I don’t really understand what is happening in the US right now. Maybe I am naive. Maybe I haven’t been paying attention. But maybe things have just gotten worse.
I thought this was a fight that my grandparents and parents fought. It was my grandfather that stood with Martin Luther King Jr. My grandfather who fought for civil rights. My father and mother who fought again blatant antisemitism. My grandparents who had to hide their Jewish heritage so they would be accepted or at least not spit at.
And here we are in the US in 2017 and there are Neo Nazis allowed to protest. That are not stopped by the police. That are allowed to call for the destruction of other people just based on their religion and color of their skin – an the authorities did nothing.
In the past couple of months this has been happening more and more. There have been destruction of holy spaces for religions that are not Christian. There has been desecration of places that show support to those who are not white or straight or living in the way that “they” think one is “supposed to”. There has been physical violence – people getting punched, kicked, shot at, and run over- all because they are being deemed as “different” — and the government is allowing this to happen.
Have we not learned anything in history? Have we not been able to grow as people in the past years? Have we already forgotten all of the pain and suffering and outright destruction that can and will happen if we allow this to continue?
We denounce it when it happens in other countries- but why not when it happens in America?
America is supposed to be the place of freedom – the freedom to choose, the freedom to be – and we are still judging people based on their skin and religion, we are still not giving equal rights to all US citizens.
I am angry and I am very scared. I want to stand up and fight, but I don’t really feel like I know how. I am scared that no matter how much I or others put up to protest nothing will change.
Maybe I should have spoke up earlier. Maybe I am not saying anything new. Maybe I am just whining.
But right now I think something needs to happen. Something needs to change. We can not continue this way…