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First They Came


clueliss

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Today's landscape has me thinking about one of my favorite poems.  

 

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When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

 

First They Came (I could be wrong about the title) - Martin Niemoller.   

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_they_came_...

I've been aware of this quote for a long time.   It still echoes in my heart.  

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violynn

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The first time I heard this poem, I was struck by how ubiquitous the attitude portrayed is throughout history.  I've thought of this poem every time Trump finds a new group to ban when he comes into power.  I suppose it must be so very gratifying to be amongst the single category "they" will never come for:  white men. 

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clueliss

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Trump spewed today.  My Twitter feed exploded.  Which is why I made that post.  

 

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