Salam Awad (Political Science)
This presentation is an analysis of the Syrian refugee crisis and the connection to the Black Lives Matter movement. The forces of imperialism, racism, state violence, xenophobia, and nationalism are commonalities between the Syrian refugee crisis and the Black Lives Matter movement. An analysis of these forces gives an understanding and connection to global issues and the bonds that are formed through solidarity as a result. The Syrian refugee crisis is an ongoing humanitarian crisis that has left half of the Syrian population displaced internally and abroad. The war that led to the refugee crisis and the Syrian refugee crisis has put pressure on the host countries and has caused political, social, security, and economic implications. Since the Syrian war started March 6th, 2011 that led to the refugee crisis, there has been a global increase in Islamophobia, including the US Muslim ban. The selectivity of countries and who the accept as refugees and the amount that is accepted is also linked to imperialism, racism, nationalism, capitalism, and power inequality. The common pain and suffering that comes from colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, persecution, and prejudice is different for each group of people that experiences it, but the pain caused leads to solidarity which can be seen between the Syrian refugee crisis and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Keywords: Solidarity, Syria, Crisis.