There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith WhartonThe quote was in the back of my mind when I read this article (two pieces of anti-trafficking coverage in a row for Forbes, btw): How to End Sex Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. It's an article interviewing Siddharth Kara, a well-known author and fellow at the Carr Center. It's an educated and informed look at the evolution of awareness about human trafficking and the subsequent public response. Kara observes:
[A] primary challenge has to do with the inability of activists in the field to catalyze a more unified grassroots movement to combat the issue. The antislavery movement remains highly fragmented, and as a result, its ability to mobilize social opinion and lawmakers on the issue has been hampered.It frustrates me when people want to spend time criticizing and belittling other organizations' efforts instead of recognizing their common desire--to end trafficking and modern-day slavery--and using that as an impetus to work together. It's true that some people, no matter how good intentioned, are doing more harm than good. It's true that sometimes stories are sensationalized and blown out of proportion. However, I think that as a whole, abolitionists need to put politics and personal vendettas aside in favor of greater partnerships. Let's keep in mind who the real adversary is here.
I know--easier said than done. Maybe a united resolution for 2012?
Because, let's face it: mirrors that have become "highly fragmented" simply aren't going to reflect the candle the way that they should.
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