A wall? Seriously? At the time I thought I was neutral about it. It did not affect me. I lived in the south, the wall was way out west. Well, that is where it started. The Mexican/United States border. The government wanted to keep them out. So, they said. We came to find out it was not just to keep them out, but keep us in.
Walls, fences, barbed wire began popping up everywhere. It was not long before the California beaches were blocked off. There was only a limited amount of people able to go through those gates. They never returned.
At the time we never realized what was going on. There were too many distractions. Too much news. Missing kids, murders, rapes. The news reported what they wanted to report and how they wanted to report.
The wall was silent. Before we realized what was happening it had been built all around the United States. Except for Canada. They had their own border patrol. Eventually, one would be added, though no one realized it yet.
No one worried about Cuba. The Cubans were no longer trying to swim here. A few Americans had tried to swim to Cuba but were “accidentally” shot.
Soon we came to realize the wall was not so much to keep others out but to keep us in.
Violence became a way of life. Airports once full of passengers were now full of Americans trying to escape. They had no idea what they were trying to escape from just that they had to escape. Screams and mournful cries as the explosions took out the airports with hundreds of people inside.
It was too late. The walls were closing in. The ones that had the money, power, titles, and reproduction criteria had already escaped.
People crowded the walls trying to climb over, breakthrough, bargain their way, but there was no longer any hope. Tricked.
The guards were leaving the walls and the explosions started. Population control. The old race would be wiped clean and a new race has begun.
They got their wall.