When you have a cause, the best way to express yourself is artistically,” he says, against “the scissor of the oppressor.
In order to be elusive and to have longevity, the oppressor has learned to kill MEN while their bodies remain alive.
They regarded government - the white man's government - as the oppressor and the police - the white man's police - as the enemy.
mid-14c., from Old French opresser "oppress, afflict; torment, smother" (13c.), from Medieval Latin oppressare, frequentative of Latin opprimere "press against, press together, press down;" figuratively "crush, put down, subdue, prosecute relentlessly" (in Late Latin "to rape"), from ob "against" (see ob-) + premere "to press, push" (see press (v.1)).
It is the due [external] restraint and not the moderation of rulers that constitutes a state of liberty; as the power to oppress, though never exercised, does a state of slavery. [St. George Tucker, "View of the Constitution of the United States," 1803]Related: Oppressed; oppressing.