“To overthrow oppression has been sanctioned by humanity & is the highest aspiration of every free man.”
“It stands to reason that an immoral & unjust legal system would breed contempt for its laws & regulations.”
“It was only she I began to learn that my boyhood freedom was an illusion, when I discovered as a young man that my freedom had already been taken from me, that I began to hunger for it. …the hunger for my own freedom became the greater hunger for the hunger of my people. It was this desire for the freedom of my people to live their lives with dignity & self-respect that animated my life that transformed a frightened young man into a bold one. Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were chains on me.”
“…my hunger for the freedom of my own people became a hunger for the freedom of all people, white & black. …the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice & narrow-mindedness. The oppressed & the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity. For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects & enhances the freedom of others.” — from ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ his autobiography.
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