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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 —

The ignorance of the oppressed is strength for the oppressor.

— A.R. Bernard

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

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

— 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

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.

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be taken by the oppressed.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

— Desmond Tutu

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

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.

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.

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

— John Greenleaf Whittier

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