Do you see law and order? There is nothing but disorder, and instead of law there is the illusion of security. It is an illusion because it is built on a long history of injustices: racism, criminality, and the genocide of millions. Many people say it is insane to resist the system, but actually, it is insane not to.

— Mumia Abu-Jamal

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The media, itself an arm of mega-corporate power, feeds the fear industry, so that people are primed like pumps to support wars on rumor, innuendo, legends, and lies.


The United States is Fast Becoming One of the Biggest Open-Air Prisons on Earth


The state would rather give me an uzi than a microphone.


I spend my days preparing for life, not preparing for death.


I think because I came into journalism by way of the Black Panther Party - and not J-school or a corporate bourgeois institution - I tried to do news, writing and reporting that had social, political and racial content and context.


The role of television is the illusion of company, noise.

I call it the fifth wall and the second window: the window of illusion.


Prison is a second-by-second assault on the soul, a day-to-day degradation of the self, an oppressive steel and brick umbrella that transforms seconds into hours and hours into days.


Conventional wisdom would have one believe.


At the risk of quoting Mephistopheles I repeat: Welcome to hell.

A hell erected and maintained by human-governments, and blessed by black robed judges. A hell that allows you to see your loved ones, but not to touch them. A hell situated in America's boondocks, hundreds of miles away from most families. A white, rural hell, where most of the captives are black and urban. It is an American way of death.


If you ain't angry, you ain't paying attention.


Very few people in prison have voices that go beyond the wall.

It's my job to do the work for them because they have no one.


I was punished for communicating.


About Mumia Abu-Jamal

Quotes 24 sayings
Profession Journalist
Birthday April 24, 1954

When a cause comes along and you know in your bones that it is just, yet refuse to defend it--at that moment you begin to die. And I have never seen so many corpses walking around talking about justice.


Before this generation goes on to its ancestors, we should, we must, do our level best to pass on our lessons, so that they live in our people's minds and lives.


Today's empire is tomorrow's ashes...


I have learned not to do predictions.

It's not helpful, psychologically. I don't sit and fret about things.


If the Constitution can be used against one, it can be used against all.


here and there in the barrios and the favelas, among those who have least, beat hearts of hope, fly sparks of Overcoming.


Many claim that it is insane to resist the system; but actually, it is insane not to.


Contrary to popular belief, conventional wisdom would have one believe that it is insane to resist this, the mightiest of empires… But what history really shows is that today`s empire is tomorrow`s ashes, that nothing lasts forever, and that to not resist is to acquiesce in your own oppression. The greatest form of sanity that anyone can exercise is to resist that force that is trying to repress, oppress, and fight down the human spirit.


Politics is the art of making the people believe that they are in power, when in fact, they have none.


Elie Wiesel says that the greatest evil in the world is not anger or hatred, but indifference. If that is true, then the opposite is also true: that the greatest love we can show our children is the attention we pay them, the time we take for them. Maybe we serve children the best simply by noticing them.


Free people have a right to decide for themselves what they want to hear.

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