Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hour of lead

From the New York Times:
[Expletive deleted] said he would quickly cancel a program Mr. Obama put in place by executive action that gave protection from deportation and work permits to about 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. They will lose jobs and scholarships that allowed many to attend college and start careers, and they will become vulnerable to deportation.
One of the things that we're going to have to come to terms with in the near future, in addition to understandable concern about our individual and collective well-being, is the feeling of shame for being in some way collectively responsible for this kind of cruelty (proposed, we should note, by a man who, among countless other examples, openly mocks disabled people), in the sense that we all implicitly agree to abide by the same social and political compact that makes such things possible. One of the other things we're going to have to come to terms with, of course, is that millions of our fellow citizens won't be troubled by this in the least.

Image: Jasper Johns.
Title: Emily Dickinson

Deferred Action (DACA)
New York Immigration Coalition

1 comment:

dunnham said...

The only silver lining to this debacle is that the GOP won't be any less paralyzed for having lost their favorite excuses. That, and the fact that being president is a very difficult, very uncomfortable office--and Trump will not enjoy the next four years any more than I will.