One of the greatest injustices is something we've all done to ourselves; we silence our voices.
Once, I was watching a show entitled, "What Would You Do?" The show basically has actors play out scenes of conflict in public places to see how bystanders might react to injustices staring them in the face. In the episode, an African American man brings his Caucasian girlfriend to a barbershop in Harlem. One of the hairdressers rudely calls him out for bringing her there, and the question therein lies...."What would you do?" (you can watch the scene on the right).
There were a couple of people who stood up for his girlfriend, and managed to restore my faith in humanity. However, it got me to really thinking, "Put in that specific situation...in a random barber shop where I had no affiliation to the woman sitting next to me...what would I really do?"
I knew that I could easily be one of the bystanders who simply sat back, opened my eyes widely, and waited for my hair appointment. In fact, I was that person for a majority of my life. It was only through putting myself out there to see and experience what injustice looked like that broke me out of 21 years of silence. The moment I was fully exposed to social justice through prostitution outreach in Downtown LA and human trafficking in Thailand, my fears of inadequacies were wrecked as my voice slowly began to lift. It was not because I had anything to offer, but simply because when you see the truth, you can't just close your eyes again. Now, I am no longer an echo, but a carrier of my Heavenly Father's voice for His children.
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.…" Matthew 5:14-15
Once I grasped that my eyes have seen things that someone else may never see, I knew that I couldn't just keep waiting for someone else to stand. I now know that it doesn't take perfection or eloquence; just someone who is willing.
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Photo accredited to: Karen J. Ro Photography (https://www.facebook.com/karenjrophotography)