Monday, August 04, 2008

In Honor and Memoriam

On this day in 1964, the bodies of three young civil rights activists -- Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman -- were found shot to death and buried at the site of a partially constructed dam near Philadelphia, Mississippi. Why had they been murdered six weeks before by the Ku Klux Klan? For the heinous crime of helping African-Americans register to vote.

In the past week, I've posted about hundreds of thousands of slave children in Haiti, peonage in the U.S. in the 20th Century, a young woman being tortured for five years in an Afghani prison run by the U.S., and now this. Doesn't focusing on the horrible bring people down and make them too scared to do anything about it all?

Apparently not.

The poster above, for example, went up less than three weeks after the bodies of Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman were found. And even today, the work goes on. Mahatma Gandhi said:

"Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always."

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