Black People : If they come for me in the morning...

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    'In Germany, they came first for the Communists
    And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
    Then they came and got the Jews
    And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Catholics,
    And I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
    Then they came for me,
    And by that time, no one was left to speak up.'

    by Martin Niemoller

    If they come for me in the morning, they'll come for you at night.


    In 1930's Germany, the atmosphere was very much like it is here now;
    the people there did just like we're doing now.
    It was the 'regular' people who identified the 'expendables' for the government. Neighbor turned on neighbor, co-workers turned in co-workers, family turned on and turned in family. The government demanded that everyone be the police; to spy and inform on everyone around them, to report 'suspicious activity'. The gestapo (secret police) was believed to be everywhere and the fear was like a coat everybody wore. It wasn't just 'jews' who were 'final solutioned' (put in concentration camps, experimented on, tortured and killed); it was people of color, 'gypsies', the mentally retarded, the poor, the incarcerated and anyone else you didn't like.
     
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