When We Fail to Speak Up About Corruption, We Strike a Blow Against Freedom, Decency, and Justice

alex atkins bookshelf quotations“Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened, when we fail to speak up and speak out, we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.”

Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968), American politician who served as a U.S. Attorney General (1961-1964) and Senator from New York (1965-1968). Kennedy was a passionate and eloquent advocate for social justice and human rights. Like his older brother, John F. Kennedy, he was assassinated — two deaths in a long succession of tragic misfortunes that have befallen the Kennedy family that gave rise to the term “Kennedy Curse.”

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