Stand up

Everyone is posting Nazi stuff on Facebook. And the general feeling is one of shock and horror, as it should be.

How can this be, how could this happen, is what all the posts say.

It happens under our noses.

Many years ago I went to the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany. A beyond chilling experience.

The Jews must have asked themselves the same question.

This is not possible, how did this happen?

More recently I was in Rwanda, at the Nyamata Church. Over twenty thousand people were killed in this church, bludgeoned and burned to death.

‘It could never happen here’ is what they too must have thought.

Before they were murdered.

I remember the Bosnian genocide . I watched it on fucking TV.

I remember the Rwandan genocide. Same thing, live television footage.

And since then there has been Sudan and Yemen and Syria and war and death and murder and more murder.

And I see Charlottesville. And I see the KKK and white supremacists and Nazis and racists and bigots and homophobes.

And I listen to some of the racist talk here.

And I am scared.

We need to be very bloody careful. We need to stand up for what is right. For what is good.

Because these things happen while we are watching them.

And we cannot keep quiet.

25 thoughts on “Stand up

  1. Yes, you are right, we all should be brave enough to speak up. So easy to be intimidated and just so easy to look away . . . if you’re not being picked on! We have to make sure we don’t net ourselves caught up with the contagion of racism.

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  2. Absolutely. I loved your words. Tonight I am going to an interfaith rally put on by women clergy to protest what has happened in Virginia. As I have children who are Asian this is scary and not tolerable.We all have to take a stand against hatred.

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