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Critical Consciousness and Critical Race Theory as Tools for Minoritized, Racialized, and Immigrant Families

In memory of our immigrant fathers, the late  John Kunle Awokoya and Taverekere "Kanti" Srikantaiah.

Navigating your journey: Critical tools and resources for immigrant families is a two-part blog series, dedicated by Dr. Janet Awokoya and Dr. Deepa Srikantaiah to their first-generation immigrant fathers.  

The blogs highlight how racism and xenophobia remain a cause of concern for immigrants in the United States, particularly in terms of financial security and access to resources and opportunities.  The blog also mentions specific examples of violence and discrimination faced by immigrants of color, and emphasizes the ongoing nature of this problem, illustrating how systemic racism affects the lives of immigrants. The series intends to explore different perspectives and resources for immigrant families to navigate their journey in the U.S. The blog also gives parents important critical tools to help them deal with racism and xenophobia in the US.

Part I:  Navigating your journey: Critical tools and resources for immigrant families

Part II:  Navigating your journey: Critical tools and resources for immigrant families

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PART I - NAVIGATING YOUR JOURNEY: Critical tools and resources for immigrant families

Are you aware of the ongoing problem of racism in the United States, particularly as it relates to immigrants?   The Migration Policy Institute reports that 14% of immigrants in the United States live at or below the poverty line, meaning that their family income is below the official poverty threshold of $27,500 for a family of four with two children in 2021. In comparison, 13% of people born in the US live in poverty.  The numbers don't lie - poverty rates among immigrants in the US are off the charts, and it's not just a coincidence.  In Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States of America, the federal poverty threshold for a family of four as of 2023, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services , is only $30,000 which breaks down to around $7,500 per person in the family, per year. But that's just the beginning of the problem. Immigrants often get stuck at the bottom rung of the economic ladder, held back by systemic racism and xenophobia. It&#