“They held no elected office. But they led a nation. They marched as Americans who had endured hundreds of years of brutal violence, and countless daily indignities — but they didn’t seek special treatment, just the equal treatment promised to them almost a century before.” – Barrack Obama
Washington D.C. is without a doubt becoming one of my favorite cities! The first time I visited was on a family trip (so basically nothing but monuments and all of the touristy things you can do in 2 weeks time). It was hot, crowded, and I didn’t have much I wanted to see besides Georgetown Cupcakes and everything JFK related the city had to offer. During my most recent visits, I’ve been able to see a more authentic side of the city and I absolutely love it! From all of the international food and cute coffee shops to the sensational cultural scene, there’s so much more to D.C. than the historical landmarks and government buildings.
“This could be one of the great Trojan horses.” – Donald Trump
Aside from Atlanta being a city full of immigrants and refugees, we’re all still really mad that he said our beloved home is “in horrible shape and falling apart.” On Sunday January 29th, hundreds of people gathered at the airport to protest Trump’s Muslim Ban. Not only is it completely unconstitutional, it targets millions upon millions of innocent people.
Working with refugees over the summer really put everything into perspective for me. These are actual people with families, friends, and entire lives that they had to leave behind. We tend to think of refugees as people who have never known anything other than war. While this is unfortunately true for most children coming out of the region, most adults had careers and families before they were displaced. Refugee is their status but it’s not their livelihood; they are more than their circumstances.
Some people, like Donald Trump, stereotype refugees as having some type of secret plan to be a “Trojan horse” for terrorism. What these people fail to realize is, these people are escaping the very same terrorism that we’re so afraid of. The difference is, all of the action is going on in their backyards and continues to destroy their lives on a daily basis. I encourage all of you to make an effort to get to know someone from a different country. You never know what you can learn from them and how a short conversation can create a world of difference in your life!