Saturday, December 6, 2014

Not silent

As I watch the unrest that is happening in communities of color (and I say this because I see parts of the Hispanic community in my area, at least, mobilizing, too), including in the pagan communities, I am frustrated and angry.  I don't know what to do to change anything, but I don't want to live this way. I don't want to have to cry at the injustice of a system that vilifies boys and men just because of the color of their skin. I don't want to me less valuable to society because I am a woman, and I don't want to see wealth be the only measure of someone's worth. 

I'm tired of police officers who are bullies immune form repercussion because they wear a uniform. I want to get rid of politicians and replace them with people who are true public servants.  I want to see our economy overhauled so that poverty is eliminated, because it is wrong to see some people with more money than they could spend in ten life times while others starve.  I want good to be rewarded, and to never again see a 90 year old man arrested for feeding the needy.  I want the pigmentation of our skin, the shapes of our bodies, our genitals and where we live and how we speak to not be the basis on which we are judged. I want a world were we don't let fear keep us silent when we see injustice.  I want a world where every life is importation and everyone has an opportunity to be part of society. I just don't how to make it happen.  

I'll leave you with this thought, from a Nazi concentration camp survivor. His silence eventually put him there, and I think we should all remember that.  Our own silence is creating a system that may be used one day against us.

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.

-Martin Niemoller

1 comment:

  1. I truly hope this is the wish of everyone. Only then can we see any real progress.


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