By Richard Enos | Collective Evolution
- The Facts:A Facebook user was banned for 30 days for posting a seemingly harmless meme poking fun at the frenzy about immigrant children being separated at the border from their parents.
- Reflect On:Why would Facebook choose to ban a user for such a harmless-looking meme? Is it possible that they are trying to prevent the erosion of a highly promoted (and predominantly misleading) mainstream narrative?
Jason Bassler, co-founder of the Free Thought Project, was recently banned from using Facebook for 30 days for posting a clever meme he constructed out of a screenshot from the movie ‘E.T.’ The meme appears to be a humorous rebuke of the proliferation of ‘fake’ photos being shared by mainstream media and celebrities to whip the public into a proper state of bother about immigrant children being separated at the border from their families due to the Trump Administration’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy.
While immigration policy has been identified as a serious and multi-layered problem in the United States for decades, the issue of children being separated from their parents at the border and locked in cages is getting hyper-focus these days, at the expense of all other aspects of the immigration crisis. Donald Trump did recently address this matter in an Executive Order that stopped the separation of children and parents at the border. But the fact is that of the 12,000 immigrant children being held in the United States by the DHS, a full 10,000 of them (over 83%) arrived at the border unaccompanied.
These are children the mainstream virtually ignores. Does this mean that these children are not important or worth talking about? That’s how it would seem if you gaze at the headlines. The only thing the mainstream media wants to talk about, often through their surrogate celebrities, is the separation of child from parent.
Take this Instagram post by Jennifer Lopez, for example.
Reading the news about the separation of children from their families, I can’t help but think about my own children. I cannot fathom a world where they would be ripped from my arms, taken to a place no better than a prison far from home. I feel we will never forget this moment in time. Bearing witness to these atrocities and that’s what they are, I can say for sure, remaining silent is not an option. As a Latino, and as you know very well, a proud Bronx born Puerto Rican American, we and the people of all different races, roots, and culture have enriched this country. But the recent rhetoric and constant dismissal of what we bring to the table has to stop. This is about basic human rights and decency. If you care about children, have concern for the lack of transparency about this disastrous display, in full view to the world in general, I encourage you first to get caught up on the situation. Next, call your congressperson and demand an answer, but I also want you to remain hopeful—hold fast to hope, faith and Love. We first need to admit we have a problem before we can heal it. We cannot focus on the evil, we must push towards unity and get to a healing place. ITS ALL IN OUR HANDS. Supporting one another in these troubled times, we can remain on the right side of history: the side where children are safe and in their parents arms. Act now, call now, speak now, LOVE now. #familiesbelongtogether #lovenothate
Or this anti-Trump Instagram rant by g-easy:
I don’t understand how the fuckin president and his administration can live with themselves or even sleep at night. It’s so disgusting and fundamentally wrong what’s going on right now. Separating children from their parents and putting them in cages, in conditions that are barely livable is completely inhumane. These are HUMAN BEINGS, and point blank, the trump administration is not treating them as such. It breaks my heart to see this happening, in today’s world in our country. Is that what we are? And for the record, his wife Melania came in the country as an immigrant in the mid 90s, and worked illegally. Does he only show compassion to those who aren’t black or brown? This has to stop, and we have to take action. Go to familiesbelongtogether.org to learn more and sign a petition to take action #FuckDonaldTrump
Not Actual Photos Of Children Separated At The Border
It turns out that these photos are not at all what they pretend to be about, and have nothing to do with the separation of immigrant children from their parents. As cogently explained by news-analyst vlogger ‘an0moly’ in his video below, the first picture depicts a child who was never separated from her parents, while the second is a picture from Mosul, Iraq in 2016.
The proliferation of ‘fake’ and ‘misrepresentative’ photos that help to lend emotional support to a chosen narrative is a ploy that the mainstream media seems to be taking to a new level, and they are able to find plenty of support from puppet celebrities who have a significant reach.
And so it is within this context that we can come to understand how this clever but innately harmless meme may have ruffled a few feathers at Facebook, since they may have thought it a threat to the anti-Trump narrative they had going on about illegal immigrants and their children being separated at the border:
Mainstream Narrative A Hit With Public
How successful has this anti-Trump narrative been that Facebook has been so desperate to preserve? Well, one sign is that a group called RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), has been able to raise a near-record $20 million in a Facebook fundraising campaign purportedly for the purpose of reuniting immigrant children with their families. I could go on about how this fundraising success is a perfect example of mainstream brainwashing in getting people to support efforts that are not addressing the real problems we face, but I will defer to another excellent video by an0moly below, who explains it beautifully:
Our Role In All This
Hopefully, we are getting familiar with this pattern we see here, and a growing number of us have stopped being fooled by it. Problems in our world are never getting solved, not because there are no solutions, but because the powerful elite want to keep things exactly as they are. In this particular case, the current state of immigration and the ongoing gridlock in comprehensive immigration reform keeps the flow of child and human trafficking going for their nefarious purposes.
The suppression of memes like the one above that was banned from Facebook is an indication that the elite are getting more and more desperate to control the narrative, and distract people from coming into a state of awareness about child and human trafficking, and the actual efforts being made by the current administration to combat it. Continuing to take notice of and have discussions about human trafficking, as difficult and confronting as it may be, is one of the most important things that we as truth-seekers can do.