Thursday, January 14, 2016

Immigrants Read "Mean Tweets" About Themselves

This immigrant is understandably confused by
a person on Twitter who said the Great Wall of China kept Mexicans
out of that country, so it would work here, too.
In the tradition of Jimmy Kimmel's Mean Tweets, an organizaton has asked some undocumented immigrants to read mean tweets about them.

It's a brief exploration of American ignorance, let me tell ya. Maybe we should allow these undocumented immigrants to stay, since they seem a lot smarter than the Tweeters in question.

A couple of my favorites are the guy who doesn't like being called an illegal "alien."

"I don't like the word 'alien' because I feel like green is not my color. I like being brown."  

Another immigrant, a woman, responds to a Tweet from a woman in Kentucky who is offended because she always seems to hear 94 different languages. It's America, everybody should speak English, the Kentucky woman suggests.

The immigrant reminds Kentucky Woman that speaking two languages makes you smarter, something that can't hurt a state like Kentucky.

One of the immigrants was understandably bewildered by a Tweet from somebody who doesn't think Donald Trump's idea to build a wall to keep Mexicans from entering the United States.

After all, the Tweeter says, China build a wall and they have almost no Mexicans.


The video was put together by an outfit called Define America, a media and culture organization using stories to try and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity and citizenship.

Here's the video:

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