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The Immigration Struggle

Updated on November 12, 2015

The Immigration Struggle Against an Ignoramus Society

The Immigration Struggle Against the Ignoramus

I didn't say a word, so as to keep the peace, but I am shocked at what I just heard. No, shocked might not be the best word:

Disheartened

Disheartened and discouraged

The ignorance in the words, the message of hate was loud and clear, but you cleverly disguised it to make it sound reasonable.

You even stated that you were merely conveying a lovely conversation with regular, small town folk and were simply reiterating how pleasant it all was. You were leading me on and then you slammed me...

A pleasant conversation you say? Pleasant to say that immigrants are not what they once were and that they all just come here now, to relax?

Pleasant? Pleasant to directly state that all immigrants arrive here solely to collect unemployment insurance?

Pleasant? Pleasant to assume that only Americans who were born on this land, have the right to live here and that all others feed off of you, bleeding you of your American godliness?

What you really mean is that you were elated that a group of people from a small town diner shared your uninformed opinion of immigrants. You were beside yourself that you had met like-minded individuals who agreed with you. They satisfied your ego and you naturally puffed up. They reinforced your ignorant and unfounded views and you simply wanted to extend and share this glory with me...

How disappointed I am in myself when I let these instances pass by and I don't speak up. I've let myself down and countless others who were not even given that platform to have their voices heard. I still need to learn how to voice my opinion when confronted with ignorance and not cause a scene. In my younger years, I would have become visibly angry, voice raised and shaking. I would have chosen words to belittle the individual.

Not the best approach.

In my middle years, I have come to realize that I am exhausted - emotionally exhausted by the countless times I have found myself exposed to social ignorance and due to this exhaustion, I have silenced myself.

Disappointing tactic.

What I would have liked, was to have shared the sentiment that is expressed so sincerely in this following YouTube video I came across just today.

Open your eyes, your ears and your heart and listen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33OINi3xVbc

I sincerely apologize to all those amazing people whom I disrespected today by choosing to be silent. In the words of the Great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

I let you all down today. I let myself down and I am truly sorry.

Next time I will speak. I will learn to speak of peace and for peace. We like to say that we remain silent when faced with ignorant comments so as to keep the peace. Ironically, our silence doesn't keep any peace, but gives passive permission to continue the hate.

Peace to All, young and old, from all parts of the globe and my sincerest of apologies for letting you all down.

Carreen,

an immigrant

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      Carreen Schroeder 

      6 years ago from New York

      I couldn't agree with you more, and thank you for your commentary. I have stood up to racism my entire life and what I have learned is that the racist mind chooses to look only at the surface, never searches beyond to find answers to why people behave the way they do. They dismiss notions of reverse discrimination, external - and by extension, internal oppression and choose rather to condemn. It is easier that way, isn't it? What you mentioned about the economic situation in Mexico couldn't be more on the mark. Would anyone ever leave their country, their home, their family, friends and the only language they know to enter a foreign world just to 'hang out?' How ludicrous! People do not have the power to decide where we are born. However, if you are born into an area of economic and political chaos and have the power and courage to seek a better life for your family, are willing to work for the lowest wages, breaking your backs as you go AND face ignorance along the way, I commend you! You are the very face of change, courageand freedom. Never give up. Believe it or not, there are poeple who support and applaud you every step of the way!

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      6 years ago from East Coast Canada

      We have a tough road to walk in this life. We can slowly walk along the paved road, unfettered with pebbles, or pot holes and treachery. Or we can, as Robert Frost says "take the road less travelled'. The paved road is one that we turn a blind eye to the injustices of the world. The rutty rock laden road is filled with situations where we stand up for those who can't, or don't know they deserve better. You are better off on the rocky road. And despite you feeling like you let people down, you acknowledging that you saw something that you could have and will do in the future is much better than ignoring it all and thinking nothing about it. Kudos to you.

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      Howard Schneider 

      6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Beautifully stated, Carreen. The hateful and wrongminded views coming from people over this issue are just over the top. Most are here for a better life and jobs. The problem is that there are no jobs in Mexico that can match our lowest level jobs. Besides, no Americans are willing to do the work they do. We all must stand up to this hate speech. It is racism. Great Hub.

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