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‘Dreams in Arizona Have Been Swept Away’


Guest Blogger • Aug 31, 2010
The following article is one of a series of accounts from students who recently returned  from Arizona. They were part of a delegation that spent a week touring the state amid  the enactment of controversial law SB 1070. The Center for New Community, a national civil rights organization based in Chicago, sponsored the trip, which included nine students from Washington D.C., New York, Chicago and Colorado.

By Taisha Hawkins

“ Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become action. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. Watch your character, for IT becomes your destiny. ” -Unknown

students_welcometoazImagine if an imagination was all you needed: to begin, to finish, to follow through.
What if all your tomorrow consisted of was your development in thought from today?

That’s where dreams come from…
You think it in your head, you see it through your eyes, then show others through your action.
And just like that, history repeats itself.

Today is a good day to dream. If you don’t agree, try asking someone who can’t.

Success only occurs when preparation meets opportunity, but NOTHING can birth without being conceived first.

Dreams in Arizona have been swept away: not only from the undocumented, but the youth that follow.
Not because dreams were never conceived, but because they have been aborted.

What if your skin’s pigment had everything to do with your way of life?
Imagine living each day like it’s your last.
Imagine having to risk your life crossing a desert just to create one for your children.

What if your ethnicity/culture just wasn’t good enough to be considered the “American Way?”
Imagine having a racist Sheriff endorse the slaying of your people, who have committed no wrong; amnesty was null and void.
Imagine being denied your ethnic history in schools and chastised only to be underpaid.

Everything begins with just a thought. Have you thought about it?
Can you imagine? You don’t have to, all of these things are going on.

Right here in America!

Taisha Hawkins is a Howard University Accounting Major, mogul in the making, aspiring to inspire
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