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An Idea for America

An Idea for America

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Published by Tim Valentine
The personal opinion editorial by Timothy A. Valentine regarding consideration and the state of race relations in the United States.
The personal opinion editorial by Timothy A. Valentine regarding consideration and the state of race relations in the United States.

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 An Idea for America
In midst of all the political, religious and corporate posturing in recentmonths and years regarding immigration I felt the need to write againabout our collective need to adhere to the idea of America. When someare quicker to come to support a proposition than people and there’s adebate for which one you should advocate, something has gone wrong inthe land of liberty.
 
The influx of immigrants and political or religious refugee populationsseems to have increased each year. Populations that are represented bynot only people from Latin America, but also Chinese, Cambodians,Laotians, Arabs, Somalians and the Kurdish to name a few. Not only dothese populations routinely experience racial and cultural discrimination,but routinely experience religious intolerance, bigotry and alienation.
 
No longer is it only a Black & White society, but a multicultural society.Cultural ignorance, ethnic bigotry, unconscious discrimination and ourimplicit biases towards one another is no longer acceptable. We must
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consider others beyond our own understanding and social experiencesfor one that yields to learning before teaching.
 
Within the borders of the United States the racial and cultural demo-graphics continue to change towards a more inclusive and diverse ways.This reality brings forth the need for better understanding of cultures thatare different than yours.
 
Throughout the history of the United States we learned by our collectiveexperiences of how difficult it is for some people and communities toaccept other cultures with the same measure of acceptance as they offertheir own. Through intense and difficult struggles come our opportuni-ties for accepting people that appear to be different than you.
 
The ideal image of what is American is not the same for us all. Thosewho we have labeled as immigrants are fearful when entering this coun-try. What is lost upon the thought process and reporting on immigrationis the fact that we are speaking about people as if they were not human.This must end if we are to adhere to the idea of America.
 
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We all must keep in mind that we all are encountering a culture that isdifferent than our own. Excuse the apprehension for the opportunity forcultural comprehension. The best way to overcome the unknown beginswith a smile, a considerate conversation or a demonstration of respect.
 
Speaking from the perspective of lifelong personal experiences, I cansay that it is an absolute honor to have friends of multiple races, creeds,nationalities and religious beliefs and non-beliefs. You gain a spectacularview of the world when you can see it from more perspectives than youown.
 
When we consider all that diversity has to offer, why would you wantanything else?
 
The beauty and ugliness of this country along with the world simply isfound within the actions of its people. Often it is misrepresented bythose who believe they are the only or best example of what we are.Their promotion of propositions, ordinances and legislation that essen-tially supports a form of sophisticated segregation does not agree withwhat the founders of this country put on paper.
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