Initially, I had planned on sharing a cheery, comical, go-lucky post filled with pictures. But due to recent events, specifically those happening in The States, combined with it being World Refugee Day, I don’t feel right uploading that cheery post. I recognize the value in providing people with light spots in darkness, but today this is something that needs to be said.
Just because it’s not YOUR problem- doesn’t mean it’s not A problem.
Whether intentional or not, it’s easy to turn a blind eye to things that don’t directly affect us.
I, for example, will never know what it’s like to be hated for liking the same sex. I also will never know what it’s like to be pulled over for nothing more than my gender and color of my skin while walking home. Or to fear being shot for no reason other than my skin. I will never know what it’s like to be torn from my family because I was born on a different side of the border.
But just because I am not directly experiencing them does not mean they are not happening, and it definitely does not mean they should be happening.
I suppose my point with all this is it’s important every once in awhile to check yourself. See what your neighbor is going through, see what the world is going through and see how you can help.
If you’re interested in helping the children and their families at the border here are a few options:
- Donate to the ACLU. The ACLU is currently raising money to “defend asylum-seeking parents forcibly separated from their children.”
- If you’re local, volunteer at The Texas Civil Rights Projects. They are looking Spanish translators for families and their children who have been separated.
- If you’re not in a position to donate or volunteer, contact your local representative. You can find out who represents you here; if you need a suggestion for what to say, the ACLU has a script.