Monday, January 19, 2015

Are we standing for what's right?

Good morning y'all,

Today is a holiday! Most people may be glad for this day because they may get time off from school or work. But that is not only thing this holiday is for.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is day to remember what the activist did not only for African American people but for anyone black or white, male or female who was mistreated or discriminated against. This day is also a day of celebration for the victories of Civil Rights that were won over the years. But it is also a time remember that the job of fighting and standing for what is right is long from over. We as a human race must unite together against any wrong we may see. 

There are been a lot of injustices done in this world but many turn a blind eye to it.  Genocide, domestic violence, child abuse, racism, and poverty are just a few things that people  sometimes do not want to believe happens. It can be for various reasons. Some may do not want to be involved for fear of rejection by peers. There are times when doing the right thing may not earn us friends but enemies. 

 “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” Martin Luther King Jr

It takes courage to stand when no one is supporting your stance. Courage can help you whenever faced with the dilemma to speak up against injustices. 

Others may not want to stand against injustices because for someone they may be benefiting from people being disenfranchised. It is wrong to think that others being pushed aside are your competition and deserve to be mistreated. 

This belief is one thing that is dividing this nation and putting people against one another. Fighting one another is not to solution to the problems that we are facing. This sort of behavior causes more problems and sometimes leads to violence. For violence begets more violence. This type of thinking is a vicious cycle.  Being divided on our differences instead of embracing them goes against the basic principles of this nation.

This nation was founded on the belief that "All people are created equal"! Even though at that time people were not treated equal it was still a needed principle and was used to break the system of slavery. God made each of us in his own image and does not like seeing is people being mistreated by one another. Each deserves a chance to succeed in this world regardless of how they may look. 

Whatever the case standing by not doing anything is just as wrong as the perpetrators of injustice. Because not speaking up causes the injustices to continue. What if people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony and so many others who refused to remain silent against society injustices? People who not have the right to vote, to be educated, or to be free. Even God promoted and endowed Moses to speak out against Pharaoh.  All of these people stood for something and did not hide from the injustices they saw! It is time to start doing what is right because "The time is always right to do what is right."

Here are few ways to get started on making a stand:

Call your local representatives about things you see that are not right. When our laws are not being uphold or when the laws themselves are unjust it is our duty to speak up and tell our representatives how we feel.  Your local representatives make the laws, so contacting them may get things changed.

Donate to your local food pantry or to an organization that deals with hunger. Check with your local church leaders and see if you can put a box to place donated food in ( That is activity that my church does and it is successful). These same can be done with clothes.

Join a local civic organization that helps your community and does community service activities.

Volunteer at a local school, nursing home, or other community places that need volunteers.

There are so many ideas that I probably did not even go over look at this site for more ideas.



Lanae Bond 

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