I’ve never been one to take much of an interest in the world of politics. I often pay little attention to the election campaigns and processes. However, Donald Trump has made it next to impossible for even an individual like myself, to be oblivious of, for lack of a better word, the insanity, that is occurring in the United States.
Reading this article touches on what I’m sure a lot of the world is currently feeling. Originally, I didn’t pay any mind to the ridiculousness of Trump’s bid to candidacy. However, as the article clearly points out, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that Trump’s candidacy is very real and very possible.
What intrigued me in this article was a point made that stated that Steve Jobs, the successful founder of Apple, was the son of Syrian migrants, ironically, the very thing Trump is fighting against! THIS is where my point of contention lies. Though much of Trump’s candidacy is a point of contention, it’s this ignorance that frustrates me, this glossing over all migrants with the same racist brush.
For as long as I could remember, I always heard and truly believed the claims that, “the cure to cancer could be locked in the mind of an individual who can’t afford an education, or who doesn’t have the means to freedom, or… (insert unfortunate circumstance.)” Moreover, I have always believed that some of the most intelligent minds in North America, are often not recognized. More frequently than not, individuals with degrees from their native countries are not recognized in North America. With that, I must agree with MBannon’s comment that this act of xenophobia has been ever present in the political system, and to that I would add, in all of American society.
The article that I have attached lists a variety of Syrian American’s who have been nothing but successful, and have positively contributed to American society. It’s very easy to focus on the minute amount of negative instances, and disregard the overwhelming amount of positive results of migration. Though I realize this offers little in combatting Trump’s claims, I hope it reminds us that, many of us are all immigrants in one way or another. Very few of us have native ties to the North American land we inhabit. Given the chance to succeed, we’ve prevailed. So Donald Trump, (who from my research is of German decent), should not everyone be given that same chance?