“America’s Children and The Memory of Tomorrow”
What kind of memory this country is constructing for the children and youth of this generation?
We’re raising children today who will become the adults of (America’s) tomorrow, whose childhood in contemporary American life is masked by tragic fear, terror, and gun violence. Our contemporary children are the memory of tomorrow. What will they remember about their America?
They will remember their American childhood as a zone of death and a country that did not care about the life of its children and the preservation of human life.
They will remember their American schools, theaters, churches, temples, social clubs, marketplaces, and any meeting place as unsafe places for them, family members, their classmates or friends.
They will remember America as the country in which places of sanctuary, refuge or shelter were rare to find or did not exist in their childhood.
They will remember America as a nation that shuts its heart to the suffering and pain of its children, and where life is cold and sour.
If Washington politicians and lawmakers do not respond promptly, responsibly, and humanly to the million cries and heartaches of this nation’s youth about the culture of gun violence and police brutality, their silence and inaction will indicate that they do not care about this country’s future and are not interested in promoting a culture of life and human dignity in contemporary American society.
What a tragic life and traumatic legacy our children today will inherit tomorrow?
What a devastating mental scar that will mark permanently their American experience as both children and adults!
“A voice is heard in Ramah,
mourning and great weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.”— Jeremiah 31:15