On the 17th I had the pleasure of attending a speech and Q&A with Mr. Nate Leipcig, a 94-year-young holocaust survivor at Drexel University. He’d spoken for 45 minutes then answered a lot of questions… I sat, listened, and tears filled my eyes over and over again at the horrors he’d endured at the hands of the Nazis. It was saddening, powerful, inciteful, and ultimately inspiring…
Fighting against extremism is tiring work, sometimes you feel like what you do isn’t having the impact intended or that your work is in vain. Listening to Mr. Leipcig, I realized that as long as we aren’t silent, as long as we’re speaking out against and exposing extremism, we’re helping. This war against extremism is ongoing and perpetual in nature, all of us have our role in it and the most egregious of transgressions in this war is silence.
Silence and denial are in fact taking a side; they are choosing the side of the extremists, they are willfully supporting the harming, demonization, and at times subjugation of other human beings.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Never again, Never again, NEVER AGAIN!