Caution: Trump's America
The recent sanctions and restrictions our new president has imposed on immigrants and refugees have thrust me into the novel and uncomfortable position of privilege for one of the first times in my life. As a black American, I know all too well what it feels like to be marginalized by the system that governs the very land I call home. I know what it's like to not quite feel at home in my mother country, and I don't know how to feel, now that my social stature has increased in the eyes of the government. Logically, I feel as though I should rejoice with my family and friends. I mean, after all, this is the first time in American history that we as a community are not at the bottom of the ethno-social ladder. But how can I celebrate social regression of any kind, after having been subjected to misguided and undeserved prejudices for so long? I've grown up forced to face the fact that my nation does not support my kind; fully aware that my race has been actively barred from success since we first arrived here against our will. I know firsthand that intolerant attitudes and closed minds only result in more pain and hardship for the nation as a whole. We are meant to be a unified body. This America, a land both founded and developed by immigrants all seeking a better life, cannot thrive with such paradigm divisions amongst its citizens. This shift, while potentially beneficial for my own ethno-social class, is by no means a positive one. We cannot be content with swapping prejudice for reallocated prejudice -- not after fighting against it for so long. Falling into the trap of assuming our problems are behind us is the first step in a cycle of propagation that we must reject. This is not the change we have been fighting for. Me must recognize that this is not progress and continue to fight for widespread equality, notwithstanding race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, or anything else that can be misrepresented and used as a catalyst for division.