Saturday, October 27, 2012
Stand up to racism (#1366)
Racism will not go away until good people take a stand to rebut it when it rears it's ugly head. Like all things that are inherently bad, unless there is a check against them they will flourish. If you do not believe that you are able to stand against racism, then you must at least give it no safe harbor. Remember, much of life is not about staying safe, much of life is about prevailing on the side of justice for all of us to equally share in. Courage is the opposite of cowardice and when given the choice between the two, courage should be the choice of first order. If we are to believe that our individual humanity is worth fighting for then the quality of that humanity must take the form of defending it. No one said that life would be easy, the choices we face are either to give in to hate and slink away with what dignity we can delude ourselves with, or to take a stand against hate and let the chips fall where they may. The old adage "live to fight another day" is a rationale that only works if you actually plan to fight another day. A choice must be made and when that stand is made is when the courage you have inside you can best reflect your values. Do not be afraid to stand on the side of what is right, since it is the greatest way to live in honor, respect and dignity. All people's before us had to fight for us to be where we are at now and those who didn't made the fight that those who did fight that much harder. Don't be one of those people who couldn't put courage above your own fear.