Why People Stand Up To Others

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“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” (Martin Luther King, JR.). People often stand idly by and don’t do what they need to do to help others, and by doing so are encouraging it to happen. Some people do stand up and that’s what makes the difference. Standing up against someone or something can be fearful, but it will change something in the end. When people take a stand they are helping others, by risking their personal safety and sometimes sacrificing something very valuable to them. To begin with, people often risk their safety when they are trying to do something right. When Harriet Tubman went to pick …show more content…
After TJ was being threatened to be hanged, Cassie understands that “Papa hand found a way, as Mama had asked, to make Mr. Granger stop the hanging: He had started the fire” (Taylor 202). Papa burned his cotton, even though he would lose money, in order to save TJ’s life. He jeopardized his tax money and his hard work in order to save a boy who had done nothing but cause him trouble. When a slave threatens to turn back, Harriet tells them that the “people who had risked their own security to help runaways would be ruined, fined, imprisoned” (Petry 7), it they turned back. By saving the slaves, she is risking her freedom, because if she is caught she will be imprisoned. Sacrificing her freedom is very important in order for the slaves to become free, and one of them turning back would ruin everyone else's lives. Once the men came in to watch Mama teach, she didn’t change her teaching style and continued to teach how she had been. Mama was teaching about how slavery was bad, but just because the white men came in didn’t mean she was going to stop. She had been teaching a certain way to help children understand, so she sacrificed her job doing what she thought was right. In conclusion, sacrifices can be big, but they pay out in the …show more content…
When the white people were forcing Chief Joseph's tribe to move, he went to Congress and said “Good words will not give me back my children…Good words will not give my people good health and stop them from dying (Joseph 2). Even though Congress was refusing to send them back to the reservation, Chief Joseph tried to help his tribe get back and be healthy. He wanted to have his people ba back at their home and not forced to move only because he wasn’t believed to be as important at the white men. Once the night riders attack Papa, and shoot him Mr. Morrison “pick up one of them men like he wasn’t nothing but a sack of chicken feathers and fling him on the ground so hard it must’ve broke his back” (Taylor 163). Mr. Morrison helped Papa, when he was being hurt by them men. He helped save Papa’s life even though there was a chance that he would get hurt, or would get in trouble by the white men. After TJ comes to the Logans residence and tells Stacey what happened at the Mercantile, he helps TJ get back home. Stacey could of just let TJ go home by himself, but Stacey knew that there was a chance TJ would get hurt again. He helped him home in order to insure his safety and to make it less stressful on TJ. Concludingly, helping others is a good thing to do and it can help others lives be less hard and stressful. Clearly, taking a stand, can mean risking something, sacrificing

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