"LISTS" A reflection

I saw families being ripped apart today on the news. A mother, a father, a grandparent being hauled away by someone in a police or military type uniform, holding a list, checking off names. Hispanic names. I'm sure that some saw this and thought, "well they are here illegally, you know."

These are not the first "lists," of course. Just six decades ago there were lists of Japanese Americans. Then there were the McCarthy lists of writers, directors and actors, all "communists" who had infiltrated Hollywood. They weren't rounded up, just shunned and blocked from working at their craft.

But just ask Japanese Americans what happened to their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or cousins. More than 100,000 during World War Two were rounded up, put on trains and forced to live in "internment camps."

Japanese American citizens for God's sake! By the thousands, with two of the largest "camps" located here in Arizona.

In the 50's it was "Operation Wetback," a federal scheme to locate, capture and deport thousands of Mexicans. Overall there were 1,078,168 apprehensions according to official records. Most had done little more than respond when American corporate agriculture recruited them to harvest crops, turning the corporation's plants into profits.

Now take all of that; 100,000 Japanese American citizens, hundreds of American citizens in government and the entertainment industry and over a million Hispanics. All of them together and multiply that by 21st century technology. The lists are now files. Millions of files. With a smartphone 'click' thousands of uniformed police or military can identify and arrest almost anyone. Anywhere. Any time. And they do.

After a while "the list" becomes normalized. Daily raids become a yawn. The clown president keeps us entertained while the raids continue just below the surface as injustice moves toward atrocity.

Each time I see another Hispanic mother being torn away from her children I can't help seeing the lists of my own relatives. Carefully detailed lists with names of mothers, fathers and children; Address, date of birth, occupation, and what train was carrying them to which concentration camp.

A 1939 list details the lives of thousands of Jews living in Krakow, Poland. Each was made to wear a white armband with a blue star of David so they could be more easily identified.

In just 6 years from 1939 to 1945, only 4 years before I was safely born in the U.S., thousands of Jews were slaughtered in Krakow. Millions more were murdered throughout German held cities and countries.

Just another liberal playing the "Nazi" card? No. This is no card game.

If we have learned anything from the past it is that people who control countries are capable of doing terrible things even without the it's citizens knowing about it. Today we are living in a world quickly becoming controlled by people who make up lists and then do exactly what they said they would do if American voters gave them control.

And God help us, we have.

I keep seeing more Hispanic families being torn apart, names checked off as frequent raids continue. I am compelled to shout about this insanity. This is personal for me. I know about lists.

From one of several Krakow Lists

Salomon GROSFELD

Abraham GROSSFELD

Abraham Löbl GROSSFELD

Basia GROSSFELD

Chaim GROSSFELD

Doba GROSSFELD

Elias GROSSFELD

Eliasz GROSSFELD

Felicja GROSSFELD

Fryda Lea GROSSFELD

Helena GROSSFELD

Hinda GROSSFELD

Izrael Salomon GROSSFELD

Jachet GROSSFELD

Jakub Markus GROSSFELD

Juda GROSSFELD

Menasche GROSSFELD

Mirla Czarna GROSSFELD

Mozes GROSSFELD

Pola GROSSFELD

Regina GROSSFELD

Sara Lea GROSSFELD

Zofia GROSSFELD

Zwi GROSSFELD

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