The Associated Press has obtained a draft executive order this week in which Donald Trump declared his intention to suspend legal immigration for Syrian refugees as well as work visas from “high risk” (read: Muslim) countries. The document also contained steps toward building a wall-o-white-supremacy on the Mexican border.
It seems that The Donald’s highly racist and xenophobic campaign promises are frighteningly coming true since he is signing executive orders faster than your GI tract can digest a Taco Bell double-decker chalupa.
One of the most terrifying things Donald Trump uttered last year was that he would force Muslims living in America to register in a database, a la Nazi Germany.
What the hell happened to the freedom of religion in this country? And since when is it cool to round up a particular group of people for the sole purpose of discrimination? It’s not like we liberals are forcing dickheads to enlist in a registry (although perhaps they did that already when they signed up for The Breitbart e-newsletter.)
Folks, these are scary times. Yet there is hope.
In Martin Niemoller’s famous poem, “First They Came,” he calls out the cowardice of German intellectuals in their tacit approval of the Holocaust:
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.
History will not repeat itself, because this time, strong women are speaking out on behalf of the marginalized.
Famous (s)heroes are coming forward in protest of Trump’s potential Muslim registry, urging us to resist racism.
In her Women’s March speech, feminist Gloria Steinem told the crowd: “If you force Muslims to register, we will all register as Muslims.”
Big Bang Theory Actress, Mayim Bialik, posted the following comment on Twitter: “I’m Jewish. I stand ready to register as a Muslim in #solidarity if it comes to that.”
Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright agreed, writing: “I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian, and found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity.”
Other Twitter users are following suit, and it is making me, well, twitterpated with love and courage.
Let’s continue to fight for all Americans–no matter their race, creed, orientation, or religion.