Thanks, Skyscraper!

By Maxjulian

May 22, 2006

Category: Uncategorized


“The oppressed, having internalized the image of the oppressor and adopted his guidelines, are fearful of freedom. Freedom would require them to eject this image and replace it with autonomy and responsibility. Freedom is acquired by conquest, not by gift. It must be pursued constantly and responsibly. Freedom is not an ideal located outside of man; nor is it an idea which becomes myth. It is rather the indispensable condition for the quest for human completion. To surmount the situation of oppression, men must first critically recognize its causes, so that through transforming action they can create a new situation, one which makes possible the pursuit of a fuller humanity. But the struggle to be more fully human has already begun in the authentic struggle to transform the situation. Although the situation of oppression is a dehumanized and dehumanizing totality affecting both the oppressors and those whom they oppress, it is the latter who must, from their stifled humanity, wage for both the struggle for a fuller humanity; the oppressor, who is himself dehumanized because he dehumanizes others, is unable to lead this struggle.” — from Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed

6 Responses to “Thanks, Skyscraper!”

  1. I love this quote. bell hooks quotes him about 3 or 4 times. I am sort of wanting to go back down South (I came from Texas), to do outreach work. I want so badly to reach out to some of the young men that I knew and tell them that this is what is happening in their lives. That their struggles are double-fold and they do infact involve women of color and other people in our communities.

    I just want to look at them and say, that I know that they are oppressed and when they do, it’s not the system that they lash out at. They lash out at the people they have power over which are young women and children. The same way that women will lash out at other women and children when they oppress.

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