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President Trump's racist followers are few. Black, brown and immigrant Americans are many.  4 Weeks ago

Source:   USA Today  

“America — Love It or Leave It.” I haven’t heard that sentiment since the 1970s, when the Vietnam conflict and the mandatory draft were in full swing. This was the sentiment expressed against anyone who dissented or objected to that conflict.

People spout racist epithets whenever there is a threat against the status quo; it’s nothing new. No matter that there is a constitutional right to dissent, to protest, to express in peaceable speech objection to government and societal oppression. This is the go-to place for the intimidated, fearing loss of power and prestige.

These sentiments expressed by President Donald Trump over the weekend were repeated in a campaign rally Wednesday. The crowd cheered, chanting, “Send her back,” as he continued to harass a congresswoman. And, for all their expressed patriotism and the red, white and blue filling the conference hall, Trump supporters seemed to forget basic tenets of American law and society. They seemed to forget, in their unbridled fervor of hate, that these elected congresswomen are U.S. citizens, three of whom are native born, one of whom is an immigrant; all of us, unless we are 100% Native American, originated somewhere else.

Paraphrasing President Ronald Reagan, only in America can you come from somewhere else and become an American. They forgot the words of their proclaimed political hero.

I laugh when people tell me to go back to Mexico — I’m not Mexican; my mother was black and my father was white; on one side, I’m descended from slaves, on the other side, I’m descended from a signatory on the Mayflower Compact  (Gilbert Winslow). Yep, look it up — I could be a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. So, I can’t go back to Mexico.

Due to the numerous sales of my enslaved ancestors, I can’t track the origins of my family’s forced migration to the South on my mother’s side. So, I can’t go back to Africa — it’s a huge continent and I don’t know which country I would go to. And I guess I could go back to Ireland or England, but I have no desire to do so. I am a 100% bona fide American cocktail.

As are most of us.

So, now we are educated, thanks to the progress implemented in the civil rights era. We are leaders in our communities. Our children and grandchildren have grown up in a multicultural society where a black man (whose father was a foreigner) has served two successful, scandal free terms as president. Congress is beginning to look like us.

We will not be silent. You can throw your slurs. Trump can try to incite his followers. But we are the many; you are the few. Your evil thoughts and attitudes are dying out.

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