January 9, 2017

What Happens When Good People Remain Silent?

by Colleen Marshall, Massucci Law Group

Is the silence of good people resulting in bad things? A message of hate and bigotry is being openly and proudly advanced by those who want to use intolerance as the answer to any number of social and economic problems.

In 2016, we lived through a presidential election that targeted immigrants and the Islamic faith. We watched states revive efforts to legitimize discrimination against the LGBTQ community. We watched tensions build between minorities and police, we watched in horror as innocents across the globe were slaughtered because of their heritage or faith.

Here at home, there are websites that list – chronologically – the racist acts of the incoming president, who calls himself “the least racist person you have ever met.” Defenders of Donald Trump say he is not personally bigoted and does not subscribe to racist or anti-Semitic thinking.

The larger question, though, is how will these renewed racial tensions and the use of hate-speech and outright bigotry by others impact an already divided nation? Will 2017 be a launching point for renewed racial conflicts or will it reinvigorate a modern civil rights movement?

On Jan. 27, I will be joined by Mike Thompson of WOSU to reflect on the 2016 Presidential Election and the use of hate speech in the modern era. We will be two of many speakers examining the media, the minority experience and civil rights in the new era at the annual MLK Jr. Memorial Civil Rights Symposium sponsored by the Columbus Bar Association.

If you’d like to join us, registration is available at www.cbalaw.org or call (614) 221-4112.

Colleen Marshall