Today is a day where anyone can say whatever they want.
You can speak rudely to your boss
You can write a negative review
You can tell someone off and not feel badly (is that really true?)
You can state your rights, expect them to be heard and be enfranchised in every view point you have.
This is the age of a human’s right. A human’s right to speak, a human’s right to voice their opinion, a human’s right to be heard, and
a human’s right to have things arighted.
In so many cases, this is wonderful, just, and long-time coming. People have been abused and silent; their perpetrators have gotten away with it. Women have been beaten and neglected; children have been sold into slavery… They have never been able to look back, look forward, or get out.
Gay men have been discriminated against and disabled people have been quietly discriminated against, at times when they know it and at times when they don’t. Muslims, Christian Scientists, Sunnis, Muslim Uighurs, and Tibetan Buddhists have been vilified, shunned… In each country their injustices take place.
In the 1930s…the Salvadorian government took over the territory of thousands of native Indians. When the Indian populations revolted, the Salvadoran military killed thousands of the native population Now, only 10% indigenous people exist. 1
Tell me this isn’t revolting; it’s inexplicable how a human can do this to another human.
It cannot be. For these human rights, and every human’s right, we must take a stand.
Practice kindness and doing the right thing.
You can start today!
1 Chapin, Mac, “The 500,000 Invisible Indians of El Salvador”, Cultural Survival Quarterly Magazine, September 1989, https://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/500000-invisible-indians-el-salvador
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