“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Wednesday night, my fiance and I sat by our computer, anxiously viewing the footage of Ferguson, MO. We broke out our whiskey and watched in stillness.
Sometimes war is nothing and everything like we expect.
Like when “The War Machine” allegedly beat Christy Mack to a pulp last week.
Or in Beavercreek, OH how John Crawford was shot to death by police for causes that are still being investigated.
Or how the #IfTheyGunnedMeDown twitter feed brings to light how minorities are portrayed in the media, highlighting a disturbing tactic that makes the public view people in a certain light.
People can be bound without chains. Apathy can pull triggers. Silence can kill.
Although sometimes it feels like there’s nothing you can do to change the world, there’s too much happening to be indifferent.
Change can start with small acts in our daily routine.
It’s time we change how we treat each other, and furthermore, how we allow others to be treated.
Open your eyes. Pay attention. Speak up.
It is a community’s responsibility to demand safe streets for our neighbors, for everyone.
Wishing peace, safe streets and a good night’s rest to all.