in #freewrite3 months ago

Find the prompt here:

Bank account bank account bank account I used to work for a credit union. The other day I met a woman named Verity and I stopped myself from telling her that the name of the credit union I used to work for was Verity. I wouldn't be particularly amused to find out my name was the name of a credit union. I wouldn't be particularly bothered, either, but why share a bit of information that probably won't add much positive to a person's day? Why be neutral if you have the option to be positive? Well, loads of reasons...or actually, maybe not. I'm thinking about political things here now. Like, I'm positively for abortion access, I certainly won't be neutral about that. But I'm negative about abortion restriction. That's something people should take a stand on. And many things are. I just mean, what I'm trying to explain, is that one should generally be for or against something or someone and not neutral. Neutrality is kind of like death. I don't even know what I mean by that. These are just jumbled thoughts. But yeah, like, now I'm thinking about a Martin Luther King Junior quote about the white moderate. I don't remember what it was. But like, we need to be actively anti-racist, not just against racism. Most things need to be

I don't even know exactly how I was going to finish that sentence and then the timer ran out, so I figure I'll just leave it trailing. But I don't usually do that in my freewrites and I guess that's why I'm explaining.

Excerpt from "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King Jr.:
"I MUST make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens Councillor or the Ku Klux Klanner but the white moderate who is more devoted to order than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says, "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically feels that he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time; and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."

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