Nothing About Finding the Bodies of Thousands of Children is Surprising. That's the Problem.

The story Remains of Hundreds More Indigenous Children Found at Another Residential School is horrifying, but hear me clearly, nothing about this is surprising.

The story Remains of Hundreds More Indigenous Children Found at Another Residential School is horrifying, but hear me clearly, nothing about this is surprising. There are thousands of bodies of children buried throughout North America. 

They go unacknowledged, and their ends often unconfirmed, but they were never forgotten by the people from whom they were taken. Never.

Many continue to look for confirmation today so they can put to rest a search for their missing children. They have been denied that by our government, by the Catholic Church, and so many others.

I have spoken with indigenous people in the past 2 months. Their overwhelming response has been telling, gut-wrenching, and it can only be expressed in their words.

  • "Thank you for believing that our children mattered." 

  • "Thank you. Just thank you for listening."

This is not how people whose children were slaughtered en masse should be responding to someone being outraged on their behalf. In no world is that acceptable. Their responses communicated in a few sentences how little their children's lives mattered to the people who stole them. 

We may tell ourselves fables, but this is our legacy. Saying so doesn't make me unpatriotic. This is transparent, cowardice. No person of laudable character denies injustice has taken place and refused to help repair the damage. These are the actions of insecure autocrats like Mao, Xi, and Putin. 

It is precisely because my family recently immigrated to the US that I appreciate that criticism of the government and free discussion of history are not to be taken for granted. In China, history is what they say, and none may speak to the contrary.

We are approaching that here with possible first amendment violations where state leaders ban certain ideas from schools, deciding what parts of history are acceptable to discuss. 

Now we see demands that people reveal their personal beliefs so the government can monitor them. These are not the actions of people who speak the truth and who have nothing to conceal. 

We can avoid accountability, but it will never change our legacy of not helping the families who lost these children to heal. Giving up our freedom and surrendering our educations to state censorship to avoid it is an egregious mistake. 

Until we take responsibility and cease to deflect, this will be our legacy. They deserve to know where their babies went. 

They deserve to hear a clear and scathing rebuke from the @USCCB currently preoccupied with protesting the removal of a policy that dramatically increased the abortion rate in most affected countries.

If you want to make a difference, you can. Share their statements, their words. Please support their efforts to get answers. They are largely ignored by American society. You can change that.