About me: Troi Barbour

Hi! My name is Troi Barbour (pronounced like Troy Barb-oar) and I am a sophomore public relations major at the University of Maryland College Park. In the future, I really hope to work in a media outreach or crisis management department in either the entertainment industry or in the political sector.

Growing up, I was surrounded by diversity and was taught to embrace cultural differences and learn from them. Many family members and extremely close family friends of mine are immigrants to the United States, a country that is the way it is today because of mass immigration. Since our country prides itself in its diversity, it is troubling to me that Donald Trump is imposing a travel ban, ruining the very foundation our country was built on. Not only does this place fear into many who live in the country because they are worried about relatives or even themselves being targeted, it ruins international relations, and sparks domestic tension.

While this is ethically and morally wrong, it also largely affects our economy and political relationships. As someone who’s campaign was based on his background as a business man, you would think Trump would have considered the damaging affect his ban would have on the country- but tragically he did not. I am strongly opposed to the travel ban amongst other things Trump’s presidency would bring to this country and hope this blog will show my perspective and help influence your opinion.

 

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.