In memory of the atrocity in New Zealand, let’s recall Martin Niemoller’s great quote:
“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.”
We live in a time when silence will only beget more violent bigotry and the mass slaughter of more innocents. We must all find the courage to voice our disgust towards the animals that perpetrated this latest example of cowardly bigotry and not disparage the memory of those previously slaughtered by forgetting them at this time.
Silence is not an adequate response.