Activism for a Better World * Animal Rights * Education * Environment * Gay Rights * Gun Control * Homelessness * Human Rights * Health * Politics * Poverty in America * Religion * Women's Rights * ....from the power of one flame, the world changes....
a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed.
O! had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, today,
pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering
sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but
fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the
whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be
quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of
the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be
exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and
denounced." From Frederick Douglass, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro" (July 5, 1852), excerpted in Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove, editors, Voices of a People's History of the United States.