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.
Not everyone is ready to be confrontational, even when it comes to causes and movements they care about, and most of the time confrontation isn’t necessary to make progress. But when we see injustice, when we know that people are being wronged, deprived, oppressed, THAT is the time to stand up.
These confrontations are important not because they are guaranteed to impact the oppressor, but because the greatest need is to become an active ally for those suffering injustice.
If you see someone being bullied, it’s important to stand up with the victim. It may not change the mind of the bully, but it absolutely tips the scale of power for the victim to know that others see what’s happening and are willing to act. Nobody who fights injustice should have to fight their fight alone.