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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe."

Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1986


"The gun lobby, and the Republican Party it controls, have accepted as a matter of necessity the ongoing deaths of hundreds of children as the price that they are prepared to pay for the fetishization of weapons. The claim of this lobby’s complicity in murder is not exaggerated or hysterical but, by now, quite simple and precise: when you refuse to act to stop a social catastrophe from happening, you are responsible for the consequences of the social catastrophe."

Adam Gopnick, The New Yorker, Four Truths About the Florida School Shooting, February 15, 2018


"[H]uman beings are connected to the world around them in numerous ways and on numerous levels. No single factor explains the passivity and complicity of the bystanders. Indeed, the Third Reich was powerful precisely because of the many levels on which people became involved in what was going on. Even people who were unhappy with some aspects of Nazism supported other policies of the regime. Ultimately, very few people were to extricate themselves entirely from the web of complicity"

Bystanders: Conscience and Complicity During the Holocaust by Victoria J. Barnett


"The ships would rot at her docks; grass would grow in Wall Street and Broadway, and the glory of New York, like that of Babylon and Rome, would be numbered with the things of the past."

The answer given by a prominent Southern editor when asked by The Times (London), 'What would New York be without slavery?'"

Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery by Anne Farrow, Joel Lang, and Jenifer Frank

Painting by Howard Pyle of the first slave auction in New Amsterdam in 1655


"We are proud descendants of immigrants, refugees and the enslaved Africans who built this country while enduring the horrors of its original sin. We stand on the soil they tilled, and march in the streets they helped to pave. We are red-blooded Americans, we are patriots, and we have plenty to say about the direction this country is headed…We understand our role in this democracy, and respect the promise of a nation built by, for and of immigrants. We are part of that tradition, and have the strength to both respect our ancestors from faraway lands and the country we all call home…Our love of country lives in these demands, and our commitment to use our voices and our energy to build a more perfect union. We refuse to sit idly by as racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia are wielded by the president and any elected official complicit in the poisoning of our democracy."

We are African Americans, We are Patriots, and We Refuse to Sit Idly By
The Washington Post, July 26, 2019, Op-Ed by Clarence J. Fluker , C. Kinder, Jesse Moore and Khalilah M. Harris, co-signed by 149 African Americans who served in the Obama administration


"Harvey Weinstein built his complicity machine out of the witting, the unwitting and those in between. He commanded enablers, silencers and spies, warning others who discovered his secrets to say nothing. He courted those who could provide the money or prestige to enhance his reputation as well as his power to intimidate."

Weinstein's Complicity Machine
New York Times, December 5, 2017, by Megan Twohey, Jodi Kantor, Susan Dominus, Jim Rutenberg, and Steve Eder.

The objective of the website Complicity Clergy is "to identify bishops who knew (or should have known) about sexual abuse and to demand that they resign or be removed from office.

The Anatomy of Silence: Twenty-Six Stories About All the Shit That Gets in the Way of Speaking About Sexual Violence
Edited by Cyra Perry Dougherty


American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts by Chris McGreal

The Opioid Epidemic is No Mistake. It is the Result of Complicity and Greed.
The Washington Post, April 25, 2019, op-ed by Robert Gebelhoff

Walmart and CVS are Among the Retailers Being Sued for Aiding the Spread of Opioids
Vox, July 23, 2019, Stephie Grob Plante

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