Speak Truth To Power
Stand up for what is right
Don't give up. Speak truth to power whenever you can and we will eventually achieve equality.
|Woke||Aware of social issues|
|Get woke||Become aware of social issues|
|SJW||Social Justice Warrior|
|Leftist||A person with radical left-wing political views|
|ATTT||Ain't that the truth|
|TTTT||To tell the truth|
|Truth bomb||A surprising but true statement|
|No cap||No lie|
To speak truth to power is when one or more people stand up for what is right by resisting an oppressive force, such as a person or company. It has become a rallying cry for people resisting or uncovering corrupt, unfair, and incorrect practices performed by people in positions of power, especially the government.
While some date the phrase back to Ancient Greece, its modern-day roots go back to the early 1940s, when it was popularized by American civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. He advocated for nonviolent methods for battling greater powers to achieve social justice.
"Speak truth to power" has been adopted by various nonviolent resistance groups over the years, including against the Soviet Union during the Cold War and against the Taliban in the Middle East. It gained more exposure in the late-2010s, especially on social media, as a way to encourage dissidents to rebel.
You will probably see it in protests for racial justice, gender equality, LGBTQ rights, censorship, and other issues defying government laws or the "status quo." The phrase is prevalent on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and Snapchat among social activists.