If we stand silently by while other are subject to injustice, we would be complicit.  Knowing that someone near you is being discriminated, we should take a stand for them for what they and we believe in.  Taking a stand and speaking in what we believe is what Audre Lorde wants us to know from the passage, “The Transformation of SIlence into Language.  We should speak up and stand up for our problems before it is too late.  In the text, it says, “Death, on the other hand, is the final silence.” This quote adds on to what I said earlier that if we don’t speak out and take action, it might be too late.  If we die, we will never be able to speak the truth.  Throughout the whole passage, Audre Lorde talks about silence.  It is whether we wait for someone to speak first, or if we are scared, or if we had enough of it.  “What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence?”  These tyrannies are what controls us and tells us how to act everyday.  Common day people who listen to the media, have fear.  They are afraid and scared of others.  They are afraid of what the media has to say about them. It makes us afraid of ourselves and never be our true self.  If we don’t express our feelings and what we believe, we might never get the chance to do it ever again.  Time will pass and you will die and be silent forever.  Audre Lorde says, “My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you.”  Silence will not help us in the long run. We have to take a stand and fight for what we believe in.  In conclusion, if we are silent and are not doing anything, we are not helping.  We should feel guilty for not speaking up against injustice.

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