What’s in it for me? Learn how migration is integral to life on Earth.
All along the US border with Mexico, American security patrols scour the desert for unauthorized border crossings. Every year, thousands of people are arrested for trying to cross this man-made divide. Some have crossed oceans, only to brave months trekking through the jungles of South and Central America. They take this risk for a chance at a new, better life free of war, famine, and poverty.
And yet, the author argues, these resourceful, determined, and desperate human beings are called “criminals” and “rapists” by those in power. This isn’t new. Throughout modern history, politicians, scientists, and naturalists have tried to paint the migrant as different, lowly, and dangerous – someone, or something, to be kept out with borders and walls.
These blinks reveal how this perspective came about, and the benefit of building a future with safer migration – safer for both human beings and other migratory species that share our planet.
In these blinks, you’ll learn
- how the botanist Linnaeus planted the seeds of modern racism;
- why two American eugenicists made the US hostile for migrants; and
- how wildlife “corridors” can help animals move great distances in developed countries.