This is for all of my people... Who have been dehumanized by heartless people.
Remember youâ€™re here to better yourself and to have opportunities your country lacks. Remember to stay strong because you are intelligent, unique, skillful and beautiful. Remember to give back to your country and to the country that is giving you a better life, even if people are mean or intolerant to you. Remember sharing kindness will always be better than spreading hate around.
To those people who welcome us to your country with open arms and hearts: thank you. I will always be grateful and I will always love you. Thank you for your hospitality and kindness, you are the reason so many people migrate to your country, looking up to you, including me.
Kindness is listening what others have to say but also listening to yourself in difficult situations. In 2017, the government climate and immigration changed tremendously, giving people stress and fear. Listening to other people who have been in any process of immigration, lead to this project. I surveyed immigrants and Americans, with different life situations. In my process I discovered people wanted more than a survey, so I had long conversations with the people who wanted to be listened. We had long conversations about race, some of them very Utopian that sound very beautiful as an idea, like having no borders in the countries —where you can pass freely and you are trusted by those governments. We had other conversations more attached to reality: The inhumanity behind deporting someone who has been raised here all of his or her life, racial comments when people have accents, being profiled because of a nationality, not being granted student visas, etc. This is the reason I started this project, to spread kindness between all races, ages, nationalities and sexes. Everyone I talked to and I, want to be more than a “Mexican” “Asian” “Arab” or “African.”
Explored kindness with acts like surprising random people with a collage as a gift and expecting nothing in return, sending postcards to loved ones, taking negativity off the newspaper, because
We want to be just humans, in a world where our nationalities are a plus and not a reason to be profiled.
“I am afraid that Trump’s words will resonate in people and in the end, people can be aggressive with me, my friends my family or anyone.”
Someone tried to crush my heart with bricks of a wall
Bricks won’t crush my dreams Bricks won’t crush my spirit I keep telling my self “There are just bricks” “If the Berlin Wall bricks fell... This one will too.” The sun will rise everyday, And we shall start everything again.
“Entering the US a lady in customs took a look at my passport and looked at me and said Hey you don’t look Mexican. As if all Mexicans need to look a certain way.”
“When Mexico sends it people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people” “Eight Syrians were just caught on the southern border trying to get into the U.S. ISIS maybe? I told you so. WE NEED A BIG & BEAUTIFUL WALL!” “I will build a great wall- and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me- and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.” “Sadly, the overwhelming amount of violent crime in our major cities is committed by blacks and hispanics-a tough subjectmust be discussed.” “If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible and the reason that was so unfair — everybody was persecuted, in all fairness -- but they were chopping off the heads of everybody but more so the Christians. And I thought it was very, very unfair. So we are going to help them.” —President Donald J. Trump
“Don’t say bad things about North Korea in front of me, because they are not just anyone... They are my family.”
There is a whole and marvelous world full of culture with incredible human beingsâ€” different types of races, backgrounds, colors, opinions, religions, clothes, foods, etc.
Ignorance begins when we do not see the possibility of opening our eyes to see the great things we can discover in the world. We should learn how to value peopleâ€™s culture, history, beliefs, and jobs. All of our histories are connected, at the end we all come from the same place and we all want a better life for ourselves and our families.
“Give me a chance, I want to be your friend”
“As a Muslim I would like to say that my faith is a great motivator of what makes me want to be a kind and humble person, and makes me accept everyone around me.”
I love you. My heart is with you. Please know that being an immigrant does not make you less than. We are all worthy of a this life because we are here.
â€œI pray for a future of true peace and happiness for all of us.â€?
“My religion is kindness”
Opening your mind and heart means to invite people you do not know to your house, have a meal or coffee and share a thoughtful conversation about your beliefs and culture. Meet new people, everyone has something interesting to add to your life, you never know a person until you let go of your prejudices and fears.
“‘Those people’ are students, mothers, fathers, siblings, doctors, teachers, etc... But most importantly, ‘those people’ are guests at my table and they should be guests at your table too.”
“I’m fighting the hatred in my home country every day, bit by bit, and I do not support does not represent me, and I am ashamed of it.”
“Illegal immigrant,” also implies suspicion, but strip the noun from it and the entire identity of a person who crosses the border without permission, or outstays his or her visa, is reduced to that of a criminal: What rights could he or she be entitled to?
“‘Illegals’ becomes the noun, the insult and the dismissal...” Designating immigrants as ‘‘illegals’’ also makes it easier not to see the frequent lawbreaking of employers who provide meager pay and unsafe working conditions. And ‘‘illegals’’ implies a permanent caste, as if there is no possibility of becoming anything else — even if millions of immigrants in the course of American history have shown otherwise. ‘‘I said we need to build a wall,’’ Trump said at the Aug. 6 debate. ‘‘I don’t mind having a big, beautiful door in that wall.’’ Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, Republican candidates for president who have ties to the Latino community (Bush by marriage, Rubio by birth), spoke of immigrants with respect. Bush talked about ‘‘people’’ who ‘‘want to provide for their family.’’ Rubio went with ‘‘people coming across the border.’’ They also talked about fences and border enforcement, but they didn’t sound quite so heartless.
“This is a place where most people from around the world can gather and build a future that is bright and prosperous for the entire world.”
America has its own problems with drugs, crimes and rapists and keeping “Mexicans” from coming to America is not going to change that. The United States should stop using Mexicans as a scapegoat for those problems. Many immigrants come here for the chance at a better life for themselves or their family, with reasons such as pertaining to career or education. Immigrants aren’t something to fear Most of us grew up with this idea of “The American Dream”; that with hard work and a positive attitude we could achieve anything.
â€œThis country was founded by outsiders. It represents hope and a future for many that were born into unfortunate circumstances. â€œ
We are all humans and we are the same regardless of any differences... We just go through different life situations. We need to be there for each other. I come from a graceful and beautiful family and country, me and the others do not want pity, we just want opportunities. I am here to build my future and my luck with my own hands, I am more than news in the news channel, I am a person and you can have random talks with me.
I dream of positivity and kindness, a place of acceptance where my nationality, accent, color, customs and beliefs does not matter. A place where I have equal pay and respect for what I achieve and for what I contribute to society. A place where I can be me and you can be you. I dream of tolerance and hospitality; where I can help you and you can help me, where you are invited to my home and I am invited to yours.
My American Dream is being equal to you.
Thesis project collecting people's experiences and thoughts about immigration depicting them through analogue collages