voices from a troubled past

“I am the product of the masses of my country and the product of my enemy.”
– Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

“Together, hand in hand, with our matches and our necklaces, we shall liberate this country.”
– Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

The years of imprisonment hardened me…. Perhaps if you have been given a moment to hold back and wait for the next blow, your emotions wouldn’t be blunted as they have been in my case. When it happens every day of your life, when that pain becomes a way of life, I no longer have the emotion of fear.there is no longer anything I can fear. There is nothing the government has not done to me. There isn’t any pain I haven’t known.
– Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

I am sick and tired of the hollow parrot-cry of “Apartheid!” I’ve said many times that the word “Apartheid” means good neighbourliness.
– P. W. Botha

I never have the nagging doubt of wondering whether perhaps I am wrong.
– P. W. Botha

Most blacks are happy, except those who have had other ideas pushed into their ears.
– P. W. Botha

The free world wants to feed South Africa to the Red Crocodile [communism], to appease its hunger.
– P. W. Botha

There is no place for [the Bantu] in the European community above the level of certain forms of labour … What is the use of teaching the Bantu child mathematics when it cannot use it in practice? That is quite absurd. Education must train people in accordance with their opportunities in life, according to the sphere in which they live.
– Hendrik Verwoerd

I’m going to be me as I am, and you can beat me or jail me or even kill me, but I’m not going to be what you want me to be.
– Steve Biko

The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
– Steve Biko

Sure there are a few good whites just as much as there are a few bad Blacks. However what we are concerned here with is group attitudes and group politics. The exception does not make a lie or the rule – it merely substantiates it.
– Steve Biko

What Black Consciousness seeks to do is to produce real black people who do not regard themselves as appendages to white society.”
– Steve Biko

The myth of integration as propounded under the banner of the liberal ideology must be cracked because it makes people believe that something is being achieved when in reality the artificially integrated circles are a soporfic to the blacks while salving the consciences of the few guilt-stricken whites.
– Steve Biko

citation: http://www.azquotes.com




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