As a parent, there are few things that haunt your nightmares more than the idea that you might somehow lose your child. That they would be taken from you, and that there would be nothing that you could do about it. The ability to protect your child – to make them feel safe – is as vital as oxygen.
And so I can’t imagine what parents are facing as the US government forcibly separates families in an attempt to punish undocumented immigrants. It’s beyond cruelty – it’s torture. Particularly when you think about what young children, who don’t speak the language and who are in a new country, must be feeling as they’re treated like criminals.
As low as politics in this country has gotten, this beneath even the worst of us. Or at least, it should be.
Glass half full
We got to watch Harvey Weinstein’s perp walk.
What I’m RTing
The reckoning must be with the whole thing. All these headlines today: Harvey, ICE, abortion. This is what we are being called to reckon with. White patriarchy and it’s horrifying, cruel, malignant abuses. https://t.co/yr9BY5EYpV— Rebecca Traister (@rtraister) May 25, 2018
I’m thinking of everyone who organized for decades to #RepealThe8th today.— Renee Bracey Sherman (@RBraceySherman) May 25, 2018
I’m thinking of everyone who is traveling from around the world, back home, to #RepealThe8th today.
I’m thinking of everyone who had to travel to another country, for an abortion, today. 💗#RepealThe8th
People often imagine themselves being willing to take on heroic roles when it comes to the controversies of the past. But what ICE is doing right now is THE event of the early Trump years about which people decades hence will ask how America allowed that to happen.— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) May 25, 2018
A man can say sorry once for troubling behavior and he is a reflective antihero. Women apologize for nothing their whole lives & it’s still their fault.— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) May 24, 2018
Who I’m reading
Collier Meyerson on how the child welfare system punished women of color; Linda Holmes on why the New York Times interview with the Arrested Development cast was so infuriating; and Kate Manne reviewing Jordan Peterson.
What I’m writing
On the link between misogyny and mass murder – and why we need to stop ignoring men’s rage.
How outraged I am
On a scale of one to 10, children are literally being abused by the US government and there’s no number that can relay the horror of that.
How I’m making it through this week
Drinks and the long weekend, combined with extra hugs from my kids. But mostly drinks.