These profound words come from a great man who is almost synonymous with social justice in some parts of the world: Desmond Tutu, archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa. Today he celebrates his 84th birthday. Tutu rose to prominence during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. And to think, all these years later, issues of inequality, racism, discrimination and injustice are still just as prevalent. In fact, there’s not a day that goes by when I don’t read a news article about some egregious form of oppression that has taken place — usually affecting a person of color. Every week there’s a new hashtag (e.g., #BlackLivesMatter, #SayHerName, #HisNameIsCayden). This Wednesday Word, courtesy of the Morales/Shakur Center, puts things into perspective by calling a spade a spade. By not standing up for what’s right, you’re essentially on the wrong side of the issue, making the problem worse. The quote goes on to say, “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.” What I’m getting at, is that if we don’t challenge oppression, we’re just as guilty as the oppressor. Just some food for thought, friends!
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