Provoked Thought

Terrorism is real.  Terrorism is very real.  It is the unfortunately rational fear of terrorism that has infiltrated our society and perpetuated the incredibly irrational fear of immigrants.  As Americans, we are all sons and daughters of immigrants, whether we are second generation or tenth.  We are the sons and daughters who exude the pride of our ancestors when they were greeted by the sight of the Statue of Liberty, however long ago.  We celebrate quinceañeras, we wear Bantu knots and, yes, some of us wear hijabs.  How we begin to fight terrorism, I don’t know.  What I do know is that you cannot eradicate an evil or fear of an evil by further marginalizing already marginalized groups.  How many of our brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers would not be here had there been a ban so many years ago?  How many of us would not be here?  We are America because we are all children of immigrants or immigrants ourselves.  And I believe in the future of America because I believe in the day when we open our eyes and subsequently open our hearts as well as our borders.

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