76+ Best Police Brutality Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational police brutality quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Police Brutality Quotes

You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. Malcolm X

The thing wrong with America is white racism. Martin Luther King Jr.

Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation. Coretta Scott King

However difficult it is to hear, however shocking it is to hear, we’ve got to face the fact that America is a racist country. MLK (1968)

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. Desmond Tutu

Racism is a philosophy based on contempt for life. MLK Jr. (1967)

Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed. Will Smith

White America has allowed itself to be indifferent to race prejudice. MLK (1968)

The beauty of anti racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be an anti racist. Anti racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward. İjeoma Oluo

The blanket of fear was lifted by Negro youth. When they took their struggle to the streets a new spirit of resistance was born. MLK 

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. Nelson Mandela

The time has come for an all out world war against poverty. Martin Luther King Jr.

If I take your race away, and there you are, all strung out. And all you got is your little self, and what is that? What are you without racism? Are you any good? Are you still strong? Are you still smart? Do you still like yourself? I mean, these are the questions. Part of it is, Yes, the victim. How terrible it’s been for black people.’ I’m not a victim. I refuse to be one  if you can only be tall because somebody is on their knees, then you have a serious problem. And my feeling is that white people have a very, very serious problem, and they should start thinking about what they can do about it. Take me out of it. Toni Morrison

In the final analysis, the rich must not ignore the poor because both rich and poor are tied together. MLK

It belongs to the very substance of nonviolence never to destroy or damage another person’s feeling of self worth, even an opponent’s. Bernard Haring

I think it is absolutely necessary now to deal massively and militantly with the economic problem. MLK (1968)

The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box. As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something, and don’t you forget it  whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash. Harper Lee

There’s going to have to be more sharing in this world. Martin Luther King Jr. (1967)

We don’t want to see Targets burning. We want to see the system that sets up systemic racism burned to the ground. Killer Mike

Riots are not the causes of white resistance, they are consequences of it. MLK (1967)

As long as people can be judged by the color of their skin, the problem is not solved. Oprah Winfrey

Our summers of riots are caused by winters of delay. Martin Luther King Jr.

Enough is enough! What will it take? A civil war? A new president? Violent riots? It’s tiring. I’m tired. The country is tired! You don’t put fear in people when you do this, you just show how coward[ly] you are  and how America is really not the land of the free. Cardi B

It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated.

It is never too late to give up your prejudices. Henry David Thoreau

Local problems are all interconnected with world problems. Martin Luther King Jr. (1968)

It is white people’s responsibility to be less fragile; people of color don’t need to twist themselves into knots trying to navigate us as painlessly as possible. Robin DiAngelo

We aren’t going to have peace on earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality. MLK

We have a right to protest for what is right. That’s all we can do. There are people hurting, there are people suffering, so we have an obligation, a mandate, to do something. Rep. John Lewis

George Floyd’s murder is not only an outrage. It is the latest manifestation of a system that callously devalues the lives of Black people. Our struggle is and always has been about justice  not justice on paper, but real justice in the real lives of real people. Sen. Bernie Sanders

I just wanted him to stop beating me. I just wanted to live. Each blow earthquaked my insides, crushing parts of me I had never seen, parts of me I never knew were there. Fuckin thugs can’t just do what you’re told. Need to learn how to respect authority. And I’m gonna teach you,’ he taunted, almost whispering in my ear.

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. President Abraham Lincoln

And how many times have I told you and Spoony, I mean, since y’all were young we’ve been going over this. Never fight back. Never talk back. Keep your hands up. Keep your mouth shut. Just do what they ask you to do, and you’ll be fine.

Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned everywhere is war. Bob Marley

Without education, you are not going anywhere in this world. Malcolm X

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. İndira Gandhi

People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book. Malcolm X

Prejudices are the props of civilization. André Gide

Good education, housing and jobs are imperatives for the Negroes, and I shall support them in their fight to win these objectives, but I shall tell the Negroes that while these are necessary, they cannot solve the main Negro problem. Malcolm X

We’ve come a long way in our thinking, but also in our moral decay. I can’t imagine Dr. King watching the Real Housewives of Jersey Shore. Samuel L. Jackson

The ability to read awoke inside of me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive. Malcolm X

For years, with every horrific murder of an innocent Black man, woman or child, I have always tried to find the right words to express my condolences and outrage, but the privilege I am afforded by the color of my skin has often left me feeling like this is not a fight I can truly take on as my own. Not today, not anymore. Even though I will never know the pain and suffering they have endured, or what it feels like to try to survive in a world plagued by systemic racism, I know I can use my own voice to help amplify those voices that have been muffled for too long. Kim Kardashian West

My homemade education gave me, with every additional book that I read, a little bit more sensitivity to the deafness, dumbness and blindness that was afflicting the black race in America. Malcolm X

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness. Mark Twain

Education is an important element in the struggle for human rights. It is the means to help our children and thereby increase self respect. Malcolm X

We all decry prejudice, yet are all prejudiced. Herbert Spencer

And just because you have colleges and universities doesn’t mean you have education. Malcolm X

I love blackness, it is stunning, majestic, inspiring but it is also not here to serve non-black people when it suits them via sports, music, hairstyles, entertainment etc. It should be respected in the workplace and shouldn’t be ignored when it’s crying out in fear of being killed.⁣ You really want that utopian ideal of what our world could be? You want to be proudly and ACTIVELY anti racist, more than fearing being called a racist? I want that for you too.⁣ If so, then do the work, educate yourself and others stand by us loudly, consistently, FOREVER. Clara Amfo

Read absolutely everything you get your hands on because you’ll never know where you’ll get an idea from. Malcolm X

If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. Moshe Dayan

I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity. Because you can hardly mention anything I am not curious about. Malcolm X

I think police brutality is probably extremely severe in America, but racism is alive everywhere. Everywhere. Rihanna

The press is used to make it look like the black man is the criminal and the police force is the victim. Malcolm X

Defining freedom cannot amount to simply substituting it with inclusion. Countering the criminalization of Black girls requires fundamentally altering the relationship between Black girls and the institutions of power that have worked to reinforce their subjugation. History has taught us that civil rights are but one component of a larger movement for this type of social transformation. Civil rights may be at the core of equal justice movements, and they may elevate an equity agenda that protects our children from racial and gender discrimination, but they do not have the capacity to fully redistribute power and eradicate racial inequity. There is only one practice that can do that. Love. Monique Morris

I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand up under the weight. Malcolm X

Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd. Bertrand Russell

I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole. Malcolm X

If you’re calling for an end to unrest, but not calling out police brutality, not calling for health care as a human right, not calling for an end to housing discrimination, all you’re asking for is the continuation of quiet oppression. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

It is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks. Malcolm X

At the heart of racism is the religious assertion that God made a creative mistake when He brought some people into being. Friedrich Otto Hertz

You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it. Malcolm X

No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise. Marian Anderson

I believe it’s a crime for anyone who is being brutalized to continue to accept that brutality without doing something to defend himself. Malcolm X

I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit. Miriam Makeba

If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again. Malcolm X

If now isn’t a good time for the truth, I don’t see when we’ll get to it. Nikki Giovanni

Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. Malcolm X

Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together. Eugene Ionesco

I don’t advocate violence; but if a man steps on my toes, I’ll step on his. Malcolm X

We need justice for George Floyd. We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We’re broken and we’re disgusted, we cannot normalize this pain. No more senseless killings of human beings. No more seeing people of color as less than human. We can no longer look away. Beyoncé

If you have been brutally broken but still have the courage to be gentle to other living beings, than you’re a badass with a heart of an angel. Keanu Reeves

We got to face some facts. That the masses are poor, that the masses belong to what you call the lower class, and when I talk about the masses, I’m talking about the white masses, I’m talking about the black masses, and the brown masses, and the yellow masses, too. We’ve got to face the fact that some people say you fight fire best with fire, but we say you put fire out best with water. We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity. Fred Hampton

I pride myself on being a jerk, because I’m brutally honest all the time.

I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough. Michael Jordan

Accumulation of wealth at one pole is at the same time accumulation of misery, agony of toil, slavery, ignorance, brutality, mental degradation, at the opposite pole. Karl Marx