Day 78: Shut Up and Listen

The thing to do when poeple of color are being oppressed is not to talk about it from your own priveleged outsider point of view but to “shut up and listen” to the people going though it. I’m putting some quotes sort of randomly as they occur to me, that say a lot of what needs to be said, some said long ago and some more recently. A range of points of view but a thread going through all of them, which goes with the German writer, Gunther Grass: “The job of a citizen is to keep their mouth open.”

I’m sure there are many more calls to action. Add them in the comments. I will find more said by a bigger variety of genders and more current.

But I guess, we all look the same
A goddamn shame, you don’t know my name
Must-a just been two blacks so the payback
Fit the ID for someone like meLast line:

Now who’s to blame for the hate that hate made?

From Paris, “The Hate that Hate Made”

“We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock landed on us.”
— Malcolm X

“Concerning nonviolence, it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks.”
— Malcolm X

“I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those that do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation.”
— Malcolm X

“The revolution will not be televised… no rerun. The revolution will be live.” Gil Scott-Heron.

When the color of your Skin is seen as a weapon, you will never be seen as unarmed. “Black Lives Matter”

There comes a time when silence is betrayal. MLK Jr.

When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction. Colin Kaepernick

“It’s also about Oscar. 
It’s even about that little boy in 1955 who nobody recognized at first—Emmett.” 
― Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give

(And George Floyd and Breonna Taylor

But it falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station — including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day — to work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts. Barack Obama


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