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“Our lives begin and end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Martin Luther King

In this quote, King is basically saying that being silent on an important matter, is a choice in itself, it is not passive. When the world begins to forget and push aside matters that need attention, is when our country is going to have the most problems. Two months before Kings assassination, February 1968, he spoke to Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church about how he wanted change, and how he wanted to be able to show the oppressive whites that he was capable of greatness, that he was able to speak out about something that he felt was not right. This quote translate into today’s times because if people never spoke up about anything, our world would remain the same. For example, the gay community has spoken up in the past few years about wanting to legalize gay and lesbian marriage. They wanted to be able to live their lives freely, just like Dr. King wanted blacks to have the same opportunity to live their lives freely. If the gay community never spoke up to fight a law that is against them, they would have never been able to change the law to allow them to legally marry. King is also saying in this quote that silence is also a choice and not a neutral stand point. By choosing to be silent when others are being oppressed, you are choosing to not help, thus adding to the hatred and oppression. All in all, King wisely says these words to help people understand that if we are silent about the things that matter, we will never make a change and never improve.

 

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  1. Posted January 23, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely agree with this post and this quote. It us true that by choosing to be silent when others are oppressed you are choosing not to help and that just adds on to the oppression. By not doing anything you actually are doing something but for the worst not for the better.

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