A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from June 26, 2021
“You can’t comply your way out of totalitarianism”

"You cannot comply your way out of tyranny” is a saying that has been printed on many images. Authorship is uncertain.

“you cannot comply your way out of systemic racism” was posted on Twitter by diamond. on May 27, 2020. “for you lot to not understand you can’t comply your way out of not being killed by a cop just for being black , really blows my mind” was posted on Twitter by black lives matter on May 28, 2929. “The day we all understand that respectability politics do not exist and you can not comply your way out of racism we will truly begin the steps to liberation” was posted on Twitter by Brown Sugar Vixen on August 24, 2020.

The saying became popular with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, when people were told to comply with such things as social distancing, wearing face masks and staying home. “sure. keep thinking you’ll comply your way out of this communist mess” was posted on Twitter by RobbieRescue on January 30, 2021. “You cannot comply your way out of tyranny. NO #Compliance NO #ForcedVaccination NO #VaccinePassports NO #sheeple” was posted on Twitter by Nancy “systemic racist” Pelozibub on March 23, 2021. “You cannot comply your way out of tyranny” was posted on Twitter by ZUBY: on June 4, 2021.

“You can’t comply your way out of totalitarianism” was posted on Twitter by Donnie J on March 26, 2021. “You cannot ‘comply’ your way out of totalitarianism” was posted on Twitter by TeePee on March 29, 2021.

Related sayings include “The first step to changing the system is to stop complying with it” and “You comply because you want it to end, but it doesn’t end because you comply.”


Twitter
diamond.
@melaninxro
you cannot comply your way out of systemic racism.
5:27 PM · May 27, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
black lives matter
@sugoiiisenpai
Replying to @sugoiiisenpai
for you lot to not understand you can’t comply your way out of not being killed by a cop just for being black , really blows my mind.
1:21 PM · May 28, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Brown Sugar Vixen
@MaiaxYvonne
The day we all understand that respectability politics do not exist and you can not comply your way out of racism we will truly begin the steps to liberation.
3:56 PM · Aug 24, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
RobbieRescue
@RobAdam74497148
Replying to @MikeyMoney2019 and @JCCFCanada
sure. keep thinking you’ll comply your way out of this communist mess.
6:53 AM · Jan 30, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Nancy “systemic racist” Pelozibub
@BeldofGob
You cannot comply your way out of tyranny. NO #Compliance NO #ForcedVaccination NO #VaccinePassports NO #sheeple
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Braun Stoleman
@BStoleman
· Mar 23
A day to mourn.
At this point last year we started to accept international government tyranny.
But to all those who had the #leakyvaccine and smugly wrote about lapping up the sun whilst ‘ antivaxxers’ suffered house arrest.
How are you feeling now?
#fooled #lockdownanniversary
5:36 AM · Mar 23, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Donnie J
@DonnieJ77805908
Replying to @T1000Jay @NeilClark66 and @dontbetyet
You can’t comply your way out of totalitarianism
6:16 AM · Mar 26, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Teepee
@teepeecariad
Replying to @Sacha_Lord
So why don’t you just OPEN? Mass non compliance is the only way. You cannot ‘comply’ your way out of totalitarianism. It’s not about evidence, logic, or #COVID19 WAKE UP.
9:14 AM · Mar 29, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Havin_A_Time
@TimeHavin
Submission to absurdity just brings more of the same. You cannot comply your way out of tyranny
11:41 AM · Mar 30, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
CM
@chrimart1983
Replying to @mommapatro and @StefanM411
You can’t comply your way out of tyranny.
4:34 PM · Apr 25, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
CanadianMechanic
@theMechaniQ
Replying to @Rizi31071359 @Ry96865495 and 2 others
You cannot comply your way out of tyranny.
10:16 PM · Apr 16, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Bex
@arbyredopinion
You can’t comply your way out of tyranny.
4:36 PM · May 1, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
ScImItar
@Scimitar_SS
Replying to @arvind029 and @Junaidbhatphoto
Compliance is exactly what got us here
You can’t comply your way out of tyranny
12:16 PM · May 12, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
ZUBY:
@ZubyMusic
You cannot comply your way out of tyranny.
3:56 AM · Jun 4, 2021·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Larken Rose
@LarkenRose
You cannot comply your way out of tyranny.
5:26 PM · Jun 23, 2021·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Lizard Eye
@LizardEye3
You Cannot Comply Your Way Out Of Tyranny (This saying is also shown on a sign during a protest.—ed.)
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Julia Hartley-Brewer
@JuliaHB1
· 17h
#LondonProtest #FreedomMarch #ImDone
8:28 PM · Jun 26, 2021·Twitter Web App

Posted by Barry Popik
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