It is unconscionable that unmarked, black-shirted thugs are going into some of our cities pulling demonstrators and others off the streets, or beating them within an inch of their lives. Nominally cited by locals and the press as being from the Department of Homeland Security, these thugs are being deployed to quell dissent. Portland and Lafayette Park are the most visible evidence of their activities.
For those who are history-challenged, does this remind you of anything? The Nazis deployed black shirts to squash dissenters of the Third Reich. They pulled Jews, intellectuals, teachers and others off the streets and sent them to concentration camps or outright executed them merely because they might object – or actually did object – to Hitler’s policies in the 1930s. The Gestapo was very effective in its day. The Third Reich flourished for a time.
We must not allow this activity. The people and many local elected folks in these localities are fighting back. We must support their efforts. We must stand together against these totalitarian tactics, or surely we will fall together. The black shirts will be in our communities next.
Imagine the unimaginable … the black shirts on the streets of Leesburg or Purcellville, the sites of peaceful Black Lives Matter marches. I would never have believed this possible in the United States of America. But, it has come to pass. Let us be more vigilant. Our democracy is a fragile thing because it largely depends on the goodwill and vigilance of the American people. It is something worth fighting for.
M. Maureen Skahan