... I am trying to reconcile in my mind what is happening at the borders of our country.  

     Babies and children have been separated from their parents, and are being kept in cages. ...

     As a citizen I am horrified by this thought; memories of World War II and pictures of camps filled my head.  

     I shared this thought on one of my social media platforms, and one of my friends from Poland literally shook me to my core.  

    “How can you Americans compare yourself to Germany in this situation? America has created genocide after genocide since its creation, and you have learned nothing as a culture. You keep putting your citizens of color in cages, you have killed them for centuries and never learned from your mistakes. You can’t compare yourself to Germans, because when they go to school, they are taught about the atrocities they committed as a nation. They acknowledge and accept that terrible part of their history and have learned from it.  Americans refuse to do that.” ...

     First I was offended; I didn’t do those things, it’s not my responsibility to take accountability for that.  But the more I thought about it, the more I realize that it is my responsibility to speak truth to our history.

     We all need to accept and take responsibility for our collective history — we are all part of it.

— Andy Sorensen
628 State St.

     To read the entire letter, see the June 28, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.