This July 4th, let us remember who we are as a nation . . .
We are a nation of Native Americans, those with rich culture who lived off the land.
We are a nation of those who immigrated after—from Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the South Pacific.
We are a nation founded not on isolationism or territorialism or war, but on welcome and equality.
We are not US and THEM. We are Americans: all colors, creeds, dress, faiths.
We stand for liberty and justice for ALL, not just for those who look like us, believe like us, or whose great-grandparents lived near ours.
Our statues stand for world-wide welcome, for liberty:
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…
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