President-elect Donald Trump’s xenophobia has once again brought the debate on mass deportation to the forefront.
The bigoted billionaire wants to deport and incarcerate up to 3 million undocumented immigrants, aims to build a concrete wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to keep immigrants out, and is reportedly mulling over plans for a Muslim registry — a plan that one of Trump surrogates backed by citing Japanese internment camps.
Hate crimes and race-related incidents have skyrocketed since the presidential election: White high school students told their African-American peers to “sit in the back of the bus,” an adult Trump supporter punched a woman at a Brooklyn bistro for supporting Hillary Clinton and fanatics are vandalizing property with swastikas.
The whole country is in a state of unrest.
At a time like this, everyone needs a bit of dark, sardonic humor to get through the day. Thankfully, comedian Billy Eichner’s latest “Billy on the Street” game segment does that perfectly.
“Parks and Recreation” alum Eichner, whose show features him running on the streets of NYC (mostly accompanied by notable celebrities) and asking New Yorkers random questions, just introduced a brand new game called "Immigrant or Real American?”
The premise is rather simple. The host would read a list of names and the participant would have to identify if that person was born in the United States (Real American) or somewhere else in the world (Immigrant).
If it sounds racist, be assured, it is anything but.
Turns out, the immigrants on the list were renowned actors, scientists and musicians important to American culture and history. One the other hand, the “real Americans” included Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, the Unabomber and O.J. Simpson.
Eichner’s segment is a stark reminder that being an immigrant does not make anyone a terrorist — these people exist in every culture regardless of their skin color and religion.