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Reply to "Black Folks: It is Time to Lay Down the Mantle"

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Originally posted by MBM:
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Originally posted by EbonyRose:

I think some of us would do well to realize that the enemy of our enemy is not necessarily our friend. Roll Eyes


Are you really suggesting that you can't see the connectivity here? The very same "enemy" is harming both of us. Do you dispute this? Who is harming us? Who is exploiting them?

Beyond that - how is the enemy of our enemy NOT our friend? Please explain that.

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The logic espoused here instantly took me back the the famous poem attributed to Martin Niemöller in World War II.

When they came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I did not speak out;
I was not a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.


I can't believe how AA's are falling for this anti-immigrant rhetoric and particularly the language of citizenship. The same people that brought our ancestors over here in chains, are the same ones who stole land from the people we want to now label illegal. We have not been citizens that long, and with but the stroke of the a pen held by the hand of the wrong person, that status can be taken away. For most of this countries history, we weren't even deemed human beings. Remember Dred Scott? Remember, a black man having no rights that a white man was bound to respect? The Voting Rights act is just forty years old.

As far as I am concerned, the struggle for justice is my struggle as a black man. Period. If I ever find myself working to deny or exclude the rights of others, then what separates me from the oppressor?
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