Here’s How Black Celebrities Are Sharing Messages Of Support For Children Ripped Away From Parents At Border
"I look at myself as a girl and imagine having to travel unsafely in a quest for safety. Be forcibly separated from my mother," Ava DuVernay wrote in part.
As the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy toward immigration continues to rip babies and young children away from their parents at the Mexico-United States border, celebrities are using their platforms to condemn the horrifying practice.
Director and screenwriter Ava DuVernay shared a big message on social media on June 19 including a photo of herself when she was a young child. She juxtaposed the picture of her young smiling self to imagining the horrors babies and young children are experiencing at the border.
The Associated Press recently reported that at least 2,300 migrant children had been taken from their parents at the border since Attorney General Jeff Sessions enacted the "zero-tolerance" policy early May.
"I look at myself as a girl and imagine having to travel unsafely in a quest for safety,” the Wrinkle in Time director wrote. "Be forcibly separated from my mother. Caged with people I don’t know and who don’t know me. Alone in a world I don’t understand. Imagine this for the child you were. We cannot allow this."
I look at myself as a girl and imagine having to travel unsafely in a quest for safety. Be forcibly separated from my mother. Caged with people I don’t know and who don’t know me. Alone in a world I don’t understand. Imagine this for the child you were. We cannot allow this. pic.twitter.com/JIWOiWDXvu— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 20, 2018
Since DuVernay shared her photo on Twitter and Instagram Tuesday evening, people, including other celebrities, have joined the director by sharing photos of their younger selves in solidarity.
Screenwriter and actress Lena Waithe shared a photo from her childhood on Instagram.
"I can’t imagine being ripped away from my family at this age. Can you?" she wrote in part.
Mari Copeny, 10, a fierce activist and resident of Flint, Michigan, known widely as "Little Miss Flint," also shared a photo of her younger self, expressing compassion for the young children in distress at the border.
Other celebrities have also used their platforms and large following to bring attention to the border control crisis:
When I was young Id watch the news and wait for a movie to come out about said tragedy ...Elian Gonzalez , bowling for Columbine, the Laramie project, farrenhieght 9/11 ,Katrina... I’m tired of movies. I don’t wanna see 2000 kids casted to look sad and scared when there’s REAL KIDS LOST AND SCARED RIGHT NOW!!. This is an atrocity .THESE ARE ACTUAL BABIES . Some being taken from their mothers while BREASTFEEDING!!THIS ISN’T RIGHT ! ALSO NOT A LAW. THERE IS NO LEGAL BASIS FOR SEPARATING IMMIGRANT CHILDREN FROM THEIR PARENTS .Please Share this . Google the organizations. Lend a dollar. DRAG ur local officials and BEG THEM TO PUSH BACK ! The movie is NOW . Anything helps! ❤️-Love❤️ 🙏🏾
This shit needs to end now! It’s only a matter of time before it’s not just people seeking asylum and their children that are put in cages and “camps”. YOU BETTER OPEN YOUR EYES!! #TeamDL #woke #speakup #speakout #protest #immigration #children #whosnext #DLHughley #Repost @eddiegriffin with @get_repost ・・・ Baby's in cages. This is how it starts... Children defenseless being traumatized.. then concentration camps. This is what happens when the President is in bed with the Alt White Supremacist. #EGGC #EddieGriffin #GodsChild #OneTimeForYourMind Trump era #immigration #children #childrenimmigrants #immigrants #humanrights #Mexico #USA
The Trump administration has announced plans to create "tent cities" for the surging population of children separated from their parents at the border.