My Brother’s Keeper

There are several little land masses between the two continents of North and South America. Geographers have named the collection, Central America.

For the better part of history, the inhabitants have been indigenous Indians; then the Europeans came in search of wealth, conquered this area, while sexually and physically enslaving the population; with the help of Catholicism, to the victors went the spoils.

Fast forward to today, these little countries became banana republics of the rich, who ruled from their high chairs in Europe, Canada and the United States.

Some time on “Jose” left Central America for North America. He found out for the same output of labor, not only could he feed himself better, but that he can send money home, or even bring his family to live in the States.

Later cocaine became a bigger cash crop than bananas. The cocaine republic rulers now rivaled the banana republic rulers, the result: factions of war. Some of Jose’s extended families would not work for the cocaine rulers, and thus faced execution. What were they to do? Run, run, run! They could not wait for visas, so with little or nothing the  families set out, the distance is 788 hours, and a total of 2,392 miles. Many were dying on the way, hundreds got robbed. The varying temperatures showed no compassion; subsequently, the remainders arrived at the Southern border of the United States, supposedly at the foot of the Good Samaritan, whose dollar bill, has the inscription “IN GOD WE TRUST”.

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

Immigrants dragging their children to safety (Reuters photo)

Instead of the statue of liberty creed, the current administration, with Donald Trump behaving like the Third Reich (keeping the “race” pure), blocked Jose’s families. This sent the heart rate needle of  Trump supporters into the red. Catholics, Evangelists, Southern and Black Baptists, who voted for Trump, were aghast! They ate pages of the Bible, especially John 21:17. IF YOU HAVE AFFECTION FOR ME, FEED MY SHEEP! The religious, abortion haters, now find themselves in bed with the NATIONALISTS. What a quandary!

The Hilarities have risen to power, 1940’s are here in North America, families separated at the border, then transported to camps… AUSCHWITZ ? March 15, 1942.

Where are the good Samaritans?

Baltimore is doing its part to show its opposition to segregated treatment at the border. I attended a meeting where some expressed their concerns :

CAN YOU CHECK THE BOX, that says, “I am my brother’s keeper?”

Published by Oswald Copeland

Born 1946, Georgetown Guyana, South America. Broadcast journalist since 1968. Been living in the United States, since 1974. Has done extensive work in sales and marketing, and likes to write about culture in and around Baltimore Md. His personal passion is healthy living: Creator and Executive Editor of THECULTUREPAGEDOTCOM.

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