Fredrick Allen Hampton was an American activist and revolutionary socialist. He came to prominence in Chicago as chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, and deputy chairman of the national BPP. Profoundly inspirational Fred Hampton quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.
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Famous Fred Hampton Quotes
We have to start learning, and you learn through practice. We have to start making mistakes, and you learn through making mistakes.
I’m telling you that we’re living in an infectious society right now. I’m telling you that we’re living in a sick society. And anybody that endorses integrating into this sick society before it’s cleaned up is a man who’s committing a crime against the people.
We don’t need no culture except revolutionary culture. What we mean by that is a culture that will free you.
We said nobody would shoot a Panther but a pig, because Panthers don’t pose a threat to anybody but pigs.
I have a lot of respect for Martin Luther King. I think he was one of the greatest orators that the country ever produced.
You can jail a revolutionary, but you can’t jail the revolution.
Why don’t you live for the people? Why don’t you struggle for the people? Why don’t you die for the people?
Changing your name is not gonna change our set of arrangements. The only thing that’s gonna change our set of arrangements is what’s gotten us into this set of arrangements. And that’s the oppressor.
The Black Panther Party stood up and said that we don’t care what anybody says. We don’t think fighting fire with fire is best; we think you fight fire with water best.
I was born in a bourgeois community and had some of the better things in life, but I found that there were more people starving than there were people eating, more people that didn’t have clothes than did have clothes, and I just happened to be one of the few. So I decided that I wouldn’t stop doing what I’m doing until all those people are free.
You have to understand that people have to pay a price for peace. If you dare to struggle, you dare to win.
A lot of people don’t understand the Black Panthers Party’s relationship with white mother country radicals.
Inspirational Fred Hampton Quotes
We know that black people are most oppressed. And if we didn’t know that, then why the hell would we be running around talking about the black liberation struggle has to be the vanguard for all liberation struggles? If there’s ever going to be any liberation in the mother country, ever gonna be any liberation in the colony, then we got to be liberated by the leadership of the Black Panther Party and the black liberation struggle. We don’t negate that fact.
Yes, we do defend our office as we do defend our homes. This is a constitutional right everybody has, and nothing’s funny about that. The only reason they get mad at the Black Panther Party when you do it is for the simple reason that we’re political.
That we might be in school now, might think we’re on the mountain top, but we’re gonna come down to the valley, because people in the valley, commitment’s in the valley, oppression’s in the valley, aggression, repression, fascism, all exists in the valley. No matter how nice it might be on the mountain top, we’ve got a commitment, so we’re going back. We got to go back to the valley.
In plain proletarian worker’s language, it takes two to tango.
Like we always said, if you’re asked to make a commitment at the age of twenty and you say I don’t want to make that commitment only because of the simple reason that I’m too young to die, I wanna live a little bit longer—what you did is, you’re dead already.
A lot of people get the word revolution mixed up and they think revolution’s a bad word. Revolution is nothing but like having a sore on your body and then you put something on that sore to cure that infection.
You can’t build a revolution with no education. Jomo Kenyatta did this in Africa, and because the people were not educated, he became as much an oppressor as the people he overthrew.
Don’t worry about the Black Panther Party. As long as you keep the beat, we’ll keep on going.
A lot of people think the Breakfast for Children program is charity. But what does it do? It takes the people from a stage to another stage. Any program that’s revolutionary is an advancing program. Revolution is change.
We might not be back. I might be in jail. I might be anywhere. But when I leave, you’ll remember I said, with the last words on my lips, that I am a revolutionary. And you’re going to have to keep on saying that. You’re going to have to say that I am a proletariat; I am the people.
We know that political power doesn’t flow from the sleeve of a dashiki. We know that political power flows from the barrel of a gun.
We understood that politics is nothing but war without bloodshed and war is nothing but politics with bloodshed.
Black people need some peace. White people need some peace. And we are going to have to fight. We’re going to have to struggle. We’re going to have to struggle relentlessly to bring about some peace, because the people that we’re asking for peace, they are a bunch of megalomaniac warmongers, and they don’t even understand what peace means.
Let me just say: Peace to you, if you’re willing to fight for it.
When you leave here, leave here saying, the last words, before you go to bed tonight, say, I am a revolutionary.” Make that the last words in case you don’t wake up. Then somebody might believe it and you might, you know, end up in, what they call it, revolutionary happy hunting grounds.
I am the people, I’m not the pig. You got to make a distinction. And the people are going to have to attack the pigs. The people are going to have to stand up against the pigs. That’s what the Panthers is doing, that’s what the Panthers are doing all over the world.
Everything would be alright if everything was put back in the hands of the people, and we’re going to have to put it back in the hands of the people.
Socialism is the people! You afraid of yourself. If you afraid of socialism, you afraid of yourself.
I believe I’m going to die doing the things I was born to do. I believe I’m going to die high off the people. I believe I’m going to die a revolutionary in the international revolutionary proletarian struggle.
Power anywhere where there’s people!
You don’t miss the water ‘til the well runs dry.
We’re not metaphysicians, we’re not idealists, we’re dialectical materialists. And we deal with what reality is, whether we like it or not.
We do not support people who are anarchistic, opportunistic, adventuristic, and Custeristic.
We have Breakfast for Children because we teach the people, through practice, through observation and participation, that people can be there, free.
If you ever think about me, and you ain’t gonna do no revolutionary act, forget about me. I don’t want myself on your mind if you’re not going to work for the people.
And how do they fool you? Because they pick the leaders they want. And they put those people up there and portray them as being your leaders when, in fact, they’re leaders of nobody.
We’re going to fight racism not with racism, but we’re going to fight with solidarity. We say we’re not going to fight capitalism with black capitalism, but we’re going to fight it with socialism.
People have to be armed to have power, you see.
I’m not going to die slipping on no ice.
We say that we will work with anybody and form a coalition with anybody that has revolution on their mind.
We ain’t gonna fight no reactionary pigs who run up and down the street being reactionary; we’re gonna organize and dedicate ourselves to revolutionary political power and teach ourselves the specific needs of resisting the power structure, arm ourselves, and we’re gonna fight reactionary pigs with international proletarian revolution.
Nothing is more important than stopping fascism, because fascism is gonna stop us all.
We say it’s no longer a question of violence or non-violence. We say it’s a question of resistance to fascism or non-existence within fascism.
We’re gonna have to do more than talk. We’re gonna have to do more than listen. We’re gonna have to do more than learn. We’re gonna have to start practicing and that’s very hard. We’re gonna have to start getting out there with the people and that’s difficult. Sometimes we think we’re better than the people so it’s gonna take a lot of hard work.
With no education, you have neocolonialism instead of colonialism, like you’ve got in Africa now and like you’ve got in Haiti. So what we’re talking about is there has to be an educational program. That’s very important.
They talked us into buying candy bars and throwing the candy away and eating the wrapper.
We’re not a racist organization, because we understand that racism is an excuse used for capitalism, and we know that racism is just – it’s a byproduct of capitalism.
First of all, we say primarily that the priority of this struggle is class. That Marx, and Lenin, and Che Guevara end Mao Tse-Tung and anybody else that has ever said or knew or practiced anything about revolution, always said that revolution is a class struggle.