Human Beings

truth

Human Beings are Human Beings –
Never animals.

Human Beings are Human Beings –
Persons in every sense of the word.

Persons who have worth and deserve dignity,

Persons who have particularity –
passions,
gifts,
callings.

relationships,
responsibilities,
commitments.

personalities,
names,
dreams.

ways of caring,
ways of laughing,
ways of hoping.

It is wrong and thoroughly dangerous to say immigrants are not people but animals. Our history is replete with examples of leaders dehumanizing entire groups of people, then promoting and enacting violence, while others dismiss it or claim it is completely deserved.

Don’t think this is serious? Our nation is already ripping families apart, and has been doing so for years through mass deportations under the last two Presidencies. And now, there is an official policy to take children away from their parents at the border. This policy is specifically designed to create a scenario so traumatic that it will deter people from crossing the border and seeking asylum. We are purposefully inflicting trauma on parents and children.

These beloved children
do not know other caregivers,
do not know what military bases are,
do not know English,
and thus, do not know how to make their devastating needs known,

and they are treated as pawns in a scenario specifically designed to terrify people from crossing the border and asking for asylum.

There is no way under the sun we would accept this for our own families.

There is no way under the sun we would accept this for people we know intimately.

So we dehumanize.

Speak out. Say this is intolerable. If it is tolerable, I suspect we will tolerate much worse. We can’t let that happen.

Renee Roederer

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