Let Them Come

I’ve a number of friends and family members in England, so I’ve been following the Brexit referendum with more than casual curiosity. In the wake of the vote, I’ve seen many, many posts on social networks that mirror the Guardian article, “Racist incidents feared to be linked to Brexit vote.” Of course, here in the States, there have been more than a few similar incidents in the wake of Trump’s candidacy, and it’s been heart-breaking to see such stories.

Now I do not intend to imply that those who consider themselves conservative or anti-EU are all bigots and racists. Rather, it seems that the rise of nationalist sentiments have emboldened those who are. And so, as a response to this current wave of racially-motivated “incidents” (what a poor word that is in this context), I wrote the following this morning. And as some of you will notice right away, I did steal a few lines from St. Ignatius toward the end. 🙂

Let Them Come

Let them come
The voices of hate
The voices of fear
The voices of false purity
The voices that declare war against Those People
Those people who are the wrong color
Those people who worship the wrong God
Those people who speak the wrong language
Those people who don’t share Our values
Who corrupt Our children
Who take Our jobs
Who strain Our system in Their weakness

Let them come

Let them step out from the shadows and spew their venom
Let them shout, “Go Home!”
Let them march and wave their banners
Let them crawl out from the darkness to reclaim Their land

Let them come

Let their voices be amplified
Let them be broadcast through every medium
Let their message be heard by all who have ears
Let them believe that this is their chance
That this is their time
That they no longer have to hide

Let them come

Let them come to scare us
Let them come that we might know their strength
Let them seem numerous
Loud
Overwhelming
Let them come to shock us
To make us worry
To make us hurt
To make us weep

Let them come

Let them come to rouse us from our complacency
To remind us that there are still foes to fight
To make us feel uneasy in our lives

Let them come

Let them make it impossible to turn a blind eye
To ignore those who are abused and oppressed
To retreat to our homes
Our entertainment
Our self-selected digital bubbles of confirmation bias
Our every attempt to drown out those in need of help

Let them come

Let them come and force our hand
Let them push us to confront their hatred
To spread a message of love and sacrifice
Of dignity and hope
To stand up for those who cannot
To devote our time
Our sweat
Our money
Our blood
For those who have been told their lives have less value
That they are less human than we are

Let them come

Let them come that we might find our voices
Let them come that we might stand
Let them come that we might be bold
Let them come that we might demand justice
Let them come that we might give and not count the cost
Fight and not heed the wounds
Toil and not seek for rest
Labor and not ask for reward

Let them come

Let them come that our lives may be changed
That our hands may seek new work
And our love may know no bounds

Let them come

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