There comes a time when one must take a position
that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular,
but he must take it because
conscience tells him it is right.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. ~
They are heroes today.
But they were revolutionaries in their time.
The ill-mannered louts at our polite tea parties.
They threatened our assumptions, our comfortable ideas about life and power.
They took the stands that weren’t “safe, nor politic, nor popular”.
First, we dismiss them.
Then we vilify them.
And then, if we are lucky and events force us to our senses – or if these people spend decades in prison, or, at worst, are assassinated – we deify them. Praise and beatify them for their courage.
Yesterday’s revolutionaries, today’s heroes.
Thank you, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela
Thank you, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Viola Davis Desmond.
Thank you for daring to take a stand.
Did you go into the battle knowing that you would be vilified?
Did you know that it would take a long time to change our ignorant or hardened hearts?
Thank you for your courage.
Dedicated to people who take a stand against injustice.