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Made in U.S.A (2018)
“Made in U.S.A” (2018). This quick sketch depicts a little girl, perhaps five or six years old, wearing a vibrant pink dress, holding the bars of the cage she in which she is confined - in the United States of America. The U.S. Flag weeps in an exhaustive shame in the background. . . . .
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 I like it 
  July 2, 2018
I know, it's so awful how President Obama started separating children from their parents in the detention facilities. But Democrats complained that children shouldn't be in prison with adults, which makes a lot of sense. Tough to figure out what to do. Just wish community organizers would stop encouraging people to cross illegally. If they have a legitimate claim for asylum, they're welcome to go to the border station and apply. People do it every day.
  July 1, 2018
@Ian Paige- Putting the image into context with what it’s representing in real life it’s one sided and doesn’t “tell the whole story”. What is occurring in real life is occurring because of regard for the law. These things happen and with proper context they can be understood, but put without context then it seeks to only appeal to the viewers emotions rather than present a logical, factual argument. It becomes controversial when facts are not presented, when it is left to the individual to decide it’s factual integrity. I agree it shouldn’t be a partisan issue but before 2016 no one seemed to care until it became political. In regards to individuals being “put in cages is a human rights violation” is taken out of context. Individuals attempting to cross the U.S. border *ILLEGALLY* are being *detained*, processed and then sent back to their country of origin. They are not being held indefinitely, not forced into hard labor or execution chambers, the conditions (while not great I’ll agree) were sufficient in doing their job in simply to contain individuals who broke the law. With that statement it would be a human rights violation to detain anyone for wrong doing or put someone in prison, what is occurring on the U.S., Mexico border is far from a “human rights violation”. Some background is needed to understand “widely internationally agreed to be a violation of human rights”, the U.N condemned the U.S. border practices, which have been in place since 1997, but only condemned them now only for the purpose of playing politics, the same council mind you that continually has human rights violators sit on it’s committee with no repercussions or condemnation for them whatsoever. Yes, we are all humans, yes every human deserves rights to protect them, but we are an independent nation, a nation of laws, without laws or borders than we are nothing, we as a nation are permitted to protect and enforcer our sovereignty.
  July 1, 2018
@Geology Joe- Does racism still exist in America? Yes. Will racism ever go away, unlikely, human nature will likely never change. I disagree in terms of minorities being in fear of what you say is authority figures. Those authority figures were (for a time) more in fear of their lives than those of the minorities, they were threatened with mob justice and brutal violence with only the law to protect them. At no point should any person of color be in fear of their life from individuals of authority, I agree there. If they also don’t do anything wrong then they have no reason to fear any action by authorities. From the years 2008 to 2016 race relations were easily set back 50 years, despite the immense progress made, certain individuals felt it would better their political cause if the American people were more divided than united. I strongly disagree with your statement about nationalism, an overwhelming majority of Americans believe in this nation and it’s values, it is not a “thin veil for racism”. While certain individuals would want you to believe that it’s simply not true and is simply divisive rhetoric to further divide for political gain. Every minority that is “discriminated against” usually has one simple word missing in the story. Look beyond the mainstream, find reliable sources and form your own opinions mate.
 I like it 
  July 1, 2018
Jonathan, nice build! I wonder if you could come up with a chain link fence design for this scale. I like this piece. It speaks a lot. It gets people talking about the issues, evidently (see other comments), and I think that's important. I see why it would be considered controversial, but I also condemn being offended by art simulating life and not being offended by the life simulated. I think it's only controversial if you want it to be controversial, you know? because putting children in cages really should not be a partisan issue. it's widely internationally agreed to be a violation of human rights...so... if literally the rest of the world thinks something you're doing is awful, maybe that's because you're doing awful things. human rights are human rights. that's the highest rung of the ladder there is. you're nothing more than human. we're all the same. some people just... haven't figured that out yet, I guess.
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  June 30, 2018
@Jon D; I wish so much I could agree with you about the "was" part of your point. I do agree that there are many perspectives, but from mine, I see racism all the time. It has permeated into every nook and cranny of our society. It's subtle, but even a white guy like me sees it. I can't imagine the fear and paranoia of being a minority in this country; fear from cops, from ICE, from judges and peers... In the last few years, "nationalism" has risen in our culture. Nationalism isn't about Patriotism anymore, though. Now it's a thin veil for people who fear foreigners and resent the Civil Rights movement. I'm definitely seeing a trend of increased xenophobia, in my opinion.
  June 27, 2018
While I understand the MOC is based on current events it bares a sort of bias in only representing one side of this issue as well as little to no context other than what the viewer has seen on his/her own, which is likely, strongly negative.
  June 27, 2018
While I understand the MOC is based on current events it bares a sort of bias in only representing one side of this issue as well as little to no context other than what the viewer has seen on his/her own, which is likely, strongly negative.
  June 27, 2018
@Jeremy McCreary- I disagree, we *were* on a steady creep to a Russian oligarchy, but with the recent election we have averted such a fate. @Geology Joe- Racism *was* a building block in American history, but we have mostly moved past it. However, there are those who wish to keep such things alive and well simply for it’s incredibly divisive rhetoric, which is appalling and shameful.
 I like it 
  June 27, 2018
A poignant reminder of our slow but steady creep toward Russian-style oligarchy. Well done.
 I like it 
  June 19, 2018
Well, racism IS a building block of this country. Nice MOC, given the circumstances.
 
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