Seriously, don’t. Please, pease don’t. I am appalled and embarrassed by you know who’s remarks. But surprised, not really. How many times does he need to say and/or do something racist for us to realize that he is racist? I am, however, deeply disappointed in the response from GOP leaders and Republicans as a whole. Their refusal to condemn his remarks is a slap in the face to MLK and to minorities of which I am one.
I was born in Seoul, South Korea and adopted at six months old. So no, I cannot be president, which saddens me greatly. Kidding! But I am a citizen of this great country and can and do vote. And I will #NeverForget the silence of Republicans and worse, the justification of his remarks by his acolytes.
Worth is Determined by Actions, Not Birthplace
While my birth country was not condemned as a shithole (I guess this is where I express gratitude for not being born in North Korea), I’ve also been judged by the color of my skin and the shape of my eyes — two things I cannot control. Just like people cannot control where they are born. Yes, Haiti and many African countries are poor and underdeveloped but that does not make the people there unworthy.
America is a nation of immigrants, many who came penniless and didn’t speak the language but had an impossible dream and hope — that they could thrive here and build an amazing life for their children and future generations. But an Orange Oompa Loompa forgot his own immigrant roots, the immigrant roots of his wife (to be fair 2 wives) and how immigrants built this America we call home. This is also not surprising because he is short-sighted.
And racist AF.
But as the incomparable Viola Davis said, “We are born being worthy.”
And while that beautiful statement is in reference to #TimesUp, it’s holds true to all of us, each and every day — no matter your skin color, where you were born, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or gender. YOU ARE BORN WORTHY.
Don’t ever let small-minded, frightened, hateful people tell you any different. You are worthy in every way. Goodness, badness, worthiness is not based upon skin color because everyone is capable of goodness, badness, cruelty and compassion. We choose who we are and what our North Star or guiding principle is. Trump and his ilk have chosen hate to be their guiding light, you can choose to be better.
In MLK’s memory and the memory of all immigrants who came to America looking for a better life and created our America.
Don’t become complicit, regardless of your political affiliation, because racism is evil. Period. It is wrong and what keeps America from being great.
Thank you, Dr King for your leadership, courage and sacrifice. Most of all — thank you for your beautiful dream. It’s not fully realized yet, but I dream of the day it will be.
P.S. Generally, I’m not the kind of person who advocates someone should see a movie to make a political point, but I’m breaking a rule here. Unless you really hate superhero movies (and it’s okay if you do), then make plans to see Black Panther. Make sure Hollywood knows that movies with all-black casts can be a success without being about slavery. And that black women can help save the cinematic world because they sure as hell save the real world (thanks black women of Alabama!) all the time.
And I paw swear that I’d still want to see this movie if it was called Black Wolf. 😀