The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Emma Lazarus – 1883
These welcoming words are emblazoned on the pedestal of The Statue of Liberty, Like a shinning star, Liberty remains the symbol that displays the open heart of the American people in this wonderful land of ours.
For hundreds of years our country has become the home of immigrants from around the world. It’s something to be proud of and it reflects the true grandeur of the American people. If you are not of the indigenous peoples, then you, too, are an immigrant. We are all immigrants.
It’s never been easy. We have a history of forced immigration for African Americans, and when Irish, Scottish, Italian, Asian, Mexican, and many more ethnic groups came to our land, they were surrounded by racism and bigotry. Many still continue to treat newcomers with that same cruelty and hatred.
Yes, our country still has racists, white supremacists, members of the KKK, and other American groups that claim to be patriots, yet they take no shame in murdering those who disagree with them. Americans, yet they murder. Right here in our own land.
Like it or not, these are our people, too.
Also, a part of our landscape is an ultra conservative political movement. They damn women and their right to reproductive freedom, and that’s not the half of it, riding on their backs are large groups of religious bigots who march under the flag of hatred. They think they have no connection to the suffering of others, not only in this country, but anywhere else in the world. Fear is what drives this herd of humanity that can’t seem to accept new, different ideas or cultures.
These are our people, too.
Blind bigotry—hatred takes a long, hard time to lessen. But sooner or later, from generation to generation, more people begin to realize that we are all one and that every ethnic group in this country contributes something wonderful to every one of us. Whether it’s art, music, science, language, technology, philosophy—each individual sooner or later becomes a part of this wonderful fabric called America.
Open up your hearts! It’s the American way.
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