Growing up with immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic we learned what discrimination was at an early age. When we came to New York City in 1982 there was not a large Dominican population at this time. I remember growing up in Washington Heights and to be honest this was a mostly Italian and Jewish community. That would change in time.
My grandmother would take my sister and brother and myself to the corner every morning to get a bag which contained a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, an apple, and a small milk. The elders of the neighborhood would always make us wait at the end of the line because they made sure that their kids would get their bags first. My Grandmother use to tell us that it was because they were there first so they got the first bags. Even though we were all poor in the neighborhood we were the outcasts. I think there was another Dominican family and we always use to wait for the rest to go ahead of us.
I still believe that people should always learn from the past. We in America have gone from slavery, segregation, discrimination, to now banning Muslims from coming into this country. I do understand that we are under attack by radical jihadist but who are we to say who can come in and who can’t ? Isn’t the statement “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-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door” is it something that’s written on the Statue Of Liberty or is it something that we still hold to be truth.
I am a little confused with what seems to be Americas hypocrisy. Our politicians do not want Muslims in this country but their money and oil are always welcomed. What our government and media won’t tell you is that the Muslim communities own a lot of land in America. That most of all their guns, bombs, and planes are sold to them by the American government. Let’s not forget that Donald Trump has a huge golf course in Saudi Arabia and he makes a lot of money out of it.
I feel we are being lied to by some of our Presidential candidates and I feel that the media is not giving us the whole story. It does not matter who becomes our next President before they can ban anyone from coming into this country congress shall have to vote on it first and I don’t think they will act on it. I agree that we should do much more to protect ourselves against terrorist attacks in our country but to single out Muslims sound a little like Adolf Hitler saying we need to get rid of all of our Jewish population. Let us not repeat the past and let us now move forward. Let us find a better way to keep track of what’s happening in the home front. Even if it means that we might have to give up some of our privacy act. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. God Bless America!!!
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