My son is 10 years old and was not born in a shithole. He was born in Ethiopia. Like any parent, I could never find the words to describe the impact his life has brought to me. His friends have an automatic bond with him. He excels in school. He is kind. His community loves him. My wife and I are so blessed that he helped create our family. The love he has instilled in me is a feeling I never experienced before, and just thinking about him or having him enter a room energizes my heart.
It has been a challenge to be a parent in the age of Donald Trump. As our kids are tucked in bed, cable news reports almost nightly on his latest offensive comments, and we watch as swear words now become commonplace on news tickers. Some of us react by posting our disagreement or disgust on social media, and all of us hope our children are not listening.
Now, with reports that the president referred to various nations and the whole continent of Africa as a “shithole,” our challenge is in new, unimagined territory — and it is time, as parents, to demand that our country respond to his words.
For two years now all of our children have been witness to weekly reports in the news that simply have been unheard of for generations.
A sitting modern-day president has mocked the disabled and defended anti-Semitic white supremacists. He has referred to great women leaders in our country as “nasty,” “sneaky,” or “lightweight.” He has publicly marginalized ethnic groups, from American Indians to Hispanics to African Americans. He tried to get a credibly accused child molester elected to the Senate.
Read the whole story by Matthew Frankel at USA Today.