SUPERMAN, AMERICAN DREAMER
SUPERMAN, AMERICAN DREAMER
An infant boy is born in a distant land and winds up in America, having no choice in the matter.
This makes him an American Dreamer. His name is Clark Kent, but it is the story of every childhood arrival, every American Dreamer.
Clark Kent has many other things in common with real-world Dreamers.
The people who love him and care for him have no papers, no way of naturalizing him, of making him an American, so they hide the truth as much as they are able, while trying hard to give the boy a normal life. If the government finds out, they will seize the child and lock him away.
The boy grows up to be a real asset to his community. He is intelligent and strong, with a kind heart and an unerring moral compass. He is likewise an asset to America, the only home he has ever known.
In his heart, he is an American. No one is more patriotic than he is, and so he gladly performs countless services on behalf of his homeland, has even sworn to protect America against its enemies.
However, this is a thankless existence. He is widely feared and even hated for being different – and even by the people he helps. “He’s not one of us,” they say.
Despite all he contributes to America, his worst enemy is a sitting American President.
Still, the Dreamer refuses to give in to hatred, and he endures, trying to do his best even as others try to do their worst.
Yeah, this is Clark Kent’s story, but it’s also the story of Dreamers in 2018 America.
And who among us would say that Superman is not ALREADY a real American ?
Who would want to send this American Dreamer away ?
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I would also recall that Superman has defended America from Nazis, and on radio he fought back against the evils perpetrated by the Ku Klux Klan ( you can listen to it here ). Just last year, he had to protect a group of undocumented immigrants from being murdered by a white supremacist with a machine gun.
I am not the first person to make the connection between Superman and immigration issues. For example. Neil Rivas’ 2012 Bay Area poster campaign drove the point home using several superheroes. Please see “Deport Wolverine? Bay Area Artist’s Poster Campaign Uses Superheroes to Advocate for Immigrant Rights.”
You can see Neil Rivas’ Superman poster in the gallery of images below, as well as a picture of Lex Luthor as an ICE agent rousting Superman, which is from the BUZZFEED article “22 Powerful Images By Dreamers: A Window Into Life As An Undocumented Immigrant In America.”