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  •  When I was in the military.... (17+ / 0-)

    ...I spent a lot of time overseas. And I loved it. I DID spend time in a couple of war zones, but for the most part, I really enjoyed it. While in the military, I had friends of different colors and religions; it was a truly diverse experience.

     There is a certain freedom that people of color feel when they live overseas; I can't quite put my finger on it, but it has to do with how you are treated- differently-you're treated much better than at home.

    I have brown skin and curly black hair, which means that here at home, certain things are a given- I'm pretty close to being on the No-fly list. I will never catch a cab in New York or L.A. I always get followed by security in nice stores. Many people will assume that I don't speak English even though I have a Master's Degree. Many times they either think I'm a Muslim immigrant or illegal alien from somewhere in Latin America (even though I was born in Washington, DC). In other words, in this society, despite being educated and well-spoken, and having friends of different skin tones and beliefs, I'm always going to be treated like an "other". It comes with the territory here at here at home. Overseas, I never really had to think about it.

    These children on the buses, who probably endured hell to get here, were instantly told by these tea baggers that they are "others". It's pretty shameful that grown men and women are shown shouting "We don't want you here" at children. They are CHILDREN. And most of them probably look like me, with brown skin and curly black hair. These kids  were instantly exposed to the concept of being an "other" in America. These kids are fleeing violence and deprivation (a lot of it caused by the United States), and they are met with hatred. Because many of those kids look like me,this really hits home.

    I always thought that we were supposed to be a nation of immigrants. "Give me your tired, hungry"....etc. I guess we're not anymore. Now, we are a country of so-called Christians and "others". And the "others' are not only people of color; they are also progressives, women fighting to maintain control over their bodies, gays, Latinos, etc. Hopefully, if the Supreme Court doesn't finish us off, we "others' can prove to those children that we are better than those racists who were shouting at them.

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