Each year on MLK day, I take a moment to read and watch excerpts from Dr. King. My usual m.o. is to provide a few handy links to his “I Have A Dream” speech, a dream made all the more poignant today by the nightmarish ineptitude of our fools on The Hill.
This year, other quotes from Dr. King seem more prescient, not so much for Trump, a thug hopelessly mired in his own narcissistic ooze of ignorance and hate, but for the invertebrates in the House, Senate, cabinet, FOX and Friends and a minority of the American electorate that enable and normalize him.
It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, “Wait on time.”
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.
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
There comes a time when silence becomes betrayal
Complete sentences. Profound truths. Courage of conviction. Intelligence. Inspiration. Integrity. Compassion. Unity. Leadership. Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and you illuminate the appalling dearth of all of those attributes in and around our White-power house.
Additional thoughts on Dr. King here: A Tale of Two Men
5 thoughts on “The Silence of Friends”
Thank you for this piece. I hope all the “good people” are inspired by Dr. King to take action.
posted to Facebook – good job.
Ed, it is with great feelings you bring forth from those of us who watch from the sidelines and think more, while speaking out less. I think your historic perspective is an ongoing heart beat of our lives too. The insertion of a genius into any society brings enormous changes for the good. The insertion of an idiot bully into our society becomes the world’s lack of action, and without an outcry can lead to a destruction of what we cherish and believe of human equality before our maker. Thanks again.
Thanks for the comment. Much appreciated and well said.
Ed, in only your unique way can one bring such thoughts…..Thanks