Something has been weighing on my heart for the last few days. I've been meaning to write about it for awhile but its always late and I push it off to the next day.
For the last, almost two weeks, a number of other lawyer moms and I have been putting together a day of action concerning the separation of migrant families. Like most of America we are outraged by what is going on, both as lawyers and moms.
Before I got so involved I kept thinking about myself as a child reading books about Germany before WW2. I remember thinking that I would have been a brave person to speak out. I would have stood up. I wouldn't have been silent. And yet there was watching atrocity after atrocity happen in our own country and I was in fact being silent. I needed to be able to look my kids in the eye 30 years from now and say I tried. I did the best I could. I wasn't silent.
But lets be honest. I have been silent. I have been complicit. I have looked the other way sheltered by the way our country has treated People of Color. Sheltered by my white privilege. I have been able to choose when to look and choose when to look away.
I refuse to look away ever again. I also refuse to be shocked. If you are shocked about the way our country is treating these migrant families then you haven't been paying attention. We as a nation have treated the poor, the new, the people of color horribly. We have stolen their land. We have shipped them off to camps. This is not new. It is just recent and for that it is shocking.
I want to pledge to you that while I am focused right now on the migrant families I will not look away again. I will not be silent again.
It is time that we say enough is enough. We won't be numb. We won't be shocked. We will use our voices to stand up for people in this country who have been forgotten time and time again. We will not go back.