Separating Migrant Families Is Barbaric. It's Also What the U.S. Has Been Doing to People of Color for Hundreds of Years.
Publisher: The Intercept
Date Written: 13/06/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22780
A look at the root of the current human rights crisis at the southern border, a crisis based primarily on racism and bigotry which has driven many American policies throughout the nation's history.
For years now, Donald Trump has dehumanized border-crossing Latinos every chance he gets - routinely calling them animals, murderers, and rapists. He reduced entire nations of color to being "shithole countries." On Monday, he reiterated this, saying immigrants were coming from "the most dangerous places in the world."
This essential step - of reducing immigrants to a subhuman status - must not be overlooked. It happened throughout the transatlantic slave trade. It happened throughout the genocide of Native Americans. It happened throughout the Holocaust. It happened throughout the Rwandan genocide. It happens today with victims of police brutality.