One of the things I hate the most is being told what to read and for that reason one of my least favorite books that I’ve ever been forced to read his Farewell to Manzanar, the story of the Japanese girl whose family was placed into the internment camps and living through the internment camps. Now, I think part of the reason I hated it so much is because it made no sense that the book would be relevant to my life in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2011 (all years I had to read the. Book). Boy, was I wrong … and, of course I was wrong, because why would anything that makes any sense be the norm with Donald Trump as our president. He is literally pushing an agenda that forcibly removes children from their parents. He is pushing an agenda that decided that it is okay to remove infants from their parents WHILE THEY ARE BREASTFEEDING. These are asylum seekers trying to seek refuge in the United States from being victimized, killed, raped in their home countries. Yet the President continues to demonize these asylum seekers.
To make matters even worse, the prison guards at these facilities are refusing to allow our elected officials entry to the detention centers and witnessing firsthand what is happening at these gross, unconstitutional prison camps. I cannot believe that this is happening. I cannot believe that we live in a world where 44% of Americans are in favor of this principle. I used to wonder how this could happen, how America would sit back and let a whole group of people be imprisoned for merely existing, and now I know. It’s not that people aren’t speaking out against this. All four living First Ladies, many politicians, and advocates are speaking out. The problem is that people are supporting this egregious human rights violation and letting it go.
The inscription on the Statue of Liberty states “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, the tempest – tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden doors.” I grew up in awe of the Statue of Liberty, the hope it meant for millions. It no longer holds that hope, that promise, the American Dream. It represents an idiocracy, a racist, misogynist, xenophobic nation.
At this point, I’m willing to give Donald Trump his wall, if only for keeping families together at the border and for DACA. I know the addage that if you give him what he wants once, he will keep asking for more, and who cares. I’m more concerned with the torture that is happening at our borders than with the ego of a “man” who leads by the advice of Nazis.
I used to think that Farewell to Manzanar was no longer relevant to my life because it could never happen today. I wish that was case in 2018. Unfortunately, it’s not, and thus, we have lost all decency.