While this site is a non-political, B2B, and technical, it also provides a platform where a voice can be heard. It would be to my shame if I did not use it at this point. The events of this weekend in the United States must be spoken out against.
In the UK we have recently commemorated Holocaust memorial Day (27th January) and this brought to mind a poem written in the 1950’s by Pastor Martin Niemöller. There are many variations to the exact text of this poem but the sentiment is the same.
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.
Pastor Martin Niemöller
It is time to speak out
While the closing of the boarders, detention of innocent travellers to the US based upon their religion and down right racist executive orders coming out of the White house at the moment should never be compared to the Holocaust, they should be compared to the political climate in 1933 Germany where a democratically elected chancellor came to power and started what we now see as the most darkest days of human history.
Then they came for the Muslims and I did speak out
To my friends, employees, colleagues and the millions of Muslims across the globe whom I have not had the privilege of getting to know, I stand with you. We bleed the same blood, we breath the same air, we are the same.
These ludicrous actions by Donald Trump must STOP. Speak out now stop these actions escalating to a level even more desperate than they currently are.