“First they put away the dealers, then they put away the prostitutes. Then they shooed away the bums and beat and bashed the queers. Turned away asylum seekers, fed us suspicions and fears. We didn’t raise our voices; we didn’t make a fuss. It’s funny, there was no one left to notice when they came for us.”
This is a concept that has come up a lot throughout the media recently. Not necessarily in the last few weeks, but the last few years. It’s always been an issue; with the media, it’s become even more prominent.
Minorities, whether set apart by race, religion, sexuality, or something else, are constantly being ridiculed and deprecated. The media has allowed for a significant number of people to see the pain of others and become aware of the issues that are plaguing our society on a daily basis. However, that doesn’t mean that people are doing anything about it.
There are always the exceptions: advocates that take a physical stance and get up and do something about the discrimination. Whether it is attending a protest and speaking publicly against it or simply standing up for a friend or against a bully, telling them that what they said or did was uncool. Small things make a big difference.
We should all have empathy and concern for the people being treated poorly in our society, regardless of their race, gender, religion, or anything else seen as different. Our society seems to turn on every single minority at one point or another. While not every minority is attacked at an extreme level at every single moment, every single minority has been attacked at an extreme level at some moment. If you are sitting there, basking in the fact that you are the majority and you don’t have to deal with the kind of discrimination and bigotry, remember that eventually, the minority becomes the majority. Read the lyric above and really think about it for a minute. I don’t think it really requires any further explanation.
My point here is that regardless of who you are and what you are, stand up for others. Not every black person is a criminal. Not every Muslim is a terrorist. Not every Mexican is an illegal immigrant of the United States. Not all Christians are members of the Klu Klux Klan. In fact, these stereotypes are not even the majority within these groups of people. They are minorities within the minorities.
If you don’t stand up for these minorities, you are standing against them. By saying nothing, you are promoting the stereotypes and allowing them to run rampant. If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.