Stealing the Dignity

“As awful as violence is, at least it’s out in the open where it can be recognized and handled and eventually it’s ended. But the jokes keep on, quietly, subversively, like a cancer, rotting away the foundations of hope for the Negro, stealing the dignity on which we can build respected lives.” ~Sammy Davis Jr, from his autobiography Yes I Can ©1965

Some of the cruelest words I have ever heard were followed by, “It was just a joke.”

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