I set up temporary passport offices where I invited people to fill out my reimagined passport application. I found younger contributors asking, “Why do we even have these categories?”
The experience of completing the passport makes the lesson clear: This is how the U.S. government conferred rights on some people and denied them for others. For example, if you were going to mark “Asian,” you either were not going to be allowed into this country before 1965, or you couldn’t own property or marry a white person.
I have always loved photography matched with the written word. Because I was in the communication department at SCU, I was grounded in the social justice aspects of communication, the power of journalism to educate and to shine a light on things that are either misunderstood or ignored.
Read the original story that Carina del Rosario ’91 wrote for the College of Arts and Sciences.