October 24, 2018
Doors 6:30 pm
Forum 7:00-8:30 pm
Location / Co-Presenter:
Gavin Brown’s enterprise
439 W 127th St
New York, NY 10027
Photo: Eugene Garcia
IF THEY COME FOR ME IN THE MORNING:
Town Hall Forums On the Legacy of State-Sponsored Xenophobia
Curated by Brian Tate
Produced by The Tate Group
DAY 5: What Will Be Different for People Threatened With Deportation?
ABOUT THE CONVERSATION
Today, government-led bigotry has fateful impact on people threatened with deportation, including countless Green Card holders, naturalized citizens, and asylum seekers; 3.6 million Dreamers; more than a quarter-million Salvadorans, Nicaraguans, Haitians, Hondurans, and Vietnamese in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status; and countless others who have lived and worked here for decades. The statistics convey nothing, however, of the human cost of mass deportation, or how the ripping apart of families tears at America’s identity.
How do these events measure against the arc of history? What can people living in fear teach us about the imperatives of democracy? What is our moral and strategic response?
ABOUT THE SERIES
The recent U.S. policy of separating and jailing immigrant families strikes at America’s image as a champion of diversity, democracy, and human rights. But the practice is not new, and it evokes historic episodes of state-sponsored xenophobia and bigotry. Today, as the deportations continue and the fates of scores of immigrant children remains unknown - and as America braces for a White Nationalist rally to be held across the street from The White House - it is worth asking: What can we learn from past traumas when political leaders used corrosive remarks and the power of government to define entire populations of people as security threats, noncitizens, or less than human?