About Me: Kiana Jones

Hi! My name is Kiana, and I am a sophomore Marketing and Communication Studies dual major. I specifically have an interest in how the media affects society and influences the political agenda. I am fascinated with visual rhetoric, and how often pop culture finds its way into our daily interactions. The sign above is an example of referring to a piece of pop culture, while also presenting a powerful message.

The discussion surrounding the recent proposal of an immigration ban from Donald Trump is troubling for various reasons. I believe that for the most part those in support of the immigration ban are hypocritical and also fueled by racial stereotypes. Everyone who currently lives in the United States, excluding Native Americans, is an immigrant or a descendent of immigrants.This is what makes the immigration ban so infuriating, because people seem to be picking and choosing when immigration is acceptable. The racial stereotypes that motivate these irrational proposals also showcase how our society may not be in a “post-racial” era like people attempt to claim. This is an interesting concept to analyze in relation to the recent events surrounding Trump’s administration. During the protests and rallys that have emerged as a result of Donald Trump’s proposals, I have been able to analyze the political rhetoric surrounding people’s signs and posters, which also connects with my field of interest.

Through this blog, I hope you are able to understand why this ban is problematic and the importance of social activism and not just clicktivism.

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About me: Abby Harari

Hi! My name is Abby Harari and I am a sophomore at the University of Maryland College Park.  I am a public relations major, and hope to eventually work in the entertainment industry.  As someone who reads the news every day, I have noticed the rise in discussion of Trump’s immigration

I am in extreme opposition to Trump’s immigration plan. In my opinion, this ban is fueled by racism and ignorance.  Not only is it prejudice to an entire group of people, but it is economically impossible as well.  This country is build on the foundation of immigrants.

This ban strikes a personal nerve because my dad immigrated from Israel 25 years ago.  He is now a citizen of the United States.  He came here with the American Dream.   Trump has now threatened the American dream for millions of immigrants, and we must fight back.