On Friday afternoon during the Black Lives Matter noon vigil at Diamond Park, a gentleman driving by slowed down to ask: ”Why only Black Lives?”
In order to answer the question I share the words on my own sign: "Until Black Lives Matter No Lives Matter" and the history behind its idea.
During the aftermath of World War II a memorable story by a Germany clergyman was retold endlessly to my generation of students. A contemporary version hangs in the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
“First they came for the Communists but I was not a Communist so I said nothing.
Then they came for the Social Democrats, but I was not a Social Democrat so I said nothing.
Next they came for the Jews, but I was not Jewish so I said nothing.
Next they came for me, and there was no one left to help.”
Memory of that story, as well as hope for my grandchildren’s generation is the reason I stand during the Friday vigil for Black Lives.
I so appreciate that the gentleman stopped to ask.