Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Ava DuVernay Sparks Tweets of Childhood Pictures In Protest of Trump’s Family Separation Policy

Director Ava DuVernay of Queen Sugar speaks on "Ava DuVernay and the Cast of Queen Sugar" during Day Two of the Vulture Festival Presented By AT&T at Milk Studios on May 20, 2018 in New York City.
Director Ava DuVernay of Queen Sugar speaks on “Ava DuVernay and the Cast of Queen Sugar” during Day Two of the Vulture Festival Presented By AT&T at Milk Studios on May 20, 2018 in New York City.

*Moved by reports of immigrant children being separated from their families under the Trump Administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy, Ava DuVernay sought to make the issue more personal to her followers.

“I look at myself as a girl and imagine having to travel unsafely in a quest for safety,” the filmmaker wrote in a tweet showing a childhood photo of herself on Tuesday evening. “Be forcibly separated from my mother. Caged with people I don’t know and who don’t know me. Alone in a world I don’t understand. Imagine this for the child you were. We cannot allow this.”

The tweet soon inspired others to post their own childhood photos with stories of their family journeys. “Inspired by @ava: this is me & my mom. She immigrated alone in her late teens. This was the greatest sacrifice,” one user wrote.

“Here I am with my mom at my preschool graduation. I cried for three months straight every time she would drop me off because the thought of being away from her terrified me. I can’t imagine what these babies must be going through. It literally pains me,” another added.

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The Justice Department’s “Zero Tolerance” policy separates families who cross the U.S. border illegally in order to criminally prosecute the parents, while children are sent to shelters. Reporters who have seen the conditions of the shelters have recorded audio of crying children and video of cages where they are being held.

Since May, 2,342 children have been separated from their families, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

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