Why must oppression be used to silence? In the wake of massacre’s that stem from hate and prejudice that still lives on in a nation that does not understand that the rights of one group is seen as a taunt to some who’s minds languish in a draconian age where oppression ruled and reigned. From the time the Pilgrims set foot on U.S. soil and a tea party in Boston was used as a means to expressing an injustice the paranoia of those that mistakenly believe that oppression must be used to silence and hinder the rights of another has reared its ugly head again and again.
In the wake of court battles where social media giants are constantly opposing the requests to hand over user information in court actions one has to wonder if the new Civil Rights Activists will not only use their shoes to march but their keyboards. On-line forums provide the ability to quickly and easily distribute massive amounts of information to audiences both near and far. So with this new found ability to bring to the forefront the misdeeds and social ills the 21st Century Civil Rights Activists may not look like what they previously looked like in the days of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Betty Friedan. The soles of their shoes may not be thicker allowing them to walk more miles than the soles of Civil Rights Activists from the past allowed them to walk, but with the ability of technological advancements their soul’s cries may reach further and faster with every Tweet and every Like. Social media demonstrates the ability of a souls message to go further, faster, and louder to speak to the injustice wherever it may be found. Martin Luther King once said “Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Anywhere”. The mask that injustice takes on is complex but must be uncovered and properly dealt with so that injustice does not thrive and live on to hinder progress and equally.
At one time the television may have been needed to bear witness to the unfound treatment of men, women, and children but that is no longer the case. In the era of Tweets and Likes the only thing that is required to quickly disseminate a message is the click of a mouse. Progress has always cleared the path for more equally and rights. In times past it was the industrial revolution that viewed the unjust system of slavery as an inhibitor to progress. Now we are grappling with the need of more freedoms in order that speech enabled by technology not be hindered and totally stumped out. When progress is inhibited by social systems that no longer serve the public and cost more money cleaning up the mess left behind that it does to solve issues then a cry for progress is always made. A cry of a song of the soul of a nation that has been blighted by oppression, inequality, unfair treatment, and unjustified means of silencing a generation who dare speak out against injustice is heard both near and far.
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Llynette Bealer has 20 years experience including working as the Office Manager/Bookkeeper for Junior Achievement of San Diego and various Business Improvement Districts in San Diego, CA. She has worked in mortgage bankruptcy for Chase Home Finance and various law firms.