Justice, Haiti, helping, social justice
be helpful as the Haitians rebuild over the long run, about how to make connections that can be sustained. “Let’s emphasize being part of that,” Professor Paula Johnson of our College of Law told me. “Let’s not just drop in. Let’s be there for the long term.” When the news cycle changes and Haiti is no longer the main story, it is not an option to shrug our shoulders and turn away, even though, as Dr. Paul Farmer, the founder of Partners in Health in Haiti, has said, it is the curse of humanity “that it learns to tolerate even the most horrible situations by habituation.”1 But we cannot walk away because, as Dr. King wrote in his letter from the Birmingham jail, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Cantor, Nancy, "25th Annual Martin Luther King Jr., Celebration Dinner, 2010" (2010). Office of the Chancellor. 3.
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