"Violence is initiated by those who oppress, who exploit, who fail to recognize others as persons - not by those who are oppressed, exploited, and unrecognized. It is not the unloved who initiate disaffection, but those who cannot love because they love only themselves. It is not the helpless, subject to terror, who initiate terror, but the violent… it is not the tyrannized who initiate despotism, but the tyrants. It is not the despised who initiate hatred, but those who despise. Its is not those whose humanity is denied them who negate humankind, but those who denied that humanity - thus negating their own as well."
Paulo Friere, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (via proletarianinstinct)
This, combined with Malcolm X’s and the Panthers’ ideas of individual and communal self defense, is v. important 2 me