An Immigrant's Take on 'Selma'

February 11, 2015 6:32 PM

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Last week, I watched the critically acclaimed film Selma, which depicts the events surrounding the 1965 march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery. This movie comes at an especially opportune time due to issues surrounding police brutality at the forefront of our national consciousness, as documented by the protest call #BlackLivesMatter. In many ways, the film shows how little progress the United States has made in truly achieving "liberty and justice for all."

As an immigrant, the inequalities Martin Luther King, Jr. and his contemporaries struggled against are all too familiar. As I watched the film, I couldn't help but notice the similarities between the second-class status of African Americans in 1965 and undocumented immigrants in this country today. ...

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