Assata Shakur

Assata Shakur

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    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.
    Source: Assata: An Autobiography (1987) 222
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    A woman’s place is in the struggle.
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    All you have to do is ask yourselves, who controls the government? And who are the victims of that control?
    Source: Assata: An Autobiography (1987) 183
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    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.
    Source: Assata: An Autobiography (1987)
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    Are you ready to sacrifice to end world hunger? To sacrifice to end colonialism? To end neo-colonialism? To end racism? To end sexism?
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    Being a warrior and being a struggler has been forced on me by oppression, otherwise I would have been free to be so much more.
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    Being in Cuba has allowed me to live in a society that is not at war with itself. There is a sense of community. It's a given in Cuba that, if you fall down, the person next to you is going to help you get up.
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    Black revolutionaries do not drop from the moon. We are created by our conditions. Shaped by our oppression.
    Source: Assata: An Autobiography (1987)
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    Dreams and reality are opposites. Action synthesizes them.
    Source: Assata: An Autobiography (1987) 275
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    Freedom! you askin me about freedom. I'll be honest with you. I know a whole more about what freedom isn't than about what it is, 'cause I've never been free. I can only share my vision with you of the future, about what freedom is.
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    Hip Hop can be a very effective way to reach young people and teach them about current political and social issues.
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    I believe in self-defense and self-determination for Africans and other oppressed people in America.
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    I couldn't see how we could seriously struggle without having a strong sense of collectivity, without being responsible FOR each other and TO each other.
    Source: Assata: An Autobiography (1987) 183
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    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!
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    I had to adjust to living in a Third World country, which means that things people in the U.S. take for granted-like hot running water whenever you turn on the tap-are not always available.
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