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Quote for September 10, 2007

“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.” – Cesar Chavez

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3 Responses to “Quote for September 10, 2007”

  1. Bolivia67

    I think one of the main components of social change is the youth population. Our society has been continually moving left, with “surges” during times of youth prominence. In the last century, the two main “surges” were the 20’s towards socialism, and the 60’s towards human rights. Our generation is referred to as the echo boom, and I would like to think that our “surge” will be environmentalism.

  2. Cooper

    I don’t really understand this quote. First it’s talking about reading, pride and fear and then it’s talking about the future and how it’s ours. I did understand the individual statements, however. If someone has learned how to read, that individual probably won’t forget that skill. If a person is proud enough to ignore insults, put-downs, etc., they will not be easily humiliated.

  3. ginny_w

    This quote is not only true for social change, but for life in general. Once a person has taken the time to educate themselves or get educated, that knowledge doesn’t just leave. It inflicts thought upon that person and through that thought things start to happen. By educating people from all over, it is the same magnetic connection. Those people will be thinking and spreading the knowledge to more and more people. People who have been through hardship and are no longer afraid give hope to those who are currently being oppressed.
    No matter how perfect a society may be- there will always be some sort of oppression, and those who have experienced it know what it feels like to be oppressed.
    And again, through that knowledge we educate more and more people.



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