“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Injustice can only be brought forward by those injustice it’s occurring to. The oppressed have to come together and prove that the law doesn’t treat them equally. History has taught us that this is a long process; The African-American Civil Rights Movement lasted for over a decade (officially — although the African-American struggle lasted over a century).
However, we live in a different society today. Protest movements are buffered by improved communication. We have access to instant communication — something that protesters in the past, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. did not. The power of protest is being recognized more than ever — Time’s 2011 Person of the Year is none other than the Protester.
Yet, our law-makers are still slow to respond. While they are entitled to their own opinions, they should be responding to fact. The gap in the distribution of wealth isn’t a matter of opinion — it’s backed up by hard numbers. The hardships suffered by the LGBTQ community isn’t a matter of opinion — it’s backed up when we see statistics such as LGBTQ teenagers are six times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual peers.
So why are our law-makers slow to respond to blatant injustice? Is injustice such a threat to justice then?