Public figures are playing on the fears and prejudices of an uneducated electorate, and that can have serious consequences for American Muslims. Donald Trump’s rhetoric has already resulted in several hate crimes since the start of his Presidential run, and he shows no signs of slowing down.
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, has learned the lessons history has taught us about scapegoating an entire group of people for the rest of our problems.
In an open letter on Facebook, Zuckerberg voiced his support for Muslims everywhere.
Zuckerberg seems equal parts inspired by both the birth of his child and a famous poem based on statements from Pastor Martin Niemöller, an early Nazi sympathizer who himself ended up in a concentration camp.
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
In short, we must never forget the lessons history has taught us, especially when it comes to the way we treat others.
Feature image via e-news.