Forsaking Children Is Not an American Value

Children are dying in government custody. It’s time to re-examine our priorities.

Rachael Hope
Jun 25 · 7 min read
Photo: Getty Images via The Root

I pinch myself, but I’m not waking up.

I’ve never been a particularly patriotic person, but at least I had faith in the idea that this country was not a place that would kidnap children from their parents and then treat them worse than criminals in jail. I feel like everything has been turned on it’s head, the world is spinning and I think I might be sick.

Children are dying.

Children. Babies. Younger than my babies. In the Atlantic article above, Mukherjee points out:

I don’t know what to do.

I am unsettled, I am unfocused, even with all the avoidance I could muster, I cannot stop thinking about it. I don’t think I want to talk about it. I don’t think I can be civil or polite or in any way rational. I don’t think I can be very coherent.

There is no angle from which you are right by persecuting people, by punishing children, by imprisoning babies.

Please, don’t let this be who we are.

Nothing is going to feel like enough, but we have to do what we can.

Lights for Liberty will be holding candlelight vigils in dozens of cities on July 12 to show support for Immigrant Rights. I will be at my local rally, if nothing else, to show the other people whose hearts are despairing that they are not alone.

Rachael Hope

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