First 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 for me.
Had the opportunity to visit a grave of a unsung hero who was a overseas soldiers and there are many who still not being mentioned my parents kept on telling me about for years and many others like my grandpa who served his country then fled his country to help build a better life for him and his family like many others who did came to fight along side our troops during the WW1-WW2 to defeat fascism and racism.
What happen afterwards that had the knock on effect to our overseas troops who served along their allied forces after both WW1-2 that most will remember after settling in the UK. Racism continued which was more of the same and many Black and Ethnic Minority communities had to endure. Yet many of them rolled up their sleeves and continue to build the UK to put rice on the table for their children and family and ensuring our children who are our future will have a better education and start in life.
Like many children of their fathers we take pride in honouring them who have laid their lives to defeat fascism and racism. Many of us who are sons and daughters of immigrants who after WW1-2 helped to build UK with their blood and sweat.
I’m sure many will recall Labour leader Ed Miliband talked passionately of his father who escaped Nazi Germany as his family recognised the dangers his father faced being a Jew.
Many people will recognize how disappointed with the witch hunt that took place with our press against his father which resulted in Ed Miliband had to defend his father honour.
I still maintain that it is wrong for Far Right Party and Group to misuse veterans to make gains for votes which is unforgivable and it goes against everything that they stood for by eliminating fascism and racism and to free oppressed nations.
Immigration has continue to benefit the UK look at the examples which lots of immigrants who later settled in UK after both WW1-2 helped to built the housing market which led to employment and they helped to build our National Health Service(NHS) with very qualified doctors, nurses from the so called British Commonwealth which is still in existence thanks to our proud heritage of overseas servicemen and women who helped our troops at a time of their need.
So when Black and Ethnic Minority communities look back at our proud track record of being shoulder to shoulder with our troops we don’t expect a lot from from society but their acknowledgement that Black and Ethnic Minority did their part for both WW1-2 which is not too hard to ask.