As my first blog post of 2021, or as I refer to it as 2020, the Sequel, I chose to borrow words that will spark change. The Faux Coup attempt by the Orange Megalomaniac, carried out by "Vanilla Isis & Y’All Qaeda" was ABSOLUTELY foreseeable. Not only was it predictable it was ALLOWED. We witnessed police and politicians actively participating in the invasion of The Capitol.
We've seen what they are going to do. More attempts to bring down Olympus are sure to follow. There is no sigh of relief to be had. War has been declared so I beg the question, "What are we going to do?" Activism, in part, demands people from throughout the diaspora to unite now more than ever.
We have to mobilize and respond!
PLAN strategically to defend your family and property.
PROTEST against fascism, racism, and all the other isms.
EDUCATE those who lack the knowledge required to do the work.
DONATE to causes, organizations, and political allies who are on the front lines.
Inspired yet? I hope so because we are going to need every hand on deck to fight the good fight. If my few words aren't enough, below are 15 Black Lives Matter and Racial Justice Quotes to Inspire You to Join the Revolution.
“It’s important for us to also understand that the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ simply refers to the notion that there’s a specific vulnerability for African Americans that needs to be addressed. It’s not meant to suggest that other lives don’t matter. It’s to suggest that other folks aren’t experiencing this particular vulnerability.” — President Barack Obama
“It’s up to all of us — Black, white, everyone — no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out.” — Michelle Obama
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“People don’t realize what’s really going on in this country. There are a lot things that are going on that are unjust. People aren’t being held accountable for. And that’s something that needs to change. That’s something that this country stands for: freedom, liberty and justice for all.”— Colin Kaepernick
“Until the philosophy which hold one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned —everywhere is war.” — Bob Marley
“If you’re calling for an end to unrest, but not calling out police brutality, not calling for health care as a human right, not calling for an end to housing discrimination, all you’re asking for is the continuation of quiet oppression.” — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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"Imagine this: a nation that is set up with individual families that are thriving, that are healthy, that communicate, that raise their children in love, have a better rate of becoming better human beings and that’s what we need to create... Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting." – John Boyega
"If now isn’t a good time for the truth, I don’t see when we’ll get to it.” — Nikki Giovanni
“We got to face some facts. That the masses are poor, that the masses belong to what you call the lower class, and when I talk about the masses, I’m talking about the white masses, I’m talking about the black masses, and the brown masses, and the yellow masses, too. We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity.” — Fred Hampton
"I’ll tell you what freedom is to me. No fear!"
– Nina Simone
"You can only appreciate freedom when you find yourself in a position to fight for someone else's freedom and not worry about your own." - Ruby Dee
"Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America." – John Lewis
"But all our phrasing—race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy—serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this. You must always remember that the sociology, the history, the economics, the graphs, the charts, the regressions all land, with great violence, upon the body." - Ta-Nehisi Coates
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"Were they not involved in the slave trade? Yes, they were ... and to the extent that they were involved, somebody has to bring them to account." - Minister Louis Farrakhan
“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough. And we got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African Americans until we feel equal in America.” — LeBron James
"People don't have any mercy. They tear you limb from limb, in the name of love. Then, when you're dead, when they've killed you by what they made you go through, they say you didn't have any character. They weep big, bitter tears—not for you. For themselves, because they've lost their toy." - James Baldwin
The revolution will not be televised
Will not be televised
Will not be televised
Will not be televised
The revolution will be no re-run, brothers
The revolution will be live
- Gil Scott Heron