Something that really influenced me growing up and becoming politicized was meeting a big Chicano homie who had gotten out of prison and was working with a community organization when I was about 15 or 16. He had a bunch of anarchist prison tats and when he was asked about his politics he responded, "I've been in the system my whole life, of course I'm an anarchist."
That resonated with me, having been pushed out of school even though I was in honors and gifted programs. Having been harassed and arrested by police over 7 times and on probation and in juvenile hall already. I felt like this system was designed against me growing up and found out it was.
So those words made a lot of sense to me:
"I've been in the system my whole life, of course I'm an anarchist."