I cannot say these are my last thoughts on the subject, but for now this is what I will share. When I was in high school I had the opportunity to train as a guide in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. In the museum we learned and taught about how government sanctioned violence against citizens was one of the first and many steps to the genocide of over 11 million people in the Holocaust. The police were used as weapons against the people, keeping a particular brand of order. Order that placed some people as greater than and some as less than human simply because of who they were born as. This resonates so very clearly to me today. What seems like isolated incidents cannot be seen as simply random individuals, they must be connected to the broader system. If we close our eyes long enough even darkness starts to look bright. At the end of the Holocaust Museum’s main exhibit this quote is on the wall. It is one of my favorite quotes. For those who refuse to engage please consider these wise words:
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.
- Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) a Protestant pastor who spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. (credit:www.ushmm.org)
It’s okay to go up and get offline or watch Netflix during a time like this.
It’s okay to relax and go to bed, hoping for the best.
It’s okay to protect yourself from the on-pouring of updates.
Your sanity and ability to cope is just as important.
Just know that you’re important. Mute me if you have to.
I’m stuck in the office and will be reblogging cute things in mass… I’ve got that tired you get after you got a whippin.
I didn’t know where else to share this, but it’s important. Sorry if it’s already been shared.
— Patricia Hill Collins (via ethiopienne)