Yesterday, there was a rally in DC (and other cities throughout the US) for immigrant rights.
I’ve written about this before. My opinion on this matter is known.
Many disagree with me and this is ok. I am not angry with them. I am not angry at the ignorant. The United States is great because we are all allowed to have an opinion.
I saw one of the most beautiful things in my life yesterday. I saw a man of Asian descent standing with his young wife and baby. In his hands he held a large pole with an American flag hanging over his shoulders. His whole world was within a hug’s reach and he incorporated an American flag within this world.
Look, I am the son of immigrants who came to this country for a better life. I am a US citizen and I’m allowed to say this.
If there is anyone that wants to hold the American flag with pride, then I welcome you.
If there is anyone who wants to take a test and learn about my country in order to become a citizen, then I welcome you.
If there is anyone who wants to make this country a better place, then I welcome 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 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!"
Ok, now, onto something that bothered me about yesterday. Unfortunately, it was cause by a couple of my Guatemalan hermanos. After the rally some of the younger people decided to walk down the middle of the street. Streets that were not closed off.
Now, I understand that it is not often you feel like a majority in downtown DC, but amigos, you don’t gain any friends by causing traffic jams. The idea is for you to get people to want you to be in this country. Making them sit in their gray Volvos when they’re late to pick up their dog from doggy day-care is not the way to make friends.
Just a thought.