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I don't think a white person can write accurately and convincingly about what black people experience of oppression. Alice Mattison
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Racial oppression of black people in America has done what neither class oppression or sexual oppression, with all their perniciousness, has ever done: destroyed an entire people and their culture. Eleanor Holmes Norton
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For a black male, the sound of the blues is pre-Civil Rights. It's oppression. Gary Clark Jr
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White women and black men have it both ways. They can act as oppressor or ... and oppression of others. Bell Hooks
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Black revolutionaries do not drop from the moon. We are created by our conditions. Shaped by our oppression. Assata Shakur
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Black Consciousness is in essence the realization by the black man of the need to rally together with his brothers around the cause of their oppression. Steven Biko
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Rap's conscious response to the poverty and oppression of U.S. blacks is like some hideous parody of sixties black pride. David Foster Wallace
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Black people must address itself to the causes of poverty. That's oppression in this country. H Rap Brown
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Niggerization is the result of oppression - and it doesn't just apply to the black people. Old people, poor people, and students can also get niggerized. Florynce Kennedy
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To prevent enabling oppression, we demand that black people be twice as good. To prevent verifying stereotypes, we pledge to never eat a slice a watermelon in front of white people. Ta-Nehisi Coates
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What had begun as a movement to free all black people from racist oppression became a movement with its primary goal the establishment of black male patriarchy. Bell Hooks
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Black racism is a myth created by whites to ease their guilt feelings. As long as whites can be assured that blacks are racists, they can find reasons to justify their own oppression of' black people. James H. Cone
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Usually, when people talk about the "strength" of black women . . . . they ignore the reality that to be strong in the face of oppression is not the same as overcoming oppression, that endurance is not to be confused with transformation. Bell Hooks
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Racial discrimination, South Africa's economic power, its oppression and exploitation of all the black peoples, are part and parcel of the same thing. Oliver Tambo
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The reason I joined the struggle against Apartheid was because you had this system of oppression, which affected everybody who was black. Whether you were old or young, man or woman, in a village or a town, it didn't matter. Thabo Mbeki
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. . .there is an element of Play that is almost ritualistic in Black folk life. It serves to mediate the tensions, stress, and pain of constant exploitation and oppression. Bell Hooks
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Within the lesbian community I am Black, and within the Black community I am a lesbian. Any attack against Black people is a lesbian and gay issue, because I and thousands of other Black women are part of the lesbian community. Any attack against lesbians and gays is a Black issue, because thousands of lesbians and gay men are Black. There is no hierarchy of oppression. Audre Lorde
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Black racism is a myth created by whites to ease their guilt feelings. As long as whites can be assured that blacks are racists, they can find reasons to justify their own oppression of" black people. James H. Cone
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By dismantling the narrow politics of racial identity and selective self-interest, by going beyond 'black' and 'white,' we may construct new values, new institutions and new visions of an America beyond traditional racial categories and racial oppression. Manning Marable
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I didn't run into racism until we moved to Nassau when I was ten and a half, but it was vastly different from the kind of horrendous oppression that black people in Miami were under when I moved there at 15. I found Florida an antihuman place. Sidney Poitier
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