We Will Not Sit Idly By

It's somehow very appropriate that today is the 50th anniversary of Kristallnacht.  Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass," was a wave of violent attacks against the Jews in 1938 Nazi Germany. "Close to 100 Jews were murdered and many more seriously injured. More than 7,000 Jewish businesses and hundreds of synagogues were destroyed. Jewish cemeteries were desecrated, Jewish schools were vandalized and 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps." (source: Anti-Defamation League).  It is something that I need to discuss with my son this weekend. 

I am copying this from my Facebook post because it is something I feel very strongly about.  It's easy to lose Facebook posts in a Timeline, so it will stay hear as inspiration for the coming year: 

I am going to be hopeful here. (Or pretend to be anyway.). There is a huge difference between here and Germany of the 1930's. I believe that Americans have the courage to stand up and fight for freedom, civil rights and democracy. I believe that we will not tolerate the spread of hatred, fascism and hate crimes. I believe that we will speak out, protest, take legal action and we will not stop. We will not sit idly by, because allowing hatred to go unchecked is just as much of an action as committing a hate crime.

And don't think just because you're not Muslim, African American or Hispanic, that they won't come for you too. Prejudice is a disease that spreads very easily. History has proven that over and over again.

So speak out, object, protest. Do not stand idly by.

If you're afraid to speak out now, remember that no one will speak out when they come for you.

This is no different than bullying. It's just an extreme form of it. I expect my son to speak out if he sees someone being bullied. I can do no less. 


The picture below will take you to a very good article on  Kristallnacht


Here is the original Facebook post: