WHEN THEY CAME FOR THEM — A POEM

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Lately, today’s Democrats have embraced an intersectionality theory of race relations where the top position in the pyramid is reserved for individuals belonging to many minority groups or those in the majority who are treated as minority groups (women).  The greater the membership in these groups, the higher status afforded.  Thus, someone like Kamala Harris – a woman, a Black American, and an Asian-American – gets a more prominent position in this pyramid than a Barrack Obama – a mixed-race American. 

The alleged oppressors under this theory are the white, heterosexual males – which is simply an outrage under the civil rights statutes and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964! According to the dictates of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, anyone who feels discriminated against can file an administrative complaint or a federal lawsuit.  There is no such thing as reverse, lateral, or upside-down discrimination.  Discrimination is discrimination, and white, heterosexual males are protected by civil rights statutes to receive equal protection under the law. 

When I penned the following poem, Martin Niemöller’s “First They Came” poem was my inspiration.  Martin was a 20th century German theologian and Lutheran pastor who is best known for his opposition to the Nazi regime. 

Martin objected to the persecution of communists in his poem, and I’m certain he had valid reasons for thinking this way.  I, on the other hand, lived for a short time in Communist Cuba during my youth, and I saw firsthand the devastation that this leftist regime caused the Cuban population.  I will never support any communist or socialist, and this thought provided me with the trigger to write my own poem.

“First they would not hire the Chinese because they did not look American, and I did not speak out because I am not Chinese.

Then, they would not hire the Japanese because they said that they could not be trusted, and I did not speak out because I am not Japanese.

Then, they would not hire African-Americans because they behaved differently, and I did not speak out because I claimed not to have one drop of African-American blood in me.

Then, they, they would not hire Hispanics because they spoke with an accent and many opined that they also thought with an accent, and I did not speak out because all my ancestors came from Wales, UK.

Then, they would not hire people with disabilities because they questioned their abilities, and I did not speak out because I was not disabled (yet).

Then, they would not hire nor consider for promotional opportunities white, heterosexual males because they viewed them as oppressors who had enjoyed past privileges, and I did not speak out because I was a Hispanic heterosexual male.

Then, I and thousands who looked like me retired from the federal workforce, and there was no one left behind to do our work.

And our country became a third-world country.

Rather than looking at talent, they looked at non-talent.

And our country became the Disunited States of America, No longer a shining city on a hill. No longer out of many one. What a shame! It could have turned out differently!”

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