I selected the phrases for my coloring book to say what I thought might be most important to others within the activist community. But because the coloring book simply has the coloring pages without commentary, I thought I might use this venue to elaborate a bit on why I chose to include what I did.
“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” — Elie Wiesel
Our instincts tell us that if we’re fighting hate and bigotry, the fight must be waged against those whose hate is the loudest, the most threatening. But two minutes on the internet should teach anyone that this approach is rarely profitable, especially in the short term.
The real threat is indifference. We should be less afraid of the few who promote hate than we are of the many who fail to see why it’s a problem. Oppression doesn’t require widespread hate, just widespread failure to stand up against it.
If we are to change the world, I believe we should start with those around us who are indifferent to the suffering around them. Those whose eyes have not been opened to the forces which threaten those they care about. Those who have not yet seen the need to take a stand. That is the fight we should be having every day.