I hit print on the office visit summary.
“Doc, where do your kids go to school?” she asked casually.
I told her where and then explained that I was looking for a new place as they were outgrowing their current school. She mentioned where her kids attended, saying I should look into it.
“It’s strong academically and it is a multicultural place: Indian, Muslim, white, black…”
That is what I want. I want my kids to grow up understanding other cultures, not being afraid of them.
I come from a long long of white trash, the kind of people the US government once wanted to keep out. My grandmother was a Polish immigrant. The rest of me is comprised of little bits from all over the world. Read American history. Over the years it has been the Chinese, the Irish, Polish, the Italians, Jews, Mexicans, Japanese, Catholics, among others, who have been feared, blocked, and vilified. They were stealing jobs, destroying the language and culture, threatening Protestantism…. it was always something. Who among any of us can say we do not have any immigrant blood running through our veins?
It is the height of arrogance.
We are too good for the likes of you.
This is what the Third Reich said about Jews and gypsies and homosexuals. Keeping them out was not good enough. No. Why stop there? Kill them all.
We are forgetting, aren’t we? The survivors are dying and their voices are lost.
So here I am. Just one little voice but I am telling you and everyone who will listen that I cannot be forced to fear or hate and as such, I do NOT support the current immigration ban. It does not make me feel safer. It makes me more afraid.
Afraid for our future.