Orange is the New Black Gets Real

Studly Doright and I both became a little emotional last evening watching an episode of Orange is the New Black. We’re currently on season seven, and the United States’ horrendous immigration policy is front and center.

We were both doing okay until a scene in which two young children were in front of a judge who asked them if they had a lawyer. “What’s a lawyer?” the older of the two asked.

I lost it. I looked over and Studly looked kind of shaken, too. He’s not nearly the “bleeding heart liberal” that I am. I told him that this stuff’s actually happening. Real children are representing themselves in court, often with heartbreaking results.

We’ve been watching several episodes each evening, but neither of us could take any more after this particular episode. I think about these children in detention facilities. They’re missing their families. Many have no idea why they’re in detention to begin with. When did the U.S. lose its moral compass? Maybe we never had one.

Peace, and Justice people.