Why Do We Need Activism?

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by Shane Thomas

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” – Dr. Cornel West

I think of myself as a hopeful pessimist. I don’t think things will turn out alright. I don’t believe in the milk of human kindness. I don’t think we collectively learn from history. But I always hope to be proven wrong.

As 2016 begins, a saddening inevitability of the next 12 months is that we’ll see and hear plenty about avoidable suffering, pain, and injustice. Which puts us in dire need of people who look at the unfairness of our world, and decide, as Angela Davis once said; “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”

However, such behaviour often fails to pierce common consensus, pegged as something for people with nothing better to do who like complaining all the time. Supposed…

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