Steven Biko

(Bantu Stephen Biko)

Steven Biko
Steven Biko
  • Born: December 18, 1946
  • Died: September 12, 1977
  • Nationality: South African
  • Profession: Anti-apartheid Activist









Quote Topics Cited
Not only are whites kicking us; they are telling us how to react to being kicked. Minorities & Women
Nothing can justify the arrogant assumption that a clique of foreigners has the right to decide on the lives of a majority. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
The liberal is in fact appeasing his own conscience… Being white, he possesses the natural passport to the exclusive pool of white privilege… Yet, since he identifies with the blacks, he moves around his white circles…with a lighter load, feeing he is not like the rest. However, at the back of his mind is the constant reminder that he is quite comfortable as things stand… Although he does not vote for the Nationalists…he feels secure under the protection offered by the Nationalists and subconsciously shuns the idea of change. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. Propaganda & Disinformation
The power of a movement lies in the fact that it can indeed change the habits of people. This change is not the result of force but of dedication, of moral persuasion. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
We are looking forward to a non-racial, just and egalitarian society in which color, creed and race shall form no point of reference. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
White society will not listen to preaching. They will not listen to their liberals. Liberalism has not grown within white society, and we blacks cannot stand idly by watching the situation. We can only generate a response from white society when we, as blacks, speak with a black voice and say what we want. Now has come the time when we, as blacks, must articulate what we want, and put it across to the white man, and from a position of strength. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Whites must be made to realize that they are only human, not superior. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Being black is not a matter of pigmentation - being black is a reflection of a mental attitude.
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. Life ;Time
Black man, you are on your own.
In time, we shall be in a position to bestow on South Africa the greatest possible gift - a more human face. Time
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. Truth
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.
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.
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.
The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.
You are either alive and proud or you are dead, and when you are dead, you can't care anyway.