MartinNiemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation1 :
“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”
The quotation stems from Niemöller’s lectures during the early postwar period. Different versions of the quotation exist. These can be attributed to the fact that Niemöller spoke extemporaneously and in a number of settings. Much controversy surrounds the content of the poem as it has been printed in varying forms, referring to diverse groups such as Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jews, Trade Unionists, or Communists depending upon the version. Nonetheless his point was that Germans had been complicit through their silence in the Nazi imprisonment, persecution, and murder of millions of people.
Oh this could never happen in the United States, the land of the free and the home of the brave. It is already happening.
-Jul 11, 2018 – John Schnatter—the founder, chairman and public face of pizza chain … face of pizza chain Papa John’s—used the N–word on a conference call … He resigned as chairman of Papa John’s on Wednesday evening.It seemed like a reasonable consequence: After using the n-word during a conference call in part about racial sensitivity, John “Papa John” Schnatter was forced to step down as board chair of the pizza chain.
The reference was definitely inappropriate but does the sentence fit the crime.
The Wall Street Journal reviewed a letter to the directors in which Schnatter questioned the board’s request for him to resign.
In his letter, Schnatter admitted to using the n-word. As he put it, he was asked if he was racist, and he said “no,” adding, “I then said something on the order of, Colonel Sanders used the word ‘N,’ (I actually used the word), that I would never use that word, and Papa John’s doesn’t use that word.
This isn’t the first racial controversy for Schnatter; he had already resigned as Papa John’s CEO, but not chair, last year after blaming falling sales on the NFL’s inability to stop national anthem protests over systemic racism and police brutality. (Papa John’s was, but no longer is,the NFL’s official pizza.)
there seems to be a semblance of truth to his observation.
– June 2020 , New York Times editorial page editor James Bennett resigned his post following the controversial publication of an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R- Ark.) regarding the federal response to recent protests.
The resignation caps off a whirlwind of turmoil at the Times, much of it visible on the churning commentary on Twitter. After Cotton advocated the deployment of U.S. troops — “The nation must restore order. The military stands ready,” reads the op-ed’s subtitle — Times staffers and others said the piece put African Americans in danger. Bennet wrote a Twitter defense of the op-ed, claiming that it advanced debate and that the role of the section was to host competing views. The next morning, Sulzberger wrote a staff memo that mustered pretty much the same defense.
By Friday morning, both men had folded. In a video staff meeting, Sulzberger said that the piece never should have been published.
By Friday morning, both men had folded.
Once again Im not sure the sentence fits the crime
-June 2020,Professional soccer player Aleksandar Katai wife posted “racist and violent” commentary about protesters on social media.
In her alarming posts, Tea made clear she had a problem with protesters who took to the streets to voice frustration over the death of George Floyd and other unarmed black people at the hands of police.
She called the protesters “disgusting cattle” in one message written in Serbian and issued a profane call to “kill” them, the Associate Press reported.
In short order Aleksandar, published a lengthy apology on instgram for his wifes behavior, strongly condemning white supremacy, racism and violence
towards people of color. Stating that Black Lives Matter.
Never the less, after this apology and apparently being guilty by association he was let go from the team.
-June 2020,Kristen Doute and Stassi Schroeder were canceled after Faith Stowers recalled an event from 2018 where the girls racially profiled her. Stowers said that Kristen and Stassi called the cops to report her because she looked like a black woman who was wanted for robbery. Fans were livid and immediately called on Bravo to fire the two stars from the show they had appeared in for eight years. The network listened and although the duo issued apologies, they were axed from “Vanderpump Rules.”
–June 2020-Melissa Rolfe, the stepmother of former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe, “lost the confidence of her peers, leadership, and many employees who no longer felt comfortable engaging with her,” a statement from Equity Prime Mortgage said. Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” broke the story.
The company said it values “diversity of thought” but “when those views create a hostile working environment, we must make difficult decisions and part ways.”
A source close to the matter told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that Rolfe received no explanation, other than: “We have to terminate our relationship with you.”
There are others over the years, that violated that ever shifting line of unacceptable behavior in our society. Most of the above did not do the dastardly deed, but as stated before were guilty by association.
So where do we draw the line? It for sure is a slippery slope.
You can put your head in the sand and pray they don’t come fore you, but rest assured they will. The only question is- Will there be anyone left to speak for you.
I address my fellow citizens in America, speak out today. call your congress and senate representative today and stand up. Its easy to do on this website. Go to “for more info” and click on your state. You will find contact information for every congress person and Senator in the United States. Call them, twitter them, send a post. Ask them what their doing to protect you and your rights.
When the wolves are at your door, it will be too late.
Vox-Papa John’s founder said it was “a mistake” to resign after he used the n-word-Jul 17, 2018,
Washington Post-James Bennet resigns as editorial page editor of the New York Times-June 7, 2020
Daily News-LA Galaxy dumps soccer player after wife’s ‘racist and violent’ posts about George Floyd protesters–JUN 05, 2020
Blast-Vanderpump Rules’ Star Kristen Doute Addresses ‘Cancel Culture’ Movement After Being Fired-June 27,2020
Fox News-Stepmother of Atlanta cop in Rayshard Brooks shooting fired from her job-June 19, 2020