I’m learning about terms new to me all the time. Today I read about nativism. This is the policy of or predisposition toward protecting the interests of native-born over foreign-born. In reading I found that the Left uses this term to describe the Right, such as Trump’s desire to have a travel ban or build a wall. I’m not sure what group they placed me in today, but I might have some national or Texan nativism.
I was thinking about human’s long history of protecting native born. Then I thought about El Paso specifically. One of the first questions I get from a native of El Paso is, “Where are you from?” When I state an area of town, they say, “No, I mean where were you born?”. A native of El Paso frequently recalls the high school he attended when answering. I think El Paso has a strong nativism predisposition. No value judgement here; I think it just is. Most people are still very friendly to me even though I’m not a native.
Unfortunately, I now know about another ‘…ism’ and way to group people. I wish to not be classified and grouped. I am me.