Complicity and Complacency


When Nazi soldiers sent Jewish people to the gas chambers they told them they were going to a shower. When some Immigration Officers took children from their parents, they were told the children were going to take a bath. How did the United States of America reach this deplorable condition?

Simply put, societies reach these standards through complacency and complicity. As the prominent Protestant pastor and critic of Adolph Hitler, Martin Niemöller, wrote; 

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— 

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— 

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Losing over 2,000 children is not irresponsible, it is criminal negligence. 

In 2014, when Boko Haram kidnapped 276 students from a Government secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria, the world was in shock and classified them as one of the worst terrorist organizations on the planet. 

Now, as the policies of Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions come to light, we hear this administration as classifying many of these children as “permanently separated.” That’s just NOT acceptable.

We’ve also learned of a detention center in Virginia that operated as virtually a torture facility, stripping youth 14-18 and keeping them in solitary confinement, while others were handcuffed and beaten, some even suffering broken bones as a result. That’s just NOT acceptable.

It is time to awaken from our complicity and complacency and to make sure that those responsible for implementing these policies be held criminally responsible for their behavior.

Write and call your congress person and demand justice for these children and their parents. Take time to put yourself in their shoes and ask others to join you in reflection AND action.

Though the Trump Administration has reversed it’s policy (after saying it could not), there is still no recourse for the children who were taken from their parents. The new policy may keep families together, but in exchange for holding them “indefinitely.” This is not better for families and/or children. It is NOT acceptable.

It is apparent that this administration was willing to cause permanent damage to children and parents to hold them hostage for funding Donald Trump’s Border Wall. That is NOT acceptable.

Pick up your phone or type an e-mail to your congress person, tell them you will not be distracted from this issue. Raise awareness in your own community and among the people that you know.

Whatever you do, do not give in to complicity and complacency.


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