So my last post was written a few weeks ago, before the horrendous, infuriating Muslim Ban. I was planning to edit it given what's happened and accidentally posted it but decided to leave it up anyways. This is a follow-up to that post.
Previously, I said that it is a privilege to move about freely in this world. Those words have sadly never been truer to me than they are now. The banned entry of travelers/US residents from arbitrarily chosen majority Muslim countries is downright sickening. I'm shocked, disgusted, and ashamed. My heart breaks for the families that have been torn apart, for the refugees that came so close to a new life and literally risked everything, only to be shut out like criminals. Even now that it's been revoked, I'm sure that many people may not get another chance.
I've always had mixed feelings about the United States and my identity as an American. On the one hand, as an American I am afforded so many privileges. On the other hand, I am somewhat of a second class citizen here. There are so many things that my country has done that I am ashamed of, yet at the same time there are some things I can be proud of. Despite the current ugly political climate, I can't help but feel a slight sense of hope knowing that so many people have been empowered and found their voices to stand up for what they believe in.
It is my hope that in the future, we, as Americans, can show compassion to those around us - especially those suffering. To me, the silver lining is that so many people have become mobilized to take action again against hate.
And yet it is sad that it had to come to this.