On Speaking Out: An MLK Day Reflection

this isn’t my problem, too. 

It’s an election year, a time of frenetic energy and misleading soundbites. The campaign money is flowing and the incessant, unthinking word vomit is flowing, too (sorry for that disgusting visual). Politicians try to encapsulate complicated issues into digestible phrases for an American public largely unwilling to engage with a shades-of-gray reality.

But we have pledged to be different. We want to live ethical, thoughtful, conscious lives. We want to do right by people and correct our mistakes. And that means it’s time to speak out.

Speak out against black-and-white thinking that boils people and issues down to caricatures.

Speak out against accusations that individuals, due to their race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or geographic origin, must be bad or lazy or unfit, or unwelcome here.

Speak out against systemic prejudice that runs so deep we don’t always see it. 

Speak out against elitism. 

Speak out against the lie of the American Dream. 

Speak out against un-tethered Capitalism that always privileges profit over people. 

Speak out against the urge to blame someone else for your guilt. 

Speak out, because you might be able to reach someone no one else can.

Speak out, because your community needs a witness.

Speak out, because your voice is a salve.

Speak out, because you might be the only one who does.

We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

– Martin Luther King Jr. in his

Letter From Birmingham Jail

Other MLK Day posts from the Ethical Writers Co.

On Martin Luther King Day, 2016

The Radical Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Black History Tour of Washington DC

3 comments

  1. Beautiful sentiments, Leah! Thank you for your willingness to speak out; you encouraged me to post today as well.

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