ASSIMILATION



Assimilation, 2021 
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Assimilation post-migration into the United States is a sadomasochist process. It is difficult to pin infliction when societal definitions are in the air and pressurized to be embodied within the individual. Creating distance between one’s self and oppression can be a mechanism of defense, yet take place as an offensive manner. Regardless, we must be play happy to persist and reject that we are victims, especially when violence is much more rampant abroad. I say this as a child of Palestinian refugees who left the Israeli apartheid state’s occupation of their homes. What does it mean to complain to the boss when you live in their house? Again, it becomes difficult to distinguish who is taking and who is receiving orders.

Mark