Oppresed by majority

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Melissa M. Toledo

Oppressed by majority:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a singlegarment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea. Anyone who lives inside the United Statescan never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.”(Martin Luther King Jr.)
Injustice affects us everyday in Puerto Rico. The problem is that when injustice becomes a normal part ofeveryday life, we get accustomed to this and accept it as a usual part of rules. Injustice is the act of neglecting, misusing, or the malfeasance of justice either in the legal system or conventionalliving. Injustice has existed since the beginning of time from being a small animal and large ones taking advantage to higher cost of life for basic human necessities. I wonder if this was God’s ways ofcontrolling the nature of life or a concept human made. Sometimes one might not be aware that we cultivate injustice in our lives by just not considering others. I seem to realize that injusticeagainst us are committed daily and we are acquiring this as an attribute.
Martin Luther King Jr. expresses in his essay Letters from a Birmingham jail that an “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justiceeverywhere,” this hits home because in Puerto Rico the lack of solidarity is overwhelming and people seem to ignore and pursue others only for a difference of opinion or a traffic jam some caused byprotest. I get a reminder everyday of how bad things are becoming in this island, and wonder where our democracy and constitutional rights have gone. Our fight for oppression must continue when we face alack of governance and justice, just like King Jr. states “Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever,” we must engage in protest and discussions and strive for greatness and our rights. We...
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