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(3,580 posts)
Tue Nov 22, 2016, 02:48 AM Nov 2016

I wrote this for my Nigerian Muslim friend

It is my take on the neimoller quote for the era of trump.

I am a Muslim, a Jew an atheist
I am black,brown,yellow
I am gay, I am trans
My tribe is the 1st people & we have been here forever
My tribe is Igbo from Nigeria & I have just arrived
I am poor from the valley of dirt.
I am poor from the valley of concrete.
I can't make bail
I am sick
I am too young & too old to fight for myself

I am your shield, as surely as they come for you, they will come for me.

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I wrote this for my Nigerian Muslim friend (Original Post) gwheezie Nov 2016 OP
That is excellent, my dear gwheezie... CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2016 #1
Yes we talked about it gwheezie Nov 2016 #2


(150,364 posts)
1. That is excellent, my dear gwheezie...
Tue Nov 22, 2016, 03:15 AM
Nov 2016

Have you heard from your Nigerian Muslim friend? I wonder what reaction s/he will have.

You have adapted Neimoller's poem beautifully.


(3,580 posts)
2. Yes we talked about it
Tue Nov 22, 2016, 03:36 AM
Nov 2016

He's a wonderful.person, lovely family. I've known him since he was a student interning on my unit as a new nurse. When his girlfriend came over, I attended their wedding & later celebrated the birth of their daughter. We have shared our homes, food & culture. His little girl rode one of my ponies when she just turned 2, and I held her tight so she wouldn't fall off. His daughter is a citizen. He & his wife are still in the process of becoming citizens. They are Muslim from the area of Nigeria that is infected by boko haram. He will not let his wife & daughter go to Nigeria. This country is lucky to have people like him here.
I have several other Muslim coworkers that I'm not as close to outside work but I value them all. Hard workers & ambitious.
He joked with me would I hide his family in my barn, and I joked back I would load up my shotgun & take up point in my driveway but neither of us think it's that funny. We talked about Anne Frank. All I can say to him is I will stand in front of him & his family if they come for him.

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