Thursday, June 27, 2019

That Picture

You’ve seen it.  Here it is again.  If this offends your sensibilities, if it makes you cringe or click on some other site, well, I suppose that’s the risk we all take by allowing this to happen.

Photo by Julia Le Duc/AP

This is the legacy of Trump, but it is also ours because it was as predictable as sunrise and as inevitable as death.

MEXICO CITY — The father and daughter lie face down in the muddy water along the banks of the Rio Grande, her tiny head tucked inside his T-shirt, an arm draped over his neck.

The portrait of desperation was captured on Monday by the journalist Julia Le Duc, in the hours after Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez died with his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria, as they tried to cross from Mexico to the United States.

The image represents a poignant distillation of the perilous journey migrants face on their passage north to the United States, and the tragic consequences that often go unseen in the loud and caustic debate over border policy.

It recalled other powerful and sometimes disturbing photos that have galvanized public attention to the horrors of war and the acute suffering of individual refugees and migrants — personal stories that are often obscured by larger events.

We allowed this to happen.  And like we must with every other violation of our rights and our conscience, we have to stand up and say Never Again or we’re complicit.