Julie Moock Passport Post

Before attending the passport workshop led by Tintin Wulia, I was unsure of the significance that an American passport holds. Upon entering, I chose a country at random out of the container and received the Maldives. This act was symbolic of the random chance anyone has at being born in their native country. One has no say in where they are born, and many times that lack of choice places individuals in situations of financial struggle and political violence. This arbitrary phenomenon, where one is born, also provides those in positions of privilege, such as American citizens, with an unfair level of superiority bestowed upon them at birth to enter most countries on a whim. For example, in the Maldives, my passport was ranked 51st. This means that although I can enter many countries, I am still limited in where I can travel and freely live. One can be categorized as dangerous, unsafe, or a threat based on something they cannot choose. This kind of system unfairly attributes place of birth with human value. To assume that one born in the Maldives has any less right to live in America, for example, than a Canadian citizen is to make a moral judgement about their worth. As humans we all cohabitate on the Earth, so we must look beyond boundaries. 

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