I say violence is necessary. Violence is a part of America's culture. It is as American as cherry pie. Americans taught the black people to be violent. We will use that violence to rid ourselves of oppression if necessary. We will be free, by any means necessary.

— H. Rap Brown

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I say violence is necessary. It is as American as cherry pie.


Individuals do not create rebellions; conditions do.


The man does not beat your head because you got a Cadillac or because you got a Ford; he beats you because you're black!


This is a very unforgiving country when you show this country its warts, when you hold the mirror up. If you happen not to share their beliefs, they'll kill you.


Being a man is the continuing battle for one's life.

One loses a bit of manhood with every stale compromise to the authority of any power in which one does not believe.


There's no such thing as second class citizenship.

That's like telling me you can be a little bit pregnant.


See, it's no in between: you're either free or you're a slave.


There has to be a social commitment, a social consciousness that joins men together. On the basis of their coming together, they do not transgress against themselves and they do not transgress against others.


We talking about revolution because that's the era that you're caught in.


You must begin to define yourself. You must begin to define your Black heritage.


One of the lies that we tell ourselves is that we're making progress; but Huey's chair's empty.


I seek truth over a lie; I seek justice over injustice; I seek righteousness over the rewards of evildoers, and I love Allah more than I love the state.


About H. Rap Brown

Quotes 18 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Activist
Birthday October 16

If America don't come around, we're gonna' burn it down.


I consider myself neither legally nor morally bound to obey the laws made by a body in which I have no representation.


You cannot legislate an attitude.


The poverty program was not designed to eliminate poverty.


An old African leader says about leadership, he says that leadership should never be shared; it should always remain in the hands of the dispossessed people. We will lead the revolution.