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Sister John Asks: “What will you do?”

Sister John Michele Southwick, I.H.M., Special Contributor to The Wood Word
January 30, 2013

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Good old Martin, always giving us words of wisdom. He usually hits us right between the eyes with his words, too. It seems that there is so much evil in the world today. We sometimes find it easier to just block it out instead of paying any attention to it.

World hunger, massive poverty, widespread unemployment, human trafficking at an all time high, gun violence, and racism all seem to get swept under the proverbial rug.

Here we are, celebrating Black History Month. Does that mean anything to any of us, or is it just another month in the cold months of winter, waiting for spring to arrive? Or, could we possibly contemplate King’s words and ask ourselves if we are the perpetrators of evil, or are we keeping silent, and does that mean we are cooperating with it? Does that question bring up too much guilt? Should we just say instead, “Happy Birthday, Martin” in January, and “Happy Black History Month” in February? What will you do?

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