It is darkest before the the dawn. Yesterday, what started out as an assault by two men on two transgendered woman, turned into a mob beating of them and their friend who had come to their aid.
Normally the story ends there. Police investigate another case of ‘living while transgendered’, and eventually move on. But on this day good men and woman stood up against the darkness. In silent vigil, 300 members of this community came out to show support with the transgender community.
Braving the ridicule of the community, they stood up for what is right. Believing in the dignity of all human beings. This gives me hope. Hope that even through intolerance and hate, love will shine like a beacon through the black pitch of night.
The author of this prose would be proud, at those who spoke up yesterday against injustice.
- They came first for the Communists,
- and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
- Then they came for the Jews,
- and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
- Then they came for the trade unionists,
- and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
- Then they came for the Catholics,
- and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
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