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The oppression of silence
"And then I explained to him how naive we were, that the world did know and remain silent. And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must -- at that moment -- become the center of the universe."
politics  humanity  eliewiesel  neutrality  science  persecution  oppression  complicity  2016  bystanders  race  religion  dignity  humanism  via:lukeneff 
july 2016 by robertogreco
How do I ... respond when I see racial abuse in public? | UK news | The Guardian
"Onlookers are often silent, and feel guilty afterwards for doing nothing. We suggest how bystanders can intervene or help"
racism  racialabuse  intervention  2016  isolation  bystanders  deescalation 
june 2016 by robertogreco

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