Tarana Burke Quotes

This is a list of my favorite Tarana Burke quotes.

Tarana Burke is an activist who is mostly known for being the founder of the Me Too movement, which is a social movement against sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Burke is also an author of two books namely Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement and You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience.

Here are some of the best Tarana Burke quotes about the Me Too Movement, life, society and more:

Best Tarana Burke Quotes

best Tarana Burke quotes

1. I’m grounded in joy; I’m not grounded in the trauma anymore. -Tarana Burke

2. If we don’t center the voices of marginalized people, we’re doing the wrong work. -Tarana Burke

3. If we keep on ‘making statements’ and not really doing the work, we are going to be in trouble. -Tarana Burke

4. If we’re ever going to heal in our community, we have to heal the perpetrators and heal the survivors, or else it’s just a continuous cycle. -Tarana Burke

5. Get up. Stand up. Speak up. Do something.

Tarana Burke

6. People are trying to find an outlet to tell their truth. -Tarana Burke

7. Inherently, having privilege isn’t bad, but it’s how you use it, and you have to use it in service of other people. -Tarana Burke

8. We have to trust the voices of the community to be in leadership and know what we need for our communities. -Tarana Burke

9. When you truly empathize with someone, you have to take into account all the things that make that person who they are. -Tarana Burke

10. There are a series of emotions that most survivors go through after disclosing. It starts with feeling great, like the weight on your shoulders has been lifted, and then you’re alone with your thoughts, like, “Why did I do that?” And then what about the person who gets backlash? -Tarana Burke

Famous Tarana Burke Quotes

11. Social media is not a safe space. -Tarana Burke

12. Sexual violence happens on a spectrum, and I think that accountability should happen on a spectrum as well. -Tarana Burke

13. I cannot define how you or your body responds to things. I can’t tell you that’s not trauma.

Tarana Burke

14. An exchange of empathy provides an entry point for a lot of people to see what healing feels like. -Tarana Burke

15. We need to be inundating these children with the idea that consent is the way of life. Yes, you do have to ask to touch somebody. -Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke: Me Too Movement Quotes

Tarana Burke Me Too Movement quotes

16. We want to turn victims into survivors – and survivors into thrivers. -Tarana Burke

17. ‘Me too’ was just two words; it’s two magic words that galvanized the world. -Tarana Burke

18. When one person says, ‘Yeah, me, too,’ it gives permission for others to open up. -Tarana Burke

19. The work of #MeToo is about healing. It’s about healing as individuals and healing as communities. -Tarana Burke

20. Me Too, in a lot of ways, is about agency. It’s not about giving up your agency, it’s about claiming it. -Tarana Burke

21. If you talk to more SURVIVORS and less sexist businessmen maybe you’ll understand what we want. We want safety. We want healing. We want accountability. We want closure. We want to live a life free from shame. -Tarana Burke

22. This movement is about making sure survivors have the resources to heal AFTER they’ve said #metoo, it’s about galvanizing a global community or survivors and advocates to do the work of interrupting sexual violence. It’s about protecting folks’ human dignity at all cost. -Tarana Burke

23. Violence is violence. Trauma is trauma. And we are taught to downplay it, even think about it as child’s play.

Tarana Burke

24. ‘Me Too’ is about letting – using the power of empathy to stomp out shame. -Tarana Burke

25. For every Harvey Weinstein, there’s three or four thousand other pastors, coaches, teachers, uncles, cousins, and stepfathers who are committing the same crimes. We have to keep that in focus and we have to keep talking about it. -Tarana Burke

26. If I found a healing tree in my backyard, and it grew some sort of fruit that was a healing balm for people to repair what was damaged, I’m not going to just harvest all of those fruits and say, ‘You cant have this.’ If I have a cure for people, I’m going to share it. -Tarana Burke

27. The movement is about people owning their truth and releasing the shame associated with sexual violence. That is not a NEW concept. What’s new is that there is some accountability now. -Tarana Burke

28. I founded the Me Too Movement because there was a void in the community that I was in. There were gaps in services. There was dearth in resources, and I saw young people – I saw black and brown girls – who are hurting and who needed something that just wasn’t there. -Tarana Burke

29. Our work is about supporting survivors by providing resources for healing and action. If in the course of that process a perpetrator is held accountable for their actions – so be it. But our goal is not to ‘take down’ individuals it’s to dismantle systems that give them cover. -Tarana Burke

30. We talk about sexual harassment in the workplace, but there’s sexual harassment in schools, right? There’s sexual harassment on the street. So there’s a larger conversation to be had. And I think it will be a disservice to people if we couch this conversation in about what happens in Hollywood or what happens in even political offices. -Tarana Burke