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Assata Shakur
By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

I advocate revolutionary changes...an end to capitalist exploitation, the abolition of racist policies, the eradication of sexism and the elimination of political repression. If that is a crime, then I am totally guilty

By Anonym 14 Sep

Assata Shakur

It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Assata Shakur

The more you understand what you're dealing with, the stronger you get. People see fear as a bad thing. Fear is healthy when you're dealing with Amerika. But when fear controls you, when you're afraid to struggle fear is a bad thing. I'm more afraid of what will happen if I don't struggle, than what will happen if I do

By Anonym 15 Sep

Assata Shakur

The US has attacked countries like Grenada, Panama, Libya... the list of victims of US terrorism is almost infinite. And the US government's participation in torture, whether in El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile... is well-documented and widely known.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

I believe in life. And I have seen the death parade

By Anonym 14 Sep

Assata Shakur

My energy just couldn’t stop dancing. I was caught up in the music of struggle, and i wanted to dance.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Assata Shakur

He said that he was sorry but Robert Bey had called and told him i was no longer in the party. I was burnt. I got the Bronx Ministry to put him on the phone and proceeded to call him the unprincipled, arrogant idiot he was... i hate arrogance whether it's white or purple or Black. Some people let power get to their heads... the only great people i have met have been modest and humble. You can't claim that you love people when you don't respect them, and you can't call for political unity unless you practice it in your relationships.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Assata Shakur

The world, in spite of oppression, is a beautiful place.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Assata Shakur

The US government's most acute fear is that other countries are going to follow the Cuban example. They want everybody to know that if you follow this example we will attack you in every way that we can.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Assata Shakur

I think that, like many sisters, I was raised to be a Superwoman. I am a serious woman, and I want to be taken seriously.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Assata Shakur

We had to learn that we're beautiful. We had to relearn something forcefully taken from us. We had to learn about Black power. People have power if we unite. We learned the importance of coming together and being active

By Anonym 17 Sep

Assata Shakur

Most of us felt that taking control of our neighborhoods was the first step toward liberation...First, we would take control of the schools; then we would take control of the hospitals; then we would take control of the colleges, the housing, etc., etc. We would have community controlled employment, welfare centers, and city, state, and federal agencies. 'Hold on for a minute,' somebody said. 'Where are y'all gonna get the money to run all that stuff?' 'We'll take community control of the banks,' someone answered. 'You'd better take community control of the army, too, because those banks aren't gonna just let you take their money lying down." 'We'll take control of the political institutions in our community. Then we'll take control of the congressional seats, the senate seats, the city council seats, the mayor's office, and every other office you can take control of. We'll take control of the political offices so we can allocate money to the people who need it.' 'Y'all just wishing and hoping,' someone said. 'You can control the social institutions and the political institutions, but unless you control the economic and military institutions, you can only go so far.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Assata Shakur

People ask me if I miss the States. I miss African Americans. But not the U.S. government or all the things they put me through. I miss African American culture, our speech, dance and cooking.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Assata Shakur

I worked, studied, mothered and continued to be an activist. I found that Cuba was much different from the US; its government was genuinely trying to erase racism.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Assata Shakur

I think it's really hard to plan if you don't believe you can implement those plans.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

Any community seriously concerned with its own freedom has to be concerned about other people's freedom as well. The victory of oppressed people anywhere in the world is a victory for Black people. Each time one of imperialism's tentacles is cut off we are closer to liberation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

All you have to do is ask yourselves, who controls the government? And who are the victims of that control?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Assata Shakur

That was one of the big problems in the [Black Panther] Party. Criticism and self-criticism were not encouraged, and the little that was given often wasn’t taken seriously. Constructive criticism and self-criticism are extremely important for any revolutionary organization. Without them, people tend to drown in their mistakes, not learn from them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

A lot of contemporary American culture makes its way to this county. Cuba is not some gray, isolated backwater. This is a happening place.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Assata Shakur

Love is contraband in Hell, cause love is an acid that eats away bars. But you, me, and tomorrow hold hands and make vows that struggle will multiply. The hacksaw has two blades. The shotgun has two barrels. We are pregnant with freedom. We are a conspiracy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Assata Shakur

The people who are running this planet are insane - they are literally destroying it. I don't know where they think they're gonna drink water, breathe air.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Assata Shakur

Like all other Black revolutionaries, Amerika is trying to lynch me.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Assata Shakur

We're living in a very tricky world, and unless we become analytical and expose the tricknology, people will become sucked into that. It is very easy, it is very, very easy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

If we are not committed to saving this earth we will be buying designer air filters and gas masks with little Nike swishes on them.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Assata Shakur

The U. S. is becoming more hostile to Black people and other people of color. Racism is running rampant and xenophobia is on the rise

By Anonym 14 Sep

Assata Shakur

The government recognized immediately that Rap music has enormous revolutionary potential and politicians immediately came together to end it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

I am a Black revolutionary woman, and because of this i have been charged with and accused of every alleged crime in which a woman was believed to have participated. The alleged crimes in which only men were supposedly involved, i have been accused of planning. They have plastered pictures alleged to be me in post offices, airports, hotels, police cars, subways, banks, television, and newspapers. They have offered . rewards for my capture and they have issued orders to shoot on sight and shoot to kill.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

If you're deaf, dumb, and blind to what's happening in the world, you're under no obligation to do anything. But if you know what's happening and you don't do anything but sit on your ass, then you're nothing but a punk

By Anonym 15 Sep

Assata Shakur

There is a down side to everything if you don't understand what the consequences of what you are saying in your music you could possibly end up getting yourself killed or hurting other people because of your carelessness.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Assata Shakur

i believe in living. i believe in the spectrum of Beta days and Gamma people. i believe in sunshine. In windmills and waterfalls, tricycles and rocking chairs; And i believe that seeds grow into sprouts. And sprouts grow into trees. i believe in the magic of the hands. And in the wisdom of the eyes. i believe in rain and tears. And in the blood of infinity. i believe in life. And i have seen the death parade march through the torso of the earth, sculpting mud bodies in its path i have seen the destruction of the daylight and seen bloodthirsty maggots prayed to and saluted i have seen the kind become the blind and the blind become the bind in one easy lesson. i have walked on cut grass. i have eaten crow and blunder bread and breathed the stench of indifference i have been locked by the lawless. Handcuffed by the haters. Gagged by the greedy. And, if i know anything at all, it's that a wall is just a wall and nothing more at all. It can be broken down. i believe in living i believe in birth. i believe in the sweat of love and in the fire of truth. And i believe that a lost ship, steered by tired, seasick sailors, can still be guided home to port.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Assata Shakur

People are tried and convicted in the newspapers and on television before they ever see a courtroom.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

I don't have to live up to that Superwoman myth. I can cry and be human and lean on people who take care of me. That can be very liberating.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Assata Shakur

The abnormal, the sick, the vicious have become more and more interwoven into the violent culture of the United States. Into the way news is seen, into the way movies are seen.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

If the U.S. succeeds in destroying the revolution, my status will be like that of most Cubans: I'll be up a creek without a paddle. It will be devastating for people worldwide who believe in justice.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the U.S. government’s policy towards people of color.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Assata Shakur

It seemed that most women, because they had been caught, gave up on the movement and were just trying to pass the time until they could be released. Men in prison struggled to maintain their pride, including their manhood, because that is all they had left after everything had been taken away.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Assata Shakur

There's something about approaching 50 that's very liberating. Political struggle has always been a 24-hour-a-day job for me. I felt I could never take time out for myself. Now I feel I owe it to myself to develop in ways I've been putting off all my life.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Assata Shakur

We’re taught at such an early age to be against the communists, yet most of us don’t have the faintest idea what communism is. Only a fool lets somebody else tell him who his enemy is.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

Black Revolutionaries do not drop from the moon. We are created by our conditions. We are shaped by our oppression. We are being manufactured in droves in the ghetto streets, places like attica, san quetin, bedford hills, leavenworth, and sing sing. They are turning out thousands of us.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Assata Shakur

The death penalty is used in such a blatantly racist way in the United States. There is no way that can be defended under any kind of definition of justice by anybody.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

I have been a political activist most of my life and many groups have attempted to label me as a criminal because of my outspoken beliefs. I am not a criminal and I have never been one.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Assata Shakur

What most impressed me about Cuba was the optimism.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

In my opinion while lynchings were quite possibly the most heinous crimes ever witnessed in American history, they helped in bringing people together for a sole purpose. It was because of these lynchings that armed self-resistance was created. If white people knew black people were capable of fighting back then there was less of a chance that violence actually would break out.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

I must confess that waltzes do not move me, I guess I hummed the blues too early, and spent too many midnights out wailing to the rain.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Assata Shakur

When I was a child, if someone had talked to me about buying water, I would have thought it was a joke.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

As far as I was concerned, the Panthers were 'baaaaaad.' The Party was more than bad; it was bodacious. The sheer audacity of walking onto the California Senate floor with rifles, demanding that Black people have the right to bear arms and the right to self-defense, made me sit back and take a long look at them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

I found that people had all kinds of levels of consciousness, all kinds of levels of education, but that Cubans in general were very educated politically. I could go sit in a bus and get into a conversation with someone and that person had a wealth of knowledge. And energy!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Assata Shakur

I think that in order to struggle you have to be creative. In my life, creativity has been something that has sustained me; it awoke my spiritual struggle.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Assata Shakur

I'm crafting a vision of my life that involves creativity. And Cuban society allows me to do this. I know it's harder in the U.S. where so many people are just grateful to have a job.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Assata Shakur

When Black people seriously organize and take up arms to fight for our liberation, there will be a lot of white people who will drop dead from no other reason than their own guilt and fear.