MEDIUM | Citizenship: The Hardest Questions

Citizenship is part lottery ticket to the world, part historical symbol, part cultural artifact, and part political straightjacket. It defines where we can go, work and move, and how we’re seen in the world at large. At least initially, it is independent of what we know and how we contribute to society — and yet two people whose abilities and potential are essentially the same may nonetheless have diametrically different lives, opportunities and realities, for no other reason than the passport they carry.