Dios mio y medio. These comparisons are ridiculously unnecessary and are probably rather insulting to the Black community. Transatlantic slavery will never equate to the current problems undocumented workers face today in the US.
As an inmigrante I get how tough life can be. We are belittled, ignored, exploited, denied basic human rights and when we’re sent off to those detention holdings—like any other prisoner—we are forced to do slave labor. Pero, that in no way means that we need to peg our struggle to the horrors that was the trans atlantic slave trade. Do you understand that people were kidnapped, beaten, piled on top of each other on a voyage where many didn’t survive, treated worse than animals, families separated, violently forced a religion, a language, an entire culture?
Inmigrantes come to this country because racist foreign policy has forced brown people to migrate north for survival. The Black people who were enslaved during this time were kidnapped, sold, and brutally assaulted for generations. We’re talking about an extremely systematic and violent slavery and genocide. Latin@s and people cosigning on these overly-simplied graphics need to comprehend that although undocumented immigrants have a very limited choice between 1).coming to the US and being able to at least feed your children or 2). staying in your native country and starving, you still have the privilege of making that decision. That was an option slaves did not have. The Black slave did not have that choice to up and quit if their white overseer decided to beat him. The children of undocu workers are not taken away from their mothers to be sold like stock to the highest bidder. In fact, there are plenty more examples why undocu workers are in no way experiencing the same horrors that black people faced during slavery. Read a book!
What you are really doing by making or cosigning these over-simplified comparisons is that you are disrespecting the black community. And then you wonder why some black people are apprehensive to stand with you in solidarity when you’re fighting white oppressive powers. And why would the black community back you up when you’re undermining a part of history that to this day continues to affect them even though slavery was long abolished—from jim crow to prison industrial complex, to urban segregation, etc.
Not to mention, that these comparisons are a little too convenient to a community que habeces dabbles in the mess that is anti-blackness, both here in the States and back in our countries of origin.
Ya no se what else to add other then: parele con sus chingaderas. Respect people and their struggles instead of using their struggles to make a political point. Learn your history, put your critical goggles on and analyze why graphics like this are problematic.
It’s definitely not okay to shit on the histories of Black folks in the Americas for shock value. There is no solidarity in that. Our Ancestors are not yours to exploit.