Diversity + Inclusion
We are at our best when we all work together to realize a commong dream. Leaving people out and pushing people aside keeps us, as a nation, communities, and movements from reaching our fullest potential.
If we truly aspire toward a brighter, more prosperous future, we need to have everyone on board.
Simply having representation and numbers is not enough. We must move beyond tokenism to giving marganilized peoples and communities a say on the issues that affect their livelihoods. This is hard work. It will require cultural competency, listening to each other, and treating each other equally. It requires recognizing the worth and dignity and experiences of each and every person.
But the rewards and mutual gains are well worth it.
We cannot let what it means to be moral be monopolized by those with an agenda to oppress, suppress, and repress. Morality shouldn’t just be about what we CAN’T DO, but what we CAN DO together. A moral people keeps families together to the extent possible; helps feed the hungry and provide shelter to the homeless. A moral people will fight for a government that represents, defends, and lifts up the weak, the broken, and the downtrodden.
The passage of the Real I.D. Act stripped away many safeguards and imposed credibility determinations, allowing personal biases of immigration officers and judges to factor in.
Yes, America is a shining city on a hill. But the light is from a thousand fires fanned by the convergence of multiple storm fronts: A growing, white supremacist movement; a white, male demagogue all too happy to exploit its violent tendencies and rhetoric; anti-immigrant fervor; anti-Muslim sentiments; protectionism; isolationism; and systemic, blatant, and latent racism. Unfortunately, this list is not exhaustive.
The weakening of the Federal government's plenary power occurred with each new wave of immigrants, it seems. I cannot go into every wave of immigrants, so I've created an infographic laying out the major waves of immigration, what major events correlated with them, and some of the responses to them.