In an interview, Robert Zellner, a Civil Rights Leader, explained his family history. His dad was a Klansman. His grandfather was a Klansman. It’s possible that his grandfather’s father was a Klansman. However, his father was also a preacher, and found that his Klanism and Christianity contradicted each other. Zellner ended up being a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery, Alabama. One part of the interview that really stood out to me was him saying, “If you backed the system at all you had two choices: you either capitulated absolutely and completely, or you became a rebel…” Basically, when it comes to the status quo, you either surrender, or you fight.
How does this relate to today? There are a myriad of applications to today:
First comes the fight in support of Black Lives Matter. We either fight in support of Black Lives Matter, or we surrender to the oppressive status quo.
We either fight in support of our brothers and sisters in the LGTBQ community, or we surrender to the status quo.
We either fight in support of Muslims and granting them entry to the Land of Opportunity, or we surrender to the status quo.
We either fight the oppressive rhetoric of Donald J. Trump and his supporters, or we surrender to the status quo.
Me? I’ll fight. How about you?