By Jhumpa Bhattacharya | MS Magazine
I am struggling to talk about accountability with my son while explaining what is happening in our country right now. How do I look at his beautiful Brown face and tell him that things will be okay?
Actions have consequences.
This foundational tenet is one parents strive to teach their children in hopes that they grow up to be responsible, caring adults. The last four years of the Trump presidency—along with the politicians who have enabled him—have made it increasingly difficult for me to impart this to my son.
The legacy of Trump’s presidency is ripe with racism and xenophobia. Black and Brown children have been separated from their parents and sequestered in cages. White supremacists and Nazis (Nazis!) proudly marched in Charlottesville, killed a woman—yet were called “very fine people.” Muslim people were unjustifiably banned from entry into the country. And then last Wednesday, Trump incited a mob of white supremacists to siege the Capitol and attempt a coup.
Exhausted? It doesn’t end there: Several congresspeople have now tested positive for COVID following what Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) is calling “a superspreader event,” after being sequestered in a room while under siege for their safety with Republican lawmakers who not only refused to wear masks during a raging, global pandemic, but laughed about it.