Celebrating Race in America
Have you ever celebrated the different cultures and races we have in America?
I recently read a wonderful, wonderful quote from one of my favorite authors, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough. He said:
What would we be without immigration? Think of who would never have become an American without immigration? That’s who we are, thank goodness.
We hear so much about our differences when it comes to race, but in reading our history there is so much to celebrate about the contributions that each of us from our own cultural and racial backgrounds have brought to this country.
I started thinking about this because I met a woman at an event whose family is originally from Israel. She was speaking to, and hugging, another woman whose family is originally from Lebanon.
They said with love and appreciation for their friendship:
No war, no war.
It is something Americans have been saying to each other and living for years. We have so many offspring of blended cultures and races who would not exist today. Their parents would have never met.
It has been going on since the birth of this great nation and today we take it for granted. The periodical The Atlantic published an article written in 1939 about a woman of German descent who married a Jew of German Descent:
We have American families who have married interracially, inter-culturally and inter-faith, and now same gender. The beautiful and glorious result is the expansion of humanity.
Our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, is of Irish and African descent. He would not have existed if his parents did not find each other in America. His children would not be alive today. Our 40th President, Ronald Reagan, had a father who was of Irish Catholic descent and his mother who was half Scottish and half English. Reagan would not have existed if his family did not immigrate into America. What did these two men have in common? Both were of Irish Descent, both became President of the United States, both in their own way made history.
Our 2016 Oscar Winner Leonardo DiCaprio is of German and Italian descent. The Prima Ballerina Misty Copeland is of African and Italian descent and listed by Time magazine as one of the “100 most influential people in the world.” Steve Jobs was of Swiss and Syrian descent and one of our greatest inventors.
This expansion of humanity simply proves that there is one great big race, the Human Race, and not one race or culture is better or worse than the other. Celebrate and honor the humanity and breathtaking sweep of American citizens.
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