Some Reflections on Being an Ally during Black History Month
This week's quote is from Sargent Shriver's Address to the Knights of Columbus in 1963. This is a fiery and at times confrontational speech that forces those listening to deal with their prejudices. Sarge challenges his white audience to confront the bigotry and xenophobia towards the diverse populations of Latin America. He does this for a very specific reason: to engage his audience in supporting his peacebuilding and development efforts with the Peace Corps.
Let us have the courage to speak out against hatred, no matter where we experience it--particularly if we are white. Let us be allies to our brothers and sisters of color. And let us find strength in the fact that more and more of us are waking up to the injustices that occurring around us. As Sargent Shriver said to the Knights of Columbus: "We must uncover the vitality, energy and strength necessary to shape this hemisphere’s destiny." Indeed, we must do it for the destiny of our world.