On the night of November 9, 1938, the Nazi’s paramilitary arm, the Sturmabteilung (SA) stormed cities throughout Germany, demolishing Jewish homes, hospitals and schools, and arresting 30,000 men for no crime other than being Jewish. The event, lasting two days, was to become known to the world as Kristallnacht, or Crystal Night, for the broken glass that was left behind on the streets.
Will Sunday be the equivalent of Kristallnacht for the U.S.? On Sunday, Trump plans to have his version of the SA, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, round up thousands of immigrants in at least ten cities across the U.S. and take them to detention centers to await deportation. We are told that these ‘round ups’ might include ‘collateral’ arrests, in other words those who are here legally, perhaps even citizens, but just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time on Sunday.
What could possibly go wrong, eh?
Per a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official, Trump’s purpose is to use the operation as a show of force to deter families from approaching the southwestern border. Phrases like “a show of force” disturb me. Trump and his minions have already proven they have no sense of humanity, and they see any who don’t look like what they see in the mirror, as “the enemy”. They never heard Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder when they sang …
We all know that people are the same wherever you go
There is good and bad in ev’ryone
We learn to live, when we learn to give
Each other what we need to survive, together alive
Already we have thousands of children, snatched from the arms of their parents and housed in ‘detention’ camps, which have aptly been compared with concentration camps, housed without beds, without basic hygiene necessities, and given inadequate care. Reportedly, there has also been sexual abuse of some of the children. Now the same ‘man’ who put them there, is planning to implement thousands of arrests and send the detainees, families and children, to similar camps.
Tell me again how this is “America, the land of the free”, the nation that welcomes all with open arms? Are people in this country really so damn scared of immigrants that they have sold their conscience, that they are willing to turn a blind eye to the atrocities being committed every day by our government?
There is a likelihood … nay, a certainty that some children born in this country, and therefore citizens, will be separated from their parents during these raids. Already, plans have been made for ICE officers to oversee those children until such time as some other family member can get them. Meanwhile, more children, separated from their parents, crying themselves to sleep at night. And added to the growing number of children suffering abuse at the hands of a government whose leaders simply do not care.
Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony
Let’s be honest for a minute. This is not who we are. This is not the nation the Founders envisioned in 1787. This is not who we want to be. And then ask yourself this question: What’s next? Or perhaps more apt: Who’s next?