The Price of Silence

First they came for the immigrants

And I did not speak up

Because I was not an Immigrant

 

Then they came for the teenaged mother

And I did not speak up

Because I was not one of them

 

Then they came for the gays and lesbians

And I did not speak up

Because I was not lesbian or gay

 

Then they came for the people of color

But as they left me alone

I did not speak up

 

Then they came for the Jews,

The elderly, the radicals, the farmers,

The “disabled”, the trade unionists,

The poor, the artists …

But I believed they were doing it for me

And I did not speak up

 

Then they came for me

And by then

There was no one left to speak up

 

(Ricardo L Morales)

 

 

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