Mi Vida Dentro

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Mi Vida Dentro (2007)

I want to share the link of a documentary, which opens our eyes to the reality Mexican immigrants have to face in the United States. A reality we may not be too close to in our daily life, but when we get a glimpse of what it’s like, it hits close to home. (For some of us, literally.)

In light of recent debates about jokes being on the wrong stages or just wrong and an American businessman tweeting: “stop sending criminals over our border,” I want to begin by saying: it isn’t about you. We are not trying to steal something of yours. Don’t be so vain.

It’s not about race, color, ethnicity, religion or what makes us different. It’s about what makes us human. It is about the need to eat and have a shelter to protect us, and our families. It is about the lack of opportunity and the abundance of corruption, not only in México but also in the world. This is not about your country, it isn’t about ours either. It is about the world, it is about humanity. It is about the right to work but being born into scarcity.

It may be easy for you to separate yourself from the rest of the world and the people suffering close to you (Mr. Trump). And it may be hard for you to see that we are part of the same team. But it isn’t hard for us to see that you know nothing about us. You are ignorant, and for that I pity you.

Speaking particularly about the Oscars, (not the Sean Penn joke) how can we see so many representations of the African-American fight for freedom and equality (still happening) and not see the repeating pattern with discrimination against other ethnicities, sexualities?

I am thankful for these big moments that bring to light the racist comments that happen every day but in smaller stages. Comments used to jeopardize the life of people who are trying to help their families.

“Despite being from México, she’s very intelligent” is one of the comments in this documentary that is used in court by an attorney. She is trying to make the accused woman sound capable of manipulation (I guess she doesn’t know much about women, either).

Mi Vida Dentro shows a much-too-common case of racism being quick to presume guilt. It is lead by the pure appeal of emotion, fear and stereotypes. And the future of a whole family is put into the hands of such incompetent people.

Near the end, they say she is a poor woman. And I have to object. She is not poor. The only poor people in that courtroom are those with a poor mind incapable of perceiving a broader reality. They are bound to the chains they were born with.

I feel sorry for the ignorant people involved in this case and I feel hope for the victims of these daily cases. Because I know that this is just another fight in the history of society to get ahead of, as people united.

And one last thing for us Mexicans: “También de este lado hay sueños.”

I want to be clear that I am not talking about all americans, nor am I talking about all mexicans. Some of us are luckier and have been able to learn enough about other cultures to know that stereotypes are blinding. I am simply talking about a common problematic that represents an important sector of the nationalities involved.

*If you are a person who cares about equal opportunities, about discrimination, prejudice and injustice. If you are a person who cares about other people, PLEASE WATCH. We can create more opportunities, and fight corruption and ignorance together.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0479713/

Stay curious,

B.

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