We have two evils to fight, capitalism and racism. We must destroy both racism and capitalism.
Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment.
You can jail a Revolutionary, but you can’t jail the Revolution.
If you stop struggling, then you stop life.
My fear was not of death itself, but a death without meaning.
No one can say, ‘I have dropped out – I am no longer in the system.’ When you’re in prison, you’re even closer to the system: you feel it more, and you might be in there for whatever reason. You don’t transform the system as an absolute thing.
The walls, the bars, the guns and the guards can never encircle or hold down the idea of the people.
I expected to die. At no time before the trial did I expect to escape with my life. Yet being executed in the gas chamber did not necessarily mean defeat. It could be one more step to bring the community to a higher level of consciousness.
I read Plato’s ‘Republic.’ I read it through about five times until I could actually understand it.
We’ve never advocated violence; violence is inflicted upon us. But we do believe in self-defense for ourselves and for black people.