College Students Are Staging ICE Raids To Understand Oppression

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San Diego State University hosted an interactive workshop with skits depicting an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid and a hypothetical student concerned about her Muslim roommate, according to a Tuesday report.

The school’s residential education office hosted “Journey to a Shared Humanity,” an annual workshop during which “participants will be guided through a series of vignettes that highlight the many forms of oppression people face every day.” Some SDSU classes required students to attend the event, reported The College Fix.

One skit in the workshop portrayed ICE coming to take a “mother” away from her “daughter,” roles played by student actresses.

“My teacher pulled me out of class today and told me to go home and told me to call all of my loved ones,” said the daughter.

The mother tells her not to be scared and says she may not be able to attend school for a period of time.

“ICE! Open up!” is accompanied by knocking on a door.

“Don’t let them teach you to be scared of others that don’t look or sound like you,” the mother instructs the daughter.

The student actress playing the daughter proceeds to ask the audience how they would feel if they had a family member taken from them.


“She’s a little too foreign for me,” said a female student in another skit, describing a hypothetical roommate. “She wears this headscarf….I don’t feel comfortable sharing a room with someone who could be related to a terrorist.”

Yet another skit consisted of an audio recording of the chant “Jews will not replace us!” which featured at the August “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. A female student said “those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it” at the end.

“Let’s go! Face the wall! Don’t look at me,” said one student performer. “First they came for the Native Americans, but I’m not Native American, so I did not speak up. Then they came for the Jews, but I’m not a Jew so I did not speak up. Then they came for the gays, but I am not gay so I did not speak up. Next they came for the crippled, but I’m not crippled, so I did not speak up. Turn around. What do you see? What do you see?”

When one student noted he saw only one light, the performer said “One light. One life. My life, and when they came for me there was no one else to speak up.”

Additional skits included one addressing racial stereotypes, another in which students acted out a student veteran’s discrimination in the classroom because of his age, and one portraying a girl getting rejected from a party because of her weight. The full transcript for the skit workshop can be viewed here.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to SDSU for comment, but received none in time for press.

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