As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
I don't think anyone can think about what is happening at the southern border without getting emotional. The brutal treatment was one where I could not fathom to think of a developed, modern, first world country engaging in. When we see images of crying children, their reactions, we wonder what social progress has been made. Ironically, progress has been made to the zero tolerance immigration policy, where separation have occurred, and children who are now in the care of the USA. Whilst I myself am in deep opposition to such maltreatment at the border, and the President Trump's zero tolerance immigration policy, we have to think about the people who are now in the United States of America. These are vulnerable human beings, regardless of age that need to be cared for. As I wrote a little response after the press conference held in Houston, Texas, I could not comprehend that a group of elected officials, who also possess the power to enable the care of the vulnerable would decline.
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The discussion surrounded the creation of a child detention centre - maybe it was the language or the labelling given for the centre that created the response that was delivered? What if it was named as a shelter / transitional home / or care centre for the children, who would have a safe space to stay whilst immigration and policy was being sorted out? This response was a heartless response. It did not look after the interests of a welcoming diverse city, but rather put policy at the forefront. While of course the policy is shameful, and disgraceful, it was used as an opportunity to slam the President. Maybe there was a need for a separate discussion about the border crisis, and a separate discussion about the children who are now in need of care. Houston cannot remain silent about these issues even if there are disagreements with the President historically, or at present day, because the policy affects Texas, and the separated children affect Texas, because of border proximity.
The fault of humankind is to place more emphasis on reason, rationality, with empty love, when reason, rationality itself calls for love. The response of the Mayor Sylvester Turner, who spoke on behalf of a city, has revealed an inherent bias towards specific diverse communities. In this case those who have been separated from their families, entering the US from central and South America, who were already fleeing harsh circumstance. The welcoming, diverse nature of this city has truly gained a flaw. However, as humans no one is perfect. Not in how we think, respond about issues. Maybe this is a moment of deep reflection about how labelling, and language informs an opinion.
My thoughts to share with love & kindness. Notes: These thoughts were originally hand-written on June 20 - 21st, 2018. Image 1 - Web Link