If you live long enough, or are entrusted with leadership, you’ll eventually confront statements and actions so egregious you cannot ignore them. By taking a public stand against them – and rejecting concerns of political expedience and social condemnation – you maintain the social compact, provide a model of courage, and confirm our humanity.
Today is a good day to reflect on the courageous acts and sacrifices made pursuing a just, equitable society, and the need for vigilance, and continued action.
“Cowardice asks the question, it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vantiy asks the question, is it popular?
But, conscience asks the question, is it right?
And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.