Lots of people think that the conditions of underdevelopment — economic and otherwise — in the Global South in general and in Central American countries in particular where families are fleeing to our border is the handiwork of the people in those countries, period.

That there might be a connection between the Global North and the Global South that explains why the former is developed and enormously wealthy, while the latter is undeveloped and experience poverty on a broad scale goes unnoticed. At this moment when tens of millions are outraged at the treatment being meted to fleeing babies, children, and families, this connection should be part of the many conversations that are going on.