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Know Anyone Who Thinks Racial Profiling Is Exaggerated? Watch This, And Tell Me When Your Jaw Drops.


This video clearly demonstrates how racist America is as a country and how far we have to go to become a country that is civilized and actually values equal justice. We must not rest until this goal is achieved. I do not want my great grandchildren to live in a country like we have today. I wish for them to live in a country where differences of race and culture are not ignored but valued as a part of what makes America great.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Opinion | Portraits From a Caravan - The New York Times













"Has any other word in 2018 been as responsible for so much as “caravan”?



By definition, a caravan is a company of people traveling through a hostile region. You travel in a caravan for protection. When you feel powerless, traveling in a group gives you some sense of power. But there is no protecting the caravan of migrants who have journeyed to Donald Trump’s America.



To President Trump and his supporters, a caravan is made up of invaders and criminals. A caravan carries drugs and diseases. A caravan must be stopped at all costs, even if it means shutting down the United States government.



Jennifer left Honduras with her daughter, Lucia. She said that life there was very hard and had become increasingly difficult because of the persistent violence.



Jennifer left Honduras with her daughter, Lucia. She said that life there was very hard and had become increasingly difficult because of the persistent violence.



As a word, “caravan” is a politically expedient bludgeon, part of a decades-long project started by anti-immigrant groups (NumbersUSA, Center for Immigration Studies and Federation for American Immigration Reform, to name a few) using dehumanizing vocabulary to describe immigrants in nefarious, fear-inducing ways. “Illegal aliens” having “anchor babies” arriving in a “caravan.” At its most effective, this is language as a barrier. It says: “You’re an alien — you’re nothing like me.” It’s also a source of misinformation, as it is not illegal to apply for asylum. This is language as a weapon.



Junior sat with his mother, Maria, behind him in front of a police blockade during a migrant protest. His father was said to have been killed by by the maras, or gangs, in Honduras.



Stanley, from Honduras, and Elsa, from Guatemala, met on the road to Tijuana, Mexico. Stanley recalled how dangerous and difficult life was for him and his family in his country.



Defending the use of tear gas on the caravan that trekked up from Central America this year, which included children, President Trump said, “First of all, the tear gas is a very minor form of the tear gas itself — it’s very safe.” Then he asked, “Why is a parent running up into an area where they know the tear gas is forming and it’s going to be formed and they’re running up with a child?”



Because as long as parents love their children, they will run toward anything that may, just may, give them a shot at a better life, even if it means hurting them.



The history of the United States is a history of caravans arriving from different parts of the world. Why did they have to leave? What did they leave behind when they left what they had to leave? What did they take with them? How do they hold on to hope?



Maeli, 17, said she joined the caravan with her young son because she feared for their safety in Honduras. They’ve been largely met with kindness on the long journey north, but things have been tense in Tijuana. She and other migrants had been staying in a makeshift camp on the beach when a crowd of local residents threw stones at them. She and the child later moved to the another camp.



Maeli, 17, said she joined the caravan with her young son because she feared for their safety in Honduras. They’ve been largely met with kindness on the long journey north, but things have been tense in Tijuana. She and other migrants had been staying in a makeshift camp on the beach when a crowd of local residents threw stones at them. She and the child later moved to the another camp.



Juan Carlos, 16, selling cigarettes near Tijuana. The maras, or gangs, who he said killed two of his uncles, were pressuring him to join and he fled Honduras to save his own life.



Joenne, from Honduras, slept outside the migrant camp at the Benito Juarez Sports Complex in Tijuana, which the government closed because of unsanitary conditions.



Juan, a former agricultural worker in Honduras, hoped to find a job across the border and send back money to his family. “I'm good,” he said in a call home. “God will look after me.”



Juan, a former agricultural worker in Honduras, hoped to find a job across the border and send back money to his family. “I'm good,” he said in a call home. “God will look after me.”



Walter, from El Salvador, holding a Mexican newspaper that published a photo of him with his eyes blacked out. He had been accused of aggravated robbery, but was later found to be innocent, he said. His goal was to cross legally into the United States, but he heard a rumor that Canada was going to give 3,000 visas to the migrants. “Now there’s a place I would like to go!” he said.



Walter, from El Salvador, holding a Mexican newspaper that published a photo of him with his eyes blacked out. He had been accused of aggravated robbery, but was later found to be innocent, he said. His goal was to cross legally into the United States, but he heard a rumor that Canada was going to give 3,000 visas to the migrants. “Now there’s a place I would like to go!” he said.



Ernesto, his wife, Yesenia, and their youngest daughter, Rachel, on the Chaparral bridge crossing at the Mexico-United States border. They said they had learned about the caravan on Facebook and made the journey to Tijuana from Guatemala. Ernesto said that if they didn’t make the cut legally, a relative in Los Angeles had offered to pay someone to take them across the border.



Ernesto, his wife, Yesenia, and their youngest daughter, Rachel, on the Chaparral bridge crossing at the Mexico-United States border. They said they had learned about the caravan on Facebook and made the journey to Tijuana from Guatemala. Ernesto said that if they didn’t make the cut legally, a relative in Los Angeles had offered to pay someone to take them across the border.



At 52, Nelson is older than many of the migrants on the long and arduous trip from Honduras. He said he has three children in Philadelphia and is legally allowed to enter the United States. But Nelson said he wanted to experience the solidarity of the caravan, so he was traveling with them. He will wait until the rest are able to cross, he said, before he does.



At 52, Nelson is older than many of the migrants on the long and arduous trip from Honduras. He said he has three children in Philadelphia and is legally allowed to enter the United States. But Nelson said he wanted to experience the solidarity of the caravan, so he was traveling with them. He will wait until the rest are able to cross, he said, before he does.



Marina and Kenny are from Honduras. Kenny said the maras in Honduras had insisted that he join the gang and threatened him. Refusing would risk being hurt or even killed, he said, so he decided to leave with the caravan. Marina chose to come with him. When asked if they were in love, they responded, “Si...mucho!” A lot!Photographs by Russell Monk for The New York Times



Marina and Kenny are from Honduras. Kenny said the maras in Honduras had insisted that he join the gang and threatened him. Refusing would risk being hurt or even killed, he said, so he decided to leave with the caravan. Marina chose to come with him. When asked if they were in love, they responded, “Si...mucho!” A lot!Photographs by Russell Monk for The New York Times."



Opinion | Portraits From a Caravan - The New York Times