“In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.” -Charlie Chaplin
We, as Americans, have lost the way. That is the unavoidable truth. This election cycle highlights that. To put it simply, there is a disconnect in this country that cannot easily be bridged. While millions celebrate the success of Donald Trump in the election, millions of others feel lost and confused, with thousands of them have taken to the streets to protest. Liberals cry out at what they feel is a “sexist, racist, homophobic, incredibly ignorant” group of American voters. But that misunderstanding is part of what cost them the election. When Donald Trump labelled Mexicans as people bringing drugs, bringing crime, as rapists, the nation cried out. Yet when people categorize the entirety of Trump voters as racist, homophobic, sexist, and ignorant, there is very little comment.
Bwambale. Omar. Babucarr. Modou. Mehreteab. What do these names have in common? Each of these people is an African refugee living in Germany who had risked his life to search for a safer future. Working as an intern in Germany for six weeks over the summer, I had the opportunity to interact with them and learn about their experiences coming to Europe and their lives as refugees in Germany. While many were excited about the opportunity to begin a new life there, I quickly began to discover that this pursuit of a better future is fading from reality.
When refugees first began arriving in Germany, the public welcomed them with water, toys and candy. As thousands of migrants in Hungary began making their way towards German borders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door refugee policy delighted not only the majority of the German population but humanitarians worldwide. A country with deep-rooted memories of atrocities committed throughout the 20th ce...