Okay, let’s step back and reassess. We have heard way too much divisive talk about deporting and building walls and keeping people in their place and baskets of deplorables. Part of our problem in this country is that all we consider is this country. Yes, we do need to clean our own house before we reach into other countries and try to help clean theirs. And do we ever have house cleaning to do at home!
For instance, India, a country of which I am very fond and where I have many friends. But millions of people there live in slavery. including children. And many of those children work long hours, scraping by with barely enough to eat. For them, school is out of the question. According to Walk Free, a global anti-slavery foundation, 40 percent of the slaves in the world are in India. (They count people forced into labor, indentured workers, child brides, and child soldiers.)
Yes, yes. India has passed laws against all of these. Problem is, there isn’t the political will to enforce those laws. Which brings me back to us. If we don’t insist that our politicians enforce our laws without bending them around for their own personal benefit, how can we speak out for India’s slaves? Or, for that matter, for those in our country who are marginalized?
Such abuses as slavery certainly are our business. First, because we are fellow human beings. Second, because we have the capacity to help. Third, it will make us better people.
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”