Take a Stand Against Injustice

Take a Stand Against Injustice

Wherever you see it, whenever you see it.

My daughter and I have been learning about many of the leaders in our past, from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Susan B. Anthony, Abraham Lincoln and many others. She is very curious about why we do bad things to one another—such as maintain slavery or not allow people the right to vote—and sometimes I am simply clueless about how to answer her. Why, indeed!

There is a bumper sticker that I like to quote to her, and I don’t know who said it, but it’s simply, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” She is just learning about the concept of justice, and how it’s important not just for her to have rights, but all other girls and boys, too. So one thing we’re doing right now is attempting to fight injustice when we see it.

One particularly hard thing we’re doing is boycotting the local Chik Fil A. The place has chicken, the only meat we really occasionally eat (well, she also eats fish now and then; I don’t like it), and it’s still pretty new to our area—so boycotting it is hard. It even has a kids’ play place inside, which makes it even harder! I have to admit, I don’t miss the constant Christian music, nor the side of bigotry served with our meals. That’s the reason we are boycotting, of course—because Chik Fil A is against gay marriage, equality, and gays existing in the first place, claiming they can be “rehabilitated.” To me, this fight—particularly the fight for gay rights such as marital rights, adoption rights, and work rights—is akin to the Civil Rights movement, and it seems like it is a fight that we are waging today that my daughter will indeed have to continue as she gets older.

She minded at first—mostly because she misses the play area—but now she understands why we don’t give them our money and she’s all about it. When we drive by, she asks if they are still being mean to gay people! I say that they are, unfortunately, so we go home and write another e-mail together; it won’t be long and she’ll be writing them on her own. Right now, I just type out what she wants me to say, which is usually a very kind but stern “Please be nice to everybody and let boys marry boys and girls marry girls if they want to!”

Our tiny family boycott may not mean much to others, but it’s our way of standing up against injustice and learning about how you change things. My daughter says that Dr. King was brave and he got people more rights by boycotting and speaking out about bad things, so that’s just what we’re going to do.