For us, like many immigrant families, Christmas isn’t as much a religious celebration as a celebration of the life and the family my parents have created in the States.
Giving a child a toy gun for Jesus’ Birthday, is kinda like wearing a clown costume to a funeral. We shouldn’t celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace with a piece. And while I have some reservations about kids playing with toy guns, I’ve been taking care of children long enough to know that you can’t keep them from playing with guns. Believe me. I’ve tried.
Here are 3 examples of how oppressive circumstances influenced my experience of Christmas and, although these stories are tragic in nature, they helped to shape why and how I celebrate Christmas differently now that I am older…
Racialized Police Violence is largely hidden from white people. So how do we respond to accusations of racialized police violence? I choose to believe Latinos and African Americans who say they are victims of Racialized Police Violence. AUDIO
To some, these protests are about the trees. But to many of the protestors themselves, they are about the forest. That is to say, many who protest the Keystone XL pipeline are protesting all the other pipelines, and the crowds protesting Michael Brown’s death are in fact protesting all the others.
“Syria is dead. I don’t want to go back. It will not be what it was for a hundred years. I want to go to America, where my kids might have a future. There is nothing for them here.”