i generally delete forwards but this one was powerful, to me, so i wanted to share...
Making it plain
"The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make a criminal look like he's the victim and make the victim look like he's the criminal. This is the press, an irresponsible press. If you aren't careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing."
Words To Live By
"Remember that there is a meaning beyond absurdity. Be sure that every little deed counts, that every word has power. Never forget that you can still do your share to redeem the world in spite of all absurdities and frustrations and disappointments."
-Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Speaking truth to power
"We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a 'thing-oriented' society to a 'person-oriented' society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered."
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Telling it like it is
"I believe that women have a capacity for understanding and compassion which man structurally does not have, does not have it because he cannot have it. He's just incapable of it."
Just A thought
"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them...the limits of tyrants are proscribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress..."
From The Front lines
"Nobody's free until everybody's free."
-Fannie Lou Hamer
"The tragedy with Plessy v. Ferguson, is not that the Justices had the 'wrong' education, or that they attended the 'wrong' law schools. The tragedy is that the Justices had the wrong values, and that these values poisoned this society for decades."
-Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.
For the Ages
"I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life."
"In order for us as poor and oppressed people to become part of a society that is meaningful, the system under which we now exist has to be radically changed...it means facing a system that does not lend its self to your needs and devising means by which you change that system."
"The business of obscuring language is a mask behind which stands the much bigger business of plunder."
"It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have."
"As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen, I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this."
"The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed."