A similar path has crossed both leaders. Both authority figures were voted for qualities such as their speaking abilities and confidence during speeches. Both blamed minorities. One blamed the Jews, and the other blamed the Muslims. Both had a subtle plan of exterminating their race for a consequence of a safer nation, lacking the knowledge of the globalised issue it would bring. Decades later. 2 World Wars later, people speak up. We unite against a repeated history. Yet some nations choose to stay silent caused by fear and led by the significant thought of ignorance due to the fact that they aren’t yet the victims. As Pastor Martin Martin Niemöllerspoke out against ‘the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.’:
“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.”
History is repeating itself. And putting aside the significant difference between crowds who choose to be vocal, some nations still choose to wait until the issue becomes local.
However, I now, more than ever, feel proud to be human. To be a woman. To be part of something so loud that they will not stop until positive change is created. Because decades later, a group wrongly viewed as a minority stood out. Same-sex marriage has become legal in all states in all U.S. territories except American Samoa. It has become legalised in countries such as Argentina (2010), Belgium (2003), Brazil (2013), Canada (2005), Denmark (2012), England (2013), Wales (2013), Finland (2015), France (2013), Iceland (2010), Ireland (2015), Luxembourg (2014), The Netherlands (2000), New Zealand (2013), Norway (2009), Portugal (2010), Scotland (2014), Spain (2005), Sweden (2009) and Uruguay (2013).
And although these changes have caused hope, having the act become legal does not signify its acceptance. So people keep fighting for it. Don’t accept temporary change. Keep raising your voice until equality in a democratic state becomes a substantial and fundamental way of life.
A future voter.