Hey kids. So today I want to address an elephant in my room.
I want to talk about the people who don’t agree with me 100% around immigration issues.
But I’m not talking about the people who scream in the comments section on a news website.
I’m talking about people in my life. People in my real world. On my Facebook page. College buddies. Former co-workers. People who went to the same high school in Long Island.
Last fall, I toured the US with my show, The Deportee’s Wife. My friend H came to see it in New York City. H and I go way, way back both on-stage and off.
A few days later, we were had breakfast at a diner in Manhattan. I’d like to think of it as “our place” when I see H in New York.
At one point, H said softly, “You know, I have to tell you, when I saw your show, there was a part of me all the way through that thought, yeah, well, R was in the US illegally. There’s a price to pay for that.”
We had a great dialogue about it. I acknowledged where he was at, and he did the same for me.
Safe space for us to explore and discuss what we needed to on the issue.
I didn’t necessarily change his mind on his point. But that was O.K. at the time. Still is.
H offered to help me to streamline the video part of my show. That meant a lot more to me than having him “agree” with me. Still does.
In an email this morning, another friend G (who coincidentally was also at that same NYC show as H) wrote that he doesn’t agree with me 100% around immigration issues.
But he recently had my back in an online post, in response to one of the Internet “screamers.”
He’d like to explore our views on immigration in a more in-depth manner. I’m looking forward to it.
So peeps, protests and marches have their place. So do letters, phone calls and the like.
But when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, I’m putting out a call to the pro-immigration activists in the US:
Don’t forget about your real-world and online backyard.
Do you just assume that people in your life agree with your views on immigration?
Have you taken the time to ask?
Have you taken even more time to listen?
Or are you “too busy” fighting for immigration reform?
Just sayin’, kids. I’m just sayin’.