What does it take for people to move? To care?
We desperately need more awareness and action about Darfur. There are problems everywhere but Darfur is a truly evil place. And the world’s inaction will backfire. Remember Haile Selassie.
Racism in America is bad, no doubt. But many people of color around the world are confronting want, lack and evil in proportions that are unimaginable to those in the west. There is no safety net for them. No way back in. Just chance. A chance encounter with an NGO worker or missionary that might open the door a sliver, for a heartbeat.
My most profound thanks and gratitude to the Save Darfur Coalition and Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) for their recent protest.
I just don’t know what to say about Cong. John Lewis who is still holding it down and showing us the way. As much ageism as there is, I hope is he roundly celebrated by young and old. He’s earned the right to sit down. He has not. The criticism of the old civil rights figures might have discouraged him. It did not. His courage, determination, integrity and intellect are always in season.
The congresspeoples’ action was important. Our sustained interest and effort will make the difference.
Call. Write. Give. Pray. History will judge us. And it should.