On last Friday, on Holocaust Memorial Day, POTUS issued a Muslim Ban across the United States, the details of which you can find online, but the gist of this ban is the denial of entry to the US to any Muslim citizen from 7 Muslim majority countries regardless of whether or not they have valid US VISA. This ban also extends to green card holders from these countries, as well as Muslim, Syrian refugees.
Later in the weekend there was a man in Quebec City who opened fire at a mosque during evening prayer, killing 6 and injuring at least 8. And since he is a white male, of course, that makes him a “lone wolf”, and not a terrorist. Not only this, Fox News reported that one of the “suspects” was a man of Moroccan descent, who, by the way, was NOT a suspect, rather a WITNESS, and yet, it took HOURS before #fakenews site Fox News thought it necessary to fix this little misunderstanding. (Wait, did they ever fix it?!)
This blog is primarily a design blog, so why am I sharing this news with you? Because, I truly feel that we are now living in a time when what is happening around us cannot be called “political” anymore. It is a matter of social justice and human rights.
I have to speak out. I have to voice my opinion. Even if the reach of my blog is just one person, I have to make it known to that one person where I stand in all this craziness.
I am forever and always with the oppressed and the persecuted. Make no mistake about that. Our views may differ, and we may believe in different things, but at the end of the day, as a fellow human being, I will stand with those who are being wronged by the few who are sitting at the top of his weird pyramid of socio-economic power. I simply pray to Almighty that I can remain strong in the face of the oppressor and stand true to what I am saying today, the promise I am making today.
I will end my post with a quote by Martin Niemoller, which is just so relevant today and so important to remember,
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.