How readily do we stand in the shoes of another and try to know their injuries as if our own? Consider the oppression of poverty for example.
In 2003 it was a homeless man fasting for economic rights who drew me into his world of activism for those in greater need.
I must also thank Daniel F Bassill for introducing me to a rather interesting article in Washington Post recently. Daniel has run Tutor Mentor Connection tackling poverty in Chicago for several decades.
He drew my attention to this observation, on ending the vicious cycle of poverty in black communities. :
"It is widely believed that it is the duty of the oppressed to struggle against oppression. Hence the admiration for Spartacus and his successors. But there is no moral law that the struggle against oppression, in whatever realm, must be carried on only by the oppressed, nor any historical analysis that holds that the struggling oppressed, on their own, must succeed in ending their oppression.
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