Thursday, July 31, 2014

Recommended Reading

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE, HOMICIDE, ANTI-IMMIGRANT RACISM, GANG VIOLENCE, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, MALE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN]

I haven't yet written about the crisis going on at the US border, mostly because I don't know what I could say other than the plight of these people are horrible and the people who are using time and energy to stand at the border with signs and scream at them to go to a place that is so horrible they'd risk their lives in a journey of over 1,000 miles to escape it are so awful I can't even wrap my mind around it.

People are not illegal. How can you be so devoid of compassion for other human beings?

The racism is undeniable. They don't view these immigrants as people. But they're hardly even immigrants. They didn't come for jobs. They come because they fear being raped and/or murdered in their home country. They're refugees, plain and simple. They come because if they stay, there's a good chance they'll die.

And many of them are FUCKING CHILDREN THAT CAME ALONE, JESUS CHRIST.

Anyway, if you want to learn more about the situation on a human level, Think Progress interviewed a woman who fled from El Salvador who told her story. Predictably but no less horrifyingly, gangs there are attacking women to control the population, and just because. The violence described is horrific. Very strong trigger warning for general violence against women at the link.

Meet Carolina, Who Brought Her Daughters 1,500 Miles To The U.S. So They Wouldn’t Be Raped

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