“Allyship” and “advocacy” have become huge buzzwords in 2019 among white Democrats, especially with the growing crisis at the US-Mexico border.
However I am becoming increasingly concerned with the abuse of privilege and platforms I am seeing among white Democrats in their interactions with immigrant groups.
Recently, a new candidate for Congressional District 4 announced her campaign at a rally intended to be about the crisis undocumented immigrants are facing at our border. I was incredibly taken aback and confused as to why this candidate thought this was a good idea.
This action goes hand-in-hand with the ill-perceived “we are all immigrants” rhetoric, which dismisses the plight immigrants face — that natural born citizens will never experience.
Frankly, it looked to me like the only reason she attended the rally was to further her own political career — and thus her motives were completely unethical.
Heading into 2020, we need to be hyper-critical of the motives white Democrats have in their interactions with immigrant groups in order to make sure these “progressives” aren’t tokenizing and using marginalized groups for their own gain.