probablytom

A library of thoughts and things worth sharing.

001 — "Fuck Civility" by Popula

— Sourced from Ashoka Mukpo, Popula

"Fuck Civility" from Popula left a bit of a strange taste in my mouth when I read it, but I can't remember any particular reason why I disagreed at the time. It's certainly a thought-provoking article.

Cruelty has always been part of American policymaking. Sometimes it’s a corollary effect—somebody, somewhere, is doing something we don’t want them to be doing, and if we have to kill some people or destroy a few lives to make them stop, that’s just the price. But in recent years, there’s been a shift in how we approach immigration and the border. It’s a tired cliché by now, but that doesn’t make it any less true: the cruelty is the point.

A few days earlier, I’d shot an interview with an 18-year-old Salvadoran girl who had to stop halfway through because she was sobbing too hard to keep telling her story. She was stuck in Ciudad Juarez, alone, waiting for an immigration hearing in El Paso a few months out, and she was scared. Watching her tiny body convulse with sobs as a colleague tried to comfort her, I was overcome by a recognition that the pain she was experiencing was the very intention of the people writing our immigration policies. From their point of view, the grief and fear flooding out of her were proof of just how well those policies were working.

It's a scathing and angry article but it has a point to make. And, it was the first thing I found today that I felt good about posting here — I've had a day full of birthday calls and couldn't postat my normal time, so I wanted to find something good for the blog — couldn't fall over at day 001 — and then get down to a bit of good work.

So. Here you go!