IN STARK CONTRAST – Marilyn Armstrong



Watching our “officials” deny the undeniable — with the head of Homeland Security saying she hadn’t seen or heard anything about snatching children from their parents while on the split screen you could see it happening — America isn’t American.

Like most countries, we have plenty of dirty laundry. Slaughters of our Native Americans which was for many long years the actual policy of the U.S. government and its armed forces. Homemade concentration camps for Japanese citizens in World War II.

Then, there was slavery, the huge, bloody war we fought to (supposedly) end it. The neverending inequality and hatred that still remains and is still growing.

In an image provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, immigrants taken into custody at the border sit in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, on Sunday. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection / AP)

But what we are doing today, tearing kids away from their families and locking them in cages — especially after having fought our way through World War 2 to end such monstrous behavior — this is as evil as anything else we’ve ever done and I am ashamed to be American.

Someone else asked it this morning in a post: “So when do we start loading parents and kids on trains to those final camps?”

Because that’s what’s left. If we accept this as “Just Trump being Trump and it’s all a media lie,” then we are as bad as they are, as evil as they come.

The authorities released this image of illegal migrants inside a large cage – reporters said they saw unaccompanied children in similar conditions.

If you have a line in the sand, some kind of conscience that screams “this is the line I cannot cross,” now would be a good time to look down at your feet and stop.

I don’t know how to live in this country anymore. I’m not sure I even want to — and I was born here as was my mother and father.

Categories: #FOWC, Conscience and morality, Daily Prompt, evil, Immigration, Paths

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13 replies

  1. Just so you know… We are still practicing genocide on the American Natives by denying Native American status to anyone who has less than 1/16th of a drop of Native blood in their veins. (The percentage varies by tribe, whether or not you actually live on a reservation, and are one of 500-odd Federally recognized tribes by the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs).

    Some tribes require 50% Native American blood, or they refuse to confirm your Native American genealogy. Refusal to accept your reported ancestry means that the Bureau of Indian Affairs can slowly exterminate the tribes through anyone leaving the reservation or mixing with “impure” or non-native blood.

    The underlying goal is to eventually be able to claim tribal lands for governmental use through erosion of the ancestral claim. If this isn’t a slow form of genocide, I don’t know what is.

    My cousin’s daughter is 1/4 Mashpee Wampanoag from Martha’s Vineyard, and the hoops her Grandmother had to jump through to document the (now grown) Baby’s lineage were crazy.

    Our country is incredibly racist, and the reported “loss of records” for those children separated from their guardian or parent during the trip to pursue asylum smacks of a bigger effort to (in my paranoid brain) to lose the children in the foster system, raising “Americans” from these foreigners, who will have their eventual status as a Dreamer or actual citizen debated later, when no one is watching.

    We can raise the outcry as much as we’d like, however a year after you published this original blog, we’re still deep in this mess with no relief on the horizon. We are out of our minds as Americans for allowing this President and his cronies to get away with a coup of our country. It’s very scary out there.


  2. Well the whole world knows about it now. I think that the outcry is going to make a difference and that’s a good thing.


  3. It is indeed as shameful and horrific as Germany. And that was my thought when I heard of it…whats next, concentration camps and gas chambers? I know that is horrific to say (especially for those that have gone through this heinous time in history and or have family that have) but seriously, America is on a runaway train and someone needs to stop it! How do we make our voices heard? Who will listen and act responsibly appropriately and quickly????????? Is there any honourable men in positions of power who can and will stand for what is honest right and moral? Please let me know, I’d love to talk to those men!


  4. It’s true, if we stand by and let these things happen where does it end? We know the answer to that, it is written in the history books that nobody reads any more.


  5. “…this is as evil as anything else we’ve ever done and I am ashamed to be American.” I am, too. I feel like I have a hole in my heart for those children — and for what has become of the country that I love.


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