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    Merely by describing yourself as black you have started on a road towards emancipation, you have committed yourself to fight against all forces that seek to use your blackness as a stamp that marks you out as a subservient being.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: fight  black 
     
    WOMEN must be at the forefront of nation-building to bring the South African citizenry together and, therefore, develop a whole new ethos of human co-existence
    — Steven Biko
    tags: women  human 
     
    Black Consciousness therefore takes cognizance of the deliberateness of God's plan in creating Black people black.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: people  god  black 
     
    A people without a positive history is like a vehicle without an engine.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: people  positive 
     
    You are either alive and proud or you are dead, and when you are dead, you can't care anyway.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: care 
     
    What Black Consciousness seeks to do is to produce real black people who do not regard themselves as appendages to white society. We do not need to apologise for this because it is true that the white systems have produced through the world a number of people who are not aware that they too are people.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: people  society  world  true  real  black 
     
    I am against the fact that a settler minority should impose an entire system of values on an indigenous people.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: people  value  facts 
     
    A community is easily divide when their perception of the same thing is different
    — Steven Biko
    So as a prelude whites must be made to realise that they are only human, not superior. Same with Blacks. They must be made to realise that they are also human, not inferior.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: human  black 
     
    We have set out on a quest for true humanity, and somewhere on the distant horizon we can see the glittering prize. Let us march forth with courage and determination, drawing strength from our common plight and our brotherhood [and sisterhood]. In time we shall be in a position to bestow upon South Africa the greatest gift possible-a more human face
    — Steven Biko
    We regard our living together not as an unfortunate mishap warranting endless competition among us but as a deliberate act of God to make us a community of brothers and sisters jointly involved in the quest for a composite answer to the varied problems of life. Hence in all we do we always place man first and hence all our action is usually joint community oriented action rather than the individualism.
    — Steven Biko
    At the time of his death, Biko had a wife and three children for which he left a letter that stated in one part: "I've devoted my life to see equality for blacks, and at the same time, I've denied the needs of my family. Please understand that I take these actions, not out of selfishness or arrogance, but to preserve a South Africa worth living in for blacks and whites.
    — Steven Biko
    If one is free at heart, no man-made chains can bind one to servitude.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: heart 
     
    The wealth of the country must eventually be enjoyed by people of the country
    — Steven Biko
    tags: people  wealth 
     
    The basic tenet of black consciousness is that the black man must reject all value systems that seek to make him a foreigner in the country of his birth and reduce his basic human dignity.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: men  human  value  birth  dignity  black 
     
    When you say 'Black is beautiful' you are saying, 'Man you are okay as you are, begin to look upon yourself as a human being'.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: men  beautiful  human  saying  black 
     
    Being black is not a matter of pigmentation - being black is a reflection of a mental attitude.
    — Steven Biko
    Change the way people think and things will never be the same
    — Steven Biko
    tags: people 
     
    I would like to remind the black ministry and indeed all black people that God is not in the habit of coming down from heaven to solve people's problems on earth.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: people  earth  problem  god  heaven  black 
     
    People must be aware of their problems in a realistic way. They must be able to analyse their problems and to work out common solutions. In other words a community is easily divided when their perception of the same thing is different
    — Steven Biko
    The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: mind 
     
    It is better to die for an idea that will live, than to live for an idea that will die.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: live  die  ideas 
     
    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.
    — Steven Biko
    The essence of politics is to direct oneself to the group which wields power
    — Steven Biko
    tags: power  oneself  politics 
     
    Any warning normally implies, even if it is tacit, that there should be changes
    — Steven Biko
    The logic behind white domination is to prepare the black man for the subservient role in this country.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: men  logic  black 
     
    We believe it is the duty of the vanguard political movement which brings change to educate people's outlook
    — Steven Biko
    tags: believe  political 
     
    Black Consciousness is an attitude of the mind and a way of life, the most positive call to emanate from the black world for a long time.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: time  world  attitude  mind  positive  black 
     
    This is white man's integration, an integration based on exploitative values
    — Steven Biko
    tags: value 
     
    I think the central theme about black society is that it has got elements of a defeated society
    — Steven Biko
    tags: society  black 
     
    The system concedes nothing without demand, for it formulates its very method of operation on the basis that the ignorant will learn to know, the child will grow into an adult and therefore demands will begin to be made. It gears itself to resist demands in whatever way it sees fit.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: children  adult  child  learn 
     
    It becomes more necessary to see the truth as it is if you realize that the only vehicle for change are these people who have lost their personality.
    — Steven Biko
    Black Consciousness is in essence the realization by the black man of the need to rally together with his brothers around the cause of their oppression.
    — Steven Biko
    We believe in the inherent goodness of man.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: men  believe  goodness 
     
    The oneness of community for instance is at the heart of our culture.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: heart  culture  community 
     
    To a large extent the evil-doers have succeeded in producing at the output end of their machine a kind of black man who is man only in form. This is the extent to which the process of dehumanization has advanced.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: men  process  machine  black 
     
    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.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: lies  attitude  bad  rules  politics  black 
     
    In time, we shall be in a position to bestow on South Africa the greatest possible gift - a more human face.
    — Steven Biko
    tags: time  human  gift  africa 
     
    We must realise that prophetic cry of black students: Black man you are on your own!
    — Steven Biko
    tags: men  black 
     
    Part of the approach envisaged in bringing about Black Consciousness has to be directed to the past, to seek to rewrite the history of the black man and to produce in it the heroes who form the core of the African background
    — Steven Biko
    tags: men  past  hero  black 
     
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