I came to class today. I’m doing my office hours — one of my responsibilities as a GSA officer — too. In an hour or so, I’ll be making my way to north campus for my sociology class on ethnic minorities. We’ll be discussing Italians Then, Mexicans Now and America’s Newcomers and the Dynamics of Diversity. I haven’t read the first book and I might buy it before class. I’m a special reader for the latter. Skipping class might be a viable option if the classes met more than once a week and I hadn’t already missed Tuesday classes two weeks ago.
It is May 1st and just like last year, activists working for immigration reform have planned marches in downtown Los Angeles. They’re calling for no buying, no selling, no work and no school. They want people on the streets to show that we still want Congress to enact immigration reform that does not criminalize undocumented immigrants currently in the country and leads to a path to citizenship.
I support this movement fully, but I’m not there.
Instead I’m talking about immigration in class. I’m talking about what brings Mexicans to the US, why they stay, how they’re incorporated in to a dynamic and increasingly diverse culture, and how this could all change in the future.
I keep wanting to rationalize not being at the marches and not participating in the boycott. I want to feel like it’s okay… but it just doesn’t feel right.