By Wayne William Cipriano
To paraphrase much finer authors and much deeper thinkers:
When they came to take the Gypsies, I didn’t say anything, I wasn’t a Gypsy. When they came for the Jews, I didn’t say anything, I wasn’t a Jew. When they came for the Catholics, I didn’t say anything, I wasn’t a Catholic. When they took the Americans of Japanese descent, I didn’t say anything, my parents weren’t born in Japan. When they came for the Muslims, I didn’t say anything, I wasn’t a Muslim.
And, when they came for me, no one said anything, not a word.
This xenophobic hatred for others not exactly like us is beyond stupid, it’s beyond disgusting, it’s becoming dangerous. Not just to those who are unlike us, but dangerous to us. It is destroying what we stand for as a free, open, democratic, welcoming society. And I’ll be damned, quite literally, were I to join those ranks.
They are playing on our fears and bigotry, hoping to walk that fine line between engendering enough irrational terror so that we do not question what our political leaders are doing to the least of us in our names, but not quite enough terror to keep us from shopping at the Mall.
We are offered the opportunity to denigrate, surveil, diminish, deport easily targeted segments of our society when these political clowns aim our foolish night terrors at some readily identifiable aspect of our fellow citizens, our fellow human beings, to further their despicable political agendas.
It is more than merely humiliating for any true American patriot. It is, as I said, dangerous for all of us and it is wrong.
I will not participate in it, even with my silence. It is wrong.