Write about a time that you saw an injustice and shrank away. When you witnessed bigotry or bias or hate and participated—with your actions, your words or through your silence. A time when you were part of cruelty, unfairness, violence or bullying or when you let it happen without objecting or making your voice heard. A time you used your privilege. A time you had the opportunity to speak out and remained silent. When you “took it,” witnessed it, or let it happen. When you couldn’t find the courage. Take us inside the moment when you failed to find the strength or muster the courage. When you failed to raise your voice. Try to get past whatever shame or regret you have about that time in your life and step inside it. Step inside the skin of the person you were. What got in your way? What silenced you? What triggered that cruelty or inability to respond the way you now wish you could have? Write with compassion for yourself, the person you were at that time, at that moment.
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