Letter: Same horror 150 years later

When we fail to realize that each individual that we encounter in life offers up an opportunity for human growth, we have failed both the individual and ourselves as well. Their contribution, no matter how small or large, enriches our own life and because of that interaction, we become a more caring, understanding individual.

Empathy is a by-product of human interaction and when we can touch, see, and feel the misery of others we are more inclined to alleviate that misery. I don’t know any family at the border that suffered through the agony of child–parent separations, but if you have had the opportunity to witness the pain and agony of those separations similar to the agony you would suffer in a similar situation, then certainly you must conclude that we cannot just live for ourselves.

Family separations are,unfortunately, an institution of our past. We separated African-American families, Native-American families and Japanese-American families. Seeking asylum isn’t a crime, to condemn those pursuing a better life would be to condemn most of our American ancestors.

Those that choose to embrace the policy of child–parent separations are those that choose to define America today as being the same country we were 150 years ago. I would like to think that we can stand a little taller because we have advanced beyond who we were back then. I have a video on youtube put together by a good friend, please few it by going to youtube and in the search bar put in Charles Thomas family together.

Charles Thomas, Lima

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