The apartheid of popcorn

The total length of the United States border with Mexico is 1,954 miles, along four US states:  California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

The total length of the United States border with Canada (including maritime boundaries in the Great Lakes, on the Atlantic Ocean, on the Pacific Ocean, and Arctic coasts) is 5,525 miles, of which 1,538 miles — almost the entire length of the US-Mexico border — is Canada's border with just one state, Alaska, while the balance separates Canada from twelve states (Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine).

If the president and racist Republicans are truly worried about so-called “border security,” it stands to reason we ought to be looking north, not south.

As for the effectiveness of barriers, the only use I can see is separating the various flavors of popcorn in those yummy (hint, hint:  I love them!) gourmet tins.  As I was looking for a public domain photo of said treats to illustrate my point this morning, it occurred to me that is exactly what President Trump and his racist, misogynistic supporters have in mind:  separating the white from the brown.  Is this what he intends?...

separated popcorn tin

(I threw in a Canadian barrier to show just what the Trumpites mean when they chant “Make America Great Again”)

Now, thoughtful reader, it is my hope this image will come to mind the next time you hear President Trump, or any one else for that matter, suggesting the US needs a wall (or a barrier, or even just a hedge) to separate us from our neighbors.  The American poet Robert Frost said, “Good fences make good neighbors” (Mending Wall, Robert Frost); but all they really make is apartheid.

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