Silenced Voices

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Words are powerful, and the stories they make can topple governments.  The voices of the oppressed can sometimes carry an emotional appeal so strong that organizations and governments will actively censor them to maintain the status quo.  Some voices must be silenced to maintain "law and order."  This rationale for silencing some voices -- violently in many cases -- has stood the test of time as it offers a defensible excuse for tacit compliance.