up getting yourself killed or hurting other people because of your carelessness. — Assata Shakur
I found that people had all kinds of levels of consciousness, all kinds of levels of education, but that Cubans in general were very educated politically. I could go sit in a bus and get into a conversation with someone and that person had a wealth of knowledge. And energy! — Assata Shakur
My experience in the United States was living in a society that was very much at war with itself, that was very alienated. People felt not part of a community, but like isolated units that were afraid of interaction, of contact, that were lonely. — Assata Shakur
I was sentenced to life plus 30 years by an all-White jury. What I saw in prison was wall-to-wall Black flesh in chains. Women caged in cells. But we're the terrorists. It just doesn't make sense. — Assata Shakur
When Black people seriously organize and take up arms to fight for our liberation, there will be a lot of white people who will drop dead from no other reason than their own guilt and fear. — Assata Shakur
If we are not committed to saving this earth we will be buying designer air filters and gas masks with little Nike swishes on them. — Assata Shakur
I think that one of the problems that exists in the United States and in many places in the world is that people don't believe that they can make a difference. So a lot of times we're defeated before we even start. We've become consumers of a world vision, of Kentucky Fried Chicken, of McDonalds. — Assata Shakur
I've always been a student of different ways of looking at the world, different religions. That's been part of my survival mechanism, and also part of my curiosity as a person. — Assata Shakur
There's something nice about being able to go to sleep at night saying "You know, tomorrow I'm gonna get up and I'm gonna do this and I'm gonna do that...." I think that being an activist on this planet is a privilege and a pleasure. — Assata Shakur
People are really beginning to see the mechanisms of imperialism. When colonialism existed people could see colonialism. When racial segregation existed in its apartheid form, people could see the "whites only" signs. But it's much more difficult to see the structures of neo-imperialism, neo-colonialism, neo-slavery. — Assata Shakur
The government recognized immediately that Rap music has enormous revolutionary potential and politicians immediately came together to end it. — Assata Shakur
Hip Hop can be a very effective way to reach young people and teach them about current political and social issues. — Assata Shakur
The more you understand what you're dealing with, the stronger you get. People see fear as a bad thing. Fear is healthy when you're dealing with Amerika. But when fear controls you, when you're afraid to struggle fear is a bad thing. I'm more afraid of what will happen if I don't struggle, than what will happen if I do — Assata Shakur
Imperialism is the underlying motor of racism. The underlying reason that racism keeps on being promoted in all of its various forms. — Assata Shakur
Are you ready to sacrifice to end world hunger? To sacrifice to end colonialism? To end neo-colonialism? To end racism? To end sexism? — Assata Shakur
My energy just couldn’t stop dancing. I was caught up in the music of struggle, and i wanted to dance. — Assata Shakur
Being in Cuba has allowed me to live in a society that is not at war with itself. There is a sense of community. It's a given in Cuba that, if you fall down, the person next to you is going to help you get up. — Assata Shakur
I stay connected in my head. I'm spiritually and psychologically connected to African-Americans. They are my people, and that will never change. — Assata Shakur
The methods of peaceful protests are not capable of being effective, because in reality most people pay little attention to things that are not abrasive. — Assata Shakur
I've tried as much as possible to avoid the standard nine-to-five thing. I've tried to organize my life so that I can move around, change the rhythm and the tempo. — Assata Shakur
I really prefer to be kind of anonymous. Because when people know your whole history, they have a tendency to relate to you differently and maybe put you up on a pedestal. I want people to just be normal with me. I just want to live my life. — Assata Shakur
The people who are running this planet are insane - they are literally destroying it. I don't know where they think they're gonna drink water, breathe air. — Assata Shakur
I trust Cuba as a principled country. Cuba's strength is that it has been steadfast in its commitment to the principles of liberation, freedom, of resistance to the kind of institutionalized terrorism that the United States government does every day. — Assata Shakur
As far as I was concerned, the Panthers were 'baaaaaad.' The Party was more than bad; it was bodacious. The sheer audacity of walking onto the California Senate floor with rifles, demanding that Black people have the right to bear arms and the right to self-defense, made me sit back and take a long look at them. — Assata Shakur
I think anybody who is honestly struggling against racism must struggle against imperialism and vice versa. — Assata Shakur
I believe in self-defense and self-determination for Africans and other oppressed people in America. — Assata Shakur
People ask me if I miss the States. I miss African Americans. But not the U.S. government or all the things they put me through. I miss African American culture, our speech, dance and cooking. — Assata Shakur
People think that in order for something to work, it has to be complicated, but a lot of times the opposite is true. We usually reach success by putting the simple truths that we know into practice. — Assata Shakur
The US has attacked countries like Grenada, Panama, Libya... the list of victims of US terrorism is almost infinite. And the US government's participation in torture, whether in El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile... is well-documented and widely known. — Assata Shakur
I have been a political activist most of my life and many groups have attempted to label me as a criminal because of my outspoken beliefs. I am not a criminal and I have never been one. — Assata Shakur
The real reason Cuba poses a threat has nothing to do with my being here or anyone else being here. It's because Cuba is an example of a country that is actively fighting against imperialist domination and insists on its own right to self-determination and sovereignty. — Assata Shakur
There is something about Sundiata [Acoli] that exudes calm. From every part of his being you can sense the presence of revolutionary spirit and fervor. And his love for Black people is so intense that you can almost touch it and hold it in your hand. — Assata Shakur
Tourism has affected Cuba, because tourists come and they bring racist, sexist ideas. They bring a whole vision that there are rich people all over the world and that's the way it should be. — Assata Shakur
It never occurred to me that anyone would name a nuclear missile "Peacekeeper". It never occurred to me that thousands of people would be killed in the name of "peace-keeping". — Assata Shakur
Cubans understand that theirs is a country that provides sanctuary for people fleeing oppression. As a nation, they are very proud of this stance. They don't care how much the U.S. government badgers or attacks them. — Assata Shakur
There's something about approaching 50 that's very liberating. Political struggle has always been a 24-hour-a-day job for me. I felt I could never take time out for myself. Now I feel I owe it to myself to develop in ways I've been putting off all my life. — Assata Shakur
And it is that one percent, the heads of large corporations, who control the policies of news media and determine what you and I hear on radio, read in the newspapers, see on television. It is more important for us to think about where the media gets its information. — Assata Shakur
A lot of contemporary American culture makes its way to this county. Cuba is not some gray, isolated backwater. This is a happening place. — Assata Shakur
I miss friends and family. If it weren't for visits from old friends and other African Americans I meet who come to Cuba, I'd probably be in some kind of time warp. — Assata Shakur
The U.S. doesn't recognize the laws of Cuba. They can kidnap anybody and bring them back to the States to face the so-called justice system. There's no telling what the U.S. government will do to me. I'm in constant danger; I guess I've gotten used to it. — Assata Shakur
Every person that steps up and commits to social change helps solidify the black movement cause. It is not easy for those who fill in the leader role. — Assata Shakur
I had to adjust to living in a Third World country, which means that things people in the U.S. take for granted-like hot running water whenever you turn on the tap-are not always available. — Assata Shakur
Unless you are addressing the issues people are concerned about and contributing positive direction, they'll never support you. The first thing the enemy tries to do is isolate revolutionaries from the masses of people, making us horrible and hideous monsters so that our people will hate us — Assata Shakur
We have to have a vision of the world we want to make in 100 years. And maybe when we have that vision, when we convince enough people that that is a realistic vision, and that the opposite vision is basically that if we don't do something in this 100 years, a hundred years from now this world is gonna be so destroyed, so raped and ravished that we won't HAVE much of a world to save. — Assata Shakur
I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the U.S. government’s policy towards people of color. — Assata Shakur
I think that spirituality is important for all people to develop. I don't mean there necessarily has to be a religious aspect to spirituality. Some people are spiritual in a religious way, other people are spiritual in their work and in their art and in their treatment of other people. — Assata Shakur
Freedom! you askin me about freedom. I'll be honest with you. I know a whole more about what freedom isn't than about what it is, 'cause I've never been free. I can only share my vision with you of the future, about what freedom is. — Assata Shakur
I must confess that waltzes do not move me, I guess I hummed the blues too early, and spent too many midnights out wailing to the rain. — Assata Shakur
In my case, spirituality has been important to me because at periods in my life there's been very little else that I've had going. I've actually needed to call on, to feel the forces of good in this universe to be able to survive. — Assata Shakur
Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them. — Assata Shakur
We need to be weapons of mass construction, weapons of mass love. It's not enough just to change the system. We need to change ourselves. — Assata Shakur
Any Black person in amerika [sic], if they are being honest with themselves, have got to come to the conclusion that they don't know what it feels like to be free. We aren't free politically, economically, or socially. We have very little power over what happens in our lives. In fact, a Black person isn't free to walk down the street. Walk down the wrong street, in the wrong neighborhood at night, and you know what happens. — Assata Shakur
Some people spell "good" with two o's and some people spell it with one... and there shouldn't be a contradiction between that. — Assata Shakur
People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. — Assata Shakur
Black revolutionaries do not drop from the moon. We are created by our conditions. Shaped by our oppression. — Assata Shakur
I think that the greatest betrayal that a revolutionary can participate in is to become like the people you are struggling against. To become like your persecutors. I think that is a betrayal and a sin. — Assata Shakur
It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us. — Assata Shakur
In the long run, the people are our only appeal. The only ones who can free us are ourselves. — Assata Shakur
Like all other Black revolutionaries, Amerika is trying to lynch me. — Assata Shakur
I couldn't see how we could seriously struggle without having a strong sense of collectivity, without being responsible FOR each other and TO each other. — Assata Shakur
Only the strong go crazy. The weak just go along. — Assata Shakur
We’re taught at such an early age to be against the communists, yet most of us don’t have the faintest idea what communism is. Only a fool lets somebody else tell him who his enemy is. — Assata Shakur
Only a fool lets somebody else tell him who his enemy is....never let your enemies choose your enemies for you. — Assata Shakur
No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. — Assata Shakur
If you're deaf, dumb, and blind to what's happening in the world, you're under no obligation to do anything. But if you know what's happening and you don't do anything but sit on your ass, then you're nothing but a punk — Assata Shakur
Part of being a revolutionary is creating a vision that is more humane. That is more fun, too. That is more loving. It's really working to create something beautiful. — Assata Shakur
I think that people who want to change this planet have to seriously understand that as human beings we have to work to be good. — Assata Shakur
We are pregnant with freedom. — Assata Shakur
My life wasn't beautiful and creative before I became politically active. My life was totally changed when I began to struggle. — Assata Shakur
I realized that I was connected to Africa. I wasn't just a Colored girl. I was part of a whole world that wanted a better life. I'm part of a majority and not a minority. My life has been a life of growth. If you're not growing, you're not going to understand real love. If you're not reaching out to help others then you're shrinking. My life has been active. I'm not a spectator — Assata Shakur
All you have to do is ask yourselves, who controls the government? And who are the victims of that control? — Assata Shakur
The usual way the people are taught to think in amerika is that each subject is in a little compartment and has no relation to any other subject. For the most part, we receive fragments of unrelated knowledge, and our education follows no logical format or pattern. It is exactly this kind of education that produces people who don’t have the ability to think for themselves and who are easily manipulated. — Assata Shakur
Racism had grown out of slavery and exploitation and was very hard to eradicate quickly and completely. — Assata Shakur
I'm crafting a vision of my life that involves creativity. And Cuban society allows me to do this. I know it's harder in the U.S. where so many people are just grateful to have a job. — Assata Shakur
I believe in life. And I have seen the death parade — Assata Shakur
Life Lessons by Assata Shakur
- Assata Shakur's activism has taught us that it is possible to fight for justice and human rights, even in the face of adversity.
- Her work has also shown us that it is important to stand up for what we believe in and to speak out against injustice.
- Finally, her example has demonstrated the power of solidarity and collective action in the pursuit of social change.
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