Last Monday night, I attended a reception entitled #NeverAgain: Standing with American Muslims at the Los Angeles City Hall. George Takei and Mayor Garcetti were there among the speakers, addressing the importance of unity and remembering our history. The Japanese American internment camps were brought up by George Takei, who can easily recall his experience there as a 5 year old. He spoke of it and why he is using the hashtag #NeverAgain. We simply cannot allow for this treatment and division to occur after seeing what history has shown us. A lot of people seem to agree, as the petition that he revealed was signed by over 300,000 Americans opposing a Muslim ban by President Donald Trump.
Needless to say, it was a beautiful couple hours we shared together in the City Hall rotunda. The atmosphere of politics and activism blended together, creating this almost magical element. I kept looking around, waiting for Batman to drop in from the balcony - which honestly wouldn't have surprised me since the world we now live in appears to be constructed in this comic book-fantasy-science fiction story plot where the realities facing us seem the most surreal.
We have this man in the high tower looking down at us, laughing at us, and ripping us apart. He keeps pointing fingers when things don't go as planned, blatantly saying it's the other side who isn't behaving appropriately (2:37 into this video). By using the phrase "the other side," he is saying it should be Us Versus Them. So much for the United portion of the U.S. of A. We are strategically being divided and told that anyone who is different from us doesn't belong here. Mayor Garcetti spoke of the issue himself. He said we shouldn't be allowing this idea of Us Versus Them into our lives. We should definitely not be banning people from entering our country. How are we so different anyway? When we see each other, we should be looking for what we have in common and reminding ourselves they are us, we are them.
Fear shouldn't be a guiding light in our lives, but it's what is being fed to us all the time. I am guilty of feeding into it, and find myself scared for what is happening around me. But I also know that the Batman I was looking for the other night started out as just a person who saw evil in the world and decided to do something about it.