The Ultimate Quid Pro Quo

The bonds of bigotry enslave us all.

When we seek to belittle our fellow man

we only diminish ourselves.

When we build a wall to shut him out

we trap ourselves within.

When we deride and degrade him

for how he worships or who he loves

or the color of his skin

we leave an indelible stain on our own.

When we question his worthiness

we cast doubt on our own.

When we disregard his rights

we jeopardize our own.

And if his life does not matter,

then neither does our own.

And if we will not speak for him

who then will speak for us?

Louise (Lee) Fraley


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