A promise. A standard. A law for all to follow.
At least that's what we expect for it to be. Of course, as shown in the thousands of years of human existence, we don't seem to follow whats on paper as well when in practice on a social level. Social inequalities and injustices still very much exist in the United States of America, the country which promised life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to all who were legal citizens. The country which waves its "freedom" showing it off for many other countries to see and pursuit themselves. Yes, the country in which millions of sentient human beings had been stolen from their home and culture, forced to travel across the Atlantic sea in crowded ships rampant with disease and little food and water, and sold into slavery by some race claiming to be superior, the country in which women were and are still currently treated as lesser to men and weren't able to vote until the 1900's. It's a contradictory statement to claim that we provide the same opportunities, the same privileges, and equality.
As a matter of fact, how dare we state that. We are lying not only to ourselves, but the people who look at this country with hope. People who move here to protect themselves, their family. Them having a vision of the perfect american life.
They move here with a dream of success.
Yet... they are forced to be the scapegoat of american society, told that they are the reason the United States issues still consist and prevail today. They are told to go back to their country, that they aren't welcome to a country that was built on immigrants and foreign aliens. They're called rapists, terrorists, thieves, and are constantly attacked in politics as a result.
They are told that they're inadequate in society, when in reality its those who make this claim that trouble this country. Its these people that destroy the societal integrity and fuel racism.
In the video, by Kurzgesagt, he explains the complicated issue that plagues the middle east.
We continually prove time and time again that we are afraid of the "overtake" of our society yet the benefits of allowing immigrants and refugees would not only alleviate but completely repair many of the issues plaguing western society. Low birth rates, Economic stagnation, and mono diversity. Implications that a single minority has the ability to overrun the native population (a thought that within itself is absolutely absurd.) is literally impossible. Even if we accepted 4 million syrian refugees, the United States has a population of 320 million people. 4 million doesn't even constitute 2% of the population.
Its xenophobia that forces millions to experience the horrors that they are forced to call reality. We are afraid of an irrational fear that doesn't exist.
We are to blame for terrorism and foreign hatred for the United States. We've funded terrorist groups and war organizations, continually blame those who haven't done anything, and deny access to legal immigration to the United States.
We force ourselves to believe a false ideology when in fact its us who deteriorate this country's condition. We are at fault. Its not a hard concept to grab, but we seem to want to deny its legitimacy.
In Martin Luther King Jr's essay, "Three Ways to Fight Oppression", he explained that oppression should not be conformed to. We should not allow ourselves to be pushed down by those around us. This includes us. We need to stand up for those oppressed. We need to help those affected by xenophobia, we need to protest, we need to push out these social normalities and replace them with humane policies.
Its up to us to write our own history. We are causing human misery by establishing harmful policies that affect a minority based purely on false beliefs and xenophobia. We are all human, and nothing can change that. The only thing that can change here is more damage and death rates.
This video below shows just how far xenophobia and selective racism has gone and how harmful it is to both the self esteem of those affected and the mentality surrounding this issue.
We can't continually deny those who request access to our country. Its something that goes against the values that built America, and in doing so we condemn our country to utter failure. Stagnating populations and population decrease have affected the western world severely and continue to do so. Not only this, economic stagnation has become prevalent as well. Accepting these innocent souls and admitting them citizenship would allow for improvement and stability.
Its time for us to wake up and realize the truth that this problem isn't going away and it will only continue to worsen as time continues. If we are smart about this, we will take into consideration the facts above and produce an outcome that benefits not only ourselves, but those in need and the international community altogether.
Its our choice.