The “land of the free”, former welcomer of refugees, has reached another low point in its history… I see images of refugee children separated from their parents that absolutely break my heart and I wonder what happened to this quote, that is on the Statue of Liberty?
“Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
I know pro-Trump people are blaming this on the Democrats and Obama, let me just debunk that flat out lie here. Demonizing refugees, whether they try to enter illegally or not, dehumanizing them and calling them ‘vermin’ – this is literally Nazi-Germany Adolf Hitler rhetoric! How can 40% of Americans not see this??? This must be stopped as soon as possible! On her blog, Perry has posted a link on how to help.
In his latest tweet, Richard Armitage doesn’t comment outright on this inhumane situation but he does quote The Crucible. I see this tweet as an outrage at the current situation of refugee children being separated from their parents and I am glad he has said something!
This whole horrible situation makes me scream the line “When will they ever learn?” over and over again in my head, from the song Where Have All The Flowers Gone. Just like The Crucible, the song was written during the McCarthy era in the 1950s by Pete Seeger. It was made famous by Marlene Dietrich during a UNICEF concert in 1962. She sings heartbreakingly in German, with lyrics so poetically translated from English… I found this clip on YouTube, where she speaks in German, French and English about the song before singing it. At the end she says in German, “Thank you for coming. I would like to sing another song, but I believe that after this song, no other song is good enough.”
I so fervently wish that lessons from history could finally be learned… In the meantime, I feel helpless, watch the news with horror and in tears and my heart breaks yet again and I wonder where this policy of hatred and selfishness will end…