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Fear is a Strong Sword
Rule a person by their fear and you own them. They lose all ability to think for themselves. They fear what they do not know nor understand. We have become a country who fears the unknown instead of embracing it. When and where this occurred in our history would be an interesting study. Insecurity equals today’s views on immigration.
It’s hard to believe a country that was built on the pure strength of foreigner’s…fears them so greatly. Once we were a nation who embraced the mixing bowl, we were built on immigrants. Grant it…we didn’t all get along. But despite our indifference we became stronger. Maybe 911 was the final straw that broke the eagles back. I dare say we are a better country then this. But of course we can let extremists confuse us and our fears rule us. Unless of course we remember who we are as a nation and decide to lead instead of follow. Put human rights where it belongs and live by the golden rule.
As Emma Lazarus’ famous 1886 poem, “The New Colossus,” echoes the notion of a once righteous nation in her description of the Statue of Liberty:
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 lightening, and her name Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twice cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breath free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
What of Humanity…of Human Rights?
There are things in this country that should make us all ashamed. There are some things in this life worth being passionate about…respecting human rights is one of them. Stopping racism and discrimination against humanity and change your views on immigration. Once we learn that humanity and compassion go beyond any border then we may start to understand the golden rule.
Who Do You Blame?
We all share the blame for it…if we weren’t to blame we would all have united to stop it from happening. How long will it take? Racism has no place in this country or in this world. As you know I’m a realist and I know that human nature is flawed and may never be able to rid itself of hate by racism. I know money, politics and evil run their warped course and claim a necessary balance. What a joke…but then again this is the world we live in and choose not to change. Until we do…we all suffer.
One Step At A Time
On January 16th 2010 you can march for a cause in Phoenix AZ for something that deserves all of our attention. Help Stop the Hate. And as a friend suggested to me… if you can’t participate in this event…consider looking in your own back yard to make a difference.
Someone Worth Fearing
Racism Lives Maricopa County is one such place. Just ask Joe Arpaio and his Sheriff Deputies as they continue to terrorize the people and families of Maricopa County. His blatant racism and physical abuse is inhuman. Racial profiling by city, county and state law enforcement is rampant. The state of Arizona continues to racially profile under the guise of implementing anti-migratory worker and smuggling laws.
For more information call (602) 314-5870 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more visit puenteaz.org
Special thanks to Shepard Fairey for joining the cause and designing such a moving poster.