“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
Let me first take you back to a year ago. On June 16, 2015, Mr. Trump announced that he was running for president. Over a year ago he said,
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.… They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
I did not march then. I did not march when he attacked my friends and when he attacked my family. I was not silent, I voiced my contempt, but I did not march.
When Mr. Trump put out a statement “calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” I was horrified. I compared it to the holocaust, I made speeches to my schoolmates, I spoke out about, but I did not march.
When the bus tape was released and he said, “Grab ’em by the pussy.” I did not march. I ranted, I argued with family members and peers, but I did not march.
When he attacked my neighbors, when he attacked my friends, when he attacked my people, when he attacked my family, when he attacked my mother and my sister and my aunt and my cousin and me, I yelled and I screamed and I tweeted, but I did not march.
When Mr. Trump was elected on November 8, 2016, I cried in my room until 2 AM the next morning. I was scared for my country, my family, my friends, and my future. I made the decision to expand my “activism”. I vowed use every resource available to work against him every step of the way. But I did not march.
It is easy to pretend that something isn’t going on when it doesn’t affect you. It is easy to ignore the truth when it is not in front of you. It is easy to be ignorant.
On January 20 I mourned. On January 21 I put on shoes and I marched.
He can not ignore us now.
I will continue to march. I will continue to march against every executive order he signs. I will continue to march after every speech he makes and every candidate he nominates.
It is easy to say “Never Forget” and it is easier to forget. But I won’t let him.
– Sar ☽