Just Because It Happened During The Obama Administration Doesn't Mean To Let It Continue

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If you've spoken out against the humanitarian crisis that is ICE's immigration raids and holding conditions, you've probably heard it before. "This happened under Obama's administration too, no one cared about it then."

They're right. It did happen under Obama's administration, not just Trump's. But, see, in 2008 when Obama was first elected, I was 10.

I'm pretty sure I was in the 5th grade. The bare minimum that I knew about politics at that age was that Obama was bad because he was a Democrat. That's it. I only knew what my parents talked about.

That was a decade ago. I was young, I wasn't paying attention. Over the years, I took my parents' political views and assumed them to be my own, not really researching anything. Virtually my entire hometown was white and Republican, so that's pretty much what I thought was acceptable.

If I was older and paid attention back when these atrocities happened under the Obama administration, I would be angry about it then, too. That argument doesn't really work. You don't have to use "He did it first" as an attempt to justify the person you support's horrible decisions. You shouldn't be trying to find a way to excuse children dying from dehydration while in ICE custody.

Don't shame people for not being as informed in the past. What's important is growth and education, standing up for those who need it as much as you can. I may not have paid attention back then, but you bet your ass I am now.

I'm angry. I'm horrified. I can't believe that what can only be described as concentration camps exist in my own country's borders. You should be angry too, because if you're not, you're still not paying attention.

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