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Entry from November 11, 2021
“No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them”

"No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them” is a saying that has been printed on many images.

Assata Shakur (born JoAnne Deborah Byron, July 16, 1947), an American activist found guilty in the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, wrote in Assata: An Autobiography (1987):

“The schools we go to are reflections of the society that created them. Nobody is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free. Schools in amerika are interested in brainwashing people with amerikanism, giving them a little bit of education, and training them in skills needed to fill the position the capitalist system requires. As long as we expect amerika’s schools to educate us, we will remain ignorant.”

“No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them”—with “no one” instead of “nobody”—became popular in 2012 on Tumblr, and most of the images use the “no one” form of the quotation.


Wikiquote: Assata Shakur
Assata Shakur (born JoAnne Deborah Byron, July 16, 1947) is an activist who was found guilty in the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. Shakur was incarcerated in several prisons in the 70s. She escaped from U.S. prison in 1979 and has been living in Cuba in political asylum since 1984. Shakur is the step-aunt/godmother of the late Tupac Shakur.

Quotes
Assata: In Her Own Words

The schools we go to are reflections of the society that created them. Nobody is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free. Schools in amerika are interested in brainwashing people with amerikanism, giving them a little bit of education, and training them in skills needed to fill the position the capitalist system requires. As long as we expect amerika’s schools to educate us, we will remain ignorant.
p. 181

OCLC WorldCat record
Assata : an autobiography
Author: Assata Shakur; Angela Y Davis; Lennox S Hinds
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Lawrence Hill, 1987. ©1987.
Edition/Format: Print book : Biography : English
Summary:
“On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover’s campaign to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organizations and their leaders, Shakur was incarcerated for four years prior to her conviction on flimsy evidence in 1977 as an accomplice to murder. This intensely personal and political autobiography belies the fearsome image of JoAnne Chesimard long projected by the media and the state. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at the hand of government officials. The result is a signal contribution to the literature about growing up Black in America that has already taken its place alongside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou. Two years after her conviction, Assata Shakur escaped from prison. She was given political asylum by Cuba, where she now resides."--Publisher’s description.

Google Books
Assata: An Autobiography
By Assata Shakur
London, UK: Zed Books Ltd.
1987
Pg. 181:
The schools we go to are reflections of the society that created them. Nobody is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free. Schools in amerika are interested in brainwashing people with amerikanism, giving them a little bit of education, and training them in skills needed to fill the position the capitalist system requires. As long as we expect amerika’s schools to educate us, we will remain ignorant.

Twitter
WomanWhoLovesTruth
@____alethea____
“No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your …” http://tmblr.co/Z6NoCyWvESm4
11:14 PM · Nov 8, 2012·Tumblr

Twitter
محمد
@youngrumi
“No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your...” http://tmblr.co/ZyBbjxWvWKna
12:51 AM · Nov 9, 2012·Tumblr

Twitter
Dessie Liang
@OmgWtfHii
“No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your...” http://tmblr.co/ZLf56yWvf8Gt
1:56 AM · Nov 9, 2012·Tumblr

Tumblr
“No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free.”
— Assata Shakur (via arianathepoet)
(via godswithinus-deactivated2019041)
NOV. 9 2012 8,971 NOTES

Twitter
DJ Boyfrrriend
@DJBoyfrrriend
“No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your …” http://tmblr.co/ZfObevXrcwEx
11:07 PM · Nov 22, 2012·Tumblr

Twitter
IndustryInTheStreets
@IITSnews
IITSPIRATION: ASSATA SHAKUR - No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is… http://tmblr.co/ZHTJAxXuorcI
6:40 PM · Nov 23, 2012·Tumblr

Twitter
Jishava
@jish_patel
No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them...they know that that knowledge will help set you free.
— Assata Shakur
9:42 AM · Nov 25, 2012·Twitter Web Client

Twitter
Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla
@BryansCarServic
No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them.
(The following image shows this said by the character Linus, of the Peanuts comic strip.—ed.)
NO ONE IS GOING TO GIVE YOU THE EDUCATION YOU NEED TO OVERTHROW THEM.
6:53 PM · Apr 11, 2018·Twitter Web Client

Reddit—LateStageCapitalism
Posted by u/CaptainPotassium April 18, 2018
You said it, Linus!
(The following image shows this said by the character Linus, of the Peanuts comic strip.—ed.)
NO ONE IS GOING TO GIVE YOU THE EDUCATION YOU NEED TO OVERTHROW THEM.

Google Books
The Proletarian’s Pocketbook
(Various authors)
Pattern Books
2021
Pp. 145-146:
No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free.
Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography (1987)

Twitter
Mzilikazi wa Afrika
@IamMzilikazi
“No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history and your true heroes because they know that knowledge will help set you free.” ~ Assata Shakur #WakeUpEverybody
2:19 AM · Nov 4, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

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