The American Dream, Turned Nightmare
Our country was built on the backs of hardworking people, many of them first or second generation immigrants. And many of them are members of various minorities that have been victims of prejudice since long before we were a British colony.
Blacks. Women. Native Americans. Catholics. Jews. The Irish. Italians. Gays. The disabled. All of these communities and more came to this country with the same dream, but had to fight for their rights to equality. Some of them are still embroiled in this fight, and yet even as equality trickles down to the masses, history repeats itself and each generation seems to find a new minority to trample.
The American experiment is unique simply because, at the end of the day, we are a nation of immigrants. Absolutely none of us, save a small few who are still being socially and systematically repressed, can claim ancestry in this nation dating back further than 1620. At one point or another, nearly all of us—based on one factor or another of our identity—were oppressed minorities. And we should never forget it.
Unfortunately, we do just that. While the same is probably true for every other country on Earth, we are a nation founded on inequalities, legislated by racists and classists, and populated by bigots.
Why do we love to hate? Is it inherent in human nature? Or does it stem from the fear that we, too, could be oppressed? If only we realized that equality could only bring us closer together as a more efficient, more powerful nation, then perhaps we could find some peace and happiness.
Today, one of the most victimized groups in American society is immigrants, specifically those from Central and South America, and especially those who come to our great country undocumented and by dubious means. According to estimates, some 10.9 million undocumented immigrants are living in the United States. While negative rhetoric may have you think they are all criminals or job thieves, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.