The Blog About Nothing 2/10 Edition

Welcome to The Blog About Nothing. It’s the 10th of February and the northeast has finally felt winter’s lash. New York City felt spring like on Wednesday, but on Thursday a foot of snow fell. That’s life in the big City for you.

This week I want to talk about immigration. Why? A fair bit of people here in the United States can trace their ethnicity to other parts of the world. However, we are living in a world of immigrant bans and prejudice towards people who are after the same things that we currently possess.

Immigration _2522781bThe divisiveness of the immigration ban, or Muslim ban in some circles, is causing great stress. Using social media as a barometer you see plenty of debate over the subject. Every day you see posts or tweets for or against the President, and every time you look around you see another hashtag calling for the banning of something,

For example: I’m amazed to be living in a world where people will boycott things like beer, because they don’t agree with the message in a commercial. During the Super Bowl, Anheuser-Busch aired a commercial, which shows one of their founders, Adolphus Busch, was discriminated against when he came to the United States of America as a German immigrant.

This is something that happened. This is a fact. It’s also a fact that many immigrants who came to this country have dealt with some sort of discrimination in one form or another yet people are mad that Anheuser-Busch would highlight that in a Super Bowl commercial.

The same people who are angry at this, have relatives somewhere down their family tree who came to this country as immigrants. It’s so unbelievable to me that this is where we are, but this is really where we appear to be at this time.

We have citizens who are absolutely in favor of a travel ban, although they themselves find themselves here due to immigration. The only Native Americans, are the indigenous Americans, and everyone else immigrated here at one point in time or the other.

So who are we, really, to deny people the same rights that we, or our ancestors, once enjoyed? That right is the right to come to the United States in an effort to improve the lives of themselves and their families.

It’s frustrating to me. It’s upsetting to me. While I’m not the type to say “not my President” or go marching down the streets in anger over a President and administration that was elected fairly (sorry but I don’t believe in the fact that the voting process was “hacked”) I still cannot believe that in less than a month after inauguration day this divisive place is where we are at.

A ban is ultimately frustrating to me because I understand what America means to some people. My parents came to this country in 1976. My father came for employment, my mother for a better life. They had two children who were definitely pushed to pursue the American dream.

immigration-ban-protest-signs-11In turn I have seen countless friends and family come to this country seeking the same thing for themselves. To imagine a world where they could not come here as freely as they want, because our President and his supporters are afraid of a bad apple or two slipping through is beyond me.

We are punishing many for the actions of few. Well, truly we are punishing many for the acts of none. Yes, America has had some acts of terror these past few years. Yes, it is an issue that we need to be vigilant about.

However, none of the perpetrators in recent memory comes from the seven nations on the ban. There are nations not on that ban that are probably more suspicious than the ones currently labeled. It’s such an imperfect and ineffective Presidential Order.

The fact that it is being fought in the court of law is a great thing, but it’s just dismaying to me that we are even here in the first place. We shouldn’t be. We can do better.

I’m done. Thanks for reading and supporting all we do here at 7Poundbag.


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About Earl (EJ) Brewster 284 Articles
Born, raised, and still reside in Brooklyn, New York. I'm in my mid 30's, and I love sports, music, politics, and blogging about real life. You can find me on Twitter at @EJ_Brooklyn_Own

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  1. One of the lines from a stage play that I like the most is from the musical “Finnian’s Rainbow.” It is about an Irish immigrant and his daughter who stumble into a community called “Rainbow Valley” in Kentucky, a community which is unaware “racial distinctions.” One of the characters is a stereotyped “southern Colonel” type US Senator. The line he speaks:

    “My folks have had nothing but trouble with immigrants ever since they came to this country.”

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