Today is Juneteenth, and I have an oped on CNN.com drawing a parallel between family separation under slavery and family separation under contemporary zero tolerance. Here is the gist:
On Juneteenth, let's commit to ending separation of parents and children at the border
On this day in 1865 -- commemorated now as Juneteenth -- news of emancipation reached the enslaved people of Texas. The complete abolition of slavery, which became irrevocable later that year with the ratification of the 13th Amendment, meant the end of involuntary servitude and the beatings, assaults and torture that often accompanied it. It also meant the end of forced family separation.
It is likely that no one celebrating the original Juneteenth could have imagined that family separation would again become officially authorized -- in fact, required -- by the United States government over 150 years later.
And yet here we are in 2018, watching the Trump administration forcibly remove children, including nursing infants, from their mothers, in the name of a "zero tolerance" policy toward illegal immigration.
You can read the entire piece here.