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.
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