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Views & Reviews Between the Lines

Deafening silences

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1719 (Published 28 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1719

Pacifism, Not Passivism

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of
our friends.” With these incisive words, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
diplomatically expressed his frustration with the prevailing silent acquiescence
and tacit consent to America’s egregious discrimination against people of
color. Like his mentor, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King was assassinated, but both
men will live forever in the pantheon of human dignity, civil rights, and social
justice. Let’s hope that their exemplary acts of selfless, courageous pacifism
will inspire all of us to appropriate levels of moral outrage and activism.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

06 May 2009
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA