First They Came For the Jews…revised version

First They Came for the Jews (Original)

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

First They Came for the Inner City Youth (My Version)

First they came for the inner city youth and gang members living in council estates in grimy areas
and I did not speak out because I speak proper English, am not in a gang and live in a leafy suburb

Then they came for the young people who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time
and I did not speak out because I wasn’t there…I watched it on the news with glass of Pinot Grigio in hand

Then they just started stabbing and shooting indiscriminately…angry boys who just wanted to take out their aggression… and we all got caught up in it – black, white, middle class, poor…
and finally I realized it was my problem as well as ‘theirs’.

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