Silence is not Neutral

Silence should not be our default state.
Silence leads to secrecy, isolation and shame.

Silence is not neutral
It is not a passive act
In the face of injustice
Silence weighs us down
As lies obscure the facts

I get it.
I get why we stay silent when we’d rather speak.
Prejudice and discrimination are real things.
They can be costly.

Silence is not neutral
It is not a passive act
In the face of injustice
Silence weighs us down
As lies obscure the facts

We can lose ourselves in silence.
If we value courage
If we value standing up for what’s right
If we value what we have to say
Silence can erode away what we cherish most.

Silence is not neutral
It is not a passive act
In the face of injustice
Silence weighs us down
As lies obscure the facts

We live in a world that can be unfair and unjust
}At times, it’s not as much organized advocacy
It’s just doing the right thing
Even when others aren’t moving to the same beat.

Because we know
Silence is not neutral

When Rosa Parks chose to stand her ground, she couldn’t have known how her story would ripple across the nation and to the globe. It was the right thing to do and she moved through the fear.

Silence is not neutral
It is not a passive act
In the face of injustice
Silence weighs us down
As lies obscure the facts

So I am making a renewed commitment to speak
To honour my story and those shared with me
This may not be to a crowd
It may be in conversations
Speaking up when others are looking down

This is everyday advocacy
Moving through the world based on our values rather than the skewed status quo
There will be conflict
There will be people who don’t like it
Yet, the alternative is to be a passive participant
And I just can’t do that
If don’t like what we see
We need to work towards a healthier community.

Silence is not neutral
It is not a passive act
In the face of injustice
Silence weighs us down
As lies obscure the facts

I think it’s time to change that.

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