Because. Because. BECAUSE.

First they came for #BlackLivesMatter, and I did not speak out —

Because I was not #Black

Because no one I cared about or loved was #Black

Because I thought #Black on #Black crime was a real thing

Because it just wasn’t important enough for me to care about

BEcause, beCAUSE, BECAUSE…

Then they came for #ICantBreath, and I did not speak out —

Because I was thought he shouldn’t be selling illegal cigarettes

Because he should have complied

Because it didn’t matter to me

Because everyone I love was breathing

BEcause, beCAUSE, BECAUSE…

Then they came for #WomensMarch, and I did not speak out —

Because I am not a woman

Because I am too old

Because I am too young

Because I voted for him

Because I didn’t vote for him

Because I didn’t vote

Because the women marching are whiners

Because those are #NastyWomen

BEcause, beCAUSE, BECAUSE…

Then they came for #NoWallNoBan, and I did not speak out —

Because I am an American

Because I came here legally

Because I believe that all “illegal” immigrants are terrorists

Because I believe that all “illegal” immigrants are rapists

Because I believe that all “illegal” immigrants are killers

Because the “illegal” immigrants took my job

Because the “illegal” immigrants took the job of someone I care about

Because I believe that I am safe and secure inside the wall

BEcause, beCAUSE, BECAUSE…

THEN they came for ME and I couldn’t speak out —

BEcause, beCAUSE, BECAUSE

Inspired by Martin Niemoller’s: First They Came For The Socialists