Let’s move to the Capitol
If you have read or watched the Hunger Games, you know that Katniss Everdeen’s living conditions are not the greatest. There is no social or economic mobility. Food is hard to come by, and they have limited room for freedoms. The capitol on the other hand, is a luxury galore. People care about altering their bodies to look like cats or butterflies, they watch children kill each other and call it entertainment, and they also throw parties where they eat until they are full, throw up, and eat until they are full, throw up again, and continue to eat.
No one really mentions it, but I’m sure the Capitol citizens have access to wonderful education and careers. They have enough privileges that allow them to live without worrying about their next meal or their children having to fight for their death.
If you were Katniss Everdeen, and you knew about the Capitol, the place where your family could be safe and healthy, and there was a way to get there, would you go? Even if it was illegal and there was a chance for a fatal accident to take place, there are multiple brave hearts that would enroll on such quest for a better life. We want to be free, happy, and full—its human nature.
For some Americans, I’m sure it is much easier to support Katniss Everdeen than Noemi Alvarez Quillay, a little girl who was traveling to America from Ecuador illegally to be reunited with her parents. Now I can’t say she didn’t have food security or access to quality education, but for some people, that is the case, and they view migrating to this country as an alternative for a better life.
How is this media related?
This is a fairly political issue, but I’m not here to tell you to be pro-immigration reform but to think about the way immigrants are talked about. In the news, as well as other media outlets, we often hear the term “illegal aliens.” This makes phrase makes these people sound dangerous because they are are illegal (criminal), but it also dehumanizes them by “othering” them because they are aliens (unfamiliar).
I really just want to put a face to the people who are continuously referred to as “illegal aliens,” because many of them are good people who are looking to work for a better life. They are mothers, fathers, daughters, song, brothers, and sisters. They are families; they are people. So, next time you want to have a intelligent discussion about immigration, remember that the politically correct term is “undocumented immigrants.”
The first step to abusing people’s human rights is by making them seem unhuman; don’t be part of the process, stop the process.