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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 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.
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:
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.