I Am Prejudiced Beyond Debate
When it comes to local activism to end the conflict in Israel and Palestine, it’s all too frequent to hear scoffs of disbelief, or see eyes roll, accompanied by some sort of critique, “Do your efforts really make any difference?”
When conflicts or problems are all-encompassing, it’s impossible to address them all at once, and we choose our particular niche and begin to contribute in ways that we are able. These criticisms are leveled intermittently at grassroots and political organizations that varyingly earn the ire of the public.
Resolve can come and go. It’s easy to grow weary of the fight, of the uphill road, of the path of most resistance. In times like these, I return to the words of author and poet Bonaro Wilkinson Overstreet who poured herself into challenging causes due to her belief in democratic pluralism and civil rights.
(To One Who Doubts the Worth of Doing
Anything If You Can’t Do Everything)
You say the Little efforts that I make
will do no good: they never will prevail
to tip the hovering scale
where Justice hangs in balance.
I don’t think I ever thought they would.
But I am prejudiced beyond debate
in favor of my right to choose which side
shall feel the stubborn ounces of my weight.
These words hold true for me. As another year ends and a new one begins, I am resolved and “prejudiced beyond debate,” to continue to believe in something better and to build toward something greater. I will place ”the stubborn ounces of my weight” on the side of those whose voices are underrepresented, and I will do my best to amplify them and make them heard