“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” Jimi Hendricks
This is a nation built on immigration. Peoples who fled oppression, religious control, poverty, famine to build a life in “the new world.” Nearly all of us must say that either we or an ancestor from not too many generations back came to this country from another part of the world. We are black, white, yellow, brown. We are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, agnostic. We have worked hard to build a nation that is strong. A nation of diversity. A nation of respect.
We came in before and later under a statue that says on it’s base,
“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!”
It doesn’t matter where you are from, what color your skin, your religious preference or lack of one, we need to stop the hate mongering, the fear. Your ancestors came here from abroad too, remember that. We are Americans, but few of us are Native Americans. We need to re open that golden door.
Let us hold on to the rights that we have earned, let us work together toward tolerance, toward helping those who do not have the privilege and safety under which we live.