When this election cycle we were hearing constantly abiut “them” – them being the Hispanics/Latinos. Bringing disease. Stealing Jobs. Burdening our government services. Being murderers, rapists, and drug dealers. And how we must round them all up. Deport or jail them. Build a giant wall (and make Mexico pay for it). And of course- the implication that this “simple” step would go a long way towards “making America great again”.
And of course, we’ve also heard the same about another “them”. The Muslims. Who me bar from entering the country. Whose Mosques we must infiltrate and surveil. Whose neighborhoods must be patrolled.
And we’ve also heard undercurrents about a whole host of “thems”… socialists, liberals, LGBT’s, “thugs”, the list goes on.
And as we see the 3 leading GOP nominees exhibit extremely authoritarian tendencies, I can’t help but think of the famous piece by Martin Niemoller – “First they Came… ” :
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.