|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|On Topic: In the News - Race in America|
I wonder when everyone will begin to accept the fact that we are all just people; good, bad and a little of both. It is so easy to stereotype a race using a few bad apples as the template. Of course, this goes for religion, culture, or anything else that is different from ourselves.
No one will convince me that the sudden rush to emulate Arizona's immigration reform bill does not have underlying prejudice. 17 States are thinking about passing such unAmerican legislation. You may ask, what is unAmerican about it. Well, our country was founded by immigrants and the words on a palque inside the Statue of Liberty are of the poem by Emma Lazarus.
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-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
If your ancestors came from England (as did mine) would you be so quick to deny citizenship to the ones that have lived here illegally for many years?