Let us not forget what hate can do

January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Let us not forget what hate can do. To stand around and listen to hateful words and say nothing, or watch hateful actions and do nothing, makes one complicit. Let us not be indifferent to what goes on in the world around us. We are a part of that world. Remember, the one most hurt by hate is the hater.  — Tanya Goodman

“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.”
― Elie WieselThe Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, the Accident


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Interrelatedness of us all

Mulling over the news of the past few days, indeed the past few months, this passage from “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” Dr. Martin Luther King wrote in 1963 comes to mind. He speaks about the “interrelatedness of all communities and states.” I am cognizant of the “interrelatedness” of all people around the world. We are all connected. There is no better or lesser than. We are one. — Tanya Goodman

Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in
Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to
justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment
of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with
the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never
be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds…

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