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Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By A.R. Bernard

The ignorance of the oppressed is strength for the oppressor. — A.R. Bernard

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Jon Stewart

The danger of oppression is not just being oppressed, it's becoming an oppressor, — Jon Stewart

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Walter Wink

Loving confrontation can free both the oppressed from docility and the oppressor from sin. — Walter Wink

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Bell Hooks

All too frequently in the women's movement it was assumed one could be free of sexist thinking by simply adopting the appropriate feminist rhetoric; it was further assumed that identifying oneself as oppressed freed one from being an oppressor. To a very grave extent such thinking prevented white feminists from understanding and overcoming their own sexist-racist attitudes toward black women. They could pay lip-service to the idea of sisterhood and solidarity between women but at the same time dismiss black women. Just — Bell Hooks

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Malcolm X

Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. You don't need anything else. — Malcolm X

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Nelson Mandela

We are extricating ourselves from a system that insulted our common humanity by dividing us from one another on the basis of race and setting us against each other as oppressed and oppressor. That system committed a crime against humanity. — Nelson Mandela

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Henri J.M. Nouwen

In the face of the oppressed I recognize my own face, and in the hands of the oppressor I recognize my own hands. Their flesh is my flesh, their blood is my blood, their pain is my pain, their smile is my smile. — Henri J.M. Nouwen

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Shiri Eisner

If the goal of feminism is to end patriarchy and gender-based oppression, then transgender politics supplies us one of the most important perspectives from which to view - and challenge - binary gender and gender-based oppression. As mentioned in previous chapters, if no clear distinction exists between "male" and "female," it becomes impossible to oppress people according to their gender. If we have no sole criterion for determining who is "man" and who is "woman," we can't know whose role it is to be oppressor, and whose to be oppressed. — Shiri Eisner

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Lewis Mumford

In short, the oppressor and the oppressed, instead of fighting it out within the city, directed their aggression toward a common goal-an attack on a rival city. Thus the greater the tensions and the harsher the daily repressions of civilization, the more useful war became as a safety valve. Finally, war performed another function that was even more indispensable, if my hypothetical connection between anxiety, human sacrifice, and war prove defensible. War provided its own justification, by displacing neurotic anxiety with rational fear in the face of real danger. Once war broke out, there was solid reason for apprehension, terror, and compensatory displays of courage. — Lewis Mumford

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Ai

To me, the ideological high wire
is for fools to balance on with their illusions.
It is better to leap into the void.
Isn't that what we all want anyway? -
to eliminate all pretense
till like the oppressed who in the end
identifies with the oppressor,
we accept the worst in ourselves
and are set free. — Ai

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Ogden Nash

Never befriend the oppressed unless you are prepared to take on the oppressor. — Ogden Nash

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Paulo Freire

The behavior and reactions of the oppressed, which lead the oppressor to practice cultural invasion, should evoke from the revolutionary a different theory of action. What distinguishes revolutionary leaders from the dominant elite is not only their objectives, but their procedures. — Paulo Freire

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Adam Snowflake

If you are blaming the oppressed rather than the oppressor you know that something is wrong. — Adam Snowflake

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Anonymous

Assist your Muslim brother, whether he be an oppressor or oppressed. "Bu how shall we doit when he is an oppressor?" enquired a companion. Muhammad replied, "Assisting an oppressor by forbidding and witholding him from oppression. — Anonymous

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Chinua Achebe

Unfortunately, oppression does not automatically produce only meaningful struggle. It has the ability to call into being a wide range of responses between partial acceptance and violent rebellion. In between you can have, for instance, a vague, unfocused dissatisfaction; or, worst of all, savage infighting among the oppressed, a fierce love-hate entanglement with one another like crabs inside the fisherman's bucket, which ensures that no crab gets away. This is a serious issue for African-American deliberation.
To answer oppression with appropriate resistance requires knowledge of two kinds: in the first place, self-knowledge by the victim, which means awareness that oppression exists, an awareness that the victim has fallen from a great height of glory or promise into the present depths; secondly, the victim must know who the enemy is. He must know his oppressor's real name, not an alias, a pseudonym, or a nom de plume! — Chinua Achebe

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Wally Lamb

Power, wrongly used, defeats the oppressor as well as the oppressed. — Wally Lamb

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Martin Luther King Jr.

Often the oppressor goes along unaware of the evil involved in his oppression so long as the oppressed accepts it. — Martin Luther King Jr.

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By John Greenleaf Whittier

The laws of changeless justice bind oppressor and oppressed; and, close as sin and suffering joined we march to fate abreast. — John Greenleaf Whittier

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Steve Biko

The greatest weapon in the hand of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. — Steve Biko

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Walter Rodney

For the only great men among the unfree and the oppressed are those who struggle to destroy the oppressor. — Walter Rodney

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Bell Hooks

White women and black men have it both ways. They can act as oppressor or be oppressed. Black men may be victimized by racism, but sexism allows them to act as exploiters and oppressors of women. White women may be victimized by sexism, but racism enables them to act as exploiters and oppressors of black people. Both groups have led liberation movements that favor their interests and support the continued oppression of other groups. Black male sexism has undermined struggles to eradicate racism just as white female racism undermines feminist struggle. As long as these two groups or any group defines liberation as gaining social equality with ruling class white men, they have a vested interest in the continued exploitation and oppression of others. — Bell Hooks

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Barbara Deming

A liberation movement that is nonviolent sets the oppressor free as well as the oppressed. — Barbara Deming

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Florence King

Oppressed people are treacherous for the simple reason that treachery is both a means of survival and a way to curry favor with one's oppressor. — Florence King

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By James Allen

He who has conquered weakness, and has put away all selfish thoughts, belongs neither to oppressor nor oppressed. He is free. — James Allen

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Walter Russell

No civilization can exist part free and part slave.
..We have never had any other kind of civilization. It has always been that way. There has always been a division of man. There has always been the conqueror and conquered-the master and slave-the ruler and the ruled-the oppressor and the oppressed. There has never been content nor unity. There has been only discontent and disunity. — Walter Russell

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Alexander Pope

The grave unites; where e'en the great find rest, And blended lie th' oppressor and th' oppressed! — Alexander Pope

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Mark Twain

The painful thing observable about all this business was, the alacrity with which this oppressed community had turned their cruel hands against their own class in the interest of the common oppressor ... This man had been out helping to hang his neighbors, and had done his work with zeal, and yet was aware that there was nothing against them but a mere suspicion, with nothing back of it describable as evidence, still neither he nor his wife seemed to see anything horrible about it. — Mark Twain

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Paulo Freire

At a certain point in their existential experience, the oppressed feel an irresistible attraction toward the oppressor and his way of life. Sharing this way of life becomes an overpowering aspiration. — Paulo Freire

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Karl Marx

The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.
Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, that each time ended, either in the revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes. — Karl Marx

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Warren Farrell

So one of my core themes in The Myth of Male Power - that history's controlling force was not patriarchy, but survival - is still ignored. Instead, the leading universities' women's studies and "gender studies" courses still emanate from the Marxist and Civil Rights model of oppressor vs. oppressed. We'll see in this book exactly why the dichotomy of oppressor/oppressed is both inaccurate and, more important, undermines love and women's empowerment. In virtually every leading university this leads to a demonizing of men and masculinity that distorts the very essence of traditional masculinity - being socialized to be a hero by being willing to sacrifice oneself in war or in work. The possibility that being socialized to be disposable is not genuine power is, to this day, either considered radical, heretical, or, most frequently, not considered. — Warren Farrell

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Raphael Lemkin

Genocide has two phases: one, destruction of the national pattern of the oppressed group; the other, the imposition of the national pattern of the oppressor. This imposition, in turn, may be made upon the oppressed population which is allowed to remain or upon the territory alone, after removal of the population and the colonization by the oppressor's own nationals. — Raphael Lemkin

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Steve Biko

The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
So as a prelude whites must be made to realise that they are only human, not superior. Same with Blacks. They must be made to realise that they are also human, not inferior. — Steve Biko

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Martin Luther

Our most merciful Father, seeing us to be oppressed and overwhelmed with the curse of the law ... sent his only Son into the world and laid upon him all the sins of all men, saying, 'You be Peter that denier, Paul that persecutor, blasphemer and cruel oppressor, David that adulterer, that sinner who ate the apple in Paradise, that thief who hung upon the cross, and briefly, you be the person who has committed the sins of all men. See therefore that you pay and satisfy for them.' — Martin Luther

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Nelson Mandela

A freedom fighter learns the hard way that it is the oppressor who defines the nature of the struggle,and the oppressed is often left no recourse but to use methods that mirror those of the oppressor.At a point, one can only fight fire with fire — Nelson Mandela

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Chukwuemeka Ike

God tends to fight not on the side of the oppressed but on the side of the oppressor because the later has bigger battalions. — Chukwuemeka Ike

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Paulo Freire

The behavior of the oppressed is a prescribed behavior, following as it does the guidelines of the oppressor. — Paulo Freire

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Warren Farrell

It would be hard to find a single example in history in which a group that cast more than 50 percent of the vote got away with calling itself the victim ... Women are the only 'oppressed' group to share the same parents as the 'oppressor'; to be born into the middle class and upper class as frequently as the 'oppressor'; to own more of the culture's luxury items than the 'oppressor' ... — Warren Farrell

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Malcolm X

It is incorrect to classify the revolt of the Negro as simply a radical conflict of black against white or as a purely American problem. Rather, we are today seeing a global rebellion of the oppressed against the oppressor, the exploited against the exploiter. — Malcolm X

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Angry Zodd

Resherphire: True freedom is not that which is granted by an oppressor. It is a self-evident right, not something that originates from an external force. — Angry Zodd

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Rebecca Walker

For many of us it seems that to be a feminist in the way that we have seen or understood feminism is to conform to an identity and way of living that doesn't allow for individuality, complexity, or less than perfect personal histories. We fear that the identity will dictate and regulate our lives, instantaneously pitting us against someone, forcing us to choose inflexible and unchanging sides, female against male, black against white, oppressed against oppressor, good against bad. — Rebecca Walker

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Robert Walser

How reprehensible it is when those blessed with commodities insist on ignoring the poor. Better to torment them, force them into indentured servitude, inflict compulsion and blows - this at least produces a connection, fury and a pounding heart, and these too constitute a form of relationship. But to cower in elegant homes behind golden garden gates, fearful lest the breath of warm humankind touch you, unable to indulge in extravagances for fear they might be glimpsed by the embittered oppressed, to oppress and yet lack the courage to show yourself as an oppressor, even to fear the ones you are oppressing, feeling ill at ease in your own wealth and begrudging others their ease, to resort to disagreeable weapons that require neither true audacity nor manly courage, to have money, but only money, without splendor: That's what things look like in our cities at present — Robert Walser

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Elie Wiesel

Take sides. Neutrality always serves the oppressor and never the oppressed. — Elie Wiesel

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Paulo Freire

Even revolution, which transforms a concrete situation of oppression by establishing the process of liberation, must confront this phenomenon. Many of the oppressed who directly or indirectly participate in revolution intend - conditioned by the myths of the old order - to make it their private revolution. The shadow of their former oppressor is still cast over them. — Paulo Freire

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By John Steinbeck

I think my sense of right and wrong, my feeling of noblesse oblige, and any thought I may have against the oppressor and for the oppressed came from [Le Morte d'Arthur] ... It did not seem strange to me that Uther Pendragon wanted the wife of his vassal and took her by trickery. I was not frightened to find that there were evil knights, as well as noble ones. In my own town there were men who wore the clothes of virtue whom I knew to be bad ... If I could not choose my way at the crossroads of love and loyalty, neither could Lancelot. I could understand the darkness of Mordred because he was in me too; and there was some Galahad in me, but perhaps not enough. The Grail feeling was there, however, deep-planted, and perhaps always will be. — John Steinbeck

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Desmond Tutu

You are either on the side of the oppressed or on the side of the oppressor. You can't be neutral. — Desmond Tutu

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Martin Luther King Jr.

There is such a thing as the freedom of exhaustion. Some people are so worn down by the yoke of oppression that they give up ... The oppressed must never allow the conscience of the oppressor to slumber ... To accept injustice or segregation passively is to say to the oppressor that his actions are morally right. — Martin Luther King Jr.

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By 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.

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Cesare Beccaria

When a fixed code of laws, which must be observed to the letter, leaves no further care to the judge than to examine the acts of citizens and to decide whether or not they conform to the law as written; then the standard of the just or the unjust, which is to be the norm of conduct for the ignorant as well as for the philosophic citizen, is not a matter of controversy but of fact; then only are citizens not subject to the petty tyrannies of the many which are the more cruel as the distance between the oppressed and the oppressor is less, and which are far more fatal than those of a single man, for the despotism of many can only be corrected by the despotism of one; the cruelty of a single despot is proportioned, not to his might, but to the obstacles he encounters. — Cesare Beccaria

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Martin Luther King Jr.

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be taken by the oppressed. — Martin Luther King Jr.

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Grace Lee Boggs

Being a victim of oppression in the United States is not enough to make you revolutionary, just as dropping out of your mother's womb is not enough to make you human. People who are full of hate and anger against their oppressors or who only see Us versus Them can make a rebellion but not a revolution. The oppressed internalize the values of the oppressor. Therefore, any group that achieves power, no matter how oppressed, is not going to act differently from their oppressors as long as they have not confronted the values that they have internalized and consciously adopted different values. — Grace Lee Boggs

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Martin Luther King Jr.

The oppressed must never allow the conscience of the oppressor to slumber. Religion reminds every man that he is his brother's keeper. — Martin Luther King Jr.

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Paulo Freire

Certain members of the oppressor class join the oppressed in their struggle for liberation. — Paulo Freire

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By James Baldwin

It must be remembered that the oppressed and the oppressor are bound together within the same society; they accept the same criteria, they share the same beliefs, they both alike depend on the same reality. — James Baldwin

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Umar

To forgive an oppressor is oppression upon the oppressed. — Umar

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Nikki Giovanni

But nonviolence was never for the oppressor; it was for the oppressed. — Nikki Giovanni

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Paulo Freire

P40- for the oppressors..to 'be' is to have and to be the class of the "haves". — Paulo Freire

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah

Throughout my life, I have always supported the human being in his humanism and I have supported the oppressed. I think it is the person's right to live his freedom and it is her and his right to face the injustice imposed on each by revolting against it, using his practical, realistic and available means to end the oppressor's injustice toward him, whether it is an individual, a community, a nation, or a state; whether male or female. — Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Frantz Fanon

Once their rage explodes, they recover their lost coherence, they experience self-knowledge through reconstruction of themselves; from afar we see their war as the triumph of barbarity; but it proceeds on its own to gradually emancipate the fighter and progressively eliminates the colonial darkness inside and out. As soon as it begins it is merciless. Either one must remain terrified or become terrifying - which means surrendering to the dissociations of a fabricated life or conquering the unity of one's native soil. When the peasants lay hands on a gun, the old myths fade, and one by one the taboos are overturned: a fighter's weapon is his humanity. For in the first phase of the revolt killing is a necessity: killing a European is killing two birds with one stone, eliminating in one go oppressor and oppressed: leaving one man dead and the other man free; — Frantz Fanon

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Paulo Freire

P29 - the oppressed, having internalised the image of the oppressor and adopted his guideline are fearful of freedom. Freedom would require them to eject this image and replace it with autonomy and responsibility. — Paulo Freire

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By W.E.B. Du Bois

Oppression costs the oppressor too much if the oppressed stands up and protests. The protest need not be merely physical-the throwing of stones and bullets-if it is mental, spiritual; if it expresses itself in silent, persistent dissatisfaction, the cost to the oppressor is terrific. — W.E.B. Du Bois

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Hannah Arendt

Even exploitation and oppression still make society work and establish some kind of order. Only wealth without power or aloofness without a policy are felt to be parasitical, useless, revolting, because such conditions cut all the threads which tie men together. Wealth which does not exploit lacks even the relationship which exists between exploiter and exploited; aloofness without policy does not imply even the minimum concern of the oppressor for the oppressed. — Hannah Arendt

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Frank Herbert

The oppressed always learned from and copied the oppressor. When the tables were turned, the stage was set for another round of revenge and violence
roles reversed. And reversed and reversed ad nauseam. — Frank Herbert

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Kwame Nkrumah

The fortunes of the African revolution are closely linked with the world-wide struggle against imperialism. It does not matter where the battle erupts, be it in Africa, Asia or Latin America, the master-mind and master-hand at work are the same. The oppressed and exploited people are striving for their freedom against exploitation and suppression. Ghana must not, Ghana cannot be neutral in the struggle of the oppressed against the oppressor. — Kwame Nkrumah

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Nelson Mandela

When I walked out of prison, that was my mission, to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both. — Nelson Mandela

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Matshona Dhliwayo

The oppressed must cry out to God.
The oppressor must repent of his sins.
The liberated must give thanks. — Matshona Dhliwayo

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Saadi

To pardon the oppressor is to deal harshly with the oppressed. — Saadi

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Nelson Mandela

I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. A man who takes away another man's freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else's freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity. — Nelson Mandela

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Isaac Of Nineveh

Be persecuted, rather than be a persecutor. Be crucified, rather than be a crucifier. Be treated unjustly, rather than treat anyone unjustly. Be oppressed, rather than be an oppressor. Be gentle rather than zealous. Lay hold of goodness, rather than justice. — Isaac Of Nineveh

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Khalil Gibran

You are persecuted and despised. It were better that a person should be the oppressed than that he should be the oppressor; and fitter that he should be a victim to the frailty of human instincts than that he should be powerful and crush the flowers of life and disfigure the beauties of feeling with his desire. — Khalil Gibran

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Lillian B. Rubin

By identifying with the powerful, the disempowered achieve a measure of safety, at least for a moment. By doing the bidding of those in power, they become a necessary part of the system, useful so long as they serve to contain the stirrings and strivings of the oppressed. By making the rules and values of their oppressor their own, they separate themselves from the rest of their group and, temporarily at least, assuage the pain of their stigmatized status. — Lillian B. Rubin

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Rick Bayan

REVOLUTIONARY: An oppressed person waiting for the opportunity to become an oppressor. — Rick Bayan

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Paulo Freire

The oppressed, having internalized the image of the oppressor and adopted his guidelines, are fearful of freedom. — Paulo Freire

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Bruce Friedrich

Every time I sit down to eat, I cast my lot: for mercy, against misery; for the oppressed, against the oppressor; and for compassion, against cruelty. There is a lot of suffering in the world, but how much suffering can be addressed with literally no time or effort on our part? We can just stop supporting it, by making different choices. — Bruce Friedrich

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By James Russell Lowell

No sincere desire of doing good need make an enemy of a single human being; that philanthropy has surely a flaw in it which cannot sympathize with the oppressor equally as with the oppressed. — James Russell Lowell

Oppressed Oppressor Quotes By Evgeny Morozov

The idea that the Internet favors the oppressed rather than the oppressor is marred by what I call cyber-utopianism: a naive belief in the emancipatory nature of online communication that rests on a stubborn refusal to admit its downside. — Evgeny Morozov