“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Elie Wiesel
She smiled, hate filled eyes
Filthy words flew by… N*&%$r!
I cringed, said nothing…
The first time a dorm mate called me that name, I was left speechless. Here I was, at a fancy school, surrounded by supposedly educated people and … such behavior? As Oliver Herford said, “A man is known by the silence he keeps.” For me to say nothing was a sign of weakness, of allowing a bully to gain the upper hand, and it ate at me for a long time.
“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” Abraham Lincoln
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
A dorm mate stood by
Silenced by the rage, spewing
Black, White, all the same…
Sometimes people stand by because they are equally flabbergasted. I chose to believe the dorm mate said nothing because she was shocked too. She said nothing… I said nothing… But not forever. More below!