I did warn you politics would come up. The issue I feel led to talk about today isn’t a political one, though many are viewing/treating it as such. It’s a simple matter of humanity, of how we treat each other.
Anyone who has watched the news this week has heard about the separation of families at the southern border of the United States. (I can’t imagine this isn’t getting worldwide coverage.) I first heard about this on Twitter about two, maybe three, weeks ago. I didn’t want to believe it at first. I mean, D.C. is full of assholes but most of them have some shred of humanity. Surely they wouldn’t take children away from their parents.
Then the pictures started showing up. Some of them made me want to throw up; they all made me want to cry. That is why I haven’t said anything before now. As I type this, just thinking about the images – both pictures and videos – is bringing tears to my eyes. How could anyone be so cruel? To a child??
I still ask that question.
I still don’t have an answer. Not a reasonable one anyway.
So many families have been separated, so many children are living apart from their families. Some are just babies; 8 months was the youngest age I heard mentioned on PBS NewsHour last night (21 June 2018). Children that young who have been separated from their parents are likely to experience life-long hardships (as stated in this NewsHour article from 18 June). This is something we have known for years (2012 study published in Pediatrics).
Given this knowledge, it’s not a stretch to call this child abuse.