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The Monday Morning Quotes began in 1998; first thing each week I sent a quote to a small group of friends and allies as an inspiration for thought or even dialogue. Sometime in 1999, as the list of recipients grew, I started adding my own thoughts. By 2001, there were hundreds of people receiving the quote and my reflections each week. I will continue to add to the archive here from both directions-–newest ones and older ones. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #633 - Who Are We Protecting? #WhoAreWeProtecting

25 Aug, 2014

"The propriety of a law, in a constitutional light, must always be determined by the nature of the powers upon which it is founded."

Alexander Hamilton


"The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy."

Benjamin Franklin


"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

James Baldwin



Who Are We Protecting?

Tell me, please.

The right of a young black man to walk down the street without getting killed? or the right of older non-black men to subdue and subjugate them because they find them scary?

The rights of people to protest? or the rights of the people who fear them, and who fear that they will inspire violence?

The rights of people to show their rage at obvious systemic injustice? or the right of business owners to not fear property loss? (with the risk that a couple of people may cross a line, or use the opportunity to do bad things, but there's the same risk at every ball game, at every dance hall, at every rock concert)

The rights of people to see and know what is happening? or the rights of the people who want to keep it under wraps, and maintain their illusions about their town, their lives?

The rights of women to venture forth into previously-disallowed places, careers, lives? or the rights of men to do whatever they can to stop them, including shaming, harassment, and rape?

The voting rights of millions? or the right of those in power to stay in power? (with the risk of maybe maybe having a handful of fraudulent votes)

The rights of people of all races, religions, genders, and sexual orientation to live, work, love, have families? or the rights of the people who don't want to see it or deal with it?

Who are we protecting?

The old guard who doesn't want the world to change
or the people who the old guard are destroying
in order to maintain their privilege and their power?

Please, tell me,
just who are we protecting?


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