Why is Lady Liberty Crying?
How could such a beautiful gesture, a gift from the French to the United States be so corrupted, so contaminated and full of xenophobia? This statue was a gift to the United States because the French, as did much of the world, saw the United States as a beacon of freedom, a place where dreams could be fulfilled. The statute was enscribed with a sonnet written by American poet Emma Lazarus entitled
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.
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
"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-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Unless they are brown skinned, red skinned,
speak spanish or have almond shaped eyes.
Unfortunately in Trumps America the words in red have been added to what was once a
beautiful beacon of hope to immigrants wordwide...
KEEP THE DREAM ACT ALIVE