To the editor:

Anne Frank wasn’t murdered in a concentration camp in the way that we typically think of murder — she wasn’t gassed to death or beaten to death or stabbed or shot or suffocated.

She died of typhus fever, in bed. Humans were not meant to live in such deplorable and inhumane conditions.

The recent news from U.S. Border Patrol facilities doesn’t show the direct murder of detainees; it shows the indirect murder of medical neglect, overcrowding, unsanitary conditions and poor hygiene practices.

If it looks, smells and feels no different from the concentration camps of Nazi Germany, how is it materially different?

Children in the American internment camps don’t have adequate access to food, water or basic hygiene needs like soap and showers. Is it not murder to deny someone the things they require to stay alive?

Regardless of the “crime” one has committed, whether it’s being born to Jewish parents or born to Mexican parents, everyone has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

These Border Patrol camps are violating the basic unalienable rights of the people being detained, especially the children, and I wonder if it will take Americans as long as it took Germans to wake up to the horrors being inflicted.

Although Tennessee is far from the country’s border, when we remain silent in the face of atrocity, we are as complicit as the U.S. Justice Department attorney arguing that kids don’t deserve toothbrushes, beds or soap.

Jacqueline Payne

235 Fairview St.


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