As a citizen in this country and a mother I want to write this to each of you. Granted it is how I feel and you may not feel the same way as I do. And that is ok. But at least hear me out.
This is supposed to be the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. And yet in our country it is anything but. We have for years even decades in this country been fighting a war with ourselves. It’s been all about race in this country for years. But really lets look at some facts that each of you can find if you can use a search engine . Back in the day when this country was first discovered. The white man took the lands from the Indians. Wars, death and segregation began. In the early colonies when Britain came here and we were fighting with them.. We were made choose sides. We have had slavery of Africans and wars began over that. During the World Wars and the bombing of Pearl Harbor – we had whether you want to admit it or not “camps” for people who were Asian. We had segregation of whites and blacks . We have people who are from the Middle East or look Middle Eastern who have been treated poorly due to the attacks on 9/11. Now we have cops killing people and we as a whole are not helping the situation. Do you want to know why? Well here is why.. there is no simple answer to this. All of it is deep rooted in the social, economic, personal, religious and historical forces that surround each and every one of us. Death no matter what color is what it is death. And no you personally do not have to know someone to be affected by it. Each and every day here in America that is all we hear about. And we as a culture are not one step closer to finding a cure. You have one side against the other, discriminations against more than just race and yet in a lot of situations race is used by just about every single race. What is wrong with us is us. We have repeated the mistakes of the ones before us and yet we yell we want change and yet we as a people do nothing. We are now not looked upon with eyes of the greatest country . Right at this very moment we are looked down on. With all of the discrimination we as a people do nothing to change it. We are working in the right direction for somethings. But the word equal in this country does not hold true anymore. We are not all equal and yet we do nothing to change that but violent, bloody protest , violence and the disregard for our fellow citizen. We do that. We the People of the United States have lost our way. We have expected the next guy to care. And the next and the next.. the snowball effect. And yet we are more worried about what we own , how much money we have, who we hang out with and what we want. Than worried about what we can do to fix us. We are like a chronic illness. We linger on and on and on and then when something bad happens we flare up and that’s when it is talked about. Which is sad. We are all a judgmental bunch. Yet we do not like it when we are judged.
On one of the most prominent symbols of our country is written a poem. Who was written by a woman who is Jewish. On the Statue of Liberty the poem, The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, I am going to share this with each of you.
“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 lighting 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 YOUR HOMELESS,TEMPEST-TOST TO ME , I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
When I read this I see the words just as you do but each of us as Americans need to understand the words not just read. We are a country who opens ourselves to the world as we are a country who cares. I am not saying that all Americans are like this because I know for one I am not. But we as a country need to stop and look around. This is our country . This is our home. And yet day to day year to year we are destroying it. We have freedoms yes. But We also live in a country where still today we are all guilty of feeling as we do. It is time for us, as Americans , to start doing right by our country. The problems of one generation are passed on to another and so forth. We cry that we want to leave our children and our childrens children a better world but we fail to remember they watch us for guidance . So when we act like we do and our children ‘s generation act worse than us.. Who do we blame? We should stop and embrace our country. When 9/11 happen we were one. When something bad happens and all races are killed we stand united. So why does that have to change when it is over. United we stand divided we fall. Abraham Lincoln said in a speech one time that we as a country would destroy ourselves. And even that long ago if you read the speech.. He was right. We are destroying ourselves. So America .. wake the hell up. We can be the voice of reason and the voice of change. Hate does not solve anything. It is time for us to stop the hate. Stop the violence against ourselves. Stand up and say enough. And then and only then America will we get our country back to where it needs to be.
An Angry American Who is ready to make a change!