A girl cries after crossing Greece’s border into Macedonia near Gevgelija, Macedonia, August 22, 2015. Thousands of migrants stormed across Macedonia’s border on Saturday, overwhelming security forces who threw stun grenades and lashed out with batons in an increasingly futile bid to stem their flow through the Balkans to western Europe. Some had spent days in the open with little or no access to food or water after Macedonia on Thursday declared a state of emergency and sealed its borders to migrants, many of them refugees from war in Syria and other conflicts in the Middle East. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski – RTX1P7X4
In this chaotic and chilling political environment, we as a nation have stepped into as the new President has taken office, leaves a lingering feeling of sadness and powerlessness. As a Mexican-American living in the U.S.- the land of the free and the land of immigrants- I am afraid. I had not experienced this type of fear first hand till this past November 2016, when Trump was elected to the presidency. According to the Southern poverty law center a rise in rascist hate crimes have been recorded and fear has taken the country into its grips. I had read it many times on the news, in our own American history during the civil rights movement. An empath by nature- my heart would cry tears of sadness for my brothers and sisters who endured so much in a very dark and unjust history. Not to mention our Jewish brothers and sisters who endured the largest extermination, one group of people had ever encountered in the past. Our brothers and sisters in the Middle east and Africa suffer on a daily basis and must live in a world of terror, and so many just want their families to be safe and sound and put them out of harm’s way. So many refugees who have been persecuted and terrorized, such as Yaman’s story of survival of how he and his family made it out alive when others were not so lucky.
We must realize- even though we look different- we are more similar than what we think. We all want to live in a loving, accepting and just world- isn’t that land the United States? A land that in its very foundation- laying down its first cornerstone- paved the nation into a democratic land, free from persecution, freedom from religious persecution and freedom of thought and free to be. Not one person in this great nation has more rights than others to be here…this is a country of immigrants, whether your a first, second, third generation American, we are all immigrants…it is a country of dreams, a country of freedom, a country of hope, which seems to shatter as the days progress into this presidency that seems to be filled with a racist, misogynist, xenophobic rhetoric- a rhetoric that eerily mirrors Nazi Germany.
No matter who you voted for, what your politics are, at this point, that doesn’t matter, what matters is that we shift as people, and shift this feeling of hate, into a feeling of LOVE.
Just as Martin Luther King Jr. said not so long ago- his words still resonate in our psyche and memory. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
We must remember these words now…be love rather than hate, be accepting rather than rejecting, be kind rather than mean-spirited, be forgiving rather than punishing, be light rather than darkness, be one rather than dividing. Becuase the sooner we realize we can be one nation, one world living in peace and love, and the only way to do that is by accepting each other as we are, with all out beautiful differences that make this world so diverse and so unique. We are a beautiful rainbow in all its splendor. Let us come together as ONE world tribe to tear down walls and build bridges instead.
With love and light,