STANDING UP FOR TRUTH
There has been a lot of theft and false attributions regarding many of my quotes. Therefore, I would like to clear everything up once and for all in this written statement to the world.
“Stand up for what is right even if you stand alone” originally came from my mouth and handwriting. There have been many youngsters and even seniors in the past two years that tried to claim ownership of my words, but my signature trait is writing using parallels and parables. It is a proven Egyptian style, not an American one. See all my other quotes for reference. I do have a keen ability to recognize my words no matter how people try to manipulate them or try to label them as Anonymous.
To still be alive and well and to be separated from my own words, tugs at my heart and pains me more than anyone will ever know. It is the same as giving someone credit for another artist’s painting. I understand that being a strong woman thinker can be intimidating to men, and my heritage can incite racism to small minds. However, I can detect the vibrations surrounding my words regardless of how they are spun, and I frown deeply at those who try to claim them as their own — or simply tag them as Anonymous just to sell a poster, mug, or calender. This is extremely dishonorable and offensive. Again, I am still alive and well.
The quote: Stand up for what is right, even if you stand (are standing alone) came to me in Egypt when I was just fourteen years old. I was detained by police for filming an officer bullying a street vendor. Because I am American-born and raised, I saw many injustices there that repulsed me. In addition, I used it in speeches addressing the Student Environmental Action Coalition of my university and turned it into a slogan while protesting against British Petroleum in high school. I have a history of environmental activism, protesting, and fighting for human rights in America and the Middle East. I was also a known international street artist known for spray painting political slogans since 1989.
“Stand up for what is right even if you stand alone” has spiraled throughout all my writings, as it is the underlying current rippling throughout all my articles and even prose. I write from my heart as a poet and serious philosopher, and not from my ego. There is a difference. This is why I have always shared and given all my writings away for free — to be a positive contribution to humanity. However, I will not allow anybody to profit off my writings just because I choose not to. Truth is not for sale. Being generous with sharing knowledge doesn’t mean I will ignore and be tolerant of plagiarism. After all, I do fight for truth and justice. Every man is here to serve a purpose, so please do not try to subtract from mine. All my writings are also protected by international law.
Women CAN BE strong thinkers. Words from powerful minds are always felt before they are even seen. If you ever need to question the true authorship behind any written thoughts, simply go study the rest of that person’s work. I have been writing and preaching to the streets and my generation for over twenty years.
My words are my personal artwork. Please respect them. Never separate my words from my name. If you cannot come up with any from your own heart and brain, then perhaps you do not belong in the word and thought game.
Stand up for what is right, even if you stand alone. — Suzy Kassem
Stand up for what it right even it means standing alone. — Suzy Kassem
Stand up for what is right even if you are standing alone. — Suzy Kassem
Stand up for what you believe in, even if you are standing alone. — Suzy Kassem
Stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone. — Suzy Kassem
Stand up up to injustice, even if you are standing alone. — Suzy Kassem
Stand up for what is right, regardless of who is committing the wrong. — Suzy Kassem
Stand up for Truth regardless of who steps on it. — Suzy Kassem
Changing a word in a sentence, while still retaining the same meaning, is still copyright infringement.
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