This blog was first published on thefreebirdsings.com on November 22, 2016.
Native American genocide.
The Rwandan genocide.
The reign of Kony.
The list goes on... There have been countless numbers of events over thr course of time where white people have sat back and allowed or willfully participated in evil, destructive acts against other humans. People look back over history and wonder how so many people could have stayed silent during such perilous times, in the face of such injustice.
2016 has taught us how. We are watching history repeat itself and too many are saying nothing.
"It's too controversial," they say. "I won't say the right thing" or "what good does my voice do?" rings out from the mouths who are willing to excuse it but not shut it down.
BUT IF YOU IGNORE IT, YOU ALLOW IT. IF YOU ALLOW IT, YOU CONDONE IT. AND IF YOU CONDONE IT, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT. WE DON'T JUST SPEAK UP TO CONDEMN THE OPPRESSOR, WE SPEAK UP TO LET THE OPPRESSED KNOW WE STAND WITH THEM.
So where are you? Will you speak out? Or will you continue to sit by and say nothing? The choice is yours.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." -Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." -Desmond Tutu
"The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people." -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Never be afraid your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth." -William Faulkner
"What is the source of our first suffering? It lies in the fact that we hesitated to speak. It was born in the moment when we accumulated silent things within us." -Gaton Bachelard
"Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly. -Mahatma Gandhi