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Arundhati Roy: We Need a Reckoning


“If we are being born, then our rage must turn insurrectionary, revolutionary. Charity won’t cut it. Charity’s nice, but charity douses anger with pity. Charity reduces the receiver and bestows upon the giver a power and a self-righteousness that they oughtn’t really to have. Charity keeps the structure in place.
There is no one to entertain our petition. We are ruled by men who are long dead; their jaws are clenched. What we want we will have to seize…or go down fighting.”
“The very fact that we have to make these demands tells us what a subhuman society we’ve become. […] We cannot return to this horrifying injustice we call business as usual.”

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