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Impact of Muslim Travel Ban, DACA, and TPS on the Black Community

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The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, Inc.

1601 East North Avenue

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On Saturday, November 18, 2017, The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum will host an event focused on the impact of the Muslim Travel Ban, DACA, and TPS on the African Diaspora. The event will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Museum’s Alberta Cason Room.

Through a panel discussion and Q and A, attendees will be provided insight into three specific topics pertaining to the impact that Donald Trump’s divisive and destructive efforts have brought on the African Diaspora. Black Muslims in America make up one third of the country’s Muslim demographic and comprise a subculture that includes African, Caribbean, and native-born African American Muslims.

For those black Muslims like the Somalis and Sudanese Americans who come from countries that are on the list of those that are banned from travel to the U.S. (Sudan has recently been removed from the list), they find themselves encountering the same acts of oppression and discrimination as native born African Americans. In other words, they find themselves being further stigmatized and criminalized like their African American counterparts.

As a response to the Zika Virus, the Ebola outbreak, or other health crises; fleeing the atrocities of civil wars; facing earthquakes, floods and other climate disasters, some black African immigrants have been granted TPS, a short term clearance for people already in the U.S. to continue to live and work here while their home countries recover from such disasters.

Countries currently designated for Temporary Protective Status are El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somali, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Many observers wrongly assume that all DACA are Latinos of Hispanic or Native American descent. In reality, the leading countries for black DACA are Jamaica (5,302), Trinidad and Tobago (4,079) and Nigeria (2,570).

Even more deceptive is the fact that with the term “Latino”, the concept of Transatlantic slavery has somehow been lost historically and divorced from the notion that African slaves were transported to both North and South America. Thus, the notion of blacks and their connection to their “Latin American” past is mainly absent from the discourse. For example, by the end of the 16th century, Brazil was the largest slave importing region in the Atlantic World. Moreover, during the 17th century the Dutch, British, and French set up huge plantation colonies in the Caribbean, prompting one scholar to proclaim that Africans were the “Life” of the Caribbean. Lest we forget, blacks from Jamaica, Barbados, Martinique, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and many other nations of the Americas have ancestral roots that grow deep in African soil.

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