White Versus Mexican Immigrants by E.M.

I’m white. I’ve never been made fun of for my color of skin. Even though I am an immigrant, people don’t know until I tell them. Because of the color of my skin.

A lot of the people I work with are Mexican-Americans. They were either born in the United States or they came here legally. One of my co-workers Edgar explains what it’s like being Mexican-American in the United States.“Yeah, sometimes the police still ask me for my papers because of the way I look. I’m legal but people don’t believe me because I’m Mexican.” If you live in America and you are originally from a different country or if you were born here and your skin is a different color you could have disadvantages.

If you look different than the general population then you will have problems.

People with different colored skin are discriminated against. Especially since Donald Trump is president, people are using that as an excuse to say racially charged things. Edgar also said “Since Donald Trump is in office it makes it a lot less safe for people like me to walk the streets without being questioned or people yelling hateful things.” People who look racially different are afraid to walk the streets because they fear that hate crimes will be committed against them.

I never had to deal with that. I could never know what that is like because I would never be made fun of for being white in America.

50% of hispanic adults were born in the United States according to Gallup.

According to CBS, white Americans are asking Mexican Americans if they are “ready to go back to where they came from”. The most hurtful things are said to Mexican Americans  for example “Can you even speak speak English?” and “Nobody cares for your kind, you’re hardly human just an animal.” If you are white you don’t get this kind of discrimination. Even if you are an immigrant you don’t get nearly as much if any discrimination. Solely based off of the color of your skin.

I would never hear someone discriminate against my race because they assume I was born in America. “People ask me all the time if I’m legal, especially since the election” says my co worker Julio. He has a very heavy spanish accent and his first language is spanish but he is a citizen of America. He’s just not white.

Even though racial inequality has lessened a lot in the past 100 years, there is still a lot that goes on. Personally I know that being an immigrant and also being white makes everything a lot easier.

I have lived here for 10 years and have never been discriminated against or told to go back to where I came from.

People just assume that we were born in America because we are white.

It was very easy for us to get a green card and citizenship. It was easy for my parents to find work, it was easy to get my sister and I into school, it was easy for us to get a house in a nice neighborhood. Just because we are white.

If you happened to immigrate from somewhere like Mexico imagine what you would face everyday. You would would face a lot of difficulties in all aspects of life. You would have issue finding jobs, you would get discrimination and hateful words from people who don’t even know you.  Even if you were an illegal immigrant, as long as you are white you would have a pretty easy life.

If you were a citizen but Mexican you would be more likely suspected of being illegal. People would make rude remarks about you having to go back across the border or now “back over the wall”. It would probably be more difficult to get a job and it would be a lot more difficult to get a green card.

In reality, this problem is probably never going to go away. With the president that we have and some of the remarks he makes about mexican immigrants gets other people to feel the same way publicly. It can be a dangerous place for hispanic people here. Only because they can’t change the way they look. They were born that way just like I was born white and in Canada.

Luckily I will never face that problem but I want you to think about how this might affect someone. I want to get the word out so that people think before they say.

How somebody looks shouldn’t affect how they are treated in society.

The president shouldn’t enforce racism.

“They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.” Trump said after some of his supporters attacked a homeless Latino man. Just because he was Latino. According to the Huffington Post, Donald Trump supports hate crimes against hispanic Americans.

Why do we as a general population hate people because of the way they look? Why do we assume that just because someone is Mexican that they are illegal? We are supposed to be a country of freedom and acceptance. I suppose in the constitution they meant that all men are created equal…only if they’re white.

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The Bubble by S.P.

We live in a bubble, surrounded by sunshine and positivity. This bubble provides a healthier lifestyle. Surrounded by happy people, outdoor activities, mountains, open space, and 300 days of sunshine, the city of Boulder provides the perfect environment for a healthy body and a healthy mind. But what is the world like outside of this secluded bubble?

In Boulder, Colorado, there is a strong representation of healthy lifestyles: being active, eating healthy, and being very open minded. This has an extremely positive impact on most of the people here. They are encouraged to go hiking, biking, walking,

etc. Basically anything to get moving. People are also extremely kind. We respect each other, smile at strangers, and laugh in amazement at the street performers while walking down Pearl Street Mall.

Humans neurologically regulate with their surroundings.” Rebecca Roetto said in an interview, “When you are surrounded by positive people you tune in with the positive.” When taken out of this setting, it can be a huge culture shock. Roetto recently went on a trip back to her hometown of St. Louis. “This is one of the most racist cities in our country. In St. Louis, the different ethnicities are still segregated by neighborhoods… Being surrounded by this consciousness makes my heart hurt. It has taken such an effect on me that now I have a cough and don’t feel physically well.” When surrounded by negativity, and in this case, racism, it majorly affects your physical and mental health.

Roetto spoke about Boulder, emphasizing the difference between it and St Louis, “The weather is often nice enough to allow me to comfortably go outside and be active. Also, so many people in Boulder are active that it makes it even easier to get outside.” Steele Roddick, a member of ParticipACTION, supported this, “The more I thought about it, the more I began to realize how quickly the culture had taken hold. I was already being more active in my everyday life without really wondering why. No one told me I had to be more active. No one insisted that I walk more or go to the gym or take up a sport. Somehow it just happened organically. I didn’t consciously decide I needed to keep up with everyone. It just happened, naturally.”

We need to surround ourselves with positive and active people to maintain a healthy physical and mental health. But we also need to be aware that we do live in the “Boulder Bubble”. The world isn’t as perfect as we imagine it to be. The best thing we can do spread our Boulder vibes to parts of the country that need it most.

Through Generations by J.K.

we were scavengers

feeling the land beneath our feet as an extension

the reverberation of hyenas howls and lions roars soothed our ears

we were free

chains, ropes, and boats

we were taken from our land like a newborn from the womb

Screaming

sold like livestock

some were slaughtered and others grazed

cotton fields needed pickin

ivory skinned needed to be fed

our rewards were nothing more than cornbread and water

the land was foreign

sounds of whips and screams clawed at our ears

eyes clenched there was peace

eyes open there were nooses and white hooded gowns

dark, dangerous, beastly

these are thoughts that arise at a spectacle like us

the perceived jibber jabber we speak isn’t respected

we are seen as wicked, stained, foul

but we have no knowledge of what they speak of

because we are warriors

leaders and healers

we are human

when I heard those words

I was only 13

in hicksville USA

trucks and cowboy boots filled my vision

I was the period on a blank page

soiled a good thing

exchanging jokes with the ones I called friends

darker punk’d the lighter

“you’re a nigger”

something happened

as worlds collided i was left alone

in a dark corner with no help in sight

but like my people

I will fight on

like the warriors, leaders and healers that came before me

like the panthers who wouldn’t let the man take them down

like Martin who wouldn’t let the piercing accusations shake him from his dream

so while in that moment when everything was aray

I closed my eyes like the ones before me did

and was transported to where I feel peace

I am proud

I am african