If you’ve kept up with this blog, if you know me, you know how I feel about the current occupant of the oval office.
I took a break from writing about him and the things he does and doesn’t do because I didn’t want to give him any more of my energy. I was tired.
I’m still tired. Tired is a luxury; it’s a privilege. It’s also a privilege to be able to turn away from the images and the news of all the atrocities happening all over the world, in our country, in our back yard.
It seems like there are some images people just aren’t comfortable turning away from, though: the images of children being torn away from their families and being housed in cages.
Honestly, I thought the world would only pay attention if the children weren’t brown. I’m glad I was wrong.
Today’s post isn’t cute. There are no lists. I have no advice, no funny yet relatable stories. All I have is a plea:
- DON’T turn off your television, don’t scroll past the uncomfortable post. Look at the images and read the articles and sit in the discomfort. If you feel nothing at all, if you’re not led by emotion, then think about the situation logically. Emotional or not, what’s going on isn’t right.
- DO something.
- Give if you are able.
- Call (202-224-3121) your senators and representatives and tell them to not only support the Keep Families Together Act and the HELP (Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections) Separated Children Act but to also get their fellow members to support these Acts as well.
- Have conversations about what’s going on. Don’t shy away from them. Educate the people around you, don’t let them turn away.
- Attend a Families Belong Together event on June 30th.
I’m well aware that this isn’t the only horrible thing being condoned by this administration. On Tuesday, unarmed Antwon Rose was fatally shot while his back was turned, running away.
There are people who are reading this post and thinking: But they came here illegally! But he was trying to get away from the cops!
And my questions is: And these reactions to your exclamations are justified? Nope. Not even close.
Our current problem is deeper than who is occupying the oval, it is deeper than entering the country illegally, it is deeper than running away from the cops…it’s about unchecked racism and profiting from that racism.
Don’t let these headlines fade away. Even after the mainstream media moves on, continue to be vocal and not only demand change but take action.