Friday, 18 November 2016

Inspirational Quotes (about Politics) 90

Angela Davis

Snowflakes? Political correctness? Get over it? Make nice? A lot of people want us to shut up.

Seriously though, it’s amazing how annoyed people get by student politics stories which affect basically nobody. (@AdamBienkov)

I think a 'safe place' or safer place is one where the people don't demand the 'right to bear arms'. (@DuncanMcNab Nov 10)

"Safe spaces! Grow up and face the real world, snowflake" - People who voted to wreck the country just to avoid sharing it with foreigners. (Dean Burnett ‏@garwboy)

“Political correctness gone mad” – It just means they feel they feel they can't express their intolerance without being made to feel awkward about it. (Commenter on

Why is it that those who complain about political correctness seem to be asking for protection from speech they dislike? (Katherine Cross ‏@Quinnae_Moon)

The whole point of using the phrase ‘political correctness’ is to deal with all the pro-diversity efforts using one big insult. ( ‏@Brimshack)

I really really wish that supposed free speech absolutists would stop declaring speech they don’t like a threat to free speech. (Angus Johnston ‏@studentactivism Oct 2015)

Some white people genuinely believe they have the right to police minorities' feelings about oppression. It's a form of social insanity. "I'm going to oppress you, then deny I'm oppressing you and shame you for resisting oppression." (professor baé ‏@alwaystheself)

When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression... They’re angry about being labeled a “racist,” just because they say racist things and have racist beliefs. (Huffington Post)

"How is that racist?" White Proverb (@danarel)

The first thing they'll tell you is that calling out racism and sexism is what lost the election. That's how it's given a free rein. Then they'll tell you that pointing out racism or sexism or standing up for liberalism is 'sneering' and 'elitist' and 'out of touch'. And they'll still be saying that when they're rounding people up for deportations. (‏@IanDunt Nov 9)

See also: republicans saying there wasn't racism until Obama. Like he caused it instead of pointing it out. (Jamie McKelvie @McKelvie)

Poor white racists (as a social group) do not rage at poverty as-such. They rage at poverty as inappropriate to their white race. (Ivan ‏@p0stcap Nov 11)

We've reached the point where decency and respect are portrayed as out-of-touch "elite" urban values compared to more "authentic" bigotry. (Bernard Keane ‏@BernardKeane Nov 13)

Probably worth remembering that a lot of "left behind" people have straight-up been left behind by public racism becoming less acceptable. (John B ‏@johnb78 Nov 15)

You get the sense that white supremacists genuinely believe that other cultures and races were recently created just to spite them. (Karl Sharro ‏@KarlreMarks Nov 13)

At what point does "Emotional concerns about immigration that has no impact on me" become racism? How low does the bar have to go before you'll say "Yeah, actually, that constituent is probably being racist?" (David Whitley ‏@mrdavidwhitley)

People come here because Britain went there!! (Stuart Hall)

If you're told Brexit wasn't about immigration, you can be certain it's an Outer regretting their pact with racists. (@AaronHEllis)

They are not anti-establishment. They are the far-right. (‏@IanDunt Nov 14)

If you support migration you have to personally house migrants, just like if you support borders you need to brick up your front door. (Joseph ‏@JosephKay76 Nov 14)

If by 'elitist' you mean 'doesn't automatically hate other humans and every other aspect of the world that isn't me' then yes, I guess I am. (Dean Burnett ‏@garwboy)

It's like there's a load of white men just looking for reasons to attack vocal students, women, those regarded a threat to the status quo. (@ThatSabineGirl)

“'Black Lives Matter' does not mean 'Hate Whites, kill whites'.” (Chris Tummings)

It's amazing how often people with amazing amounts of privilege & power complain about people "deciding to be victims". (Polly Putnam ‏@CuratorPolly)

Non-white people get much the same rubbish about how there isn’t racism and they don’t get treated differently and race doesn’t affect any of us, because who knows better than white people who are trying to silence people of color? (Rebecca Solnit)

Rage does not work as political opposition. Moral high ground, peaceful engagement, asking respectful questions of opponents. These work. (
Kurt Eichenwald @kurteichenwald)

As a historian, I would like to say: THIS IS TERRIBLE ADVICE. My evidence is: ALL OF HISTORY. Honestly, saying ‘just ask respectful questions’ is the biggest, most obvious tell for white male privilege that I can think of right now. (
Charlotte L. Riley ‏@lottelydia Nov 14)

“Don’t fight hate with hate” is an example of subtle gaslighting, where our legitimate hurt and anger at the injustices we suffer is being equated to the bigotry and abuse of our oppressors. Being angry doesn’t mean you are being hateful, it means you love yourself enough to get upset at your own mistreatment.” (frontier-heart)

I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept. (Angela Davis)

We protest and demonstrate and speak up precisely because we know we can make things better, and activism works. (@anildash Oct 2)

We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. (Elie Wiesel)

PLEASE, people, let's not POLITICISE the political assassination of a politician over a political issue by a gunman who opposed her politics. (@AmeliaMangan)

No surprise that people's reluctance to have their views ridiculed is often linked to the weakness of the evidence for those views. (Damian Counsell ‏@DamCou)

All views are not equal. Some are based on reason and evidence. Some are based on [redacted]. (@IanDunt Nov 14)

Paraphrased: "Didn’t think £12 billion welfare cuts would affect me. I’m not one of those scroungers. I’m a Tory." #bbcqt (@trabasack Duncan E)

The worry in Orwell’s writing is that we will not even be able to think [about rebellion] or have the language with which to articulate our opposition. The victory of the Thought Police will be when behaviour is so self-regulating that no Thought Police are required. There is one installed in every mind. (Darran Anderson, Imaginary Cities)

The worst form of apology is "I'm not perfect". As if this is some kind of astounding revelation. (@BDSixsmith)

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They really want us to shut up, don't they?

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