An Open Letter to White Supremacists in America:
I’m deeply disturbed by the recent shooting in Milwaukee, as well as the tendency for these mass killings to be committed almost exclusively by young, white males. Here are a few points perhaps you have not considered.
1. If you’re white, that means your ancestors invaded this continent from across the sea and took it by force. It has never been ‘yours.’
2. Sikhs are not Muslims, and Muslims are human beings.(Thanks to efforts to map the human genome we now know that any two humans randomly drawn from the planet share approximately 99.9% of their DNA.)
3. America stands for freedom, not fear, oppression, or bigotry. Didn’t America suffer enough from bigotry in the last century?
4. This is Emma Lazarus’ poem, attached to the Statue of Liberty, and I grew up believing this is what America is about:
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!”
5. Pull the pillow cases off your heads, look around, and get with the program. Diversity makes us better. Ignorance and bigotry make us tragic.