America’s Concentration Camps category archive
At AL.com, John Archibald writes of our current American
dream nightmare. A snippet:
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said she was “deeply shocked that children are forced to sleep on the floor in overcrowded facilities, without access to adequate healthcare or food, and with poor sanitation conditions.” . . .
What all this really means is that we are hardly who we say we are. What it really means is that America is not what it claims to be.
The land of the free. The home of the brave. A beacon for the world and the promised land for those in search of opportunity.
Or a bully.
At The Sacramento Bee, Gil Duran remembers a holocaust survivor who recently passed away and then turns his attention to Donald Trump’s concentration camps for kiddies. Please do give it a read.
The question is not what to call the camps. The question is how to respond to this ongoing campaign of racial hatred and dehumanization against Latinos and others. Trump and his enablers constantly force us to confront new horrors designed to terrorize minority groups and divide the country.
“The dangers of fascist politics come from the particular way in which it dehumanizes segments of the population,” writes Yale Professor Jason Stanley in “How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them.” “By excluding these groups, it limits the capacity for empathy among other citizens, leading to the justification of inhumane treatment, from repression of freedom, mass imprisonment, and expulsion to, in extreme cases, mass extermination.”
Esther Cepeda marvels at the apathy towards the barbaric treatment of migrants along our southern border. A snippet:
These frivolous spats effectively overshadow the tough-to-stomach reality that migrants are being penned in cages and locked in freezing-cold holding cells — that is, when they’re not fenced in under bridges and made to sit on the ground in 100-plus degree weather.
Eladio Bobadilla, an assistant professor of history at the University of Kentucky, put it this way in a recent post on the Latino Rebels website: “[Conservative] commentators are wrong, both historically and morally. Not only is it historically accurate to call these detention centers concentration camps, but the uproar reveals a curious and cruel irony: Conservatives are more outraged by the terms used to describe the detention camps than they are by the conditions inside them.”
Kimberley A. Johnson wonders how many more must die at the hands of the Trump administration before Americans react.
Thom looks back at the State of the Union address; he also notes the irony of Donald Trump’s bringing up Dachau while his administration is putting children on concentration camps.
In the Roanoke Times, a descendant of pilgrims who came to America on the Mayflower pens a stunning rebuke to the cold-hearted callousness of Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, and by extension, to the administration in which she serves. An excerpt:
Being a true American is not about gaining access to this land and then shutting the door on those who come after whom you happen not to like. Being a true American is about signing on to the unwritten mandate that requires us to work to build a more humane, more just, more loving society than what we are today and have been in the past. We are here to forward the principles of liberty, equality, and justice for all, including those who come knocking on our door asking to be let in, asking to be part of the great quest for these ideals, challenging those of us who came before to live up to them. This quest includes even or should I say especially those who were brought here against their will from Africa, but who now strive willingly to help all Americans achieve the dream.
There’s nothing quite like Christmas in Donald Trump’s kiddie koncentration kamps.
Martin W.G. King writes of the conditions inside Donald Trump’s concentration camps for immigrants and asylum seekers. Here’s a bit:
Abuse of detainees is so rampant it seems to border on policy. One private migrant detention facility, in Tacoma, Wash., sits in the middle of a toxic, sludge-filled superfund site and has been the subject of a particularly large number of complaints against its staff for physical and sexual assault.
Trump has created a climate that has encouraged the mistreatment of migrants for his own political gain, and he’s done it, mostly, with impunity.
This is institutionalized cruelty.
Words fail me.