I have, I now understand, taken for granted the idea of freedom and the idea that my country was the greatest on earth, to which people around the world dreamed of becoming a part of one day. And many came to save their families from their worlds, and now we, whose Stature of Liberty welcomes them, we, whose descendants were immigrants or refugees, we treat them as enemies. That’s what it appears we are doing.
Read the data about immigrants by Media Matters: they are less likely to commit crimes. There is certainly no valid reason for creating a list of immigrant crimes: Media Matters. A Canadian friend shared this article in the Toronto Star in which the first paragraph explains how these disparaging lies and this list are just like Hitler in Nazi Germany.
And it’s not just immigrant and refugees: it’s health care, voting rights, environmental protections, and civil rights that seem to be disappearing slowly, but surely.
So for doodling today, I chose “Chimes of Freedom” by Bob Dylan in Another Side of Bob Dylan to listen to while I doodle. The song shares images of the downtrodden underdogs as a the narrator ducks into a doorway in a thunderstorm which eventually subsides, the thunderous chimes give way to hope as chimes of freedom.
As I was listening, an article from Huffington Post appeared in my notifications that a 22-year-old woman, who arrived here with her mother at age seven and who spoke to the media about her hopes for herself and others, was arrested and will be deported. I found this a shameful action on our part. For all her years since she was seven, she’s been an American.
So, I am wrong about my country. Someone has changed it. And my heart breaks for the “tongues with no place to bring their thoughts” because we arrest them for speaking up about their dreams as a free person in the United States, which they thought was the greatest country on earth. We were once the role model for human rights; that is no longer true, as this incident denied her rights as a human being. Are we not all enraged and sad?
For resources on immigrants and resources, see Larry Ferlazzo’s post.
Chimes of Freedom Dying
“Lock her up” is their call
Lock every one up
Perhaps you and me.
Call them rapists
Call them criminals
Ignore the facts
Knowledge, a closed door.
Hunt them down
Flight from death, they came
Dreaming of U.S. freedom’s light.
Other leading countries
with health care provided,
Instead, in the US
GOP says that’s dead.
Polluted our water, air, and land
So rules these abated
Now, the president says NO!
Every help from progress,
Humane and civilized,
Now totally deconstructed,
Power-punch the people: pow!
I want to thank Karen Fasimpaur @kfasimpaur and Helen J DeWaard @hj_dewaard for their tweets which have provided me a way to get back into writing as I try to find understanding and solace is this underworld we find ourselves in.
Part of DoodleaDay by Royan Lee— today: lines, circles, shapes