The untold lives that have been destroyed and lost as a result of the silent majority is well documented and it appears that the World needs to be reminded of that fact. In 1987, former US President Ronald Reagan stood near the Berlin Wall and challenged then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear it down. The Wall was erected in 1961 because some 2.5 million Germans living in East Germany had migrated to West Germany. The migration saw the best and brightest of East Germany leave for better opportunities and lives in the West. The migrations also lead to the rapid advancement of the West German economy after WWII.

Those who chose to stay in East Germany were subjected to food rations and strict limitations of their movements. They were also paid wages that were significantly lower than what their fellow countrymen were earning in the West. Many East Germans were forced into poverty because they were not able to maintain their jobs because they were located beyond the borders of the Wall. All of this resulted from the division of Germany, which was orchestrated by the Allies who fought to defeat Adolf Hitler during WWII. They divided Germany into 4 sectors/zones whereby Russia was given in part East Germany to rebuild.  None of those States took significant steps to alleviate the suffering of the individuals living in East Germany while it was under Russian occupation. It took over a quarter of a century to free East Germany from Russian Rule.

Another and more pronounced result of the silent majority ignoring cries for aid and assistance stems from the Rwanda Genocide, which took place in 1994. The world literally stood silent as 500,000 to 1,000,000 million people were hacked to death in Rwanda. Individuals who were Hutu raped approximately 250,000 – 500,000 Tutsi women and exterminated approximately 70% of the Tutsi population. The fact that the Hutu murdered so many people within the 3-month period of their assault on the Tutsi and no State came to the Tutsi’s aid is unconscionable.  

In fact, during that time period the United Nations Peace Keepers, Belgium and France had armed forces in the region, but refused to give aid or halt the massacres that were taking place before them. Moreover, the United States being fully aware of the atrocities that were taking place in Rwanda declined to send troops to quell the extraordinary violence that were being perpetrated upon the Tutsi people.

After the start of the Rwandan Genocide, the RPF (Rwandan Patriotic Front) who were exiled Tutsi militia rumored to be backed by the Ugandan government invaded Rwanda in pursuit of the Hutu perpetrators. Instead of going after the Hutu instigators the RPF decided to exterminate anyone who was Hutu. The RPF succeeded in their efforts to push the Hutu out of Rwanda and into then Zaire now the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that they invaded the DRC to finish them off. Not only did they severely exert untold atrocities unto the Hutu people, but they also took over the DRC.

Every since the RPF has occupied the DRC there has been multiple wars fought in that country resulting in countless lost of lives and depletion of that State’s natural resources through theft and bribery. Rwanda and Zaire may have remained stable nations and hundreds of thousand of lives may have been saved but for Western States turning a blind eye to the murderous rampages that were taking place before them, which resulted in the dismantling and overthrowing of the government of Zaire.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously spoke of a dream he had of a world that is color blind and free of persecution based simply on an individual’s race or ethnicity. Sadly, his dream has yet to be realized and most likely will never be realized in our or our children’s lifetime.

Although the Rwanda Genocide lasted approximately 3 months, since 1994 the effects of that massacre had and continues to have a lasting affect in that region of Africa,, just as the slave trade has had in the United States for the past 400 plus years as evidenced by practices such as Separate But Equal, Redlining Neighborhoods/Communities and Unequal Treatment in its Criminal Justice System.

Tyrants such as Adolf Hitler and Augusto Pinochet came into power because the general populace chose short-term economic gains over security and personal freedoms. I believe that real change must begin with the silent majority speaking up and taking action sooner than later like the folks in Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Taiwan are doing today. The people of Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Taiwan seems to be choosing security and personal freedoms over short-term economic gains because short-term gains do not guarantee long-term economic stability, which can warrant security and personal freedoms.

The brave people of Venezuela are making their voices heard and the world is listening. Western States have recognized their Opposition Leader, Juan Guaido, as that country’s President and are assisting him with his effort to bring a sense of calm and stability in that country. In 2014, Venezuela’s protested leader, Nicolas Maduro, made significant cuts in public spending, which resulted in wide spread inflation and subsequent protest to oust him that continues to this day. I believe that Mr. Guaido is being recognized today by other States because the Venezuelan people have finally organized and have identified a representative voice as is required for change. 

The Taiwanese people are also fighting for their personal security and human rights in the wake of the Chinese government’s attempt to force them to adhere to its rules and way of thinking, which the Taiwanese people find restrictive and arcane. way that these seemingly separate groups are accomplishing their collective objectives is by demonstrating to their representative governments that the power rests with the people and not with them, especially when the silent majority chooses to vocalize their demand for long term security and human rights over short-term gains.

State policies such as apartheid were allowed to flourish because other nation States chose economic gain over human rights and as a result millions of lives were adversely affected. I also believe that the RPF was allowed to invade Rwanda unimpeded because of the minerals located in Uganda that Western States feared would be closed off to them if they attempted to quell the massacres that were taking place before them. 

What we choose not to see shall not be what we choose to ignore. Adolf Hitler is quoted saying “if you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” Let’s stop believing lies like “there’s no more racism,” “everyone is being treated fairly under the law,” and “women are not being underpaid.” The time has come for each of us to expose frequently told lies and take action to quash them for the betterment of mankind.

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Allen Thomas