Continuing my look at our unspoken, unstudied history through historical images, this week’s topic is immigration. For those who are not solely descendents of either First Nations’ people or slaves, immigration is a shared legacy. And yet, our history shows our ongoing uneasiness with the Other, however that is defined at any given period in our history. Reactions were often harsh, mean-spirited, and without compassion, and defined the newest wave with the ugliest of racial, religious, and ethnic stereotypes. Sound familiar?
We have amnesia about our own immigrant history.
There’s always someone who won’t ever fit in.
Ideologies, not just country of origin, have threatened us too.
If Otherness isn’t enough, blame them anyway.
Fear is an equal opportunity emotion.