Three social protests captured in Detroit in 2016
"It does not do to rely too much on silent majorities Evey, for silence is a fragile thing, one loud noise, and it's gone. But the people are so cowed and disorganised. A few might take the opportunity to protest, but it'll just be a voice crying in the wilderness. Noise is relative to the silence preceding it. The more absolute the hush, the more shocking the thunderclap. Our masters have not heard the people's voice for generations Evey, and it is much, much louder than they care to remember.”
― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta
"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” - Desmond Tutu
“The duty of youth is to challenge corruption." - Kurt Cobain
“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws." - Martin Luther King Jr
"Never once did I believe there was equality; I can't breath my hands up, so why you follow me?
Pardon my activist drawl, being a pacifist doesn't help when they blasting us all
Our blocks are permanently hot, what if I told you I rock a hoodie because I won't change but scared of getting killed by the cops
What if I shot, one in the air for every time they murdered one of us?
It would be raining cats, dogs and hollow tips,
they're killing our sons and our president won't acknowledge it
It's open season on all of us, poor, middle class and college kids
They'll call us traitors and bring that fire to our area
the land of the free if only you meet the certain criteria
Ignited we stand with fire we fall, hold the hands of every single rebel
Running from the greedy racist American devil existing on every level
Especially politicians the joke of a justice system
Military or police man I swear you can't tell the difference
Now they're pulling up in tanks and them rifles ain't standard issue
It's YOU who handles your issues by cocking pistols
Then points out black on black crime like we love to do the shit too
Go figure, who you think extracts the medal from the earth and mass produces weapons for us to kill with? No Nigga"
"The truth is that the police reflect America in all of it's will and fear, and whatever we might make of the country's criminal justice policy, it cannot be said that it was imposed by a repressive minority.
The abuses that have followed from these policies -the sprawling carceral state, the random detention of black people, the torture of suspects- are the product of democratic will. And so to challenge the police is to challenge the American people, who send them into the ghettos armed with the same self-generated fears that compelled the people who think they are white, to flee the cities and into the Dream.
The problem with police is not that they are fascist pigs, but that our country is ruled by majoritarian pigs."
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
"I ask people of the world and children of light, to start reflecting the stories of their souls to vibrate wisdom around the earth.
Pick up a paintbrush or microphone. Press the inks of your pens to paper or tap words onto your screens, and start sharing what you know and have learned with the masses.
Turn your personal painting into a piece of the earth's puzzle so that our unified assemblage of thoughts, experiences and lessons reveal common truths that cannot be denied.
Imagine the changes that could happen if everyone suddenly stopped acting like someone else, became true to themselves, and celebrated the beauty of their uniqueness.
Only after people have willingly removed their masks and costumes, and have begun pouring light from their hearts to reveal their vulnerability, dreams and pains, will we be able to see that beneath the surface we are all the same.
After all, how can the world collectively fight for truth, if soldiers in it's army are void of truth? We must first all be true by putting truth in our words and actions. And to do so, everyone must learn to think and react with their conscience.
Imagine what truth could do to neutralize the clutches of evil once this black and white world suddenly became embraced by a strong rainbow of loud powerful voices.
We could put color back into every home, every school, every industry, every nation, and every garden on earth, where flowers have been crushed by corruption."
-Suzy Kassem, "Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem"
"The greatest mistake of the movement has been trying to organize a sleeping people around specific goals. You have to wake the people up first, then you'll get action.
Concerning nonviolence: it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attack ."
- Malcolm X