It seems I’ve abandoned my blog for long enough. My writing time (the little of it I have) has been going into the sequel for my Memoirs of an Ordinary Girl book, but with my passion being freedom for all (ending human trafficking), it seems appropriate to honor Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. today.
Technically, slavery had been abolished in the US and black people were living “free” lives when MLK stood up for their Civil Rights. But he wouldn’t have had to do that if they were truly living in equality. Through his nonviolent protests, massive marches, bus boycotts, and eloquent words, King sought to make people see that injustice still existed even if they were no longer the property of others. And he gained attention and respect for his efforts (obviously not by all since he was slain). He could have stood by silently and watched and hoped for change. Certainly people were aware of the injustice taking place. But people easily become complacent, and often we think “surely someone else will stand in the gap for change.” If we all think that way, no one will ever become the catalyst that makes the difference.
Fortunately, King was not content to stand idly by, and eventually others began to stand in the gap with him, and though there was opposition, change did occur.
There comes a time when we must take a look at the world around us, at the injustices and the cruelty, and decide if we are willing to become a catalyst for change, or to allow suffering to continue while we pretend we do not see it.
“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.
Maybe you were not aware of the slavery still taking place around our world, and in our own country. After all, people have been ignoring it for some time now. But it’s a growing industry, and lags behind only the drug trade for illegal profit, yet it continues to grow and gain. After all, the services these modern day slaves are forced to give can be purchased again and again, while drugs are a one time deal. Services over consumable products.
With somewhere around 27 million human beings enslaved worldwide, it is time more people begin to stand in the gap as catalysts for change. Now that you know (and you cannot unknow the truth), spread the word in order to create awareness. The more people really know and understand the injustice that is happening, the the more people will become eager to fight to stop it.
Many wonderful organizations exist. Find one you want to support, one you can join with in the fight.
“No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until ‘justice rolls down like waters, and the righteousness like a mighty stream.'”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Some of the wonderful organizations out there fighting against and creating awareness of human trafficking:
Love 146, Not for Sale, Shared Hope International,A21 Campaign, International Justice Mission, Somaly Mam Foundation
There are so many more. Please find one close to you and plug in. Nobody should be property.
Thank you for drawing attention to such a heinous crime and wicked sin. It is a fitting tribute to Dr. King on this special day.
I chose to write today on the racism that was and still is prevalent among some white Midwesterners. It’s called “Was He Only Dreaming?: Hoosier Perspectives on Martin Luther King”. I’d love for you to check it out and tell me what you think.
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