Lately, the labels that have spurred a newfound fury deep in my soul are 'us' and 'them.'
Why is my mom being being labeled with the most intolerant, divisive rhetoric I have heard in my lifetime? When did she become “them”?
I will stand against anyone who dares to threaten individuals just because they were born across a border or ocean.
"…but, where are you FROM?" "I’m Eritrean," I say and, after a puzzled look, proceed to explain that it’s a small country just northeast of Ethiopia, and west of Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The next line is either, "Ah, I guess you DO look like a mix of African and Arab," or “So do you speak Arabic?” as they struggle to categorize me into one stereotype or the other.