The TalentProjekt’s Statement on Racism and Injustice

Posted by The Talentprojekt on Jun 02 2020 at 11:54AM PDT

In November of 2019, while the Talentprojekt team was in Nürnberg for a match against FC Nürnberg, we took the time to visit the Fascination & Terror Exhibition at the site of the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds. The Exhibition was designed as a warning to the world of the catastrophic consequences to a nation and to the world when its people do not speak out or take action against injustice. The following text, which we read together in the Exhibition, is the now famous poetic form of confession made post-war by the Lutheran Pastor Martin Niemoeller called “First They Came”. It is an important reminder of what happens when the able don’t use their voice to fight inequality and injustice when they are able.

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the Trade Unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Trade Unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

The Talentprojekt stands with all Americans who are raising their voices in protest against racism and injustice. With people of all races who are marching together in solidarity; with law enforcement officers who kneel with or march alongside our citizens engaged in peaceful protest, while doing their best to protect the innocent from harm or the destruction of property by a hateful few; with the elected officials across both parties who have the courage to speak out against the inflammatory rhetoric intent on dividing rather than uniting us; and with all those who are speaking out against injustice while taking actions to remind us that we’re all in this together, for only together can we bring healing and justice to our communities, our cities, and to our country.


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