This week’s Heartlanders are The White Rose, a student group of subversives at the University of Munich during World War II. They were active from mid-1942 to early 1943 when the ringleaders of the group were executed for distributing leaflets on a college campus that opposed government rhetoric.
It is a sad story. As they say, “The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilence.”
The lesson of history is that Civil Rights are not lost, usually, all at once. Rather, they are slowly eroded, bit by bit, by apathy, fear, a tendency to shrug the shoulders and walk away.
Let this be a Year of not walking away.