don’t do arizona paranoia

Where would I be today if all my honky ancestors had been repelled from American borders  by the native peoples?
What if Sitting Bull had  successfully mobilized the indigenous tribes to deport all us freckled interlopers?
What if those Sioux, Cheyenne, Mohican, Ojibway, Chippewa, Cherokee, Seminole, Navajo, Hopi et al  had driven my paleface people back  into the Atlantic where they came from?
What if the native dwellers had demanded that my greatgreatgreatgreatgreat grandparents produce evidence of American citizenship?
What then?
Then America would have been deprived of a great melting-pot heritage of diverse excellence.
Then our dynamic history of diverse productivity never would have happened.

Don’t go paranoid on us, America.
Don’t pull a Berlin wall trip on our next crop of opportunity-hungry, hard-working, innovating huddled masses yearning to be free.
Don’t shut them out. Let them in. We need energetic people now.
If this present Arizona xenophobia takes root and finds oppressive legal support among the rest of our states, we will sever ourselves from the very roots of multicultural fortitude that makes America great among the peoples of the earth.
Let me see your papers just doesn’t have the ring of inspiration like welcome to the land of the free and home of the brave.


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