This July 4th, let us remember who we are as a nation . . .
We are a nation of Native Americans, those with rich culture who lived off the land.
We are a nation of those who immigrated after—from Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the South Pacific.
We are a nation founded not on isolationism or territorialism or war, but on welcome and equality.
We are not US and THEM. We are Americans: all colors, creeds, dress, faiths.
We stand for liberty and justice for ALL, not just for those who look like us, believe like us, or whose great-grandparents lived near ours.
Our statues stand for world-wide welcome, for 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 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!”
Happy Fourth of July to all Americans!
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[Post by Amy S.Z.]