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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Amid the headlines of migrant children being separated from their parents and guardians, there is the stark reality of human beings wrenched from each other. When it is your neighbor, co-worker, or fellow church member, then it becomes “up close and personal.” Maybe that’s why, despite all the fear-mongering by the president and his allies, the movement to re-unite migrant families is growing dramatically.

When you can put a name to the 38-year-old father of three young children who is awaiting deportation in a Georgia Detention Center and you have hugged his children, the tragedy of the separation becomes that much more palpable. Yes, we have just such families right here in Greenville. The average resident may not know them as such because they generally “live under the radar” but not “in the shadows.” The children are in class with our children and the family often shops in the same places we do.

If we ever hope to get beyond the clamor of TV, radio, and social media on this or any other issue, we have to ask ourselves: “What if this was our family?” I believe it is the a cappella ensemble “Sweet Honey in the Rock” who best sings Ella’s Song (in honor of Civil Rights warrior, Ella Baker). The incantation that resounds in my mind and soul is: “We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.” Write and call our elected officials and join us when we gather in solidarity with these families. It’s time to act for freedom and justice.

Don Cavellini

Greenville

Note: the author is co-chairman of the Pitt County Coalition Against Racism.

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