Whomever ordered this atrocity, is responsible. The men on horseback, in several photos I saw are also jerking the heads of the horses so hard, the metal bits are cruelly cutting into the horse’s mouths. No care for human beings let alone horses.
And who ordered whips as weaponry anyway? What kind of ‘me towering over you and going to lay open your flesh,’ display of manhood is that?
[UPDATE: it is said now by persons in charge of this rounding up of human beings, that those are ‘reins’ not whips. However, being from the farmlands, that kind of thick rein is made of heavy hardback leather that has not been softened. That kind of rein, cut straight or several hard stands woven together, and being very long, is used for livestock driving, to whip cattle and to painfully flick horses. The question still stands: Who ordered long heavy reins of hard leather to be used to round up human beings, and who signed the papers for such… ]
And the ghosts of Africans hunted down in Texas and other Southern states suddenly come alive again, except instead of hearing about it only in history books, we now have seen how such atrocities really looked…. hunting done in packs, exactly how it looked in the 1700s 1800s, 1900s.
It’s horrifying to see the fear on the faces of the people trying to make their way burdened with their pathetic bundles of water and clothing, people who have nothing of nothing.
Many of us are still with the human beings, and the soldiers who help refugees. [See image below of 1st Marine Battalion of African Americans helping refugees to safety in VietNam.] Not those who act like they’re on a badly misguided cattle drive to rope in and whip human beings.
In coming days, it will come clear who ordered this inhumane roundup. And then, I believe there will come a reckoning.
As Jean Pictet, Director of the International Committee of the Red Cross, noted in 1951, “the law, however, always lags behind charity; it is tardy in conforming with life’s realities and the needs of humankind…” His words were part of the updating of the Geneva Convention which lays out the ethics/rules of engagement in battle, skirmish, ‘taking prisoners’ and more.
Though some may tout the men waving whips around… In the meantime, elsewhere, we have legions of exemplars of men of valour and care who have ever helped refugees come to safety. Every evac, every war, every invasion, every occupation, los guererros of courage have tried hard to help refugees, the sick, the elderly, the young, the babies, the mommies, the daddies, the little children.
Just not amongst some at the top in Texas.
Not alright. Ever:
Thank you for your serving humanity dear souls.