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[Xmca-l] Re: forms of activism

Fine article, thanks for sharing it with all of us.

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[mailto:xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu] On Behalf Of Peter Smagorinsky
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2017 3:46 AM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: [Xmca-l] forms of activism

Many of us are better at writing than marching. My colleague Larry Nackerud
wrote this essay for today's local paper.

Posted February 6, 2017 02:52 pm
Larry Nackerud<http://onlineathens.com/larry-nackerud>
Nackerud: Fear won't make America great

Newly elected President Donald Trump promised to "Make America Great Again,"
but instead, through his early actions, he has shown how afraid we are as a

To protect ourselves from Mexicans we must build a wall. To protect
ourselves from Muslims we must suspend our political refugee program.

It is important to remember that persons seeking political refugee status do
so after fleeing their homes and countries of origin due to persecution.
These persons are persecuted because of their religion, their nationality,
their membership in a social group or a political opinion they hold. A small
number of these persons fleeing persecution are accepted for resettlement in
countries like Canada, Sweden, Norway, France, Spain, Germany, and Italy.

The United States used to be a leader among this group of countries. The
United States used to be a leader in the world for providing a safe haven
for persecuted persons. Filtered into that provision of a safe haven for
persecuted persons was our country's respect for and acceptance of cultural
and religious differences. But now, as part of the fearmongering campaign
that characterizes Mr. Trump's early days, the United States has lost its
position of prominence in the international community.

Shutting down our entire refugee program by banning, even temporarily,
particular persecuted persons from particular countries reveals not our
strength as a nation, but our weakness and our fear.

When did the people of the United States become so afraid and the nation
become a house of fear? To promote liberty, freedom and respect for all
persons takes courage. I believe Mr. Trump has succeeded in showing us that
fear and isolationism, not courage, is his and his followers' preferred
method to "Make America Great Again."

Larry Nackerud