After a weekend of more turmoil caused by Donald Trump' administration, I wondered if I should find something else to write about today. I actually have an idea for a different post. But I strongly feel that in the current world political situation, numbers of voices are everything. We must stand up and be counted or watch our nations slide back to the Thirties. If we get bored with talking about it all, we will fall into a lethargy which will perpetuate Trump's regime and allow Europe to slide too.
So here is a voice, a thought. Yesterday I saw a photo of a protester in New York. Her sign said 'Without immigration, Trump would have no wives'. Strictly speaking, he would have had Marla Maples and one child but you get the point.
Nothing has really been said about the fact that the new First Lady is an immigrant though, has it? Not nasty stuff in the mainstream media. (That I can find anyway. ) And this, it seems to me, is because in a civilised multi-cultural society, we don't comment on such things. A person's background does not define them. My children have acquaintances with parents from various countries. Some of these children themselves were not born in the UK. My husband and I both have immigrants in our family histories. No Western country is 'pure bred' despite the Nazis' best efforts.
Melania Trump only became a permanent US resident in 2001. Probably less time than a lot of the people currently fearing for their residencies simply because of their religion. She is the first foreign-born First Lady since 1825. But in normal circumstances, who cares? She went to the US to make a home and a new life. Without commenting on who she chose to make that life with (!), we can definitely say that she was entitled to do so. But so are others, regardless of religion or colour or sex. Those things shape us and contribute to our identities but should never be a factor in where we can go, who we can see or what we can do with our lives.
As I said last week, we need momentum now. Keep protesting, keeping sharing the petitions and the latest news, keep fighting back. Our ancestors knew right from wrong and they fought the Nazis. It is a short step from banning people and curtailing their rights to imprisonment or worse. It has happened before and must not happen again.