Social Science Quote: Rosa Clemente

Activist Rosa Clemente says social activism is about individuals bearing witness to injustice and keeping the conversation going, which is just as important as other forms of intervention. Turning away from unpleasant news helps to maintain the status quo. You’re not powerless; social change only happens when enough people care to speak up about what is unfair.

Clemente says:

“Activism can happen with 5,000 people or it can happen when you’re walking home and you see police putting three black kids against the wall. Are you gonna keep walking home? Or are you gonna stand there? Are you gonna watch? Are you gonna at least be a witness to what’s happening?

Quote source: Colorlines