On October 3rd we mark the 50th anniversary of our current immigration policy. But be warned: Most of those who rightly remind us of this event -- with President Lyndon Johnson having signed this monumental Hart-Celler Immigration Law at the Statue of Liberty -- nonetheless misconstrue the act's legacy in ways that actually aid Donald Trump, the candidate whose immigration rhetoric most of them detest.
For some time, I've been thinking of coining the word modefolkers for inclusion into political vocabulary. Modefolker is a compound word that joins two existing words, mode and folk. The transitive verb is modefolk and the noun is modefolker. As explained below, modefolker means a person who belligerently defends the mainstream values of a culture or community.
When a Hollywood superstar strives to help heal the world, just a little, I'm impressed. But when a movie star does it over and over again, uses her influence to create projects that help bridge the divide and help us understand "the other" we're so often afraid of, I can't help but call her a heroine.