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Comey on Child Separation: 'What Kind of People Are We?'

Comey on Child Separation: 'What Kind of People Are We?'
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By    |   Thursday, 21 June 2018 01:25 PM

Former FBI Director James Comey told The Guardian on Thursday that the "images of children" separated from their parents will awaken the "sleeping giant" of middle America.

"I'm optimistic that, as the conversation continues in our country, which I'm trying to be part of for the next two and a half years, the sleeping giant will be awakened," Comey said in an interview with the newspaper.

"I think of America as a bell curve. There's wingnuts at either end and then the great lump in the middle is everybody else. And they're busy and distracted and that giant, that lump, only awakens every so often in America. And I think the giant is stirring. I think the giant is stirred by images of children."

He then drew a comparison between the pictures of migrant children who have been separated from their parents at the border and the images Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II, as well as the images of black children being attacked by police dogs during the civil rights movement.

"The giant awakened in our country in 1963 and 1964 and that changed our country," Comey said. "Martin Luther King wrote to that giant in Letter from Birmingham Jail, basically saying: 'You busy, moderate people need to get in the game.' And that happens every so often in American history. Again, I could be convincing myself of this, but I think the giant is awakening.

"When you stare at children crying, being taken away from their mothers, it forces your eyes above statutes and numbers, to: 'What kind of people are we, for God's sakes?' That's a lifting of the national eyes that is powerful and potentially the kind of inflection point that I'm talking about," he continued. "That's the kind of thing that awakens the giant."

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Former FBI Director James Comey told The Guardian on Thursday that the "images of children" separated from their parents will awaken the "sleeping giant" of middle America.
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