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Tutu's grandchildren harness the power of his 'oppressor' quote

By: stagedoorscribbler - June 22, 2020

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

It’s that quote again. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” This extraordinarily wise observation from Desmond Tutu dates from 1984 - the very year he won the Nobel Peace Prize. It originally appeared in the book Unexpected News: Reading the Bible with Third World Eyes, by Robert McAfee Brown.
Although it as been quoted again and again, it has never seemed more apposite than now. In the wake of the killing of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, it has become a rallying cry for those who aim to use powerful non-violent protest to fight oppression.
Revered for his tireless fight against apartheid and years seeking truth and reconciliation, the now 88-year-old Archbishop Tutu remains a symbol of hope in a  dangerously divided world.
It is therefore moving and important that Tutu’s12 grandchildren have now chosen to appear in a new video to recite what has become known as ‘The Oppressor” quote.
They released their video message last week in support of #BlackLivesMatter, in honour of South Africa’s Youth Day and in recognition of “Juneteenth” the anti-slavery commemoration in the USA.