Protest Injustice? Us?

Okay, let’s step back and reassess.  We have heard way too much divisive talk about deporting and building walls and keeping people in their place and baskets of deplorables.   Part of our problem in this country is that all we consider is this country.  Yes, we do need to clean our own house before we reach into other countries and try to help clean theirs.  And do we ever have house cleaning to do at home!

India 2002-Cherylann 146 - CopyStill and all, we are a country blessed with so many resources.  And  finances.  And freedoms.  Hence our responsibility to reach a helping hand out beyond our own shores.

For instance, India, a country of which I am very fond and where I have many friends.  But millions of people there live in slavery. including children.  And many of those children work long hours, scraping by with barely enough to eat.  For them, school is out of the question.  According to Walk Free, a global anti-slavery foundation, 40 percent of the slaves in Child Cacao Slavethe world are in India.  (They count people forced into labor, indentured workers, child brides, and child soldiers.)

Yes, yes. India has passed laws against all of these.  Problem is, there isn’t the political will to enforce those laws.  Which brings me back to us.  If we don’t insist that our politicians enforce our laws without bending them around for their own personal benefit, how can we speak out for India’s slaves?  Or, for that matter, for those in our country who are marginalized?

Such abuses as slavery certainly are our business.  First, because we are fellow human beings.  Second, because we have the capacity to help.   Third, it will make us better people.

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”

Elie Wiesel

About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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