In my very first article of this column, I wrote a story. That story asked you, the reader, to imagine yourself as a child of illegal immigrants who had just gotten deported.
The story wasn’t false.
It has happened to many people over the years and currently it’s about to get worse. President Donald Trump, (still gag a little when I write President in front of his name), made it a campaign promise to deport illegal immigrants and many people cheered. They thought it was a good idea and they agreed with his plans for both deportation and the wall.
What these people forget is that these people are human beings, many of whom are trying to escape Mexico. Trump said that Mexico was smart for sending their people to the US. Mexico isn’t sending anyone anywhere directly. The corrupt government, the drug wars, kidnappings, and a poor community drive people away. My cousin makes about 17 US dollars in one day. I make more than that in two hours.
There isn’t a plan to make the US the next Mexico. Mexicans aren’t here to “take over.” We’re just trying to survive. Yes, there are “bad guys.” Newsflash: EVERY SINGLE RACE HAS BAD PEOPLE. It was white men that charged into a movie theater and an elementary school and killed innocent adults, teenagers, and children. It was a white man who walked into a church and killed NINE innocent people.
There is no such thing as a perfect race no matter how hard you want to believe there is. “Mexicans are bringing drugs…” Okay but do you know what supply and demand is? Drug cartels bring the drugs because there is a demand for them. And who is a part of the group doing the demanding? White people. So Mexicans could be bringing the drugs but it’s white people who are consuming them.
I’m not trying to sound “anti-white.” I just think it’s important to realize that throwing blame at one race doesn’t excuse another. I’m not saying Mexicans are perfect and I’m not saying every single Mexican even wants to come to the U.S.
I’m saying that it’s important to understand that the U.S. is closing its doors to human beings who wish for a better life not only for themselves but for their children. I’m saying it’s important to remember that not one race is better than the other.
When the Black Lives Matter movement started, All Lives Matter was created in response to that. Most people said that race shouldn’t be a factor. (Yes, it shouldn’t be. But it is.) They also said that every life was important.
So why is it that the people who supported the All Lives Matter movement are, mainly, the ones who are telling Mexicans, Muslims, and Syrian refugees that they don’t matter and that they aren’t welcome?
The answer to the question, “Who Matters?” is simple. Everybody does. Even if certain people don’t believe that to be true.