10 Inspirational Octavia Butler Quotes Highlighting Her Recurring Efforts Against Racism

A shining star who broke new ground and form new voice to address the audience in a racist and male dominated society- Octavia E. Butler’s was born on June 23, 1947. Today, which would have been her 75th birthday, we remember her for her marvelous work and her fight against racial segregation.

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A shining star who broke new ground and introduced new voice to address the audience in a racist and male-dominated society- Octavia E. Butler was born on June 23, 1947. Today, which would have been her 75th birthday, we remember her for her marvelous work and her fight against racial segregation. She is an internationally acclaimed science fiction writer whose novels explore the themes resonating with the issues of race, sex, power, and sense of human existence- she didn’t shy away from the ugliest truth of humanity.

 

 

According to The New York Times, “Her recurring character archetype is the survivor, a figure of endurance, resourcefulness, and compromise. To read her works and follow her wearied protagonists through badlands is to experience the treachery of change, its capacity to snatch away gains, and proffer flashes of relief. There are few refuges in her 14 books, but there are always insights, always futures.”

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In honor of her birthday, I present you inspiring Octavia E. Butler quotes that reflect her efforts against social failures:

    • “The norm is white, apparently, in the view of people who see things in that way. For them, the only reason you would introduce a black character is to introduce this kind of abnormality. Usually, it’s because you’re telling a story about racism or at least about race.”

    • “So I preached from Luke, chapter eighteen, verses one through eight: the parable of the importunate widow. It’s one I’ve always liked. A widow is so persistent in her demands for justice that she overcomes the resistance of a judge who fears neither God nor man. She wears him down. Moral: The weak can overcome the strong if the weak persist. Persisting isn’t always safe, but it’s often necessary.”

    • “Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be lied to. To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.”

    • “Simple peck-order bullying is only the beginning of the kind of hierarchical behavior that can lead to racism, sexism, ethnocentrism, classism, and all the other ‘isms’ that cause so much suffering in the world.”

    • “Not everyone has been a bully or the victim of bullies, but everyone has seen bullying, and seeing it, has responded to it by joining in or objecting, by laughing or keeping silent, by feeling disgusted or feeling interested.”

    • “I don’t write about good and evil with this enormous dichotomy. I write about people. I write about people doing the kinds of things that people do.”

    • “As a black and as a woman, I didn’t think that I would really want to live in any of the eras before this, because I would inevitably be worse off. I would have spent more time struggling just to prove I was human than doing my work.”

    • “I wasn’t trying to work out my own ancestry. I was trying to get people to feel slavery. I was trying to get across the kind of emotional and psychological stones that slavery threw at people.”

    • “My race and sex had a great deal more to do with what people believed I could do than with what I actually could do.”

    • “Several years ago, when I was about to start a novel, I thought I might get some mileage out of the idea of a civilization in which people somehow felt – that is, they shared – all the pain and all the pleasure they caused one another.”

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