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Dear White Women

Jul 17, 2019

Are you aware of the horrors that are going on in concentration camps at our borders? And did you know that although kids are dying there and families are being separated, our government is still pushing for this under the not-so-hidden agenda of white supremacy? Be prepared to open your hearts today, because it is possible to have an impact, and to bring about some change, just by having a conversation about it. And although today's topic is a heavy one, there are ways to get involved and assist.

Fundamentally, we are all humans. Yet, sometimes, we become so numbed by stark headlines and horribly graphic visuals in movies that things feel far away and we tend to forget that we're actually talking about real people. So we really need to think about the way that we would want to be treated as human beings, should the situation ever arise that we would need to leave this country and go somewhere else. Tune into this episode of Dear White Women to find out about the history of concentration camps in America and about the humanitarian crisis that is happening currently at our borders.

Show Highlights:

  • Henry Wirz was the only member of the former Confederacy's military who was ever charged for war crimes. 
  • Prisoner of war camps first started hundreds, if not thousands of years ago.
  • Henry Wirz was charged with conspiracy to commit murder because he gave the prisoners sub-human living conditions.
  • Why the Union (the North) would not commit to troop exchanges with the South unless black soldiers were included.
  • It was more important to the Confederacy to treat black men as property than to obtain the return of their own troops.
  • Concentration camps are places of forced relocations of civilians to detention, on the basis of group identity.
  • What is happening currently on our southern border.
  • The devastating effects that these border camps are having on the children.
  • The humanitarian crisis that we are facing right now.
  • The way that the Trump administration has changed the rules.
  • Something really has to change. We each have to think about what we can do. 

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An excerpt from an article in the Atlantic called A Crime By Any Other Name, by Adam Serwer, was used as preparation for today's discussion.