Steven Wittenberg Gordon
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!
--From Emma Lazarus’ famous poem displayed on the Statue of Liberty
Give me your desired, your dour,
Your coddled masses earning six not three,
The richest recluse of your north-most shore.
Send these, no Haitians, hempless-tost to me,
I give my stamp when gold comes through my door!
Poet’s/Editor’s Notes: I did not believe Donald Trump was a racist until a few days ago when he actually met the definition--he advocated treating Haitians differently because they are Haitians, a fact which he does not deny. Even Trump’s defense that he was advocating that the United States should have a merit-based rather that a quota-based system for immigration, does not convince me. Our president is a racist, and it is safe to conclude that some of his policies will be guided by his racist ideology.
I may support some of Trump’s policies in the future but I will do so with much greater care. That does not make me a racist, as I am sure Dr. King would have agreed. Racists can still have good ideas. An idea from a racist is NOT the same thing as a racist idea. On the contrary, sometimes racists have excellent ideas, such as the Founding Fathers, racists all--out of the context of their era and by today’s definition. Without those “racists” from our past, we would certainly have nothing to celebrate on this Martin Luther King Day.