Quotable: Chinua Achebe on oppression and resistance


“To answer oppression with appropriate resistance requires knowledge of two kinds: in the first place, self-knowledge by the victim, which means awareness that oppression exists, an awareness that the victim has fallen from a great height of glory or promise into the present depths; secondly, the victim must know who the enemy is. He [or she] must know his [or her] oppressor’s real name, not an alias, a pseudonym, or a nom de plume!

— Chinua Achebe, Nov. 16, 1930 – Mar. 22, 2013

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