Re-blogged with permission of the author, L.J. Bailey.

Laura Jean Bailey

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“‘Families Belong Together’ is the wrong slogan,” says Masha Gessen, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. The latest round of immigration protests came about in response to a very specific policy and very specific images: children screaming and crying as they were ripped away from their parents at the border. First-time protestors, conservative protestors, Republican protestors all took up signs with long-time protestors, liberal protestors, Democratic protestors. I saw a greater than expected range of political diversity in the Chicago crowd. All over on the media when people were asked why they were marching, the message was the same: families belong together.

But was this a waste of a good march? While she does not discard the point of the marches and says that they did serve an important function, Gessen also says they obscured the larger…

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