When I think of “America” I think of South, Central, and North America—that’s one of many flaws in Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. He is perpetuating the idea that “America” strictly applies to those of us in the U.S.A and belong to the dominant group or share the dominant groups views.
I am left wondering, Donald Trump, are we going to make ALL of South, North, and Central America “great” again?
Immigrants have made this country, the USA, a place of refuge. I think you know who we should thank for the space, Native Americans. If only those in power would recognize that this land was colonized by immigrants. Immigrants seeking refuge due to religious, economical, and/or political oppression. The face of the immigrant has changed over time, but the reasons for coming here remain largely the same.
Therefore, as a stand against a hateful rhetoric towards undocumented immigrants and immigrants seeking asylum I make the following declarations about my own identity to remind others that we are all immigrants. Immigrants that have shared a journey in making the U.S.A our home.
I am a second-generation Mexican immigrant.
Which generation are you?
I am multiingual in Spanish, English, and Spanglish.
How many languages (do you speak that) have been past down from your ancestors?
I am an American.
I love the America I know that embraces ethnically, racially, and linguistically diverse communities.
BEING AMERICAN MEANS BEING AN IMMIGRANT.
We are a nation that does not have an official language because we speak a plethora of languages.
We are NOT a homogenous nation!
We are brown!
We are black!
We are multilingual!
We are a nation of many creeds!
We are NOT what you, Donald Trump, say we are!
We will continue to stand up and speak up for marginalized communities!
We are united!
We will resist!
We will rise!