May 23, 2010 @ 9:50 pm | By TheFeministGriote | 2 Comments
We have all heard the trite cliche about the world being “a small place”. Thanks to twitter and facebook the world has become that much more smaller. The whole six degrees of separation has become far more prevalent in all of our lives. With that said, we must all evaluate the part that we play in this small community of ours, that we call planet Earth. It is not enough to see yourself as an American, European, West Indian, or whatever title that you feel best surmises your identity. As 21st century people we must all view ourselves as “global citizens”. Terminology such as “third world country”, “third world people” and “illegal alien” needs to be erased and eradicated from our language.
Words have power and these type of words carry a negative psychological connotation. I am not an idealist. The fact is a country can have a third world economy. An economy that is based on an over inflated currency. The lack of economic stability causes major political unrest, malnourished children, and all other systemic issues that come with economic oppression, but all of those things do not diminish the value and the worth of those citizens who are born in these countries. To call people third world, what exactly are we implying and what type of false superiority are we exerting by uttering such elitist words?
America is built solely on debt. If all of the countries that we are in debt too were to pull out their investments in America, we would surely find ourselves in third world status very quickly. America was founded by immigrants and now we must respect and value the contributions that immigrants add to this flourishing country. Often times immigrants will do jobs for wages that most Americans would scoff at. This separatist and elitist attitude that we have towards people who are from other countries we need to abolish it sooner than later. The world is changing and we must change with it and ultimately it means becoming a more tolerable and culturally sensitive world that excludes no one. Let go of the colonial lingo that was once used against you to your detriment.
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