Unacceptable Words Remain Unacceptable

When writing my New Year’s resolutions, I only included one goal: to stop making negative comments about others. Yet, here I sit on day 11 of 2018 struggling over cruel remarks focused on people from Haiti and Africa. Populations in Africa and Haiti include citizens with high intelligence, education, and financial success as well as those living in dire poverty. Can I declare my support for all world citizens without totally breaking my one and only New Year’s goal? Here’s my best attempt.

In only a short time we will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King. Dr. King’s words either inflame or inspire. Clearly, he continues to make a significant difference. Likewise, all leaders hold in their hands, the potential to make the world better or to reduce the well being of all. For that reason, I hold all leaders, especially our president to a high expectation.

Since remaining quiet will imply subtle agreement with recent remarks by the president, I must say, “Racial discrimination can never be acceptable.” This language and behavior does not fit the dignity of anyone from the president to the man living under a bridge. Unacceptable remains unacceptable.

3 thoughts on “Unacceptable Words Remain Unacceptable

  1. Ann Elizabeth Smith

    I agree with you completely and your statement is very well said and gracious, far beyond what anyone who talks like our president deserves. But you are also right that not speaking out would be a silent approval and I commend you for standing up for those that cannot stand up for themselves. But I have no fear that this man’s rhetoric will continue to “dig his grave” in the hearts of the American people and in the courts. Words matter. Actions matter. Every life matters.

  2. sharon stidham smith

    Barbara that was so well said. I have shared your words on Facebook I hope many others will be awakened to how silence is acquiescing to bigotry.


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