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DREAMers 2-20-14

Today in class we had a guest speaker.  His name was Dr. Steve Pavey. I believe that Dr. Pavey’s book is great. I also believe that the work that the “DREAM”ers, Marco, and the others are doing is great. Raising awareness for undocumented immigrants that are not a risk to society that there are ways to get them out of detainment facilities is a risky thing for them to do. But, I’m glad they are doing it. Whether someone is undocumented or not, they do not deserve to be held in places that are basically prisons. If there were more people fighting for the rights of these people, then our society would be a better place.

 

 

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Learning Spanish

In high school they kept telling us that we had to learn a foreign language in order to get into college. I kept thinking that learning Spanish would be “so cool”. I was wrong. It was one of the hardest things i have tried to do. The language confused me. When i started the class, i had been told that Spanish was easy. The language just confused me. I have now resorted to learning french, and I find it to be much easier.

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Family

My brother and I have been close for years. When I have a problem, its him that i talk to. My brothers father was Mexican. It sounds weird to say because we never draw attention to it. I asked my mom about him, and she said that he was undocumented. My mother first met him in St. Anne, Illinois, when she was 18. She knew him for a few years before she got with him and had my brother. He left before my brother was ever born. They never had contact with each other after he left, although they did run into each other when my brother was 5. We have never drawn attention to my brothers heritage before, and my brother has no intent to. I wonder how things would be different if he had been raised learning about his other heritage. 

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Racism

The other day i was sitting in the lounge on my floor, when two girls walked in. They looked at the stove and saw that there were pans of food sitting on it. One of the girls said “those stupid Mexicans”. What surprised me is that the girl that said this was African American. The fact that she, of all people, would be the one to say this is surprising.  Racism was, and still is, one of the many problems in our society. There have been movements to try to educate everyone about the different races, but it seems like most of the population is set in their ways. I know many people who were taught from the time they were really little to dislike anyone whose skin was a different color than theirs. Some of my family, and even my boyfriend were raised like this. I will even admit that before i came to UK i was racist. I wasn’t a radical that hated every black/mexican person i saw, i was just taught that they were different, and that there were beneath me. It wasn’t until I actually got to college, and met one of my best friend here (who is African american), that I realized that they are not any lesser than i am, and that what i was taught was wrong. I feel like this realization does not happen in enough in today’s society. 

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Education not deportation, and “the one thing you’re not supposed to do”

I believe that this video, was made with good intentions, and it provides very useful information for immigrants. This video was made by Dreamers Adrift. I believe that their use of social media to help with knowledge for immigrants, and other people, is great. I believe that the reason why younger immigrants are doing things/breaking rules they’re not supposed to, it to draw attention for their cause. This would help because it would cause people to support these immigrants. The fact that these people would just go and quit their jobs and get arrested to go to deportation jails, just to help others stay in the U.S, is amazing.