Can someone help me analyze this statement from Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire?

Freire argues that Dehumanization is not our destiny as people, but rather the product of an unfair social order. Because of this, the most important task of oppressed people is to liberate themselves (and their oppressors) from an unjust system. When oppressors appear to help oppressed people, Freire argues that they often harbor a “false generosity” that relies on oppression to work. To truly help oppressed people, one must join the struggle to destroy oppression entirely. 

What is the author trying to say?

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  • 8 months ago

    He is commenting upon the age - old fact that

    tokens from on high to help the oppressed are just that - tokens.

    They quell opposition but do not let the oppressed improve their lives long-term, at all.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    The author is not "trying to say" anything. He's saying what he wants to say, the way he wants to say it. You, however, are "trying to understand it," and apparently failing.

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    • Lv 5
      7 months agoReport

      Well, you accused the author of not being able to say what he or she meant. You shouldn't be offended if somebody accuses you of not being able to understand it. Show the author some respect.

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