This is what a friend said in response to my post on June 16. Another friend posted a video from the Media Research Center (MRC), a locally based conservative organization whose stated mission is to expose and neutralize the media it considers liberal. I watched the MRC video. And, I very seriously considered the comment that I should be there and thought about how not being there might influence and hamper my thought processes. I have a couple of observations regarding the express and implied comments. I truly do appreciate the respectful feedback. I am sincerely trying to look at these issues in whole instead of through a single channel or a narrow human lens.
First, would my vision or version of what’s happening on the border be clearer were I there? Of course. Well, maybe. I say maybe because I would only be able to see things from one place. To have a more complete picture, I would have to rely on other’s views because this very intense human drama is happening in many places. Those views would reach me through a variety of “channels,” such as word-of-mouth or electronically or through print. I assume that through whatever “channel” I used, that channel would have filters or bias or some sort of “tilt” toward something and we all know that talking about something with sizzle is more exciting and generates more revenue than just straight fact reporting.
Please remember, my post yesterday was a prayer for those families that were separated from their children and also for those people who were following orders to remove children of all ages from their parents. This was a prayer about human suffering.
But, I wasn’t “there.” Where did I harvest my facts? Well, indirectly from DHS, but admittedly for this story, through an Associated Press release. On June 8, a Reuters story described how nearly 1,800 families have been separated from their children in April and May of this year. As a supporting fact, the articles states, “A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official testified last month to Congress that between May 6 and May 19, 658 children were separated from 638 parents because of the stepped-up prosecutions. That brings the total of officially acknowledged separations to more than 2,400, though that does not include recent weeks or the period from March 1 to May 6.” I conclude that even though I am not “there,” that the separation is happening. Currently, most of my “political news” actually comes from CSPAN where I can watch DHS administrators and others answer questions from congress. From watching CSPAN, I understand that some 14 “Centers” are being used to hold the children until a place is found for them or someone claims them.
In response to the media blitz, MRC reminds us that the rules during the Obama administration were the same and that exactly the same things happened under Obama. I don’t know if that’s true, I will take them at their word and say that, tragically, those things happened then, too. But because Obama did the same thing does NOT make doing that thing okay. In fact, that should incentivize Americans to find a way to solve this problem. Holding these children hostage so that congress will vote for trump’s wall is inhuman…
Why cannot congress get off its ass and look at these issues with a solution in mind?? Well, perhaps because we let them.
And for both my liberal and conservative friends…if you reduce your information channels down to only those that agree with your current opinion and you “retweet” or repost or consume only those, you narrow your human and spiritual potential.
Life is often foggy.